The Amazon Echo has been kicking about in Australia for a while now. It's not perfect, but if you're keen to join the future of intelligent homes, now is the time to get on board. Whether you're you're thinking of getting an Echo, hear people talking about "Alexa," or not sure what the one you have is capable of, here are some of the best things you can do with it.
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Nuance Communications Australia has released Dragon Anywhere for Android and iOS mobile devices in Australia. The cloud-based app brings Dragon desktop speech recognition to these devices. The company said it's the only mobile dictation solution that offers continuous dictation with no time or length limits.
Though there are multiple options for voice-activated smart assistants available in the US, the launch of Google Home marks the first official entry of this exciting new category into Australia.
This cute little $199 speaker essentially acts as a hub for all things Google in your house, performing tasks you might already do on your phone or computer — quick web searches, streaming music and TV shows, interacting with smart home gadgets — but it does it all with a quick spoken request from you.
Android/iOS: Hound is fast -- really fast -- and while your phone probably already comes with its own virtual assistant, Hound integrates with services like Uber and Yelp. The team behind it hopes more will follow, for a truly cross-platform assistant that does the same work for you on any device.
While computer powered personal assistants haven't really come into their own yet, that doesn't mean they're not useful. The Raspberry Pi happens to work great as an assistant, and Instructables user janw shows off how to convert an old intercom system to work with the Pi as a voice-controlled device.
The evolution of Smart TVs isn’t about features you don’t need; it’s about easier access to the content you love. From catch-up TV apps and streaming Foxtel movies to TV show suggestions tailored to your viewing habits. With voice interaction, you can ask your 2013 Samsung Smart TV questions like “anything to watch?” and have S-Recommendation display your list. And your Samsung Smart TV isn’t just listening. Face recognition* helps it know you’re you.
When Mountain Lion launched, we discussed how to use its new Dictaction feature effectively. It works pretty well on its own, but reader MDaemon wrote in with a handy tip: if you're having trouble getting Dictation to understand words you use often, just create a fake contact for it -- since the tool scans your contacts to make sure it gets proper nouns right, it'll see your contact, match your word with the contact, and print it correctly.
There are a number of apps for Android that all advertise that they can be your personal assistant. None of them are perfect, and all of them have their quirks, issues, and especially their limitations. Even so, we think that Vlingo is your best bet for a well-rounded personal assistant for Android.
Along with the news of an untethered jailbreak for older iDevices came the ability to install Siri on any jailbroken iDevice running iOS 5.0.1 thanks to a handy installer called Spire. Of course, installing Siri is the easy part. Getting it to work is another story entirely.