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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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Galaxy S III S-Voice app now available for all Androids

Galaxy S III S-Voice app now available for all Androids

The personal assistant for Android known as Samsung S-Voice has been released on the Galaxy S III smartphone and has been hacked and distributed to the public at the same time. This application works much in the same way as the Galaxy S II voice assistant did when it was released last year and is now being called an Apple Siri-rival due to the relative popularity of that system. Here you'll be able to download the application and install it on any Android device capable of running it.

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Samsung Smart TV Voice, Gesture and Face Recognition Hands-on

Samsung Smart TV Voice, Gesture and Face Recognition Hands-on

When it comes to the greatest in living room entertainment, Smart TV is only half of the battle: actually accessing that smart content presents challenges of its own. Statistics show that a sizable number of Smart TV owners don't actually use the more advanced features their sets are capable of, intimidated or confused by the complexity of the button-encrusted remotes. Samsung has taken its own route to interactivity, replacing overly-complex remote controls with a combination of gesture, voice and face-recognition.

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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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