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ivee Sleek arrives to be Siri of the smart home

ivee Sleek arrives to be Siri of the smart home

Shouting at your smart home like it's the Starship Enterprise is one step closer, with the ivee Sleek internet connected hands-free digital assistant finally on sale. Born of a Kickstarter earlier this year, and headed to Staples this month, the $229.99 clock-radio-lookalike aims to be the Siri of the smart home with support for voice commands across 33 categories including wireless plugs and lighting, temperature control, weather reports, and alarms.

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Xbox One voice and gesture command cheat sheets available

Xbox One voice and gesture command cheat sheets available

Xbox Live's "Major Nelson" (Larry Hryb) has posted two handy cheat sheets for the Xbox One's Kinect voice and gesture controls. The cheat sheets detail some of the more fundamental voice and gesture commands you can use at any one time, depending on the context of the task at hand. The resolution is a bit grainy at the moment, but the good Major has promised some full-size printable PDFs soon. [UPDATE: unified PDF now available at his blog.]

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Internet Explorer for Xbox One to include new voice, gesture controls

Internet Explorer for Xbox One to include new voice, gesture controls

Microsoft this weekend rolled out a few descriptions of how the voice and gesture controls will work in Internet Explorer for Xbox One. In a post on Exploring IE, the company explained that you will be able to say "Xbox, select" to bring up a voice command menu when the Kinect is on, followed by the command like "Browse to" or "Click on". Gesture support will also be speedier than it is for Xbox 360.

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Apple’s former Siri chief now building SAMI for Samsung

Apple’s former Siri chief now building SAMI for Samsung

Luc Julia was director of Apple's Siri project. This was a role he held for roughly 10 months, however he left Apple last year. Julia ended up going over to Samsung. Officially, Julia is a vice president at Samsung's innovation lab and while the natural thought would be that he is working on improvements to S-Voice, there is a bit more. Julia is actually working on something called SAMI (Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions), which takes things a bit further.

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Android KitKat OK Google voice activation not Nexus 5 limited

Android KitKat OK Google voice activation not Nexus 5 limited

This week we've had the opportunity not only to see our first glimpses of Android 4.4 KitKat, but to test it on a variety of phones. What you're seeing here is the first look at homescreen-based "OK Google" voice commands - aka hands-free mode - on an HTC One. This device is amongst a wide variety of devices that, working with an early build of the Google Experience launcher (from Google), will work with this bit of functionality.

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Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat with voice control hands-on

Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat with voice control hands-on

Think of smart home thermostats and you probably think of Nest, but HVAC stalwart Honeywell wants to change all that with its WiFi Smart Thermostat with voice control. The touchscreen heating and air conditioning control unit not only allows you to fiddle with your settings with a fingertip, but call out instructions not only from up close but from across the room and, potentially, elsewhere in the house. We stopped by to pretend we were talking to the computer out of Star Trek; head on past the cut for some early impressions.

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Intel acquires Indisys for universal Natural Language Recognition

Intel acquires Indisys for universal Natural Language Recognition

Intel continues to expand into the always-on universe of computing, having made public their acquisition of Spanish startup Indisys today. This acquisition was completed all the way back in May of this year, but for whatever reason was only revealed here in September - it's possible that Intel was waiting to let this rain of next-generation technology news bits fall all the same time here at the tail end of summer. Indisys is known for their work in natural language recognition.

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iOS 7 Siri asks advice on pronouncing tricky names

iOS 7 Siri asks advice on pronouncing tricky names

If there's one thing we know about Siri, it's that she sometimes has a hard time pronouncing names that can be a bit tricky, like if you have a non-English name that might be either hard to say or difficult to spell correctly. However, Siri in iOS 7 is getting a new feature where she'll take the initiative to learn to properly pronounce tricky names.

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