Speech recognition has been around for many years, but it was only until Apple launched Siri with the iPhone 4S on October 2011 that this technology became mainstream. Despite its potential, speech recognition has taken a back seat to other innovations like the touch screen, but new developments by Nuance, Google and Intel are setting the stage for this technology to finally take off in 2014.
Google paid $3.2 billion to acquire Nest Labs, a maker of smart thermostats, smoke alarms and other home gadgets, grabbing a foothold in the smart home and Internet of Things markets. The size of the acquisition, while not on the same scale as Google's $12.4 billion deal for Motorola Mobility, indicates Google's desire to establish itself in a market that may be one of the next frontiers of computing and Internet access.
Google announced late yesterday that it agreed to buy Nest Labs, which makes Internet-connected devices like thermostats and smoke alarms, for $3.2 billion in cash. The deal, which is expected to close in the next few months, appears a clear indicator of the Internet firm's plans to expand into the home automation market, an area that is also being highly pursued by cable companies.
LAS VEGAS--Google, as had been rumored, launched a new partnership with a number of automakers to bring its Android mobile operating systems into connected cars. The alliance, announced as the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show is getting under way here, also serves as a counterbalance to a similar effort Apple launched to bring its iOS platform to car dashboards.
Purdue University researchers are developing a neural-networking chip whose underlying artificial intelligence technology could be used by leading manufacturers to add image-recognition capabilities to mobile devices.
Four years. More than 125 million downloads. Some one billion photos sent. And yet, users of Bump and Flock, acquired by Google for $30 million late last year, will soon see their apps cease to function and all their user data deleted.
The age of biological computing is just around the corner, as new computer chips will enable devices to absorb new information and adjust their functions based on what they have learned.
They came, they saw, they downloaded. Well, some of them downloaded. Consumer interest in apps continued to climb in 2013, but for the developers who created them, the year was filled with a variety of platform changes, concerns over how user data is handled, an emphasis on analytics and more than a few surprising mergers and acquisitions. Thus, FierceDeveloper is taking a look back on the year that was to put some of the biggest stories in perspective.
FierceTelecom is counting down the story lines that shaped the telecom industry in 2013. From special access battles to new networking standards, find out what issues dominated the headlines.
Japan has knocked the United States out of the No. 1 spot in terms of monthly app store revenue, according to a new report from App Annie. The analytics firm's latest report showed Japan nearing $350 million in combined revenue across iOS and Google Play in October.