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Apple looking to bolster Siri cred, according to job listings

Apple looking to bolster Siri cred, according to job listings

It's not surprising, obviously, but it seems Apple is wanting to boost the accuracy and performance of Siri, the company's voice-controlled personal assistant of sorts. Apple posted up 12 job listings over the weekend, all of which relate to Siri. Most of the positions are rather vague on what exactly the involvement is with Siri on a consumer level, but they hint at some features that may come to the voice-controlled personal assistant.

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Nuance Voice Ads turn your phone into a chatty salesman

Nuance Voice Ads turn your phone into a chatty salesman

Could Siri start selling to you? Maybe so, if Nuance has its way: the company has launched Voice Ads, a system of dynamically injecting spoken promotions into digital personal assistant services like Apple's Siri. Aiming to make commercials more engaging - and thus increase the number of people who actually act on them - the first iteration of Voice Ads will see promotional content on smartphones and tablets invite users to speak to them, with an ensuing conversation including a sales message.

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Siri obeys real-life mind control

Siri obeys real-life mind control

This week over at Honda R&D Americas, senior iOS architect Duane Cash is showing off a new brainwave control device and custom Siri API working with the iPhone in the real world. The initial test shows the man using a wave of his hand and the EEG signals his brain generates to start up the app and activate several functions on the device. This isn't the sort of thing you're going to be able to run out and buy right this minute, but given the relative simplicity of the build - so to speak - we might be seeing something like this from 3rd party developers (namely Honda R&D Americas) bringing such solutions soon.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon Voice Activation revealed with “always-on” action

Qualcomm Snapdragon Voice Activation revealed with “always-on” action

This week Qualcomm has upped the ante with a selection of features for their next-generation chipsets for mobile devices. The most recent announcement is for Snapdragon Voice Activation, this technology built in to the Qualcomm Fluence PRO suite of the chipmakers' integrated audio solutions. In simplest terms, this means you'll soon be able to wake up your phone by saying "Hey Snapdragon" - this phrase set by whatever manufacturer decides to use the technology, of course.

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BlackBerry 10 voice controls hit leaked video demo

BlackBerry 10 voice controls hit leaked video demo

As we ramp up to the 30th of January and the official launch of RIM's own BlackBerry 10, we're seeing multiple leaks and test videos like the one we've been shown today, complete with a demonstration of the software's Voice Control system. This system is built in to BlackBerry 10 and looks rather familiar if you're used to Siri from iOS or S-Voice from Samsung's Galaxy series. In this case you'll be pressing the Start button (aka power button) on your device a 2-count and the Voice Control system will activate.

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Martian Passport Watch hands-on: Voice Command and Bluetooth get classy

Martian Passport Watch hands-on: Voice Command and Bluetooth get classy

We've gotten our first opportunity this week to take a peek at the first Martian Voice Command Watch model known as the Passport, able to attach to both Android and iOS via Bluetooth for simple connectivity on the go. This machine was originally part of a Kickstarter project and is just ready for prime-time now, giving users in the field the ability to make and receive calls, read short text messages and reply, and read short messages of several kinds. Voice Commands are able to be made using both iOS and Android's voice command systems.

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ZTE joins up with Nuance, voice integrated devices will roll out this year

ZTE joins up with Nuance, voice integrated devices will roll out this year

Nuance, maker of the popular voice dictation software Dragon Naturally Speaking, has been making itself known today, first announcing this morning at CES that it has bestowed Swype with some new features. The company has followed this up with an announcement that it has entered into a partnership with ZTE, bringing its voice features to the Chinese company's smartphones.

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