Nuance Wants To Enable Voice Recognition While Your Phone Is In Sleep

New (future) rule: wake smartphone with voice while it’s in sleep mode.

That’s what Nuance, the company behind Siri, wants to pull off in the next year or two. Vlad Sejnoha, Nuance’s chief technical officer, believes that “within a year or two you’ll be able to talk to your smartphone even as it lies idle on a desk”. This in itself would be groundbreaking, as the advantage would be not having to actually touch your device to give it commands. The issue that remains is a glaring one, however: battery life. It can’t be helped that a feature like that would suck the juice out of a battery in just a few hours.

But Nuance would also have to take in account that the phone doesn’t react to every single thing you say, to avoid waking it every minute. It’s complicated indeed, but it is possible.

Via: Technology Review

Brevity Review: Salt Optics Lawson Aviator Sunglasses

These are the Sal Optics Lawson sunglasses. Designed in the aviator style, Salt has created some very epic looking shades. And while aviator sunglasses are not always suitable, they are perfect for a laid back, casual look, while also looking somewhat stern, serious, or simply interesting.

For those of you wondering who Salt Optics as a company are, I will reference their launch in coastal California in 2006, with a modern, well-fitting focus, with excellent craftmanship. All great things to say, but how exactly do they hold up in daily usage? Having worn them for a few days, let me describe my experience wearing the Lawson aviator sunglasses.

They make the classy, smart, or hip gentleman or woman twice as interesting as they were before. In two words: new hotness.

Twitter Will Allow Users To Download All Old Tweets By Year’s End

In a flipside from all the tweaks, removals, and additions to Twitter in the past couple of week, a primary source will allow you to download all of your past tweets, says Twitter CEO Dick Costolo; his statements available at the source link. And that settles a long-time issue for Twitter users who want a more tangible way of preserving tweets, besides starring them or using third-party solutions. that.

Via: FirstPost

Galaxy Nexus For Verizon Finally Receives Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

It finally is here: Android 4.1 on the Galaxy Nexus. Instructions and support for receiving the update is available at the source link, (like how the update will be rolled out via WiFi only, initially) but other than that, expect new features like Google Now, Project Butter (a super smooth software experience), and tons of tweaks and fixes, all on Google’s flagship Android phone.

Via: VZW 

See The iPhone 5 Taken Apart, Piece By Piece

Not much to display here. Oh you know, just the usual iFixit guys taking apart a brand news iPhone 5. They also are verifying the parts Apple said they used, as well as just posting the amazing guts of Apples latest successful device (2 million pre-orders in 24 hours is already successful, if you ask your editor). The wizards at iFixit also noted that because the iPhone 5 opens front-to-back, replacing a crack screen is going to be (a lot) easier, which is a good thing.

Via: iFixit

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean May Dive Into The HTC One X In October

Let me keep this short, simple, and to-the-point. It is not confirmed, but a release date (or month) for the HTC One X (on AT&T as a 4G LTE dual-core smartphone in the United States) is due for an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Is this promising news? Yes and no; it only applies to non-carrier branded One Xs, usually international, which rules out the AT&T model to a path of decadence, sadly. However, it does pave the way: the update would technically be ready, all AT&T would have to do for weeks on end is test it, per the usual quality rounds they (and other U.S. carriers) put Android operating system updates through.

Via: Pocket-Lint