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Swype kills its virtual keyboard for iOS

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Swype is no longer available on iPhone and iPad.
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Nuance has confirmed that it has killed off its Swype keyboard with Dragon Dictation for Android and iOS.

Swype is no longer available to download from the App Store, and existing users won’t receive any new features or updates.

Siri technology is coming soon to more apps, fridges and even robots

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Command your robot to find your cat with just your voice.
Command your robot to find your cat with just your voice.
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Your smart life is about to get even smarter with a new set of software development tools that will let coders include world-class speech recognition and natural language processing — the same stuff that powers Siri, Apple’s personal digital assistant — to thermostats, refrigerators, apps and, yes, even robots.

The folks at Nuance have created a new system, currently in beta, to allow any company to include code with language commands that are specific to their hardware or apps. It’s called Nuance Mix, and anyone can sign in and create their own speech-recognition code to work with their apps or connected devices.

“Any developer, big or small, can come in and define a custom set of use cases,” Nuance’s Kenn Harper told Cult of Mac during a demo of the SDK. “You’re going to start talking to everything at home and work — speech is about to get more ubiquitous.”

Ending Soon: Dragon Dictate For Mac 3 [Deals]

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Dragon Dictate for Mac 3 offers incredibly accurate speech-to-text and allows you to run your favorite desktop applications by voice. It’s the #1 voice recognition software on the market for good reason, and it’s available for 50% off – just $99.99 – from Cult of Mac Deals during this limited time offer.

This software solution offer far more than speech-to-text. With it you can create and edit documents, manage email, surf the Web, update social networks, and more – quickly, easily, and accurately – all by voice. Just read your text aloud and watch the magic appear before your eyes right on your computer screen.

Carl Icahn’s Ulterior Motive: He Might Want Apple To Buy Nuance

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Investment tycoon Carl Icahn has been bullish on Apple lately. In mid-August, Icahn unexpectedly tweeted that Icahn Enterprises, his diversified holding company, believed Apple to be “extremely undervalued.” Immediately, share prices jumped 5.6%. The next week, Icahn announced on Twitter that he and Tim Cook would be meeting in September to discuss a larger buyback program of AAPL shares.

That’s all nice, but Icahn is a business magnate, not an Apple fanboy. So what the heck is he up to here? A new theory being put forward by some investors is that Icahn has ulterior motives for his sudden Apple love affair: he wants Apple to buy Nuance, a company Icahn has a large stake in.

Ending Soon: Get The World’s Best-Selling Speech Recognition Software With Dragon Dictate 3 [Deals]

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I have done a lot writing in my day, and there are times when I want to just let the words fly freely faster than I can possibly type them. When I’ve worked on my talks for seminars or wanted to work out some thoughts on a major piece of writing, I have given the reins to Dragon Dictate.

This Cult of Mac Deals offer has a huge savings on Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac – which has been an indispensable tool for me as a writer. You can get it for only $100 – that’s 50% off the regular price!

Nuance CEO Confirms Company Powers Siri’s Voice Recognition

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While speaking today at the All Things D conference, Nuance CEO Paul Ricci confirmed that Nuance does indeed help power the voice recognition service for Siri.

Since Siri’s launch in 2011, many people assumed that Apple had formed a partnership with Nuance, but neither company has officially confirmed the relationship.

During the his interview, Ricci was asked whether it’s his company’s fault if the iPhone doesn’t understand a user’s voice. Ricci confirmed that Nuance does power the voice part of Siri, but the company is not involved in speech-recognition efforts with Google.

Ending Soon: Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac [Deals]

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I have done a lot writing in my day, and there are times when I want to just let the words fly freely faster than I can possibly type them. When I’ve worked on my talks for seminars or wanted to work out some thoughts on a major piece of writing, I have given the reins to Dragon Dictate.

This Cult of Mac Deals offer has a huge savings on Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac – which has been an indispensable tool for me as a writer. You can get it for only $100 – that’s 50% off the regular price!

Dragon Dictate 3: The World’s Best-Selling Speech Recognition Software [Deals]

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I have done a lot writing in my day, and there are times when I want to just let the words fly freely faster than I can possibly type them. When I’ve worked on my talks for seminars or wanted to work out some thoughts on a major piece of writing, I have given the reins to Dragon Dictate.

This Cult of Mac Deals offer has a huge savings on Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac – which has been an indispensable tool for me as a writer. You can get it for only $100 – that’s 50% off the regular price!

Let Your Voice Do The Work With Dragon Dictate 3 For Mac [Deals]

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I have done a lot writing in my day, and there are times when I want to just let the words fly freely faster than I can possibly type them. When I’ve worked on my talks for seminars or wanted to work out some thoughts on a major piece of writing, I have given the reins to Dragon Dictate.

