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IBM blocks Siri on its networks

IBM blocks Siri on its networks

When you use Siri, voice data is sent back to Apple’s servers in order to be processed, but the information is also stored there for a period of time to help hone the voice assistant. IBM seems to be a little spooked by this, and has begun blocking use of Siri on its private networks in the fear that sensitive information may wind up in the wrong hands.

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Nuance Dragon Drive brings dictation to your car

Nuance Dragon Drive brings dictation to your car

Nuance, the company behind Siri's natural language technology, has announced a new in-car voice recognition system called Dragon Drive. The company's voice command technology is already used in Ford's Sync application, but it hopes that Dragon Drive will bring that technology to more manufacturers.

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Rovi and Nuance beat Siri to the television

Rovi and Nuance beat Siri to the television

Everyone seems to get rather excited when you talk about voice control on smartphones, but what about on the television? Rovi and Nuance have announced a partnership that would see Nuance making use of Rovi’s entertainment data in its Dragon TV service. That would let consumers access Rovi indexed shows using nothing more than their crystal clear voice.

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Samsung and Vlingo blocking unofficial S-Voice use

Samsung and Vlingo blocking unofficial S-Voice use

Samsung Galaxy S IIIs are already out there in the wild even though the phone doesn’t official hit retail channels until May 29th. The exclusive Flipboard APK was ripped from the phone pretty quickly, and over the weekend Samsung’s personal voice assistant, S-Voice, was also uploaded for anyone with an Android phone running Ice Cream Sandwich to enjoy. Samsung doesn’t seem to be amused by such shenanigans, and has blocked users from accessing the feature.

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Galaxy S III S-Voice vs iPhone’s Siri Hands-on

Galaxy S III S-Voice vs iPhone’s Siri Hands-on

Now that Samsung has brought the fight to the mobile world with the Galaxy S III, it's time to focus on its voice-response abilities in S-Voice up against Apple's Siri. This is a battle that shall be waged right out of the gate, with Samsung's S-Voice capabilities starting out with a bang with the ability to open applications with Apple's Siri is already a tried-and-true cool feature to be sure. Is this going to be your deciding feature when choosing the iPhone or the Galaxy S III this summer?

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Apple and Google sued over 1998 speech patent

Apple and Google sued over 1998 speech patent

Apple, Google, and just about every OEM creating smartphones in the industry have been hit by a lawsuit which claims they infringe on a 1998 speech patent. A shell company based out of Colorado filed the suit, singling out Apple, the iPhone 4S, and Siri functionality, as well as Google Voice Actions, BlackBerry Voice Commands from RIM, and Microsoft’s Speech Commands.

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AT&T to release Watson voice recognition API in June

AT&T to release Watson voice recognition API in June

AT&T has today announced that it will be bringing an API to developers for its Watson service, real-time speech-to-text software. AT&T will make the API available by June, which will allow them to further develop the technology with the help of others. The company hopes that developers will plug Watson into their apps using the provided documentation.

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DIY Project Glass makes Google’s AR vision real

DIY Project Glass makes Google’s AR vision real

Google may be saying Project Glass is still "years away" but that hasn't stopped DIY versions of the AR headset by others inspired by the eye-catching demo video. Now, we've seen plenty of ironic parodies of Google's wearables - including what might happen if Microsoft waded in - but augmented reality developer Will Powell actually took the time to make a functional version, using a pair of Vuzix glasses, a custom-crafted UI, and Dragon Naturally Speaking for voice recognition. Check out the demo video after the cut.

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Samsung 2012 Smart TVs with voice control shipping now

Samsung 2012 Smart TVs with voice control shipping now

The folks at Samsung have announced that they're now shipping all announced models of their 2012 Smart TV lineup, all of them Plasma TVs and working with gesture and voice control. With these televisions, ranging in size from 43-inches all the way up to a massive 64-inches, you'll be able to use your Smart Touch Remote as well as Smart Wireless Keyboard and stay completely up to date with the software of tomorrow with Samsung's own Smart Evolution feature. AllShare Play for connectivity with ease across all of your Samsung smart products and dual-core CPUs powering each of these monsters all but completes the awesome 2012 Smart TV offering from Samsung.

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LG sets date for Voice Control Smart TV

LG sets date for Voice Control Smart TV

Today LG has announced that the Voice Control feature for their current line of Smart TVs will be activated by the end of April. This update will include all Smart TVs working with the Magic Remote, demonstrated in near full working order earlier this year at CES. These vivid, gigantic, and otherwise spectacularly impressive Smart TV units will soon have you asking if they'll please head to your favorite station to watch all your Thursday shows with great ease!

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