Billions of people worldwide need captions, pages that don't flash, or voice recognition when they use the Internet. Guidelines from the World Wide Web Consortium could make it possible.
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The new Comcast service "Voice 2go" lets users text and make free calls over Wi-Fi. It also highlights a new potential flash point with wireless carriers.
Voice-over-Internet Protocol consumer players like Google and Skype will find it "tough" to penetrate enterprise IP telephony space but will have chance in small and midsize business market, notes analyst.
Stories of the month - September 2010
While Microsoft's mult-touch capabilities (and lack thereof) are in the news daily, the company's speech engine and algorithms don't often merit a mention.At the SpeechTEK conference in New York City on August 3, Microsoft officials attempted to explain what the Redmondians have coming in the voice recognition and synthesis space -- without going so far as to announce undisclosed products.
At the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch compares Apple's recent moves regarding Flash to the fight over railroad gauge standardization 150 years ago, arguing that when one company tries to carve out an exclusive space for itself, it hurts competition and consumers. Lynch says regarding Apple's strategy, "I don't think it's the role of a company to decide what people should be making."
Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, wants to stop this 1 in 250,000 chance of occurring, director Anatoly Perminov told the Voice of Russia yesterday.
As open source technologies continue to pound an increasingly heavier footprint throughout the world’s enterprise IT portals, could we be about to see a new surge in the freeware space as this delivery model bids for voice alongside open source itself?One has to ask the question after seeing news emanating from VMworld San Francisco this week that virtualisation management specialist Vizioncore has just positioned half their product line as freeware.
AT&T Navigator's subscription based GPS navigation solution (see our review) was the first full GPS voice navigation system for the Apple iPhone, but there is now some serious competition in the GPS navigation space that may even start knocking out dedicated PND. The biggest news today is that TomTom for the iPhone was released in the US. TomTom (iTunes link) is a well known name in PNDs and their iPhone solution is one of the most costly at $99. Other recent stand-alone (no subscription required) GPS navigation solutions for the iPhone include Navigon at a special $69.99 launch price and CoPilot Live for $34.99. There is quite a price range across these navigation solutions and we'll have to see if the high cost of TomTom is worth the premium over CoPilot Live 8.
At the Interop Conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft's Stephen Elop and Hewlett-Packard's Ann Livermore announce a partnership between the two companies to bring a better, faster, less expensive, unified communication solution to businesses. Also, Microsoft's Warren Barkley demonstrates a touch-screen workspace that has drag and drop conference calls, voice to text voicemails, and an integrated document sharing space.
Their voice over IP services targeted at enterprises will likely remain limited to SMB space, and pose no significant threat to larger unified communications players.
Beet.tv has a post on the news that Adobe is going to be adding voice-to-text functionality inside of Flash video that will be added to the video as metadata.
Adobe is aiming for greater use of its Flash Player multimedia Web software within mobile and other non-PC devices by launching its Open Screen Project — an industry alliance it hopes will garner the support of large vendors in the embedded multimedia space.
In terms of what we cover in this space, I'd like to cite and then comment on, two key points made by telecom analyst Martin Geddes in his recent guest column for GigaOm:Voice will be the catalyst. There will be a rapid rise of non-traditional voice services as voice is embedded into the general online experience.
Outstanding ease of use and high-quality recording make the FlashMic DRM85 a fantastic digital microphone.
Robert Scoble laments the existence of the Techmeme Leaderboard, which ranks sites every 20 minutes based on the amount of headline space they occupied on Techmeme over the 30 days. He suggests that the list of top sources for Techmeme heralds the death of blogging because the dynamic leaderboard typically contains only few "bloggers," which he defines as the “single voice of a person.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed self-assembling nanowires which will allow to access data 1,000 times faster than current technologies such as Flash memory. They've used nanowires made of germanium, antimony and tellurium which can switch between amorphous and crystalline structures -- the equivalent of 0's and 1's. The scientists say that their technology will use less space and power than current technologies. But more surprisingly, they add that their nanowires will be able to store data for 100,000 years. I really wonder how they can make such a claim.
In enterprise circles, it’s much more about AJAX than it necessarily is about Flash. Then, you have Silverlight, and now JavaFX Script, which I think are more in the same category as Adobe Flash, than targeting the AJAX world. I've yet to see an enterprise application focused on Flash development. It seems to have much more of a place either in content distribution or the general Internet space. Still, it’s gaining at least mind share, and so we’ll have to see whether this begins to make a push more to the corporate enterprise world.
It's been a big week for news in the Rich Media space and both Flash and Silverlight have been able to make a splash. Rich Media is arguably one of the most important use cases for the major Rich Internet Application platforms.
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