Items tagged with Nuance

Swype, the top paid third-party keyboard for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users running iOS 8, just learned a whole bunch of new languages -- 16 to be exact, bringing the total number to 21. Also new to Swype version 1.1 in iTunes is intuitive Emoji input. When you compose a message, Swype will analyze your choice of words and suggest appropriate Emojis, whether you're feeling happy, confused, tenacious, or satisfied. "The response to Swype for iOS 8 has been amazing, and we’re thrilled to have quickly updated the app with 16 additional languages – the most currently available for any... Read more...
Nuance Communications is a company you may or may not be familiar with, but you're almost certainly familiar with its products. Whether you know it or not, the company's voice recognition processing powers Apple's Siri, and according to a new report, that technology could be up for sale. So it goes when you don't actually own the things that power your technology, Apple could be looking at a situation where its most bitter rival (Samsung) purchases the company that's providing the brains behind Siri. Obviously, fireworks would probably ensue, and Apple would have to figure out where else to turn... Read more...
There’s a human behind every machine voice, from ATMs to airport announcements, but until now nobody knew who was the voice of the American Siri, the female robot assistant that became part of the lives of every iPhone owner since the debut of the 4S. It turns out, she’s Susan Bennett; she’s been doing voice work since the 1970s and had no idea the recordings she made would ever become the personification of the iPhone in her own pocket. Back in 2005, Bennett was called upon to do voice work for a company called ScanSoft (which later became Nuance Communications). She did recordings... Read more...
One of the worst kept secrets in Cupertino is that Apple's beloved Siri voice assistant contains DNA from Nuance Communications, the same company that birthed the Dragon line of speech recognition products. The fact is, Nuance has quite the collection of voice-related technologies and patents, and even though it was widely suspected to be powering Siri, there was never an official acknowledgement from Apple or Nuance. Until now. In an interview with AllThingsD, Nuance Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Paul Ricci answered a bevy of questions about speech technologies, and in doing so, he confirmed... Read more...
Nuance Communications is already established as a speech technology provider, and it gave itself a big boost by acquiring Ditech Networks, a company that provides Voice Quality Assurance (VQA) technology and PhoneTag voicemail-to-text services. Nuance is looking to leverage Ditech’s technology to enhance its Dragon Voice to Text Services business and further develop its secure on-premise voice-to-text platform. It won’t hurt to add Ditech’s customer base to Nuance’s roster, either. “The world’s most innovative carriers and unified communications providers work... Read more...
There was plenty of speculation and suspicion when Apple’s Siri launched that it was using Nuance technology; many assumed that Nuance was involved with Siri, at least on the back end, but both Apple and Nuance were strangely vague and evasive about it. All of that seems irrelevant now, though, with Nuance’s announcement of Nina. The company bills Nina as the “virtual assistant for mobile customer service apps”, and like Siri, she uses speech recognition technology to help users figure things out and get things done. But Nina isn’t just some Siri clone. Nina is available... Read more...
Nuance announced the newest generation of its popular Swype keyboard for mobile devices. The latest version of this keyboard combines touch and voice input with adaptive capabilities that adjust to a person's preferences over time. New features include the ability to predict the next word you intend to type, a personal dictionary for speech and text, support for over 55 languages, and four input options (traditional Swype, typing with XT9, spoken text, and writing with one's finger.) The next-generation Swype keyboard is available to OEMs or you can pick up Swype Beta for Android today from beta.swype.com.... Read more...
Now we're talking. Two of the world's biggest names in voice recognition have managed to recognize that a merger needed to happen, or, at least that's what ended up happening after they chat-chatted for some time. Nuance Communications, Inc. announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Vlingo, Inc. Fueled by unprecedented demand for intelligent voice interfaces that combine voice, language understanding and semantic processing, Nuance and Vlingo will combine their deep innovation and R&D expertise to deliver next-generation natural language interfaces across numerous markets and industries.... Read more...
According to a report from Uncrunched.com, Nuance is planning to acquire Swype. The terms of the deal are still vague, but the report cites a source familiar with the deal as claiming the price tag could be $100 million or more. If you've used one of today's popular Android smartphones, you're probably familiar with Swype. This popular alternative keyboard lets people enter text much more quickly than they can when using a traditional soft keyboard. Swype expects its keyboard to be preloaded on more than 100 million devices worldwide by the end of this year. Nuance has its own predictive text application... Read more...
Nuance is working to make it easier for electronics manufacturers and app developers to integrate voice recognition capabilities into their devices. Recently, the company announced a new pre-packaged app that will provide PND manufacturers and mobile navigation developers the tools they need to provide voice-enabled navigation in their products. With Nuance's VoCon Navigation, users will get many popular navigational features such as Nuance's One-Shot Destination Entry, text-to-speech capabilities, dialog flow, broad language support, and more. Nuance Unveils VoCon Navigation for Personal Navigation... Read more...
Ever heard of Swype? That's a program on Android that allows mobile users to simply leave their fingertip on the display and move it from point to point in order to input text. It's a radical change from pressing key after key, and it's clearly catching on. Nuance is a company that has been involved with touch input for awhile now, and they're introducing a similar solution for Samsung's Wave II. It's called Continuous Touch, and it's shipping now on the Wave II, Bada 1.2-powered smartphone. The technology allows users to glide their finger from one letter to another in order to spell out words,... Read more...
Entering a word or phrase using a 9- or 12-key keypad on your phone can be cumbersome, which is why so many people like predictive text input options such as Nuance's XT9. Now, you can get the same benefits of XT9 that you enjoy on your phone in your living room. Nuance is bringing its XT9 predictive touch input to your living room by means of TVBLOB’s BLOBbox. BLOBbox is connected TV software that blends traditional TV with the Internet. XT9 will make it easier and faster for BLOBbox users to search for and access content using a traditional remote control. With the integration of XT9, BLOBbox... Read more...
Nuance recently announced a new Dragon for E-Mail dictation application for BlackBerry smartphones. As the latest addition to Nuance's Dragon Mobile Apps portfolio, Dragon for E-Mail uses Dragon NaturallySpeaking to dictate emails from within the BlackBerry email client. The app is available for free for a limited time for the following phones: AT&T Bold AT&T Bold 2 AT&T Curve Verizon Storm Verizon Storm 2 Verizon Tour T-Mobile Curve T-Mobile Bold2 Hello Nuance Users, Today we have more exciting news for the Nuance Community, as we launched the Dragon for E-Mail dictation application... Read more...