General Magic’s forgotten second act was the Siri of its era

The company whose 1990s work set the stage for modern smartphones also created a voice assistant.

The new documentary General Magic is an excellent look at the startup of the same name, which spun out of Apple in 1990 to build software and hardware for mobile computing, did some wildly innovative stuff—and then failed. (My colleagues Mark Sullivan and Katharine Schwab have already reported on different aspects of the company’s story, prompted by the film.)

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