iOS to get Siri-powered voice commands ahead of launch

By on June 7, 2011 at 7:33 PM.

iOS to get Siri-powered voice commands ahead of launch

Citing a source claimed to be reliable, tech blogger Robert Scoble says enhanced voice commands will be included in iOS 5 when it launches this fall. Apple acquired Siri last year, presumably with the intention of enhancing the lackluster voice command support found in iOS. It has been rumored for quite some time that Apple would be making enhanced voice commands a major part of iOS 5, but Steve Jobs’ WWDC keynote came and went with no mention of voice commands. Scoble claims that his source — one who spoke accurately of the deep Twitter integration Apple showed off on Monday weeks ahead of WWDC — said Apple’s voice command integration wasn’t ready to show off at the show. The feature will be a part of iOS 5, however, and will perhaps be unveiled this fall when Apple is expected to announce its next-generation iPhone. More →

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Google’s Chrome 11 includes text-to-speech, accelerated 3D CSS

By on March 24, 2011 at 12:57 AM.

Google’s Chrome 11 includes text-to-speech, accelerated 3D CSS

In a recent blog post, Google announced two new features it would be adding to the beta builds of its Chrome 11 Web browser: speech-to-text and hardware accelerated 3D CSS. With the newly included HTML speech-to-input API, developers can enable Web applications to translate voice input into text. “When a web page uses this feature, you simply click on an icon and then speak into your computer’s microphone,” writes Google. “The recorded audio is sent to speech servers for transcription, after which the text is typed out for you.” The company has also added a GPU-accelerated CSS engine. And if you’re looking for a more superficial change, the icon has been updated to look more contemporary, too. More →

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