Nuance sells document imaging business for $400 million


Voice recognition software giant Nuance on Monday announced that it's selling its document imaging business to Kofax for $400 million. Kofax is a supplier of of intelligent automation software and plans to use the complementary product line from Nuance to expand the functionality of its portfolio. Specifically, Kofax CEO Reynolds Bish said the purchase will add key technologies such as cloud compatibility, scan-to-archive, scan-to-workflow, print management and document security to Kofax's core product. "In addition we will now be able to combine the best capture and print management capabilities available in the market into one product portfolio," he said. For Nuance, shedding the document imaging business -- its smallest business segment in terms of revenue -- should help the company focus resources on its more successful product lines.

Samsung will reportedly open its Bixby assistant to developers


Samsung apparently has enough confidence in its half-baked voice assistant, Bixby, that it plans to open it up to developers, according to the WSJ. At its San Francisco developer conference next week, it plans to roll out new features for the assistant and open it up completely to developers, much as Amazon and Google have done with Alexa and Google Assistant. It will reportedly show developers how they can create Alexa-like skills for ordering food or hailing rides, called "capsules." The main problem with Bixby is that just 6 percent of American's use it, compared to 24 and 20 percent who use Alexa and Google Assistant, respectively. This is despite the fact that Bixby is built into numerous smartphones, TVs and even appliances that Samsung sells.

How Facebook Failed To Build A Better Alexa (Or Siri)


Facebook's Portal looked like a slick alternative to the Amazon Echo speaker when it launched earlier this month, but problems abounded behind the scenes. Facebook had already delayed the video-calling device due to privacy concerns around the Cambridge Analytica scandal. And when it finally did launch, there was a glaring omission: no voice assistant from Facebook. Instead it came with Alexa, meaning anyone who bought the 15.6-inch version for $350 got an awkward gateway to Amazon, whose competing Echo Show cost at least $100 less. It also meant Facebook was blocked from collecting any speech data to train its voice technology further.

The Morning After: Would you pay for an Android app subscription?


As our British readers struggle with daylight savings ("struggle" an extra hour in bed), we saw China's first private satellite launch not go as planned, the original Wii remote prototype goes to auction and you can control your Roku device through Google's voice assistant. Hey Google, save me the trouble of finding the remote. Roku's Google Assistant control is here. If you're using a TV or player running at least Roku OS 8.1, you can link the Google Home app to your Roku account and control core functions using only voice and an "on Roku" suffix. You can launch channels, search for shows and control playback on most devices, while TV owners can turn on the set, adjust volume or switch inputs.

Study Finds Nuance Dominates Radiology Speech Recognition Market


The Reaction Data Report took a look at the use of speech recognition technology in radiology. According to Reaction Data, "While it's debatable whether Nuance had a technological advantage, they were one of the first with a solution and aggressively developed partnerships with PACS, RIS and EHR vendors." This led to Nuance dominating the radiology industry. M-Modal had the next biggest marketshare. The report also found that "while speech recognition is making great strides, there's still a good amount of organizations that say they'll never adopt a solution."

How Machine Learning Impacts the Undergraduate Computing Curriculum

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Machine learning now powers a huge range of applications, from speech recognition systems to search engines, self-driving cars, and prison-sentencing systems. Many applications that were once designed and programmed by humans now combine human-written components with behaviors learned from data. This shift presents new challenges to computer science (CS) practitioners and educators. In this column, we consider how machine learning might change what we consider to be core CS knowledge and skills, and how this should impact the design of both machine learning courses and the broader CS university curriculum. Computing educators1,6 have historically considered the core of CS to be a collection of human-comprehensible abstractions in the form of data structures and algorithms.

How Artificial Intelligence is Disrupting Speech Recognition Analytics Insight


Speech recognition is the newest technology fad empowered to recognize spoken words, which can further be converted into text. Speech Recognition encapsulates voice recognition, a technology deployed to identify a person based on their voice. AI-powered Speech Recognition has been the toast of offerings among major tech giants. The top-performing tech stocks, FAAMG or Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Google are already offering the speech recognition feature on their devices through cutting-edge assistants like Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Siri. The pinnacle of Voice technology has happened at a quick pace.

Alexa helps propel Amazon to another massive quarter


Amazon has been pretty busy the past few months, unleashing a slew of new hardware just in time for the holiday season. Several of those products haven't made it to market quite just yet, but that hasn't stopped the company from raking in money as per usual. In its third quarterly earnings report, Amazon reported that net sales in the past three months have totaled $56.6 billion, which is a 30 percent year-over-year increase. Meanwhile, net income has increased to $2.9 billion in the third quarter, which is a big jump from the $256 million from this time last year. This is the 14th straight quarter that the online retail giant has reported a profit.

Honda taps SoundHound to help make an in-car AI assistant


Honda hasn't been shy about wanting an AI assistant in its cars, and it's bringing in a partner to ensure that this assistant is one you'll want to use. The automaker has tapped SoundHound to speed up the development of its AI companion. Thanks to the Houndify platform, your ride should understand natural, conversational voice commands, including ones that depend on contextual details like your location or past requests. If this sounds familiar, it should -- Hyundai and Kia are also using SoundHound's tech to power their respective assistants. You shouldn't get a cookie-cutter experience when Honda is free to customize the experience and add its own flourishes, but it could lead to your future ride sharing some major technology in common with a rival brand.