Melissa Dirth’s stories
Traveling alone in Spain, I formed a new appreciation for language as an art and the technology we’ve built to interpret and interact with people

In June I visited Spain, spending a few days in Tenerife on the Canary Islands and then a few in the culturally-rich city of Granada. Aside from meeting up with coworkers at a conference I was speaking at for part of my stay in Tenerife, I traveled alone. You might think that as a solo […]

Auto infotainment systems are connecting drivers to social media and music

I was recently walking through the office hallway when I stopped to talk with a colleague. She told me a story about a “week of unplugging” that her kids had recently participated in at their middle school. The premise of this “unplugging” is pretty much as it sounds: students who chose to participate handed in […]

A smart watch or other wearable device that people actually want to wear will combine the best of design – usability and fashion

I remember this alarm clock I bought a few years ago purely to match the décor in my bedroom; I thought it was perfect, with a design that was minimalistic and refined, and nothing but four small buttons on the front. It looked nice, but unfortunately I soon came to regret my purchase. Those four […]

We recently held the 8th annual Nuance Research Conference, a collaborative event during which our Research and Development team gathers from across the globe to exchange findings, debate, and learn about the latest (and upcoming) innovations.  As we continue our never-ending mission to reinvent the relationship between people and technology, we look for new ways […]

Our relationships with connected devices like smart phones are complementary, but not a replacement for, our interpersonal relationships

Your smart phone is the mistress behind your committed relationships. Now, before you get yourself in a tizzy, let me explain what I mean. I remember visiting one of my college professors once during office hours. This was the time when text messaging was just taking off, when I was paying $0.05 per text message […]

Group of friends has all the tech essentials and sits cheering on their team at their Super Bowl party

With discussions of under- or over-inflated balls finally subsiding, hype around this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX game is at full force. If you’re like me though, you probably still have a few last minute party planning details to check off your list before kick-off. Here’s what you’ll need: A cutting-edge HD smart TV Curved screen […]

Samsung's B.K. Yoon talks IoT as one of the top gadgets and tech trends from CES 2015

20,000 products launched, 3,600 companies, and an exhibition hall spanning 2.2 million square feet – this was the setting of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. With exhibitions from global brands like Samsung and Intel to hundreds of startups, CES attracted over a hundred thousand attendees from across the globe, all lucky […]

New Swype keyboard themes are available for iOS 8.1 and up, including an animated winter wonderland themed one.

The decorations are out, warm puffy jackets are on, and gift giving is in full swing. What better time than the present to give our fans some exciting new updates for their Swype keyboards? Included in an update released today, users can now download up to 15 new Swype themes to personalize their keyboards to […]

My voicemail inbox is perpetually full. My parents regularly text me, “Meliss – your inbox is FULL. Delete some messages NOW please!” (yes, capital letters are often used for extra emphasis). I’ll do it, of course, to make them happy but it’s kind of a nuisance in my opinion. In all honesty, I don’t even […]


It’s estimated that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I tune out statistics like this. It’s not because I don’t care or that I’m seeking a path of naivety, but because there’s a certain part of me (and likely in a […]


On average, reports say that smartphone owners spend 47% of the time on their device texting, emailing and social networking. That’s a good chunk of your day. What’s the common thread here (aside from the fact that we’re clearly all busy and like being connected, of course)? Oh yeah! Whether you’re texting a friend, emailing […]

Easter Seals' Evening of Empowerment 2014

A chorus of supporters chanting, “Don’t Dis Ability!,” filled the start line of Easter Seals’ Walk With Me 5K fundraiser last month, reflecting the campaign tagline coined by the Youth Leadership Network. This idea of facing disability-related challenges head-on is one which is embodied by the many Easter Seals ambassadors, volunteers and other supporters. This […]

The science behind creating next-generation synthetic voices is an elusive world comprised of highly-trained speech linguists, voice-over actors reciting text in booths, and fancy technology paired with trade secrets that are, quite frankly, so secret and complex that they fall outside my immediate scope of knowledge. But what I do know is that these voices […]

