Nuance Acquires IBM Speech Tech
Today Nuance Communications, maker of T9 software and speech-recognition tools, has agreed to acquire some of the patents and speech technology of IBM. Nuance and IBM have also entered into an agreement to share speech technology and jointly develop new speech recognition services for businesses and consumers. The companies expect their joint efforts to bear fruit by 2011.
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.
Voice Typing in Google Search, GBoard for Android Gains 30 New Languages
Google today updated its Google Search and GBoard applications for Android devices and expanded the number of languages supported in voice typing by 30. Google said it worked with native speakers of these languages from around the world to build the needed speech sample data.
Google Offering Its Speech API to App Developers
Google today said developers will soon be able to add speech recognition to their apps through the Google Could Speech API. Google is offering the same neural network-based tool it uses in its own voice search and keyboard apps.
Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments
Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place.
Republicans Want 'Ringless Voicemail' to Fill Your Inbox with Ads
The Republican National Committee hopes the FCC will approve a request from a marketing firm that would allow companies and organizations to silently send messages straight to consumers' cellphone voicemail inboxes. Such voicemails could be prerecorded political messages or even advertisements.