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To: Jorgen Jensen who wrote (773)12/12/2013 10:53:10 AM
From: deeno
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similar postion. definitely lost faith, but Icahns stake must have some purpose. I'm willing to stick it out to find out, but maybe his son just needed a job.

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From: Savant12/16/2013 9:54:09 PM
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Jetstar Selects Nuance's Nina Web for "Ask Jess" Virtual Assistant
Airline Travelers Chat with Jess to Ease Online Queries, Get the Right Information; New Virtual Assistant Draws on Nuance's Powerful Natural Language Understanding, Conversational Capabilities

BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--December 16, 2013--

Nuance Communications, (NASDAQ:NUAN) today announced that Jetstar has launched a new virtual assistant called "Ask Jess" which is based on Nuance Nina Web, an intelligent virtual assistant that delivers a human-like, conversational customer service experience. Customers simply type to Jess, and Jess provides the answers. Jetstar is the first airline to deploy Nuance Nina Web virtual assistant for customer service.

The new Ask Jess virtual assistant draws on Nuance Nina, an intelligent virtual assistant that leverages innovative natural language understanding technology and delivers a conversational interface to web visitors which simulates human conversation. Nuance's Natural Language Understanding (NLU) technology allows applications like Ask Jess to understand a customer's intent through an interactive, text-based chat experience. By understanding what customers want, Ask Jess makes getting information on booking, baggage and seating easier than navigating pages on a Web site. Jetstar's Ask Jess virtual assistant is also fully integrated with the company's existing live chat service, delivering a seamless handover to human support when required.

As recent surveys have shown, while many Web sites offer self-help tools to enable consumers to resolve their issues online, more than 58% of people are unable to do so. Nearly 50% of consumers ultimately give up and contact a live agent for assistance after spending ten to more than 30 minutes unsuccessfully trying to find answers to a query. And the vast majority of consumers (71%) would prefer a virtual assistant as part of the Web self-service experience to provide a more efficient, and human-like, interaction.

"It's clear that consumers want greater levels of service on the Web," said Ian Watson, Head of Customer Care, Jetstar. "Our aim with Ask Jess was to deliver a truly innovative experience with a virtual assistant -- to not only provide information more quickly, but to provide the right information, based on an understanding of what the consumer needs. Jess has already been quite busy handling requests that would have otherwise gone straight to our contact center, and she's doing great work. In fact, in just her first 5 days on the job, she has successfully answered over 77% of all requests."

Nuance delivers key innovations in the area of online customer engagement, leveraging Nuance's natural language understanding (NLU) to provide human-like virtual assistant interactions through its Nina platform. Nuance's Nina Web is an intelligent virtual assistant that delivers personalized, effortless online customer service, ensuring a compelling customer experience while reducing a company's agent-led interactions by more than 40%. Using a human-like text-based conversational interface, Nina Web responds quickly, consistently, and accurately to customer requests -- 24/7 -- interactively guiding them to a successful resolution, at a fraction of the cost of traditional channels. Beyond support, Nina Web has proven value in e-commerce where it has shown to increase the value of Web orders by 25% and increase conversion rates by 7%. Large organizations around the world such as Gamefly, Kaspersky, Michelin, Nespresso and Windstream rely on Nina Web to deliver engaging, efficient Web self-service interactions and reinvent their customer experience.

"Jetstar's deployment of Nina Web is a perfect example of how our deep expertise in NLU and conversational technology can create a truly engaging Web experience that consumers prefer over a static Web page," said Robert Weideman, executive vice president and general manager, Enterprise Division, Nuance. "We've seen time and again that delivering this type of virtual assistant experience -- across all channels, in fact -- to support customer self-service boosts customer engagement and loyalty and is a real differentiator for enterprises in today's competitive environment in terms of retaining existing customers and acquiring new customer as well."

