voice control

SoundHound’s Hound launched to let users ask more naturally

SoundHound’s Hound launched to let users ask more naturally

By now, hands-free, voice-enabled smart assistants like Siri, Cortana, Google Now, and Alexa are no longer alien concept. However, they aren't exactly the easiest people to talk with. One off questions are usually fine, depending on how you phrase them. But carrying on a continuing query is near impossible. That is one area where SoundHound's Hound tries to excel. Now available for public use and with Yelp and Uber integration, Hound promises more a more natural way to ask questions and even refine those questions after they've been answered.

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Google Docs now offers voice commands for editing, formatting text

Google Docs now offers voice commands for editing, formatting text

Apple's Siri is rumored to be on its way to OS X, but Google now offers some impressive voice input features on the desktop through its Docs software. The company has announced the online-based Docs has been updated with new voice recognition software, going beyond the basic text entry feature introduced last September, and now supporting commands for editing and formatting as well. The only limitation at this point is that you need to be using Docs on Google's Chrome browser.

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Apple OS X 10.12 said to feature Siri’s Mac debut

Apple OS X 10.12 said to feature Siri’s Mac debut

It's 2016, and that means Apple is gearing up to announce this year's update to its OS X operating system for the Mac. With the last two years seeing a lot connecting and cross-over features between OS X and iOS in the form of Continuity, how could Apple build on that for another year? It seems that virtual assistant Siri is the next logical step, especially after the fact that Microsoft's Cortana has migrated to the desktop with last year's release of Windows 10.

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Revamped Apple TV remote app for iPhone coming soon

Revamped Apple TV remote app for iPhone coming soon

If there was one negative aspect about the new Apple TV that users discovered at launch, it was limitation on performing searches and entering text with the set-top box's included remote. Fortunately, Apple soon released the tvOS 9.1 update late last year improving voice search capabilities with Siri, and another update is on its way that will allow users to take advantage of dictation for text entry via the remote's mic. But the next big advancement that Apple has planned is using an iPhone to replace the remote altogether.

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Now Amazon’s Echo takes charge of your thermostat, too

Now Amazon’s Echo takes charge of your thermostat, too

Amazon's Echo has added what could be one of its most useful abilities to-date: voice control over your home thermostat. The update, which as with all Echo feature-adds will be pushed out invisibly through the cloud, allows owners of the cylindrical smart speaker to turn the heating up or down simply by calling out.

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tvOS 9.2 will fix the new Apple TV’s big frustration

tvOS 9.2 will fix the new Apple TV’s big frustration

Apple is addressing one of the latest Apple TV's biggest headaches, with a beta of the newest version of tvOS for the set-top box previewing an extra Siri feature. Currently available to beta testers and registered developers, tvOS 9.2 beta 3 includes a number of hotly-anticipated features like homescreen folder support, but it's one simple usability fix that is likely to interest users the most.

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Alexa arrives on Amazon’s first-gen Fire TV

Alexa arrives on Amazon’s first-gen Fire TV

Owners of the first generation of the Amazon Fire TV are in for some good news: Amazon is bringing its Alexa digital assistant to the set-top box with a new firmware update rolling out over the next few weeks. First-gen Fire TV users may have been feeling out of the loop lately, with Amazon focusing on the new 4K model, not mention Alexa already being brought the second-gen Fire TV last fall. Fortunately the voice-based assistant is also coming to the original Fire TV Stick as well.

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Amazon Echo about to control smart thermostats

Amazon Echo about to control smart thermostats

Amazon's strangest product is about to connect to one of the most out-of-nowhere devices in the smart home today. Amazon Echo is said by sources close to the subject (who wish to remain anonymous) to be working with smart thermostats soon. This means that users will be able to ask Amazon Echo's smart assistant system Alexa to turn of their heat or turn the temperature cooler, for starters. After that, the smart temperature is the limit - all you need to do is ask.

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Volvo cars will take voice commands from the Microsoft Band 2

Volvo cars will take voice commands from the Microsoft Band 2

Volvo has announced that starting this spring, Microsoft Band 2 owners will be able to use the wearable to control their vehicle with just their voice. No, you won't be able to tell your new XC90 to swing around the block and pick you up, but you will be able to remotely unlock the doors, turn on the heater, set navigation, honk the horn, and flash the headlights.

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Nuance Mix brings voice control to any app, Internet of Things device

Nuance Mix brings voice control to any app, Internet of Things device

Nuance, the software company behind the Dragon dictation app, has announced a new platform dubbed Nuance Mix, which will allow developers to add language detection and voice control to their own apps, in addition to smart home and Internet of Things (IoT)-connected devices. In terms of our smartphones, Nuance Mix, which is launching today as a beta, could bring voice control to a number of third-party apps, making it available beyond platform-specific tasks like placing a call, searching for directions, or dictating a message.

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Cortana for iPhone debuts for Microsoft’s beta testers

Cortana for iPhone debuts for Microsoft’s beta testers

It was less than a month ago that Microsoft put out the request for those interested in beta testing Cortana for iPhone, and now those lucky enough to be selected are getting notified to download the voice-powered digital assistant. While designed to compete with Apple's own Siri, as well as Google Now, Microsoft's Cortana will be fairly limited on the iPhone in terms of capability, at least compared to the native Windows version.

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Amazon Echo to be sold at over 3,000 US retail stores

Amazon Echo to be sold at over 3,000 US retail stores

With Black Friday quickly approaching in the US, and thus the onslaught of the holiday shopping season, Amazon has just announced that its Echo, the internet-connected speaker and digital assistant, is making a formal move from the online marketplace to the physical retail environment. Amazon says that in the near future over 3,000 stores will begin selling the Echo, including Home Depot, Staples, Sears, BJ’s, P.C. Richard & Son, Brookstone, RadioShack, and Fred Meyer locations.

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