Thanks to Siri, we’re all getting familiar with voice recognition. Where the technology really comes into its own, though — in a business sense — is in OS X, where Dragon Dictate is the long-time leader in converting what you say into neatly typed documents and accurately executed commands.
Of all the companies that would make sense for Apple to acquire, Nuance — the company behind Siri — would seem high on the list. That's apparently not the case. A new report from the Wall Street Journal states that Apple's chief rival Samsung is moving in to acquire the influential creator of voice-recognition software, which could mean dire things for the folks in Cupertino if the deal goes through.
OS X Mavericks' built-in Dictation feature got you down? The makers of Dragon Dictate have just released a big update to their Mac version, and this one even comes with the ability to transcribe text from any existing audio file as well.
Interesting things are afoot at Apple, and not all of them are originating in Cupertino. As noted by Xconomy (via 9to5Mac), Apple's new Boston office near MIT has suddenly been staffed with speech and voice-recognition specialists formerly employed by VoiceSignal Technologies, leading to speculation that Apple's planning on changes for Siri that entail a shift away from Nuance.
Undeterred by the Dictation feature included in OS X Mountain Lion, Nuance has announced a new version of its own Mac software that makes Dragon Dictate faster, more accurate and more personal than ever.
If you’re like us, you’ve been too busy playing with iOS 5.0.1 today to get any work done or just keep up with the daily news. And who can blame you? We all want to push our iOS devices to the max and see if Apple has made good on their promise of extended battery life with the first over-the-air update. The good news is, now that you’ve done that and still have plenty of battery left to spare, you can still catch up on the day’s happenings. Here’s the latest for Thursday, November 10, 2011.
Amidst rumors that Apple was working closely with Nuance Communications to bring voice command integration into iOS 5, the creator of popular free apps such as Dragon Dictation has quietly slipped the technology into the App Store instead, in the form of a new free Dragon Go! app.
WWDC 2011 is now just a memory, but iOS device owners have a lot to look forward to this fall with iCloud and the new iOS 5. More importantly, these offerings may offer clues as to what we can expect from the next iPhone, which is widely rumored to debut with the new mobile operating system in September.
Despite all the cool news that came from Monday's iOS 5 announcement, there are also many rumored features that didn't surface. Among the more highly-anticipated was the hope that we'd see some new voice functions brought to us by Nuance, the fine folks behind the Dragon Naturally Speaking applications.