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March 13, 2017

IBM sets new speech recognition accuracy record

IBM announced an important milestone in conversational speech recognition last year. The company managed to develop a system that achieves a 6.9 percent word error rate. Despite the success, IBM continued to work hard on its speech recognition technology and has recently achieved a new industry record of 5.5 percent.

In an official blog post, the company said that the word error rate was measured with the help of recorded conversations between people discussing usual everyday topics like buying a car. These recordings, which are known as the “SWITCHBOARD” corpus, have been used in the industry to benchmark speech recognition systems for more than 20 years. To achieve [...]

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February 16, 2017

IBM helped create an Android weather app that sends alerts without a cell network

Many people in developing countries own smartphones, but don’t always have access to reliable wireless connections. That’s a problem when they may just need them to get alerts for emergencies. This week, IBM announced it has developed a new version of the Weather Channel Android app for those markets, what makes it so special? It can send emergency alerts to smartphones without the need for a cellular connection.

See also: Best weather apps and weather widgets for Android January 15, 2017

You may not be aware, but IBM actually acquired The Weather Company, the home of The Weather Channel cable TV network and the creators of the Weather Channel app, in 2016. [...]

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