Ask Jess is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to customers on the Australian version of Jetstar.com. The service will be rolled out in New Zealand, Singapore and all other English versions of the site early next year. Japanese and simplified Chinese versions of the service are also planned.

More information regarding Jetstar's deployment of Nina Web in their Ask Jess virtual assistant, as well as a recent survey on Web self-service and related infographic can be found on Nuance's Customer Experts blog here.

About Nuance Communications, Inc

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUAN) is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance's proven applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com.

Trademark reference: Nuance, and the Nuance logo are trademarks, registered trademarks or brands of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States of America and other countries. All other companies or product names are the property of the respective owners.

CONTACT: Global Results PR for Nuance

Lora Friedrichsen, 949-929-7234

lfriedrichsen@globalresultspr.com

or

Nuance Communications

Erica Hill, 781-888-5518

erica.hill@nuance.com

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From: Jorgen Jensen12/18/2013 6:14:54 PM
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Nuance A Misunderstood Name That Could Double In 2014?

Worth a read:

seekingalpha.com

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From: Savant12/19/2013 3:19:07 AM
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Nuance's Dragon Drive Powers TCL Cartel's New In-car Aftermarket Navigation and Infotainment System
TCL Cartel's Innovative Smart System of Connected Drive and Information Service Now Features Hands-Free and Eyes-Free Connected Car Experience

BURLINGTON, Mass. and BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--December 18, 2013--

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUAN) today announced that Nuance's Dragon Drive automotive-grade voice platform supporting the Mandarin Chinese language is powering TCL Cartel's Smart System of Connected Drive and Information Service based on the Android platform, providing consumers with a safer, smarter connected driving experience.

According to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics of China, the national total of civil automobiles grew to over 120 million by the end of 2012. The data of national automobile ownership released by the Ministry of Public Security shows that the share of cars with pre-installed navigation systems among total passenger cars is no more than 10 percent, creating a significant opportunity for aftermarket navigation solutions in the region.

In order to satisfy the ever-growing consumer demand for connected infotainment services, TCL Cartel has launched a brand-new, intelligent connected in-car infotainment system that integrates Nuance's voice recognition and expressive text-to-speech supporting Chinese Mandarin -- all optimized for the automotive environment. As a result, drivers are able to speak to the system to make calls, find and play music or change the radio station, get directions and hear the latest news articles read aloud.

Nuance's voice capabilities, as part of TCL Cartel's system, also provide vehicle maintenance prompts, vehicle fault prompts, road conditions prompts and more. In the case of an emergency, the system can immediately warn the driver through text-to-speech readout of any upcoming risks or dangers on the road ahead to ensure safety. In addition, when drivers need more information about where they're headed, they can use the voice navigation service to determine their destination. Users can get the information and content they need just by activating the voice assistant function and speaking out a command.

Dr. Edwin Chen of TCL Cartel Co., Ltd. said, "The Smart System of Connected Drive and Information Service launched by TCL Cartel will recreate the conventional vehicle infotainment device concept and the way people use in-car telematics products. The state-of-the-art voice technology from Nuance gives us distinct advantages for our products, offering our customers enhanced user experience through innovative and diversified speech applications. The cooperation with Nuance has also provided powerful support for us to make further strategic deployment in the aftermarket navigation and infotainment market."

Jason Stirling, Senior Vice President of Nuance Asia Pacific region said, "Nuance has a diversified product portfolio that offers reliable solutions for OEMs in China, including aftermarket, mobile telematics products that provide the best assurance for TCL Cartel to launch innovative products for China's automotive consumers. We're excited to drive new growth and demand for aftermarket products powered by voice alongside TCL, giving Chinese consumers more humanized, intelligent connected car experiences."

Dragon Drive is Nuance's automotive-grade platform that fully harnesses Nuance's deep expertise and research in natural language understanding voice technologies to deliver connected and embedded capabilities such as voice dialing, message dictation, navigation, local business search, news and music search. The result is a smarter, safer in-car experience that lets drivers keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road. Dragon Drive lets motorists speak naturally with in-car systems and directly access mobile content through an intuitive conversational interface.

