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Nuance borrows Siri tech for mobile helpdesk assistant

Nuance borrows Siri tech for mobile helpdesk assistant

Nuance isn't content to let Apple's Siri and Jelly Bean's Google Now grab the voice interface spotlight; the company has a voice-controlled personal assistant of its own in the pipeline, Nina. Billed as having the potential to "change the face of mobile customer service forever," Nina isn't targeted at harried users wanting to set calendar appointments and call their spouses, but at companies hoping to put a more friendly, intuitive face on their product support.

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Nuance and BMW partner on Dragon Drive! Messaging

Nuance and BMW partner on Dragon Drive! Messaging

Is there some kind of application that won’t feature Nuance’s Dragon voice recognition in the future? The company has announced a partnership with BMW that will see its Dragon Drive! Messaging service used in the 2012 BMW 7 Series, BMW 3 Series Touring, and BMW 3 Series ActiveHybrid. The 2012 BMW 7 Series will be the first car to feature the Messaging feature when it hits the market this month.

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Apple sued in China over voice recognition patents

Apple sued in China over voice recognition patents

Apple’s legal troubles in China continue. This time Cupertino is being sued by a company called Zhi Zhen Internet Technology over voice recognition patents. Zhi Zhen claims it holds patents for a Chinese voice language assistant used for its Xiao i Robot service, and that Siri infringes those patents. There's quite a big gap between Siri's introduction in October and the lawsuit that's just been filed, although the company says it reached out to Apple back in May and heard no response.

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean adds Offline Voice Typing

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean adds Offline Voice Typing

Google has added offline voice typing to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, making the voice dictation system work even when your phone lacks a data connection. The company's engineers had to shrink down the voice recognition engine significantly to make the system fit locally onto a phone, Google explained at IO today, meaning users will now no longer have to make sure they have a speedy data connection in order to take advantage of it.

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HTC teases own Siri-like voice assistant app

HTC teases own Siri-like voice assistant app

HTC looks to be working on its own version of Apple's Siri intelligent voice assistant app. The Taiwanese manufacturer posted a teaser image today revealing both an odd sense of humor and a potential Siri rival. Posted to both Facebook and Twitter, the image depicts what appears to be HTC's own assistant app interacting with a dog.

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Siri upgraded for iOS 6 – goes international too

Siri upgraded for iOS 6 – goes international too

We knew Apple would be coming out swinging with Siri, their virtual assistant. Along with Siri finally going international they have announced all sorts of great new features coming in iOS 6. Siri will be better than ever, can now launch apps, and most likely we'll be seeing plenty more of Zooey Deschanel in the near future. Head below to see what's new.

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