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Forging new frontiers in voice recognition software

What are Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, and Nuance up to in Cambridge? Suddenly, the four tech giants are scooping up every speech recognition expert they can find and plunking them down in offices in Kendall and Central Square.

It’s not because it’s tough to identify the words you’re speaking to a mobile device. In fact, I’ve been dictating the opening of this column to my iPhone, including punctuation, and you can see that the accuracy ain’t bad. (I corrected it only on the company name Nuance, which it repeatedly heard as “new wants.”)

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