Thursday, October 3, 2013

Apple Acquires Cue Personal Assistant App

Apple has acquired the Cue personal assistant app and removed it from the App Store, according to a TechCrunch report.

The Cue website offers the following statement:

We appreciate all of the support from you, our users, as Cue has grown over the last few years. However, the Cue service is no longer available.

Cue Premium users who registered through the website will receive a prorated refund. Cue Premium users registered though the iPhone App can request a refund through iTunes. In accordance with our privacy policy, your data and personal information will not be stored or transferred; it has been permanently deleted.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause you. It’s been an incredible journey that wouldn’t have been possible without your loyal support.

Our sincerest thanks,
- The Cue Team

TechCrunch notes that the company was backed by SV Angel, Sequoia Capital, Lerer Ventures and Index Ventures in addition to some notable angels. Their sources say the acquisition price was around $50-60 million. AppleInsider sources say it was at least $35 million.

It's thought that Cue's technology could be used to accurately portray what you have going on in the Notification Center's Today section.

Here's the app's description:

Cue helps you get the most out of your day. With Cue, you can spend more time enjoying your life and less time shuffling through your accounts and apps for the things you need. Cue intelligently ties together and surfaces useful information at the right time across all your accounts. From email, contacts and calendars to Facebook posts, Dropbox files and LinkedIn -- Cue makes it easy to contact the people you care about, get to where you are going, and to know what’s next.

Cue Features:
- Turn your email, contacts and calendar into an intelligent snapshot of your day.
- Enhance your calendar by automatically connecting related emails, phone numbers, and addresses.
- Change or cancel reservations, check into flights, track the arrival of packages, or text friends that you are running late.
- See up-to-date contact info alongside recent communications and the contact’s latest posts on Facebook and Twitter.

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