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Unified Communications Uptake Predicted

Though adoption of unified communications has been relatively slow so far, a new report from Datamonitor has identified UC systems as a "trend to watch" in 2008.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 07 Feb 2008

Microsoft Ads Context to Video

At DemoFest yesterday, Microsoft showcased new targeted advertising options for online multimedia. One of the options, Contextual Ads for Video, uses speech recognition technology to mine video content and scroll ads based on the subject of the conversation.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 06 Feb 2008

Making the Internet Talk

Text-to-speech (TTS) provider Cepstral is giving a voice to the Web avatars used on the 3D instant messenger site IMVU Virtual World.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 05 Feb 2008

Speech for Super Tuesday

SpinVox gives voters a voice after they leave the polls in primary states.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 04 Feb 2008

Microsoft Bids for Yahoo!—Again!

Software giant looks to swallow up search provider for $44.6 billion.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 01 Feb 2008

Narrowing the Field in Voice Search

SRI International, an independent, nonprofit research institute, today announced that it's been issued a U.S. patent for voice-to-database (V2DB) technology that allows users to vocally access in a single step information in multimillion-item databases.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 30 Jan 2008

Commetrex’s BladeWare VXML CE: Good News for the SMB Market?

Commetrex, a telecom media-server and gateway technology provider, announced today that its BladeWare VoiceXML (VXML) Commercial Edition (CE) was selected by Interactive Intelligence. BladeWare VXML CE, a paid version of its open-source BladeWare VXML program, is the only VXML interpreter on the market updated for VXML's 2.1 standard.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 29 Jan 2008

New Phone Reads to the Blind

K-NFB Reading Technology, a joint venture between Kurzweil Technologies and the National Federation of the Blind, unveiled today reading software designed for the Nokia N82 smartphone.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 28 Jan 2008

Holiday Smartphone Buyers Want Their Money Back

While electronics were very popular gift items this holiday season, slightly less than a quarter of those who bought smartphones this year ended up returning them to the retailer, according to new research by Opinion Research.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 25 Jan 2008

Video Takes Front Stage in Envox 7.1

Envox Worldwide has released the newest version of its communications development platform, Envox 7.1. The updated version includes new features for interactive voice response, but also contains video capabilities that point toward a 3G-enabled mobile future.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 24 Jan 2008

French TV Says 'Oui' to blinkx

Multimedia search engine blinkx announced today its partnership with French international news channel FRANCE 24, in which blinkx users will be able to access the broadcaster's library of programming at blinkx.com.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 23 Jan 2008

AT&T Debuts U-Verse Voice VoIP Service

Following a limited launch in late December, AT&T debuted its new digital voice service, U-Verse Voice, in Detroit today.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 22 Jan 2008

A Magic Implementation of Speech in Healthcare

In another expansive implementation of speech technology in healthcare, iSOFT, a division of the British-based IBA Health Group, today announced that it's integrating Royal Philips Electronic's SpeechMagic technology into its RadCentre radiology information system.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 21 Jan 2008

Taking Doctors Off the Line

Following a special program partnership between NotifyMD and the Iroqois Healthcare Alliance, doctors throughout most of upper New York State may almost never have to pick up their office phones again.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 18 Jan 2008

CallWave Goes Premium, Moves to Mac

Facing competition from speech-to-text (STT) providers like SpinVox, CallWave upped the ante on its service offerings this Monday when it launched three new subscription plans connected to its service.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 17 Jan 2008

A Quick Take on Speech in the iPhone

Quicktate.com, a web-based service that uses speech-to-text technology to transcribe voicemails on PDAs or smart phones, announced today at Macworld in San Francisco the beta release of a speech-to-text service that lets users read voicemail messages on their iPhones.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 16 Jan 2008

MacSpeech + Nuance = Dictate

Speech recognition software provider MacSpeech planned to replace its existing speech-to-text (STT) iListen software with Dictate, which uses Nuance's Dragon NaturallySpeaking technology.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 15 Jan 2008

W3C Releases Pronunciation Guidance

The Pronunciation Lexicon Specification (PLS) defines the syntax for specifying pronunciation lexicons to be used by automatic speech recognition and speech synthesis engines in voice browser applications.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 15 Jan 2008

Warehouse Workers Speak to Oracle

Wavelink, a provider of mobile applications and network management software, is partnering with Oracle to deliver a supply chain execution suite of products that include voice technologies.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 14 Jan 2008

Speech Self-Service a Top Priority in 2008

Companies are beginning to see the technology as an essential part of customer service strategy.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 11 Jan 2008

When it Comes to Health, TTS Isn’t Always the Answer

Despite speech technology's increasingly prominent role in the health care industry, some instances remain in which a human voice gets the job done just as well, if not better.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 10 Jan 2008

blinkx Partners with ITN Source

Video search engine blinkx announced today its partnership with ITN Source, a professional video content provider based out of the United Kingdom.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 09 Jan 2008

NPR Makes Radio More Accessible

National radio broadcasting network NPR announced plans today that it has taken steps to make its programs accessible to both the deaf and blind.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 08 Jan 2008

Speech Technologies Get Air Traffic Controllers Chattering

The U.S. Air Force last week signed an agreement with transportation communications firm ARINC Engineering Services to deploy an automated broadcasting system featuring advanced text-to-speech technologies at three of its installations.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 07 Jan 2008

Need Directions? Give Your Thumbs a Rest

Ask.com Mobile launches speech-activated mobile driving and walking directions.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 04 Jan 2008

Genesys and IBM Expand Call Center Solutions to China

Genesys and IBM last week introduced IBM Contact Center in a Box in China, expanding their Strategic Alliance for Contact Center Solutions.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 31 Dec 2007

Understanding Callers' Post-Holiday Anger

The holiday season may be one of the busiest times for some contact centers, but the aftermath is just as brutal.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 28 Dec 2007

Apple Granted Speech Synthesis Patent

On Dec. 25, Apple received a patent for a method that would greater enhance naturalness in its speech synthesizer.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 27 Dec 2007

Call Genie Releases French-Language Voice Directory Software

Call Genie, provider of speech search solutions for directory assistance providers and wireless carriers, announced last week the availability of its Enhanced Voice Directory (EVD) software in French.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 26 Dec 2007