voice control

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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LG “Always On Voice Commands” tipped with Qualcomm for 2014

LG “Always On Voice Commands” tipped with Qualcomm for 2014

This morning the folks at LG have been seeing their fair share of next-generation possibilities appearing in the news courtesy of anonymous tipsters from the shadows - and here with "Always On Voice Commands", LG's next smartphone continues to seem like no joke. While flexible OLED displays might be more your seemingly super-strange feature of the minute, LG has also been suggested to be working with a feature mentioned earlier this year by Qualcomm as working with their Snapdragon mobile processors. Could your next LG device be listening all the time?

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Nuance CEO confirms Siri involvement

Nuance CEO confirms Siri involvement

Nuance has long been suspected of being the driving force behind Apple's Siri virtual assistant technology in iOS devices. However, neither Apple or Nuance have ever actually confirmed whether or not this is true, until now. Nuance CEO Paul Ricci said today during the D11 conference that the company is "a fundamental provider for Apple."

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