Nuance Aquires SVOX
Nuance Communications today announced that it has acquired a company called SVOX. SVOX provides the automotive industry with in-car voice services. Nuance believes that by adding SVOX's technology to its own, it will be able to create better, more natural, conversations between people and their mobile phones, electronics, and vehicles. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In other Nuance news, the company today announced that it has closed on its acquisition of Equitrac, and Nuance is offering the American Spanish version of its FlexT9 app for Android for free for a limited time. The application is in the Android Market.
Microsoft Debuts Hyperlapse App for Windows Phone and Android
Microsoft today released an application for Windows Phone and Android handsets called Hyperlapse. The app can be used to stabilize shaky footage or to create fast-moving time-lapse videos.
MixRadio Expands to Android and iOS
MixRadio today made its customized radio service available to Android and iOS devices for the first time. Microsoft acquired MixRadio when it purchased Nokia's handset business, but later divested it to a messaging company called Line.
Sony Debuts News Suite App for Android Phones
Sony today announced News Suite, a free news app for Android handsets. The app is a dramatically overhauled version of Sony's older SocialLife app.
BlackBerry Finalizes Secusmart Acquisition
BlackBerry today said it has closed its acquisition of Secusmart, a security company based in Germany. Secusmart specializes in voice and data encryption.
Google Acquires VR Firm Owlchemy Labs
Google today said it has acquired Owlchemy Labs, a company that develops virtual reality content. Google was attracted to the company due to its "really thoughtful interactive experiences that are responsive, intuitive, and feel natural." Google went on to praise the company's sense of humor and said, "We'll be working to create engaging, immersive games and developing new interaction models across many different platforms to continue bringing the best VR experiences to life." Terms of the deal were not disclosed.