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Hands on with Dragon's new Voice Print feature

Building on Dragon Mobile Assistant's wake-up phrase, the Android app can now open your phone at the sound of (only) your voice.

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Android gets voice-activated camera functionality, smarter keyboard

The Google Search app for Android now lets you open your camera in still image or video mode with your voice.

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Here's what Windows Phone's rumored digital assistant needs to win you over

Odds are, you're not using Windows Phone. If the forthcoming voice assistant is good enough, maybe you will.

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Motorola brings hands-free texting to Moto X and Droids

Users of these phones can now reply directly to incoming text messages by voice.

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Beyond Verbal knows how you're feeling, brings emotion analysis to mobile apps

Machines are becoming more human-like every day: Beyond Verbal is a Web service that can figure out your mood just by listening to the tone of your voice.

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ZTE Grand SII lets you easily command a selfie with new voice recognition tech

The new flagship handset from the China-based company comes with a few new voice-listening perks, in addition to a quad-core processor and Android 4.3.

Nuance, Intel build speech commands into PCs -- finally

If you're the kind of person who wanders around your kitchen commanding various devices to play Rolling Stones hits, this new technology may be for you.

Apple's Siri chief moves to Samsung to build connected device platform

The engineer who oversaw development of Apple's Siri technology is now at Samsung building an online service for linking together the "Internet of things."

Vox technica: How Siri gets its voice

Thanks to some journalistic sleuthing, we now know the name of the actor whose voice was used as the basis for the speech of Apple's digital assistant. Marco Tabini consults with industry experts to find out how a person's voice becomes Siri's persona.