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SAP demonstrates 'Recalls Plus' app for consumers

At a press conference in San Francisco, Sam Yen, vice president of strategic initiatives at SAP, demonstrates a smartphone app targeted to parents of young children featuring back-end integration with the U.S. product recall database.

April 10, 2012 by

Google tipped to sell its own 7-inch Android tablet

The usually-reliable Wall Street Journal has added its voice to the frenzy of speculation about Google's plans to launch its own 7-inch Android tablet, apparently confirming an earlier report in Digitimes. This would be a brave move, considering that Google's previous hardware efforts -- the Nexus smartphone, Chromebooks and Google TV -- have been disastrous flops.

March 29, 2012 by

Voice assistants useful, but adoption slow

Personal voice assistants (PVAs) such as Apple's Siri could represent the next big thing in the tech industry, but lack of defined use case, and difficulty in collating all of the world's spoken languages into a database, mean widespread uptake of the tech is unlikely to be soon, observers have noted.

January 16, 2012 by

Dragon Naturally Speaking Version 11

The difficulty of typing on smartphone touchscreens is driving a resurgence of interest in voice recognition but desktop dictation and control has never really taken off, even though a reasonable version has been built into Windows for several years. Nuance hopes Dragon NaturallySpeaking Version 11 will get us talking to our PCs rather than shouting at them, with a 15% improvement in accuracy and voice shortcuts to make it less tedious to control your PC by talking to it.

July 29, 2010

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