Nuance to Acquire Transcription Company
Nuance Communications today announced that it has agreed to purchase Transcend, a company that offers medical transcription and speech editing products, for $300 million in cash. Nuance said that the purchase will help it expands its customer base into the medical field. Nuance has acquired a number of other voice transcription and predictive text companies in the last year, including the popular Swype Android keyboard. Nuance also recently announced that it is providing the technology behind Alltel's voice-to-text transcription service for customer texts and emails.
RingPlus To Offer Free Phone Service
RingPlus today announced a new mobile phone service plan that is ad-supported, but completely free to the customer. The ads take the form of ringback tones, which RingPlus customers hear on outbound voice calls, after dialing but before the other party picks up.
Google Voice Gains New Lease On Life with Massive Overhaul
Google today introduced a wholly new version of Google Voice for Android, iOS, and the web. The calling, voicemail, and messaging platform has been overhauled from the ground up with a new design, new features, and a fresh commitment from Google to keep the service updated.
Google's Speech-to-Text App Gains New Powers
Google recently updated its Text-to-Speech app for Android devices and gave the tool a handful of new features. The app adds support for Bengali, Danish, English, Finnish, Hungarian, Norwegian, and Mandarin.
Facebook Working On Its Own Voice-to-Text System
Facebook plans to add voice-to-text transcription to its Facebook Messenger application, said David Marcus, Facebook's vice president of messaging products. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Marcus said the company is already testing the system using machine-to-machine learning, though he declined to say when the feature might be added to the app.