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Jawbone earpiece makes it easier to love smartphones

Jawbone on Thursday began making it easier to love Siri, Google Now or other virtual assistants in a hint at the future portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film "Her." The San Francisco-based company behind sophisticated and stylish wireless ear pieces released a new ERA model packing big technology in a diminutive form and enabling users to speak more naturally with software on their mobile devices.

Jawbone earpiece makes it easier to love smartphones

Jawbone on Thursday began making it easier to love Siri, Google Now or other virtual assistants in a hint at the future portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film "Her." The San Francisco-based company behind sophisticated and stylish wireless ear pieces released a new ERA model packing big technology in a diminutive form and enabling users to speak more naturally with software on their mobile devices.

Computer cracks CAPTCHAs in step toward artificial intelligence

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - A technology start-up said on Monday that it had come up with software that works like a human brain in one key way: it can crack CAPTCHAs, the strings of tilted, squiggly letters that websites employ to make users "prove you are human," as Yahoo! and others put it. San Francisco-based Vicarious developed the algorithm not for any nefarious purpose and not even to sell, said co-founder D. Scott Phoenix.

Philadelphia police chief warns of potential curse of technology

By Chris Francescani (Reuters) - Government surveillance is sparking debate over public security and personal privacy, and the technology will be "both the benefactor and the curse of policing," according to one of the nation's top police chiefs.

Carl Icahn increases Nuance stake to 16 percent: filing

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Activist investor Carl Icahn increased his stake in speech recognition and digital imaging software maker Nuance Communications Inc to 16.03 percent, a regulatory filing showed Thursday. Icahn's stake in Nuance stood at 10.72 percent as of April 30. Apple Inc uses Nuance's speech recognition technology in its iPhone devices as part of its "Siri" voice recognition feature. Shares of Nuance were up 1.7 percent to $19.42 per share in intraday trading Thursday.

System aims to automate transcription of historic manuscripts

Valencia, Spain, May 6 (EFE).- Spain's Polytechnic University of Valencia is leading a consortium of European institutions to develop a new system of optical recognition that would allow for rapid machine-aided transcription of historic manuscripts. The goal, tranScriptorium project coordinator Joan Andreu Sanchez told Efe, is creation of a prototype to prove "how automatic and interactive techniques already in development could be used in a real environment" to transcribe documents dating from as early as the 15th century. Such work is currently done manually.

A look at how Siri, Google Now respond to 5 questions on an iPad

With Google's voice assistant now available on iPhones and iPads, The Associated Press used an iPad Mini to throw five test questions at Google Now and Siri on Monday afternoon in New York. Here's what the two digital assistants had to say for themselves: ___ Question: What is the meaning of life? Siri: "I can't answer that now, but give me some time to write a very long play in which nothing happens." Siri has more than a dozen prepared responses to that question.

Carl Icahn takes 9.27 percent passive stake in Nuance

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has taken a 9.27 percent stake in speech recognition and digital imaging software maker Nuance Communications Inc, according to a regulatory filing on Monday. Icahn's stake represents a passive position in the Nuance, since it is under 10 percent of the company's outstanding shares. Icahn, a billionaire hedge fund manager, is known for taking large "activist" positions in companies and pushing for management change.
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