Last week we traveled to Mobile World Congress in sunny Barcelona, Spain to join more than 85,000 attendees representing over 200 countries in a display of the world’s top mobile innovations. After a busy few days of hopping from keynote to exhibit to the hotel and back again, it was time to board our flights […]

In the chance that you haven’t been hibernating with the bears for the winter, you’re likely one of the millions to have become increasingly consumed by the excitement of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The sporting world and beyond was buzzing for months in anticipation, and during the Games recounts of gold medalists leaping for joy […]

It’s that time of year again – the aisles at local drugstores and check-out kiosks at grocery stores are overflowing with classic Hallmark cards while heart-shaped decorations cling to the windows at schools and banks. Couples sit hand-in-hand on their favorite park bench, drinking in the scenery before heading down the street to warm up […]

Next week marks the beginning of one of the world’s biggest tech stages, the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Set in Las Vegas, CES has drawn brands showcasing the most innovative technologies for over 40 years, and this year will continue the momentum with more than 3,200 exhibitors scheduled to participate and over 900 […]

Nuance has teamed up with Aldebaran Robotics to announce that Aldebaran’s renowned NAO Robot will integrate Nuance’s conversational voice capabilities to deliver a more natural and compelling experience between humans and robots. NAO, a humanoid robot developed by French company Aldebaran Robotics, is here to serve one key purpose – to contribute to the well-being […]

Dragon lovers, it’s time to set your holiday countdown calendar! Tomorrow, October 24th, we will feature one of our best offers of the year on QVC. For only $89.99, get our Dragon Home Edition bundle. What you get – Dragon speech recognition and System Mechanic PC optimization software, as well as a USB drive with […]

We’re excited to announce that Nuance is heading to SXSW 2014 – but we need your help! Nuance’s panel, AI: Natural Interactions between Man and Machine, is up for nomination as part of the world-famous SXSW Interactive conference. If selected, Nuance’s CTO, Vlad Sejnoha will address thousands of SXSW attendees, talking to the complex interactions […]

Smartphones have become more than simply a communications device – they’re our closest companion providing seemingly on-demand information about the best spots to eat, playing your favorite songs at a whim, giving you directions and reviews about local businesses and more.  In short – a personal assistant in your pocket.  And these interactions are becoming […]

A vacation often presents the perfect time to get away and take in a new location, experience or culture. But, sometimes, spending that time off at home is even more rewarding. Taking advantage of the downtime to get a handle on and enjoy your surroundings – with the added benefits of avoiding the long airport […]

At the heart of the connected living room is – what else – but the TV. It’s the gathering place for a family movie night, the mecca of Super Bowl Sunday and your one-stop shop to news and entertainment of all kinds. You can likely picture yourself – remote in hand, surfing through the guides […]

Whether you’re a veteran advertiser or new to the game, advertising continues to be an exciting and constantly evolving space. More so than other mediums, the proliferation of mobile devices has expanded the way people think about communicating—and being communicated to… With such expansion, and whether we realize it or not, mobile advertising has become […]

By: Jason Womack What happens when you do what you say you will do, in the time you promised? Well, in social and professional circles you can gain trust with those you live and work with. And, the more you trust each other, the more amazing things you can do. And, isn’t that the point […]

If you’re lucky enough to be at SXSW this week, then you’re in for the best in music, film and interactive excitement from morning ‘til night. The hustle and bustle of this conference, filled with over 100,000 attendees, can get a bit overwhelming and those schedule booklets hard to manage. But with our app, Dragon […]

Have you ever gotten a love letter? Sent one? ‘Tis the season of love and valentines. But it is more likely that you send a Hallmark card than verse your true feelings. And true feelings come from the heart. Countless people use Dragon to put memories into words that can be kept, forever; whether writing […]

It’s a new year, which means hundreds of millions of resolutions were made earlier this week. People all across the country took the promise of a new year to jump start their desires to be more healthy, happy, active, better in control of their money and spend more time with family. All are popular New Year’s resolutions […]