Privacy Concerns Lead IBM to Ban Siri At Work

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Though employees can still bring their iPhone smartphones to work, IBM’s recently issue policy bars employees from using Apple’s Siri voice assistant feature at work. According to IBM, the reasoning for the ban is due to Siri sending user’s spoken queries to Siri to a remote data server to process speech to text and then […]

Apple Rigs Siri to Declare the iPhone as Best Smartphone

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Last week just when CTIA was beginning, users who asked Apple’s personal digital assistant Siri what the best smartphone available is got a surprising result–Siri told them that the best iPhone, based on user reviews, is the Nokia Lumia 900. The data that drives Siri comes from Wolfram Alpha and the result should be unsurprising […]

Apple to Bring Siri to Mac Via iPhone?

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While Siri voice functionality has so far been limited to the iPhone–the voice assistant program was noticeably absent on Apple’s latest revision of its iPad tablet and only appears in limited dictation form, and is still missing in action on the Mac–Apple may be looking to expand Siri to other devices. Rather than have Siri […]

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 […]

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 […]

Google Contemplating Offline, Locally Stored Maps for Android?

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Google may be considering taking its turn-by-turn Google Maps with Navigation offline soon to give non-connected devices the ability to navigate sans a continuous mobile broadband connection. This would benefit the Android platform greatly in a number of ways, and could potentially allow customers a way to save on data consumption in an age where […]

Bing Goes Big with New Services for Windows Phone 7 Mango Update

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The next Microsoft Windows Phone 7 update, codenamed Mango, may extend Microsoft’s Bing franchise for the platform beyond just search, voice, and mapping functionality as Mango is speculated to deliver new Bing features. Like Google, which is leveraging various different assets to deliver apps and integration in Android, Bing is rumored to be bringing Bing […]

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 […]