Nuance's portfolio of voice, touch and natural language understanding innovations supporting Mandarin Chinese define a new generation of intelligent systems and personal assistant technologies. Nuance's products include Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Dragon Dictate for Mac, Dragon Assistant for Intel-inspired Ultrabooks, Dragon Dictation, Dragon Go!, Dragon Drive, Dragon TV, Dragon ID, Dragon Voicemail to Text and Swype. With Nuance technology, people experience more humanized interactions with the world's best phones, tablets, computers, cars, TVs, apps and services from leading manufacturers and operators. To learn more, visit www.nuance.com.

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TCL Cartel's Smart System of Connected Drive and Information Service is currently available.

About TCL Cartel Company

TCL Cartel Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary of TCL Group, which is one of China's biggest global consumption-based electronic enterprise group. Its main business is to provide brand-new integration service to automobile consumers based on smart navigation and infotainment device, 3G high speed wireless data and internet business content resources, and its objective is to become the global tier 1 in-car navigation and infotainment device manufacturer and Telematics service provider.

About Nuance Communications, Inc

Nuance Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance's proven applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com.

Nuance and the Nuance logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States of America and/or other countries. All other company names or product names may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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From: Sr K1/6/2014 6:09:37 PM
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Nuance to Start a Whole New Conversation with Launch of New Dragon Assistant for Intel® RealSense™ Technology

Next-Generation Personal Assistant Enables Engaging Two-Way Intelligent Conversations for Intel-based Devices – Becoming your Concierge, DJ and Messenger

www.businesswire.com
Nuance Communications, Inc. 5:00 PM EST

LAS VEGAS & BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nuance Communications, Inc. ( NUAN) today announced the next-generation Dragon Assistant designed for Intel® RealSense™ technology, an entirely new conversational personal assistant that works with your favorite websites and applications. The next-generation Nuance Dragon Assistant is available today on Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo 2 in 1, tablet, Ultrabook, notebook, and AIO devices, and coming in devices from Asus and Toshiba in early 2014. For the first time, Dragon Assistant will be available on a tablet, coming first from Lenovo in early 2014.

Dragon Assistant, which comes with two selectable personalities (American Female and British Butler), lets you have an ongoing dialogue with your Intel-powered 2 in 1, tablet, Ultrabook, notebook, and all-in-one devices. Simply tell it to play music, get answers, connect with friends and find content – all by using your voice. Dragon Assistant even lets you check your calendar, get maps and directions, find flights or book a dinner reservation. Also available offline, people can play music from their hard drive, control their device, dictate notes and more without an internet connection.

“Our vision with Intel RealSense technology is to make computing more immersive and enable human-like natural interaction,” said Mooly Eden, senior vice president, general manager Perceptual Computing, Intel. “Intel has worked closely with Nuance at the system level for Intel-based devices; to create a leading voice solution that understands how humans speak, and searches like humans search, rather than forcing us to learn new commands to communicate with our devices.”

Nuance’s new Dragon Assistant is an intelligent and personable assistant that taps into Intel’s Core i3, i5 or i7 processors, as well as the Pentium, Celeron or Atom processors. Combined with Nuance’s intelligent systems in the cloud, Dragon Assistant delivers powerful contextual dialogue capabilities that keep the conversation going on next generation devices. For instance, ask: “Who directed Pulp Fiction?” and Dragon Assistant will quickly respond, “Quentin Tarantino.” From there, ask: “Who was in that movie?” and Dragon Assistant will understand the context of the question, know that you are talking about Pulp Fiction, and tell you the list of actors. Similarly, you can ask “Where is a great place to get sushi?” and Dragon Assistant will take you directly to Yelp, displaying a list of top-rated sushi restaurants around you.

