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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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Amazon reportedly acquires Evi voice-control app to take on Siri

Amazon reportedly acquires Evi voice-control app to take on Siri

It's been rumored for quite a while that Amazon would be manufacturing their own smartphone, especially considering that they have their own tablets. While still have yet to see anything official come out from that front, we've been treated with a report saying that the e-tailer giant has acquired Evi, which is a Siri-like voice control app.

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Apple looking to bolster Siri cred, according to job listings

Apple looking to bolster Siri cred, according to job listings

It's not surprising, obviously, but it seems Apple is wanting to boost the accuracy and performance of Siri, the company's voice-controlled personal assistant of sorts. Apple posted up 12 job listings over the weekend, all of which relate to Siri. Most of the positions are rather vague on what exactly the involvement is with Siri on a consumer level, but they hint at some features that may come to the voice-controlled personal assistant.

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Nuance Voice Ads turn your phone into a chatty salesman

Nuance Voice Ads turn your phone into a chatty salesman

Could Siri start selling to you? Maybe so, if Nuance has its way: the company has launched Voice Ads, a system of dynamically injecting spoken promotions into digital personal assistant services like Apple's Siri. Aiming to make commercials more engaging - and thus increase the number of people who actually act on them - the first iteration of Voice Ads will see promotional content on smartphones and tablets invite users to speak to them, with an ensuing conversation including a sales message.

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Bing prototype app video leak shows improved voice functionality

Bing prototype app video leak shows improved voice functionality

A video has been posted over at MSFT Kitchen showing off what is said to be a prototype of the Bing app for Windows Phone, which was demonstrated at an employee-only Microsoft event. The event is said to have taken place earlier this month, and to have been used to show off "future technologies." The prototype Bing app features multiple improvements over the current app.

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Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 updates with seamless Windows 8 support

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 updates with seamless Windows 8 support

With the announcement of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 back in July, Nuance has released a big update for the "world’s best-selling speech recognition software." NaturallySpeaking 12 now features seamless integration with a few new Microsoft products, including Windows 8, as well as Office 2013 and Internet Explorer 10.

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