This Cult of Mac Deals offer has a huge savings on Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac – which has been an indispensable tool for me as a writer. You can get it for only $100 – that’s 50% off the regular price!

Nuance Announces Faster, More Accurate Dragon Dictate For Mac 3 With New Features

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Dictate now supports Mountain Lion's new Notes and Reminders apps.
Dictate now supports Mountain Lion's new Notes and Reminders apps.

Nuance has today announced Dragon Dictate for Mac 3, the latest version of its popular dictation software. In addition to being faster and more accurate than the previous Dragon Dictate 2.5, this release also boasts “more features than ever before,” including new Smart Format Rules, wideband Bluetooth support, new correction capabilities, and more.

Don’t Have Siri? Try Evi

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Siri has a new competitor, and her name is Evi. Developed by True Knowledge and powered by the same Nuance-based backend as Apple’s virtual assistant, Evi is available for all iPhones in the App Store. There’s also a beta app available for Android handsets.

While Evi doesn’t have the integrated advantage that Siri wields, she is perhaps the first clone that’s just as smart, if not smarter, than Siri.

Today At Cult Of Android: Google Provides Indoor Maps For CES, VIZIO Stream Player, And More…

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With CES in full effect, it’s been an extremely busy couple of days for Android. In fact, I was so absorbed in CES news, I forgot to post yesterday’s Android roundup (I bet you thought it was going to go away). Good news is we’re still here, and for anyone interested in what has been going on in the world of Android, we encourage you to head over to Cult of Android. Here’s a recap of some of the news-making headlines today.

Nuance Beats Apple To Voice-Controlled Television With New Dragon TV Platform

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Nuance, a speech recognition company that powers Apple’s Siri service, has launched a new voice-controlled platform for television sets called Dragon TV. The service allows you to navigate your way around different content by “speaking channel numbers, station names, show and movie names” using natural language.

It’s everything you’d expect a Siri-powered Apple TV to be.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Apple’s New iPhone (Almost)

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We’re all dying to know what we can expect from Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone. For months we’ve been speculating on what it will look like, what kind of features it will boast, and when it will be available. However, a new report could tell you all almost everything you ever wanted to know about Apple’s new iPhone — including its new internals, and an iOS feature that will debut on the fifth-generation device.

How to Try iOS 5’s Super Secret Nuance Speech-to-Text Feature Right Now

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It’s been a long-standing rumor that Apple will introduce Nuance speech-to-text capabilities in the public release of iOS 5. Apple partnered with the vocal technology giant known as Nuance months ago, and the two have supposedly been meeting behind closed doors to get Android-like speech-to-text integrated into iOS 5.

While this Nuance technology has yet to reveal itself in the public beta of iOS 5, a well-known App Store app is already showcasing the feature blatantly to the public.

Still Waiting for Speech-to-Text in iOS 5? Your Carrier Already Has It

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A number of major carriers all over the globe have begun receiving a near-final build of Apple’s upcoming iOS 5 software for testing, according to one report. The software is said to be a newer than the beta recently seeded to developers, and includes a number of features that we’re still yet to see in previous betas, including that much-rumored speech-to-text technology.

Nuance Speech-to-Text Headed to an iOS Device Near You [Rumor]

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Rumors have been that Apple will introduce enhanced voice recognition features in iOS 5. While such features have remained hidden in the developer betas of iOS 5, some have managed to dig into the software’s SDK and find evidence.

Now, it has been confirmed by an unnamed Apple employee that Nuance-based speech-to-text functionality in iOS 5 is very real, and it’s being tested at Apple right now.

iOS 5’s Rumored Voice Recognition Assistant May Integrate Contacts, Calendars, Email

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Since Apple’s acquisition of Siri many moons ago, there have been rumors that the technology would one day worm its way into the iOS software. Speculation, fueled by evidence in the latest iOS SDK, would lead us to believe that Siri “Assistant” feature will finally come to fruition in iOS 5. And according to one report, it will integrate with your contacts, calendars, emails and more.

iOS 5 Voice Control Is Still Coming, But Might Only Work With First-Party Apps

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Amongst other rumors about iOS 5 that somehow just disappeared into the ether come yesterday’s WWDC 2011 keynote was the advanced Nuance-powered voice control features that has been reported extensively over the past few months. The only mention of voice recognition was a throwaway line on a slide: “Option to speak text selection.”

Is that it? What happened to the voice control that we were all promised? Don’t worry just yet: according to a couple of prominent sources, Nuance-powered voice control is still coming to iOS 5.