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DirecTV channels Siri-style speech for smartphone controller

DirecTV channels Siri-style speech for smartphone controller

Shouting at your TV will soon have more of an impact than just raising your blood pressure, with news that DirecTV expects to update its smartphone remote app with voice-control this summer. Capable of searching through live TV and on-demand content, and - like Apple's Siri - recognizing natural language rather than requiring the viewer memorize specific controls, CNET reports, the functionality will not only allow you to chatter to your DirecTV box in the living room, but remotely command it while out and about.

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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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