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He demonstrated that by having Siri tell whether LeBron James or Kobe Bryant is the taller basketball player. Siri replies, “LeBron James appears to be slightly taller” as the cards of both players are displayed on the screen.

Apple says it is partnering with Yelp so that Siri can include ratings and prices of restaurants when you ask Siri for places to eat. The company is also partnering with OpenTable to make reservations.

Siri has also learned more about movies.

Siri will now be available in more languages and more countries. It is also coming to the iPad for the first time.

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11:10 a.m.

The new operating system for Apple’s Mac computers promises better integration with social networks.

Apple says the upcoming Mac OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion” operating system has built-in features to facilitate sharing on Twitter and Flickr. For instance, you’ll get notifications directly from Twitter when you get a direct message or a mention on Twitter.

There’s also a “Power Nap” feature that keeps your Mac up to date even while it’s in power-saving “sleep” mode. It will get your emails, back up your files and download software updates automatically.

Mountain Lion will be available next month and will cost $19.99 _ $10 cheaper than what the current system, Lion, costs.

Those buying the MacBook models announced Monday will get the upgrade for free when it’s available. Those models will ship with the Lion version initially.

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10:52 a.m.

The new Mountain Lion system narrows the gap between the PC and phone software packages, making Mac personal computers work more like iPhones.

There’s little surprise. Apple already demonstrated most of the features of Mountain Lion in February and said it will go on sale late this summer. Developers are already able to download a version of the software.

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