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Microsoft Nuance Purchase

Microsoft just made a $20 billion bet on the future of computing

April 12th, 2021

Microsoft announced plans on Monday to buy Nuance in a $19.7 billion all-cash transaction which includes the company’s debt. Microsoft paid $56 per share, a 23% premium over Friday’s close, the company said. The deal should be finalized by the end of the calendar year, subject to the approval of regulators and Nuance’s shareholders. Nuance …

Dragon Assistant Always On Listening PCs

With Nuance Dragon, PCs will get always-on listening powers

January 7th, 2014

Nuance announced at CES 2014 partnerships with many PC and tablet makers to bring its Dragon Assistant technology to future computers that will thus receive built-in always on listening powers. “Our objective working with Intel was to bring the PC into the era that tablets have been enjoying with the launch of [Apple’s] Siri over …

Nuance Dragon Mobile Assistant 4.0 Launch

Nuance’s Dragon Mobile Assistant adds voice-enabled email, intelligent Driver Mode

June 18th, 2013

Nuance has been steadily adding new capabilities to its Dragon Mobile Assistant application to help it compete with services such as Siri and Google Now, and its latest release of the software looks to be its most extensive update yet. Nuance on Tuesday launched Dragon Mobile Assistant 4.0, which features voice-enabled email composition, voice notifications …

Nuance Talking Smartphone Ads

Nuance plans talking smartphone ads that deliver ‘Dear Abby’-style personal advice

April 1st, 2013

What could be more annoying than overly intrusive mobile ads that take up excessive space on your display? How about intrusive mobile ads that are capable of talking to you. AllThingsD reports that speech recognition software company Nuance Communications (NUAN), which is best known for its Dragon NaturallySpeaking software, is announcing a new initiative aimed at bringing Siri-style voice …

New tech could let you wake up your sleeping smartphone with your voice

September 24th, 2012

The torturous days when smartphone users suffered through having to push buttons to wake up their smartphones may soon be over. MIT’s Technology Review blog reports that speech recognition software company Nuance Communications (NUAN), which is best known for its Dragon NaturallySpeaking software, is developing technology that would let users wake their sleeping smartphones just by speaking to …

Dragon NaturallySpeaking brings a form of Siri to your desktop, Android

July 26th, 2012

Nuance Communications (NUAN) has made some big-time improvements to its popular Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition software, including improved performance on Gmail and Hotmail and a new Android app that lets customers use their Android device as a remote microphone for the PC app. The new NaturallySpeaking 12 release, available on August 3rd for $99.99, promises …

Inspired by Siri’s success, Nuance acquires Vlingo

December 20th, 2011

Nuance announced on Tuesday that it plans to acquire Vlingo, a voice-to-text and voice recognition technology firm that was once the subject of a Nuance lawsuit. Nuance senior manager Mike Thompson said the decision was made after his company realized there’s a $5 billion market opportunity as demand increases for voice engine products such as …