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December 17, 2010 | By Mike Swift
Google Inc. switched on a program this week that lets a smart phone learn to understand its user's voice, dramatically increasing the effectiveness of verbal commands to search the Internet, send an e-mail or post a Facebook update. The newly updated Voice Search app for Android phones gradually learns the patterns of the user's speech so it can more accurately interpret the person's voice commands. That ability is of growing importance to the Mountain View, Calif., search giant, which sees Internet searches on smart phones as a significant part of its business.
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April 23, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
New code found within Apple's software seems to indicate the tech giant will be bringing its Siri voice assistant to the next version of the Apple TV, a report Wednesday said. That may mean that Apple will compete against the new $99 Amazon Fire TV for customers on the high-end of the video-streaming market. The Amazon Fire TV was announced and released earlier this month. It can stream audio and video from services such as Netflix and Pandora the same way other gadgets in this market do. But unlike many of its rivals, the Fire TV also comes with voice search and the ability to play video games.
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April 23, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
New code found within Apple's software seems to indicate the tech giant will be bringing its Siri voice assistant to the next version of the Apple TV, a report Wednesday said. That may mean that Apple will compete against the new $99 Amazon Fire TV for customers on the high-end of the video-streaming market. The Amazon Fire TV was announced and released earlier this month. It can stream audio and video from services such as Netflix and Pandora the same way other gadgets in this market do. But unlike many of its rivals, the Fire TV also comes with voice search and the ability to play video games.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google released a new version of its app for the iPhone and the iPad on Tuesday, and it's filled with so many features that it's hard to figure out which are worthy of your attention. We checked out some of the features and here are our five favorites. 1. Improved image search When users tap on an image search result to enlarge the picture, they can now tap on the image with two fingers and drag them apart to zoom in further. Similarly, users can drag their two fingers toward each other to minimize the image and return to the results.
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August 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
After a three-month absence, the YouTube app has returned to Windows Phone. Microsoft pulled the prior version, which it built on its own, after drawing the ire of Google because the app lacked support for ads. The two companies then began working on an updated version of the YouTube app. That app was released Tuesday, bringing native YouTube functionality back to Windows Phone devices. PHOTOS: Google Street View from 22,000 feet "We've released an updated YouTube app for Windows Phone that provides the great experience our consumers expect while addressing the concerns Google expressed in May, including the addition of ads," Microsoft told The Verge . The new app also includes more features than before.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google released a new version of its app for the iPhone and the iPad on Tuesday, and it's filled with so many features that it's hard to figure out which are worthy of your attention. We checked out some of the features and here are our five favorites. 1. Improved image search When users tap on an image search result to enlarge the picture, they can now tap on the image with two fingers and drag them apart to zoom in further. Similarly, users can drag their two fingers toward each other to minimize the image and return to the results.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
We've all been there -- lazily relaxing on the couch, when an engrossing TV or movie show wraps up and is inexplicably followed by something that you just don't want to watch. The channel needs to be changed but the remote is out of arm's reach. Wouldn't it be nice just to tell the TV to change the channel itself? Soon, you may be able to do just that. Your TV will be able to follow your command, but for now you'll still need the remote in hand. Eventually, however, the remote won't be mandatory and someday, your TV may even talk back.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
In a world where mobile phones, game consoles and a growing number of technologies talk back to consumers, Netflix is giving its movie and TV recommendation service a voice. Netflix has unveiled a talking, human-like interface named “Max,” who greets subscribers with a game-show host's exuberance and invites them to play irreverent games, such as “Max's Mystery Call” and “Celebrity Mood Ring.” It seeks to inject humor into the analytical process of offering viewing suggestions - and to further differentiate the service from competitors such as Amazon.com or Hulu.
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October 30, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google's updated Voice Search tool is now available for the iPhone and the iPad, nearly three months after it was announced. The feature comes with a Google iOS search app that users can now download from the Apple App Store. The update, Google's answer to Apple's Siri voice assistant, had to wade through Apple's app approval process before it could be available for Apple device users. Like Siri, you can ask Voice Search all kinds of questions and it will do its best to answer them.
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September 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Two years after launching, it appears Siri has finally exited beta mode. The Apple voice assistant's beta label was removed from the company's website in preparation for its next update, which comes Wednesday as part of the iOS 7 software release. 9to5Mac reports all references to Siri being in beta were dropped late last week. As you may recall, Siri was a bit of a mess when it was launched in 2011. Apple unveiled the feature and marketed it like crazy, raising expectations for the voice assistant to levels Siri couldn't possibly reach at the time.
