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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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Windows Phone voice recognition gets accuracy boost and doubled speeds

Windows Phone voice recognition gets accuracy boost and doubled speeds

Windows Phone users may have noticed speedier results when using voice recognition in recent weeks, and depending on how well the feature works for them, perhaps also a slight increase in accuracy. This is because Microsoft has just announced a Bing update that has been getting pushed to users over the last few weeks, bringing with it a couple improvements.

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LiveMap Google Glass concept prototyped in motorcycle helmet

LiveMap Google Glass concept prototyped in motorcycle helmet

While Google Glass can enable hands-free video recording, it's not exactly ideal in every situation. Take motorcycle riding for example: Google Glass probably isn't too comfortable to wear when you have a helmet squeezing your head at the same time. It works, sure, but there has to be a better way. Enter LiveMap's own solution.

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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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Xbox One can shut down entirely to prevent always-listening Kinect

Xbox One can shut down entirely to prevent always-listening Kinect

There has been a lot of confusion surrounding the various new features of the Xbox One, but one of those features seems to have been settled. The Kinect sensor that many people feared would always be listening to your conversations can actually be turned off when not needed. Otherwise, you can use the Kinect to tell it to turn on your fancy new console.

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Sherpa digital assistant coming to Google Glass, aims to outdo Google Now

Sherpa digital assistant coming to Google Glass, aims to outdo Google Now

If you haven't heard of Sherpa, you're mostly likely not alone. It's essentially a new Android app that looks to dethrone Google Now and Apple's Siri. Sherpa plans to launch on iPhone soon, as well as make its way to Google Glass to take down Google's own voice command software on the new spectacles.

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Google Conversational Search turned on in Chrome update

Google Conversational Search turned on in Chrome update

Google's new "conversational search" feature for Chrome has quietly been enabled, with the new feature appearing in the latest version of Google's browser. Announced at I/O, the new Voice Search feature builds on the existing ability for Chrome to accept spoken search terms, now listing out your query on screen as you say it, and then able to show the results in Google Now-style cards as well as reading out the answer.

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Intel and Samsung throw cash at Expect Labs’ smart Siri alternative

Intel and Samsung throw cash at Expect Labs’ smart Siri alternative

Intel and Samsung have invested in a startup company by the name of Expect Labs, which offers an alternative to Siri and Google Now, but the only difference is that the software constantly monitors users' voices to deliver content in real-time, rather than delivering content on command like in Siri.

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DirecTV channels Siri-style speech for smartphone controller

DirecTV channels Siri-style speech for smartphone controller

Shouting at your TV will soon have more of an impact than just raising your blood pressure, with news that DirecTV expects to update its smartphone remote app with voice-control this summer. Capable of searching through live TV and on-demand content, and - like Apple's Siri - recognizing natural language rather than requiring the viewer memorize specific controls, CNET reports, the functionality will not only allow you to chatter to your DirecTV box in the living room, but remotely command it while out and about.

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Apple keeps anonymized Siri data for two years

Apple keeps anonymized Siri data for two years

After releasing Siri on the iPhone 4S back in 2011, Apple has finally disclosed how long it keeps all of those commands and hankering questions you have for Siri. The Cupertino-based company says that it keeps all Siri data for two years, but they state that all of the data from Siri that the company collects is completely anonymized.

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