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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 …

Siri’s first real competition hits Android phones today [video]

November 29th, 2011

Apple’s Siri represents the birth of a new breed of voice-controlled smartphone assistant services, and it is only a matter of time before other companies begin to expand their offerings as a result. While Microsoft and Google undoubtedly work to refine their own voice command services, a new third-party app hits the Android Market on …

Microsoft Windows Phone Mango hands-on

May 24th, 2011

We’ve just seen a test handset running Windows Phone OS codenamed Mango, and even though the update won’t be available until the Fall, it brings some much needed improvements and enhancements to Microsoft’s mobile platform. OS 7.1 will also be the OS that Nokia devices running Windows Phone will launch with. Looking forward to 4G …

Nuance Dragon Search and Dragon Dictation to hit the UK soon

July 21st, 2010

Burlington, Mass-based company, Nuance, is bringing its duo of popular speech recognition software to customers in the UK. Nuance’s popular Dragon Search and Dragon Dictation have been submitted to Apple’s App Store and are awaiting approval for distribution in the UK. Both titles are currently available for free in the US and boast of combined …