How to Use Immersion Reading on Kindle Fire Tablets

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One of the benefits of the marriage between Amazon and Audible.com is the ability to have both text and audio versions of books on your device and to use them almost interchangeably between the two using Amazon’s Whispersync for Voice technology to keep the two versions in sync. Amazon bought Audible.com in January, 2008. In […]

Leaked HTC Endeavor ROM Reveals HTC-Made Siri Competitor

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HTC may be taking on Apple outside of court as well by introducing a Siri competitor to bring a better voice and speech recognition engine called HTC Speak. Mention of HTC Speak was seen as part of a leaked ROM for the forthcoming HTC Endeavor smartphone, which was previously rumored to be called the HTC […]

Nuance Acquires Vlingo to Bring Natural Voice UI to Market

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Nuance, which powers Apple’s voice personal assistant feature known as Siri on the iPhone 4S, has announced that it is acquiring rival Vlingo to help it bring its natural user interface powered by voice to the market. Vlingo offers a competitive voice app and competing product to Siri on competing phones right now, including BlackBerry […]

Android’s Siri Clone Fails to Impress

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The Internet has been abuzz with news that Siri may have been cloned and magically transported to Android, giving iOS’s more open rival the chance to perform conversational voice commands and recognition. However, hope for a voice assistant feel flat when the clone, called Cluzee, was put to the test and failed to impress the […]

Navigon 2.0 for iOS Now Available

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After having released its debut smartphone GPS voice-guided navigation app for Windows Phone 7 and updated the version for Android, Navigon is back with a new second major revision for iOS in the form of Navigon 2.0. Navigon’s GPS navigation app is among my favorites for all three platform, and the nice part about the […]

Siri, Can I Use a Different Voice?

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As soon as Apple announced the Siri assistant app for the iPhone 4S, the first question many users wanted to ask is, “Can I change the voice of Siri?” The new Siri assistant app is a virtual personal assistant that can do things you ask, by talking to it like you would a person. Siri talks back […]

Nuance’s iOS 5 Text-to-Speech Feature Revealed

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It looks like we’re finally getting a picture of the long-rumored text-to-speech integration inside Apple’s mobile iOS 5 operating system as a pair of leaked images have surface showing the new voice-enabled feature. The functionality comes from technology developed by Nuance, and appears very similar to the text-to-speech functionality inside Android. Instead of typing in […]

Nuance SDK Helps Developers Add Speech to iOS, Android Apps

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Nuance, makers of speech recognition engines such as the Dragon suite for mobile and desktop platforms, has announced that it is offering the Dragon Mobile SDK through a self-service website as part of the Nuance Mobile Developer Program. The SDK will work for developers looking to create iOS or Android apps and will be available […]

Amazon Backs Down on Text-To-Speech Feature

Well, that was quick. A little too quick, if you ask me. Only a week after the Kindle 2 was released, Amazon has decided to do an about face on its Text-To-Speech feature given the pressure from the Author’s Guild. The Author’s Guild maintained that Amazon was in essence creating a third market (the Text-To-Speech […]