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


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 […]

TellMe Brings Voice Navigation to Maps on Windows Phone Mango


In newly released information about Windows Phone 7’s Mango software update, Microsoft says that TellMe’s voice navigation–which is akin to Google’s Voice Search for Android, third-party Vllingo app, or the Voice Control feature of Apple’s iOS–feature will also be available for navigating maps. In addition to using your voice to navigate maps, as part of […]

MyFord Touch Hands On Video: Voice and Touch Combine For In Car Control

MyFord Touch Sync Demo

Touchscreens aren’t new to cars, but just like on our phones and tablets, the screens are getting larger and the user interfaces are getting better. The new MyFord Touch system is an evolution of the voice controlled SYNC system which we reviewed last summer, adding in a touchscreen and easy access to smartphone apps like […]

Google Contemplating Offline, Locally Stored Maps for Android?


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 […]

Windows Phone Nokia Maps Integration Won’t Happen Until 2012


Though Microsoft had announced the next update to its Windows Phone 7 platform earlier this week, boasting more Bing services and over 500 new features, the switch to use Nokia Maps to power Bing Maps won’t happen in Mango. In an interview with Phonescoop, Microsoft’s Greg Sullivan says that more work will be needed to […]

T-Mobile Launches Free Facebook VoIP App Called Bobsled


T-Mobile announces a new Facebook application called Bobsled, which allows users to place voice over IP (VoIP) calls to Facebook friends without the need to remember numbers, screen names, or dialing–all you’ll need to do is click on a friend’s name and you can call them or leave a message. No download is required for […]

Siri Voice Technology, 4G LTE a Possibility for Fall’s iPhone 5 Launch?


Now that WWDC has been officially announced–and sold out–by Apple, rumors are swirling that the next-generation iPhone 5 will break tradition and won’t be announced this Summer. Instead, the iPhone refresh will jump to Fall and will join the iPod Touch to herald in the next iteration of the iOS software that powers the iPhone, […]

VoiceActivator Expands Voice Control on iPhone, Requires Jailbreak


A new hack will now enable expanded voice control through Apple’s iOS iPhone Voice Control feature, which will give users better system-wide access of the iPhone through spoken commands. The hack, called VoiceActivator, will augment Voice Control’s capabilities, but does require jailbreaking and is available in the jailbreak app store called Cydia. Voice Control was […]

Nuance SDK Helps Developers Add Speech to iOS, Android Apps


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 […]

Google Gets Personal with Android Voice Search


A recent update to Google Voice Search on the company’s Android mobile platform brings some improvements to voice recognition. The update, now available as a free update or download on Android Market, will now allow users who opt in the opportunity for Google to learn their speech patterns, which will help with better voice recognition […]

Voice and Mobile: When Will It Take Centerstage?


I have spent quite a bit of time in my car lately,  traveling back and forth to our state capital advocating on behalf of arts funding and also visiting my mother who is terminally ill. (For those who have asked, thank you for doing so. She is doing as well as can be expected at […]

Dragon Naturally Speaking 10.1 Runs on 64-Bit Vista, Windows 7


Nuance updated Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 so it will run on 64-Bit editions of Vista and Windows 7 Beta. Dragon Naturally Speaking 10.1 extends Dragon’s capabilities to Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3. Dragon Naturally Speaking transcribes speech and allows users to control their computers with voice commands. Dragon Naturally Speaking 10.1 also supports Internet […]