personal digital assistant

noun

Definition of personal digital assistant

: pda

Examples of personal digital assistant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One example on display at the museum was the Newton, a personal digital assistant released by Apple in 1993. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 The panel marked Apple's unofficial return to the show for the first time since former CEO John Sculley debuted the Newton personal digital assistant in 1992. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, 7 Jan. 2020 From payment apps to smart thermostats to personal digital assistants, software and devices are collecting more data about consumers than ever. Fortune, 14 June 2018 In the late 1990s, people said TomTom would be replaced by personal digital assistants. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, 12 June 2018 The event showcased some impressive technical breakthroughs, including the addition of augmented reality to the popular Google Maps service and a robust new capability for the company’s personal digital assistant. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 9 May 2018 Gene Munster of Loup Ventures expects the company to focus in particular on its Siri personal digital assistant, which is often compared unfavorably to Google’s own digital assistant. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 2 June 2018 In the 1990s, Apple overextended itself with a number of projects, one of which was the infamous Newton personal digital assistant. Brendan Nystedt, WIRED, 27 Mar. 2018 Analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies says the last time Apple had an event in Chicago was for the introduction of the Newton in 1992, an early personal digital assistant. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of personal digital assistant

1992, in the meaning defined above

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“Personal digital assistant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/personal%20digital%20assistant. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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