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September 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Two years after launching, it appears Siri has finally exited beta mode. The Apple voice assistant's beta label was removed from the company's website in preparation for its next update, which comes Wednesday as part of the iOS 7 software release. 9to5Mac reports all references to Siri being in beta were dropped late last week. As you may recall, Siri was a bit of a mess when it was launched in 2011. Apple unveiled the feature and marketed it like crazy, raising expectations for the voice assistant to levels Siri couldn't possibly reach at the time.
BUSINESS
August 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
After a three-month absence, the YouTube app has returned to Windows Phone. Microsoft pulled the prior version, which it built on its own, after drawing the ire of Google because the app lacked support for ads. The two companies then began working on an updated version of the YouTube app. That app was released Tuesday, bringing native YouTube functionality back to Windows Phone devices. PHOTOS: Google Street View from 22,000 feet "We've released an updated YouTube app for Windows Phone that provides the great experience our consumers expect while addressing the concerns Google expressed in May, including the addition of ads," Microsoft told The Verge . The new app also includes more features than before.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
In a world where mobile phones, game consoles and a growing number of technologies talk back to consumers, Netflix is giving its movie and TV recommendation service a voice. Netflix has unveiled a talking, human-like interface named “Max,” who greets subscribers with a game-show host's exuberance and invites them to play irreverent games, such as “Max's Mystery Call” and “Celebrity Mood Ring.” It seeks to inject humor into the analytical process of offering viewing suggestions - and to further differentiate the service from competitors such as Amazon.com or Hulu.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google's updated Voice Search tool is now available for the iPhone and the iPad, nearly three months after it was announced. The feature comes with a Google iOS search app that users can now download from the Apple App Store. The update, Google's answer to Apple's Siri voice assistant, had to wade through Apple's app approval process before it could be available for Apple device users. Like Siri, you can ask Voice Search all kinds of questions and it will do its best to answer them.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
We've all been there -- lazily relaxing on the couch, when an engrossing TV or movie show wraps up and is inexplicably followed by something that you just don't want to watch. The channel needs to be changed but the remote is out of arm's reach. Wouldn't it be nice just to tell the TV to change the channel itself? Soon, you may be able to do just that. Your TV will be able to follow your command, but for now you'll still need the remote in hand. Eventually, however, the remote won't be mandatory and someday, your TV may even talk back.
BUSINESS
December 17, 2010 | By Mike Swift
Google Inc. switched on a program this week that lets a smart phone learn to understand its user's voice, dramatically increasing the effectiveness of verbal commands to search the Internet, send an e-mail or post a Facebook update. The newly updated Voice Search app for Android phones gradually learns the patterns of the user's speech so it can more accurately interpret the person's voice commands. That ability is of growing importance to the Mountain View, Calif., search giant, which sees Internet searches on smart phones as a significant part of its business.
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January 24, 2004 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Rescuers searching for a hiker thought they heard a faint voice in a steep, dangerous ravine off Mt. San Gorgonio in the San Bernardino Mountains on Friday, but found no one after scouring the area twice. Eugene Kumm, 25, of Seal Beach has been missing in the wilderness on or below the 11,500-foot, ice-capped mountain for a week. A second man, Ronald Barbour, 69, of La Crescenta, has been missing in the San Gabriel Mountains near Wrightwood since setting out Jan. 16 for a bike ride and hike.
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August 8, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Google is bringing an enhanced version of Voice Search, a Siri competitor, to its iOS app in just a few days, the company announced Wednesday, Although Voice Search has been a part of Google's iOS app for some time now, the company beefed up the feature on its Android phones this summer when it introduced Google Now at the unveiling of Jelly Bean, the latest version of its Android operating system. The enhanced version of Voice Search functions very much like its competitor, the Apple iPhone 4S' Siri, and arguably outperforms it . GALLERY: Google innovations The new feature will likely come as an update for the Google app, which you can already download,  according to 9 to 5 Mac. Voice Search on iOS will be able to find map information, weather results, and information on individual people and topics from the Google Knowledge Graph.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2004 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Rescuers searching for a hiker thought they heard a faint voice in a steep, dangerous ravine off Mt. San Gorgonio in the San Bernardino Mountains on Friday, but found no one after scouring the area twice. Eugene Kumm, 25, of Seal Beach has been missing in the wilderness on or below the 11,500-foot, ice-capped mountain for a week. A second man, Ronald Barbour, 69, of La Crescenta, has been missing in the San Gabriel Mountains near Wrightwood since setting out Jan. 16 for a bike ride and hike.
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