voice control

Qualcomm Toq smartwatch adds Nuance dictation: Hands-on

Qualcomm Toq smartwatch adds Nuance dictation: Hands-on

Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch is a work-in-progress, but while the chip company waits for its reference design to be picked up, it's enhancing the experience with a Nuance-powered voice-to-text system. Toq Talk uses Nuance's speech recognition engine to allow dictated replies to messages straight from your wrist; we've been testing it out, so read on for some first-impressions.

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Siri hacked by four college freshmen, tons of functionality added

Siri hacked by four college freshmen, tons of functionality added

Siri loves to give answers — often snarky — but she doesn’t do much outside of create reminders. The voice assistant for iOS is handy, but lacks a lot of curcial control that some have been wanting. Four fast-talking, enterprising freshman at the University of Pennsylvania successfully hacked Siri, creating an exploit that intercepts your queries and redirects them to apps called GoogolPlex.

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Windows Phone Cortana voice assistant demoed in early build

Windows Phone Cortana voice assistant demoed in early build

This week there’s been more than one "leak" of the digital natural-voice assistant Cortana for Windows Phone 8. This assistant is akin to Apple’s Siri for iPhone and iPad as well as Google Now and Google Search for Android. Here we’re seeing Cortana in action in a sort of hands-on video presented by a leakster who has had his hand in several Windows Phone 8.1 build-related fishings.

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Windows Phone’s Cortana near shipped: Microsoft’s Siri onboard

Windows Phone’s Cortana near shipped: Microsoft’s Siri onboard

If what’s said today about Microsoft turns out to be true tomorrow, Windows Phone users may be following the bouncing ball sooner than later. Foretold in 2013 by a lost Windows Phone, a personal assistant by the name of Cortana may be hitting the Microsoft software ecosystem very, very soon. This assistant has been suggested by The Verge to be hitting Microsoft devices "in the coming months."

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Intel goes local for Jarvis voice control to outspeed Siri

Intel goes local for Jarvis voice control to outspeed Siri

Intel will rely on local processing grunt not cloud crunching for the voice control its Jarvis wearable will use, using a specially-created voice recognition system designed to run on the compact earpiece. Revealed at CES 2014, Jarvis aims to usurp Apple's Siri and Google Now by reacting to spoken commands and remotely controlling a smartphone, as well as delivering contextual information direct into the wearer's ear. However, unlike both of its rivals, Jarvis will be able to do that even if it doesn't have an internet connection.

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Samsung Smart Home setup detailed

Samsung Smart Home setup detailed

Coming out of CES 2014, Samsung is heading further into the home. With the Samsung Smart Home setup, there will be an initial focus on Device Control, Home View and Smart Customer Service. But more than just the three services, Samsung's Smart Home setup will allow the user to take care of this with an app that will run on a variety of devices.

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Yahoo Voice Assistant may join in Siri war – or hoax battle

Yahoo Voice Assistant may join in Siri war – or hoax battle

After acquiring the company known as SkyPhrase earlier this year, it would appear that Yahoo is ready to roll with an early iteration of its own personal assistant app. The presentation you're about to see appeared first on the video hosting website Dailymotion, but was subsequently pulled - now we're seeing it proliferated through other video sites like YouTube. Could this be Yahoo's real Siri/Google Now competitor, or does it smell like a fix-up?

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Xbox One system software update detailed for December 10th

Xbox One system software update detailed for December 10th

There's an Xbox One software update coming your way that includes a collection of feature fixes and performance boosts. Because this is one of the first system updates to arrive for the relatively new console, the folks responsible for the update at Microsoft have made clear the methods with which users will need to be familiar with to get the update live for themselves. Two different modes exist, in this case, one for "Instant On" users, one for those that have opted out.

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