Top Tech News

CIO Today Network Sites:   Top Tech News  |   CIO Today   |   Mobile Tech Today   |   Data Storage Today
News & Product Reviews for Tech Leaders
Vblock™ Systems:
Advanced converged infrastructure
increases productivity & lowers costs.

www.vce.com
Wednesday, April 16th 
The future of tape is here.
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Trending Topics:   Security Heartbleed Big Data Cloud Computing Windows XP Data Centers OS X Mavericks
Home
Network Security
Tech Trends
Cloud Computing
Hardware
Applications
Microsoft/Windows
Apple/Mac
Mobile Tech
World Wide Web
Big Data
Communications
Hackers
Chips & Processors
Linux/Open Source
Personal Tech
Press Releases
 
Free Newsletters
Top CIO News
 
Mobile Tech Today
 

Applications

Did Amazon Buy Ivona Voice-Text Tech To Build its Own Siri?

Did Amazon Buy Ivona Voice-Text Tech To Build its Own Siri?
January 24, 2013 2:04PM

Bookmark and Share
Amazon has just acquired Ivona Software, a company that offers voice and language portfolios with 44 voices in 17 languages, and more in development. Of course, Amazon would have to do plenty more development on Ivona to make it a Siri competitor. That's because Siri is more than voice recognition software -- it's an intelligent assistant.

APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.

In a move that has some wondering if the e-tailing giant plans to challenge Apple on the Siri front, Amazon on Thursday announced the acquisition of a text-to-speech technology company. Amazon purchased Ivona Software for an undisclosed amount.

Amazon and Gdynia, Poland-based Ivona are not strangers. Ivona's technologies power several features on the Kindle Fire tablets. Beyond Amazon, Ivona also delivers text-to-speech products and services for thousands of developers, businesses and customers globally, including the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

"Ivona is already instrumental in helping us deliver excellent accessibility features on Kindle Fire, including Text-to-Speech, Voice Guide and Explore by Touch," said Dave Limp, vice president of Kindle at Amazon. Limp did not indicate what more Amazon would do with the technology, but hinted that the company looks forward to "building great products to deliver world-class voice solutions to customers around the world."

Compared to Siri

Ivona offers voice and language portfolios with 44 voices in 17 languages, and more in development. Of course, Amazon would have to do plenty more development on Ivona to make it a Siri competitor. That's because Siri is more than voice recognition software -- it's an intelligent assistant.

Siri understands context, allowing you to speak naturally when you ask it questions, for example, if you ask, "Will I need an umbrella this weekend?" it understands you are looking for a weather forecast.

Siri is also smart about using the personal information you allow it to access, for example, if you tell Siri, "Remind me to call Mom when I get home" it can find "Mom" in your iPhone's address book; or ask Siri, "What's the traffic like around here?" and it can figure out where "here" is based on your GPS location.

Room for All

But it seems Ivona could be further developed into an intelligent assistant. And Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, told us there will be plenty of opportunity as we head into a future that promises a paradigm shift in the way people interact with technology.

"Instead of using one device to interface with another device -- like using a mouse or a keyboard to interface with the computer -- the touch-enablement we are seeing in smartphones and tablets and the increasing availability of voice recognition as a way of interfacing with a computing-style device is become increasingly common," King said.

King predicts there will not be a single type of voice recognition technology used across platforms. Instead, he expects the major players, namely Apple and Google and now Amazon, to enhance their brands with discreet types of voice recognition and voice command software.

"I find myself wondering how much difference there can be," he said. "When you talk about one vendor or another's voice recognition software it's kind of like talking about the difference between the online shopping experience you have with one site or another. But it's going to be a pretty big deal from the end-user perspective."

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



 Applications
1. Silverpop: IBM Marketing Gets Personal
2. VMware Horizon 6 Folds In AirWatch
3. Cuban Twitter Creates New Hurdles
4. Wedding in the Palm of Your Hand
5. Last Fixes Tuesday for XP, Office 2003




 Most Popular Articles
1. BlackBerry Drops T-Mobile After Nasty Spat
2. Salesforce CRM Gets Industry Specific for Internet of Customers
3. HP Rolls Out New Software-Defined Network Products
4. $200 'Micro' 3D Printer Earns Big on Kickstarter
5. ManageEngine Plug-In Monitors Data Center Security

Have an informed opinion on this story?
Send a Letter to the Editor.
We want to know what you think.
Send us your Feedback.

 Related Topics  Latest News & Special Reports

  Twitter Acquires Data Analyzer Gnip
  Google Updates Gmail Terms of Service
  VMware Rolls Out DR-as-a-Service
  Google Grabs Droid-Maker
  Red Hat Unveils OpenShift Marketplace

 Technology Marketplace

Business Intelligence
Get real-time, cloud-based information services with Neustar.
 
Cloud Computing
BMC's I.T. solutions unleash the power of your business
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
 
Contact Centers
HP delivers the future of the contact center with HP Qfiniti 10.
 
Data Storage
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
 
Enterprise Hardware
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
 
Enterprise I.T.
BMC's I.T. solutions unleash the power of your business
 
Hardware
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 
Network Security
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 

Network Security Spotlight
Tips To Defeat the Heartbleed Bug
Heartbleed headlines continue as IT admins scramble for answers no one has. Early reports of stolen personal data, including 900 social insurance numbers in Canada, are starting to trickle in.
 
NSC Backs Disclosing Software Vulnerabilities
Disclosing vulnerabilities in commercial and open source software is in the national interest and shouldn't be withheld unless there is a clear need, says the National Security Council.
 
Heartbleed Flaw Affects Hardware, Too
It appears the Heartbleed security bug affects not just Web sites, but also the networking equipment that connects businesses and homes to the Net, including Cisco and Juniper's equipment.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
Google Glass may find its first markets in verticals in which hands-free access to data is a boon. Medicine is among the most prominent of those, as seen in a number of Glass experiments under way.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Is Amazon Launching a 3D Smartphone?
Once known for selling books on an e-commerce platform, Amazon is now a bona fide hardware maker -- and it's reportedly rolling out an innovative smartphone with a 3D screen.
 
Review: S5 Features Useful, Less About Gimmicks
There's a lot to like about Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone -- among them, its relative lack of features. Samsung chose to focus on features people might actually want, not gimmicks.
 
Analyst: Samsung Galaxy S5 Won't Sway iPhone Lovers
The Samsung Galaxy S5 hits store shelves on Friday and the reviews are starting to pour in. The question is: Can the latest in the Galaxy line grab more market share from Apple’s iPhone?
 

Navigation
Top Tech News
Home/Top News | Network Security | Tech Trends | Cloud Computing | Hardware | Applications | Microsoft/Windows
Apple/Mac | Mobile Tech | World Wide Web | Big Data | Communications | Hackers | Chips & Processors
Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech | Press Releases
Also visit these Enterprise Technology Sites
Top Tech News | CIO Today | Mobile Tech Today | Data Storage Today

Services:
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About CIO Today Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Services for PR Pros (In partnership with NewsFactor) | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 Top Tech News. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.