Dragon Assistant is both convenient and flexible – creating an easy and fun way to stay connected, engaged and informed, supported by an open ecosystem integrated with more than 170 content providers, including Spotify, TripAdvisor and many others. Dragon Assistant works seamlessly with these applications to complete tasks instead of just showing search results, and also provides instant access to e-mail, Facebook and Twitter. Just say, “Hey Dragon, post to Twitter that I am about to hit the Black Jack tables here in Vegas,” and your thoughts are posted in seconds. Dragon Assistant even has a very friendly disposition!

“Together with Intel, we are changing the way people experience their devices, starting a whole new conversation,” said Michael Thompson, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. “This latest version of Dragon Assistant is transformative. People can have an interactive dialogue that is natural and intuitive, with a voice assistant that listens and understands the context of conversation – just as you would expect from a personal assistant powered by Nuance and Intel.”

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To learn more and see what Dragon Assistant can do, visit www.nuance.com/dragon/dragon-assistant/.

About Nuance Communications, Inc
Nuance Communications, Inc. ( NUAN) is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com.

Nuance, Dragon, and the Nuance logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States of America and/or other countries. All other company names or product names may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact:
Nuance Communications
Rebecca Paquette, 781-565-5264
Rebecca.paquette@nuance.com

finance.yahoo.com

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From: Jorgen Jensen1/16/2014 11:24:41 PM
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Nuance (NUAN) Has Numerous Near-Term Catalysts, Oppenheimer SaysJanuary 15, 2014 7:24 AM EST

Oppenheimer analyst Shaul Eyal reiterated an Outperform rating and $22 price target on Nuance Communications (Nasdaq: NUAN) saying he expects a number of near-term catalysts could impact NUAN's shares over the next 3 - 4 weeks.

Eyal highlights: "1.) GOOG's upcoming results on 1/30 could shed light on the competitive landscape and changing market dynamics. Last quarter, GOOG's 3Q commentary sparked selling in NUAN shares; this quarter we view it as already baked into the story; 2.) February 4th--NUAN's Annual Shareholder Meeting after which activist investor Icahn is no longer prohibited from soliciting proxies and showing his cards. Despite poor share performance in 2013 (-32% vs. Nasdaq's 38%) we believe 2014 could be a year in which value could be unlocked as: 1.) We envision no further EPS cuts; and 2.) activist could move aggressively."

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To: Jorgen Jensen who wrote (780)1/17/2014 12:48:27 PM
From: deeno
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I've not found that the only reason to buy a stock is a buyout or activism to be a profitable endeavor. I still have this stock because of it, but wouldnt add to it based on this review.

"We envision no further EPS cuts;"

THIS is a reason to have a "buy"?

My gut is that the window has closed and the imagination has dried up for this comapny. If the only way to grow the value to the shareholder is finding escape portals, well the sooner the better.

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To: deeno who wrote (781)1/18/2014 6:57:31 PM
From: rimshot
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we have a family member who has worked for NUAN nearly a decade in a challenging
position with the company

I was disappointed when Carl Icahn became involved

http://finviz.com/quote.ashx?t=nuan&ty=c&ta=0&p=m

good luck!

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To: rimshot who wrote (782)1/21/2014 11:23:32 AM
From: deeno
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"I was disappointed when Carl Icahn became involved"

Why?

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To: deeno who wrote (783)1/21/2014 5:39:50 PM
From: Sr K
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4:11 pm Nuance Communications raises Q1 EPS, revenue guidance; appoints Bill Robbins as EVP, Worldwide Sales ( NUAN ) : Co issues upside guidance for Q1 (Dec), raises EPS to $0.23-0.24, excluding non-recurring items, from $0.18-0.21 vs. $0.20 Capital IQ Consensus; raises Q1 (Dec) revs to $487-491 mln, excluding non-recurring items, from $477-487 mln vs. $481.00 mln Capital IQ Consensus.

+8.7% to 16.19

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