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AT&T Opens Watson Voice Recognition to Mobile App Developers

Posted by Shirley Brady on April 19, 2012 11:14 AM

While Apple's Siri chats with iPhone-happy celebs and Microsoft brings voice-recognition to Windows Phone via Bing, AT&T has been in the speech recognition business for more than a decade (dating back to the Bell Labs days) with AT&T Watson, which it's now opening to other mobile developers with APIs being released in June.

Not to be confused with IBM's Jeopardy! champ of the same name, AT&T's voice recognition tool transcribes spoken words into text on the fly. In the video above, AT&T highlights how it's making Watson accessible to other developers, who can integrate this technology into their own mobile apps — including in-car connected systems, as AT&T talked up at CES this past January.

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In the News: Nestle, Best Buy, Apple/Samsung and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 18, 2012 09:01 AM

In the News

Amazon plans to republish James Bond novel series.

Apple and Samsung are ordered into a patent-settlement conference, while Apple pressures Beijing with iPad snub.

Eatzi's expands into new locations.

Berkshire Hathaway will remain firmly under Warren Buffett's control as he undergoes prostate-cancer treatment.

Best Buy sees CEO search influenced by founder.

Bristol-Myers Squibb tops Corporate Responsibility Magazine's Best Corporate Citizens 2012 ranking.

Chevrolet touts Volt with Klout.

Citicorp sees executive pay plan ovewhelmingly rejected by shareholders.Continue reading...

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IBM CEO Rometty Faces Pressure In Role On All-Male Masters

Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 9, 2012 11:56 AM

(Source: Bloomberg)

IBM proved an effective social change agent back in 1990, when it pulled its TV advertising from the PGA Championships that were being played at an Alabama club that only allowed members that were white. The club changed its policies and Augusta National, home of the Masters, soon followed the same path and admitted its first black member.

Bloomberg News observes that IBM now has the power to make change again, as one of the three main sponsors of the Masters at the now-80-year-old Augusta, which has faced escalating criticism in recent years for not allowing women to join. (Martha Burk, anyone?) IBM, of course, named a female CEO, Virginia “Ginni” Rometty, back in January.

“The company’s CEO traditionally dons the club’s signature green member blazer at the tournament, as do the CEOs of co-sponsors Exxon Mobil Corp. and AT&T Inc.,” Bloomberg noted. “IBM will have to decide whether to keep spending the money if its CEO lacks equal status with other sponsors.” In the end, Rometty attended -- wearing a pink jacket, not a green one. Continue reading...

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In The News: Google, Nissan, Toys R Us & more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 9, 2012 08:59 AM

AOL sells patents to Microsoft.

AT&T spends big to support launch of Numia smartphone by Nokia as it staves off a walkout by its workers.

Augusta National leaves unsettled the question of membership of IBM CEO Virginia Rometty; Bubba Watson wins its Masters tournament in dramatic fashion.

Avon names new CEO from Johnson & Johnson.

CDC says anti-smoking ads prompt lots more "quit attempts."

Cotton launches new look.

Google plots web-domain buying spree.

Great Wolf Resorts sees sweetened offer to buy company.

Kia keeps brand humming in non-launch year. Continue reading...

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In the News: Delta, Facebook's IPO, Sky News & more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 6, 2012 08:54 AM

In the NewsCostco reports surge in monthly sales.

Coty wants Avon in part to build in Brazil.

Current TV struggles to meet audience targets.

Dairy Queen rolls out new national campaign.

Del Monte and Fresh Del Monte engage in food fight.

Delta considers entering fuel-refining business to cut costs.

Facebook said to pick Nasdaq for IPO.Continue reading...

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In the News: Amazon, Payless, BK and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 5, 2012 08:58 AM

In the News

Amazon dinged for dodging U.K. taxes.

AOL revamps and sees Arianna Huffington gain more control.

Bravo looks to first original scripted series.

Burger King sees Mary J. Blige weigh in on ad controversy as new investor talks tough about McDonald's.

Chrysler got legal shield on old models in Chapter 11 process, newspaper says.

Courtyard contrasts travel hassles with comforts in new campaign.

Ford plans to boost production in China as GM sees China sales climb.

Fox News hires Santita Jackson, daughter of Jesse Jackson, as contributor.Continue reading...

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In the News: iPhone, Bank of America, Nissan and new

Posted by Shirley Brady on March 23, 2012 09:01 AM

In the News

Apple's iPhone beats BlackBerry in its homeland; and could one day be made out of glass and function as a universal remote control.

AT&T sued over alleged deaf calls scam.

Bank of America tests rental program as alternative to foreclosure.

Bit.ly ranks U.S. news outlets.

Credit Suisse cuts CEO's pay 55%.

Dove launches self-esteem campaign in the U.K.

Etch A Sketch owner capitalizes on Romney-spurred attention.

Facebook strips privacy from new user policy, reportedly buys 750 patents from IBM.

FedEx called to task by Obama administration.Continue reading...

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In the News: Apple, Disney, PayPal and more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 16, 2012 09:04 AM

In the News

Airbus sees more jet orders held up in emissions row with China.

American Airlines races against clock in bankruptcy court.

Apple faces pressure over app store fraud as fans line up around the world for new iPad.

BCE buys Astral Media for $3 billion, shakes up Canadian media landscape.

Centers for Disease Control launches grisly new anti-smoking ad campaign.

China corporate espionage makes cover of Bloomberg Businessweek.

Cisco increases focus on video delivery with purchase of NDS.

Derek Lam resigns as creative director of Tod's.

Disney pulls in movie production reins after John Carter flops.Continue reading...

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