voice recognition

  • Siri: Coming to a Mac near you?

    Posted August 12, 2014 - 6:00 pm

    Patent filing hints at Siri or something like it is coming for Macs.
  • Four relatively quick ways to improve your phone's voice recognition

    Posted June 17, 2014 - 4:21 pm

    I am going to lightly lay some Pro Tips on you and your phone talking. Fear not: they are real tips, based on actual fixes.
  • Inside Siri's brain: The challenges of extending Apple's virtual assistant

    Posted April 9, 2013 - 2:21 pm

    The switch to a voice-based interface is going to be a hard one, with plenty of obstacles along the way; still, I look forward to the day when I will finally be able to stop typing on my devices and start communicating with them.
  • Why voice recognition will finally conquer the office

    Posted December 3, 2012 - 4:25 pm

    While spoken input is spreading on mobile devices, it barely has a toehold in the office. But artificial intelligence that operates in the cloud will help drive speech technology beyond smartphones to computers and into other areas of the workplace, say experts.
  • Bye-bye, mouse. Hello, mind control

    Posted December 1, 2012 - 8:45 am

    When workplace computers moved beyond command-line interfaces to the mouse-and-windows-based graphical user interface, that was a major advance in usability. And the command line itself was a big improvement over the punch cards and tape that came before.
  • Review

    Mountain Lion Dictation versus Dragon Dictate

    Posted December 1, 2012 - 8:05 am

    Dictating to your computer and having the words typed for you seems like a great way to work, doesn’t it? You could just sit back, put your feet up, and blab away, instead of hunching over your keyboard and typing. If you’re a fast typist, dictation could be more relaxing; if you use the hunt and peck method, you’d save a lot of time and energy.
  • Review

    Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 Premium review: accurate voice recognition

    Posted December 1, 2012 - 8:03 am

    Dragon NaturallySpeaking is the premiere voice-recognition software package. Its latest version adds additional accuracy.
  • Five Friday links that explain our weird tech world

    Posted November 30, 2012 - 5:12 pm

    You deserve a chance to step back from the grindstone (which is what guilt-ridden "knowledge workers" like myself call a keyboard). You deserve a chance to see some of the pieces from an elevated height.
  • Bye-bye, mouse. Hello, mind control

    Posted November 29, 2012 - 9:00 am

    New interface methods will revolutionize how we interact with computers
  • Samsung Galaxy S III FAQ: everything you need to know

    Posted May 6, 2012 - 7:30 am

    After all of the rumors and speculation, the Samsung Galaxy S III is finally here but you probably have a few questions about this new Android phone.
  • The understated greatness of Swype's Android keyboard upgrade

    Posted February 17, 2012 - 11:01 am

    Using Swype on your Android phone, especially with the new Dragon-powered voice input, will reveal the power of consumer choice in smartphone software.
  • Enterprises slow to join voice-recognition surge

    Posted December 5, 2011 - 5:50 pm

    Questions remain about whether or when enterprises will start widely deploying voice-recognition technology on mobile devices, partly because internally developed, specialized apps would have to be built to overcome issues like background noise that could corrupt its operation.
  • Want Siri on your Android phone? Try these apps

    Posted November 12, 2011 - 9:14 am

    Wouldn't you like to have your very own gofer dedicated to doing all the menial tasks you hate? That's a big part of the appeal of the iPhone 4S: Siri, the voice-driven virtual assistant, turns anyone with a couple hundred bucks into a CEO attended by a full-time lackey. But can you get the same kind of slavish devotion from an Android phone?
  • Speech recognition through the decades: How we ended up with Siri

    Posted November 5, 2011 - 7:59 am

    Looking back on the development of speech recognition technology is like watching a child grow up, progressing from the baby-talk level of recognizing single syllables, to building a vocabulary of thousands of words, to answering questions with quick, witty replies, as Apple's supersmart virtual assistant Siri does.
  • Voice recognition software vendor Nuance buys rival Swype

    Posted October 7, 2011 - 4:43 pm

    Nuance Communications, whose voice recognition software powers the Siri app in Apple's latest iPhone, purchases rival Swype for $102.5 million.
  • Wozniak: Voice recognition is computing's next frontier

    Posted January 12, 2011 - 5:59 pm

    The Apple co-founder also analyzes Oracle's acquisition strategy, the tablet space, and new trends in enterprise memory
  • Google building speech capabilities for browsers

    Posted May 25, 2010 - 9:35 pm

    Company wants its technology to become standard for the Web and envisions a whole new class of applications
  • Hospital Saves With Speech Recognition Tool

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 10:22 am

    With more than 800,000 patient visits a year, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) needed to efficiently document all the information those visits generate without busting the budget or placing extra work in the hands of the clinicians. With the trend toward electronic health records (EHRs) escalating, CIO John Halamka decided the cure was speech recognition technology and computer-aided medical transcription.
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