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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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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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