voice recognition

The ATO Is Using Voice Recognition To Verify Taxpayers' Identity

So many accountants in one room.

The Australian Tax Office is a pretty conservative organisation.

It’s probably not as contemporary as it should or could be, but the organisation is working on that, Matthew Hay Assistant Commissioner for strategic program service delivery told a packed room at the Xerocon event in Sydney today.


The Creators Of Siri Are Building A New AI That Programs Itself

Siri was a forward-thinking addition to iOS when it was introduced in 2011. Then Google and Microsoft implemented their own (better) contextually aware virtual assistants to help navigate you through your day. But there was always room for improvement, and the original creators of Siri think they take it even further.


Microsoft's Cortana Voice Assistant Will Hit Australia Next Week

When Microsoft launched its Cortana voice recognition assistant for Windows Phone at Build earlier this year, we were disappointed that it wasn’t available in Australia. That will change soon: as of next week, an alpha version of Cortana for Australia will become available to Windows Phone Developers.


The Hal 9000 Of Grills Tells You When It's Time To Flip The Meat

No one likes a backseat griller, especially if you’ve spent years perfecting your BBQ craft. But a little coaching can help avoid turning steak into charcoal for those starting out. Lynx’s voice-activated Smart Grill will actually ask you what’s going on the barbie so it can then recommend the perfect setting, placement and grill times — no fathers-in-law required.


Apple's Latest Purchase Could Bring Siri Offline

It’s all well and good being able to call upon your own pocketable Siri butler, but I don’t remember Bruce Wayne’s buddy Alfred relying on a Wi-Fi or mobile data connection before he could stitch up his crime-fighting boss. Apple’s aware of the limitations that a mandatory web connection brings to Siri functionality, and it seems to be looking to rectify it with a new purchase.


Apple Just Acquired Patents That Could Put Siri In Charge Of U.S. Homes

While we were all focused on sensors that fit on our wrists, Apple was quietly winning 38 patents for a system of sensors as big as a house.


PlayStation 4 Will Feature Kinect-Like Voice Control

According to Sony, the PlayStation 4 will feature a voice command system which will allow users to control the console by speaking to it — much like the Xbox One’s Kinect-powered system. The feature will be routed through PlayStation Camera’s built-in microphone, and Sony plans to dribble out details of how it might be used soon.


Google Search Can Now Answer Questions About Your Specific Life

Between the always-listening Moto X and the promise of conversational search, it’s pretty clear that Google’s ultimate goal is to become your very own, sci-fi, voice-controlled personal assistant. And the new features Google’s adding to search are bringing us even closer.


UK Bank Phone Verification System Uses Your Voice As Your Password

The days of having to remember your childhood dog’s mother’s maiden name or what street your first high school mascot lived on could soon be a thing of the past. UK financial services firm Barclay Wealth has recently introduced a verification system that uses biometrics, rather than random facts, to confirm your are who you say you are.


Eric Schmidt: Controlling Google Glass With Your Voice Is 'The Weirdest Thing'

There’s a lot of quirkiness to Google Glass and a lot of stuff that Google still has to figure out. One of those things, according to ol’ Google CEO Eric Schmidt, is talking out loud to control Google Glass. In a talk at Harvard today, Schmitty literally called it “the weirdest thing”.


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