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Hands On: Dragon Dictate 4.0.6 (OS X, Windows)

03/29, 2:20pm

Deeply impressive dictation and voice recognition

Do not ever give voice recognition software to a writer who's a keyboard junkie. Do not ever give Dragon Dictate to any one who saw how rubbish dictation software was in the 1980s, 1990s and probably 2000s but they didn't check. For a few minutes sitting in front of Dragon Dictate will destroy their worldview like a politician discovering that encryption makes monitoring computers hard. Dragon Dictate works and it works extremely, just extremely well. It also does more than dictation: this is powerful software for word processing by voice command.

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Pointers: Dictation on OS X

03/09, 7:27am

Get more from your Mac's built-in dictation tools

This is about getting more from dictation in OS X, but really it's about getting anything from it at all: we're prepared to bet that you've never even switched the feature on. That might be because you're already addicted to Dragon Dictate, and if that is the case, you carry on. If it's that you just haven't looked, or if you don't believe you need it though, OS X Yosemite's dictation is far better and more genuinely useful than you mght expect.

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RED Dragon sensor exceeds expectations after internal tests

08/10, 10:54am

RED's 6K Dragon sensor is said to be ultra-clean, offer high dynamic range, more

RED's teased 6K resolution Dragon sensor is exceeding the company's expectations after internal testing, CEO Jim Jannard revealed on the official forums. He promises the sensor will be "the cleanest" ever seen and will be the resolution and dynamic range king. At ISO 2000, Jannard said, the images produced look better than the company's current MX sensor at ISO 800.

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Nuance adds Siri-like Nina voice interface feature

07/25, 1:41pm

Nuance to offer Nina voice recognition assistant for mobile product support later this summer

A new girl is aiming to steal some of Apple's Siri voice assistant fame and her name is Nina. Nuance, the company behind other speech recognition technologies such as Dragon TV and Dragon Drive, brought out Nina, though she will cater to a different user base than Siri and Samsung's S Voice or Google Now in Jelly Bean. It will be offered to companies who wish to automate mobile product support rather than allow setting appointments in their calendars or composing e-mails or text messages.

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SpaceX Dragon capsule detaches from ISS on way home

05/31, 10:35am

Dragon capsule is carrying old ISS equipment back to Earth

Nine days after its launch, SpaceX' Dragon capsule detached from the International Space Station and began its trip back to Earth. The capsule was docked with the ISS for five days, after delivering supplies to the ISS. It was loaded with about 1,400lbs of old space station equipment and science samples.

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RED teases Dragon 6K upgrade, REDray Projector with 4K

04/16, 8:40am

RED Dragon and REDray Projector tipped at NAB

RED's Jim Jannard and Jarred Land gave two previews of two high-end technology upgrades. The Dragon will upgrade both the EPIC and Scarlet lines to a maximum 6K resolution. In the process, they also get 120FPS shooting even at 5K, and over 15 stops of dynamic range for better handling of highlights and shadows.

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HTC set to bring Dragon phones to China with Android 4.0

02/27, 2:40am

Lineup includes three 4-inch models

After unveiling the One smartphone lineup yesterday at Mobile World Congress, HTC has introduced another trio, the Dragon series, that will be headed to China. The brand includes three different models that are similar to the One V, each featuring entry-level hardware paired with Android 4.0.

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Nuance brings natural speech recognition to set top boxes

01/09, 7:35pm

Dragon TV integrates messaging, social media, TV

Nuance Communications has unveiled Dragon TV, a voice and natural language understanding platform for TV, device and set-top box OEMs and digital service operators. Similar to Nuance's plain-language speech recognition encoded in Siri's Assistant feature, Dragon TV responds to voice commands in plain English. Viewers can find content by speaking channel numbers, station names, show and movie names. Searches by actor's name and genre are also possible.

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Swype beta brings Dragon voice control, smarter language

12/25, 3:05pm

Swype beta for Android taps Nuance for help

A new Swype beta this week has given the Android keyboard add-on its first voice recognition. Nuance's Dragon Dictation now lets users speak what they want to say without having to either switch to Google's on-screen keyboard or live with its limitations. The interface comes through a simple keyboard shortcut and doesn't replace the signature Swype interface.

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Nuance buys Vlingo, takes out Siri rival

12/20, 11:40am

Nuance takes over Vlingo

Nuance shook up the smartphone field Tuesday by acquiring Vlingo. The deal gives it a natural language voice command system available both after the fact and preloaded on phones like the iPhone 4S, which itself uses Nuance as part of its recognition.

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Nuance supports Windows Phone, adds mobile dev program

09/27, 11:45am

Dragon speech-to-text SDK on all major platforms

Nuance Communications, Inc. announced it is adding developer support for Windows Phone and a three tiered service structure to its NDEV Mobile Developer Program. The company's Dragon Mobile SDK is now available for all major mobile platforms, including Windows Phone 7.1+, iOS 4.0+ and Android 2.1+. A HTTP web services interface is also available. In addition, the company said all three service tiers will have access to eight new languages for voice recognition.

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Apple said talking to Nuance for voice recognition in iOS 5

05/07, 1:15am

Apple negotiates for Nuance voice command in iOS 5

Word of an Apple deal with Nuance may have gained momentum early Saturday as hints have emerged that a deal is underway. Rather than the previously dismissed buyout, Apple would forge an agreement to bring Nuance's voice recognition system into iOS, most likely iOS 5. While options were open, TechCrunch understood that the determination of Nuance chief Paul Ricci and a high valuation dependent on licenses were likely deterrents to buying Nuance outright.

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Nuance opens up Dragon speech SDK for Android, iOS apps

01/23, 2:45pm

Nuance Dragon speech SDK open to 3rd-party apps

Nuance late this past week posted the Dragon translation apps. The kit allows incorporating the engine into third-party apps on either Android or iOS devices. Features work in both directions and will convert text to speech in as many as 35 languages, or speech to text in eight languages.

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