App Store Large-vocabulary speech recognition for speech-to-text and search terms Nuance Communications ’ Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech-to-text dictation software for the PC has been refined over the years and gets good marks from reviewers and users on its accuracy. In December, Nuance announced the availability of “Dragon Dictation ” and “Dragon Search ” on the Apple iPhone, two separate applications available through the Apple App Store as a free download “for a limited time. ” The downloaded client software is supported by speech recognition within the network. Continued on page 26 Microsoft’s Bing for Mobile supports voice search “Just say what you want and get it” On December 2, Microsoft announced a “Bing Mobile ” application for Windows phones, enhancing its Bing search engine. The application supports voice-enabled search using Microsoft’s Tellme operation, as well as some location-based services. The basic paradigm, as Microsoft summarizes it, is “just say what you want and get it.” Bing Mobile, for example, lets a user speak to access maps, driving directions, and traffic information. The new application also includes an improved auto-locate feature to show your current location, and makes it easy to speak to find a nearby business, a new restaurant, or a local movie theatre with the latest show times. The application handles complex spoken requests, such as “One Microsoft Way, Redmond 98052. ” One can choose walking or driving directions. Continued on page 27 Vlingo is “everywhere” New Blackberry version allows speaking rather than typing into any field Vlingo has been one of the more successful small companies in mobile applications of speech recognition (see interview, p. 21). The company claims that its small-client, network-based speech recognition has been used over 100 million times by some four million users worldwide. The Vlingo application brings up a text box when a button is pressed on a supported mobile phone. One can then speak what one wants converted to text, with keywords such as “email to Bill Meisel ” initiating the dictation if it is to be a text or email message an
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