Jim Edwards of Business Insider recently speculated on Apple’s acquisition of Topsy Labs earlier this week. Edwards writes, “Why would the maker of iPads and iPhones need a small company that culls data from Twitter? The likely answer is that Apple needs help with something that is as old as the Internet itself: search. For most people, ‘search’ stopped being sexy more than 10 years ago, when Google proved that its search engine was pretty much the only one you needed. But Apple just dropped $US200 million on Topsy, likely in hopes of using Topsy’s data to improve recommendations when people search for apps and stuff in iTunes and the App Store.” Read more
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Apple is looking for a Siri Software Engineer – Data in Santa Clara, CA. The post states, “Play a part in the next revolution in human-computer interaction. Contribute to a product that is redefining mobile computing. Create groundbreaking technology for large scale systems, spoken language, big data, and artificial intelligence. And work with the people who created the intelligent assistant that helps millions of people get things done — just by asking. Join the Siri Data team at Apple… The Siri data team is responsible for the analytics of Siri usage, the preparation and serving of data that Siri uses to answer questions, and the sophisticated algorithms that use the data to improve Siri’s accuracy.” Read more
Spectrum, Twelvefold Media’s managed service designed to target ad messages in real-time based on understanding consumers’ intent around the content they’re consuming, now is offering a self-service version of the platform. (See The Semantic Web Blog’s earlier coverage of the platform here.) With Spectrum 3.0, trading desks, clients and marketing cloud companies can use Spectrum’s listening and indexing capabilities — algorithms for determining why someone is reading a piece of content at that moment in time and for scoring millions of URLs daily — with their own bidding rules. It will continue to offer Spectrum as a managed service for always-on and spot campaigns, as well.
The wizard that used to be behind the process of understanding the mindset of the content to target – based on a series of data inputs stemming from Spectrum’s advanced understanding of natural language on the page, from which targeting schema are created – now operates in the background, so users aren’t required to enter in keywords or phrases to go up against. For instance, a smartphone vendor, leveraging an article on Apple slashing iPhone 5c orders, can add that URL to the system to go up against Spectrum’s big index of the visible web to find relevant pages like that one, says Mike Campbell, VP, product at Twelvefold.
Samsung Galaxy S4 or Apple iPhone 5? Many users are contemplating which smartphone upgrade is the right one for them. PolyVista, a BI text analytics tool that specializes in finding insights and sentiment in text-based data like online reviews, social media, blogs and surveys, wants to help out. It just published the results it gleaned from its PolyVista Zoom review analysis technology, which looked at online review text and analyzed each topic for positive and negative sentiment.
While both garnered more positive than negative commentary on social media, it concludes that the Galaxy S4 got a slight — 8 percent — edge over the iPhone 5.
That’s something both Apple and Samsung would like to know, too. And providing insights like that “from either structured or unstructured data to a business-person with a minimal amount of work by them” is what the company is aiming for, says Shahbaz Anwar, PolyVista CEO. Its value proposition, he says, is bringing text analytics via the cloud to companies that can’t afford to make the investments in expertise, talent software and infrastructure to do it in-house, particularly in verticals such as high-tech and services.
Apple is looking for a Siri Language Engineer who speaks fluent Mandarin in Santa Clara, CA. The company is also looking to fill the same position with native German, Korean, and Japanese speakers. According to the post, “You will be responsible for the international engineering of Siri, and be required to interact with several world class teams of experts at Apple. Read more
Ingrid Lunden of TechCrunch reports, “Apple’s acquisition of Siri in 2010 gave the company the technology it needed to build a voice-activated personal assistant for its iPhone and iPad devices. A year later, Mads Rydahl — one of the first employees at Siri as its director of product design — sold something else to Apple: a set of patents, nine in all, from a startup he founded before joining Siri. Today, Rydahl is working on a new startup: a semantic search engine called Unsilo, which is now preparing for a launch in November backed with $1 million from Danish incubator Oei and Scale Capital, a small VC firm co-headquartered in the U.S. (Palo Alto) and Denmark.” Read more
Does the leading Internet radio service Pandora, which is based on Pandora Media’s Music Genome Project, have anything to fear from Apple?
Apple’s iPhone 5C and 5S smartphones, formally launched yesterday, boast the new iOS 7 operating system to be officially released next week, and that means they also boast iTunes Radio. Craig Federighi, senior vice president of Software Engineering, talked about the expected feature at the launch, according to reports, discussing how users can create their own stations from favored artists, songs and genres, a la Pandora.
iTunes Radio will be available to iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV users. As consumers use iTunes Radio more, it will get to know their tastes to deliver more of what they like. Pandora, which just celebrated the 5-year anniversary of its iPhone app in July, works by letting users pop in a favorite artist, song, or genre name for the Music Genome Project to scan against the million or so pieces of music it’s already analyzed by their various attributes, with music “genes” related to characteristics like type of background vocals or gender of lead vocalist, to find options with similar musical features.
Nuance’s Voice Is Heard: Its Tech Featured In Samsung Galaxy Gear SmartWatch And Surfi AI Answer Engine
Nuance Communications is high-profile this week. The company has announced that Samsung’s new Galaxy Gear wearable smart watch and Galaxy Note 3 tablet will integrate its voice and language capabilities. Additionally, word comes from SpeechTrans that its new natural language processing application for Windows 8 and Windows RT, which – like Apple’s Siri – leverages Nuance’s speech recognition smarts, has been released.
Apple is looking for a Senior Speaker Identification Scientist in Santa Clara, CA. The post states, “The speech team is looking for an experienced speech researcher to develop a system for performing reliable speaker identification using state-of-the-art methodology. The resulting system should be able to determine whether one of several authorized speakers is talking and, if so, which one it is. The work will be carried out within a team that is largely concerned with speech recognition, and can therefore draw on a large variety of speech tools. However, the ideal candidate should be comfortable carrying out this project independently.” Read more
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