Google Claims Great Leaps Forward in Voice Search

Google improved voice search by 20 percent last year, and then another 25 percent this year, it said today.
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Icahn May Push for Board Seats at Nuance

Activist investor Carl Icahn said he may seek talks with speech-recognition technology maker Nuance Communications Inc. regarding the possibility of adding nominees to Nuance’s board.

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Facebook Acquires Speech-Recognition Outfit Mobile Technologies

Facebook announced Monday that it has acquired Mobile Technologies, a Pittsburgh-based company focused on speech recognition and machine translation technology. The announcement was made by Tom Stocky, one of the leads on Facebook’s Graph Search initiative (which I’d guess means the acquired team will bolster Facebook’s efforts in the Search space). Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but some members of the startup will join Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters as a result of the deal.

Nuance: Virtual Assistants Will Work Across Platforms Within Two Years (Video)

The Siris of tomorrow will be able to do far more than tell you when to pack an umbrella.
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Like Speech Control? Nuance CEO Ricci Says You’re Going to Love What’s Coming Next.

Where will speech interfaces show up next?
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A Dragon That Takes Dictation and Controls a Mac by Voice

Walt lets Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac type his column and control his Mac.
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Taking Dictation

Walt answers readers’ questions on smartphones’ dictation apps.

AT&T Aims to Avoid Opening Can of Worms as It Opens Up Its Network

Today’s cellphones are treasure troves of useful information that could speed all manner of mundane tasks. But any opening-up of that data is filled with questions, not all of which are technical.
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Amazon Has Acquired Yap, the Closest Thing to a Siri Clone It Can Find

There are a lot of similarities between Amazon and Apple. The secrecy, the dedication to the consumer, the focus on devices and digital media, and now this: Siri.
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Laryngitis Aside, Why Siri Is a Voice to Be Reckoned With

Siri may still be working to find her voice, but Apple’s young assistant shows a ton of promise.
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An iPhone 4 Review Roundup

D7 Tech Demo: Siri

D7 Tech Demo: Fullpower