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To: Sr K who wrote (785)2/11/2014 11:28:56 AM
From: deeno
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didnt see much in that report. what is Icahn thinking?

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From: Savant2/13/2014 12:10:54 PM
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U.S. Bank Expands Mobile App Pilot Using Voice Biometrics to Access Credit Card Account
Voice biometrics eliminates passwords, pins and security questions

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--February 12, 2014--

U.S. Bank employees are piloting software that lets customers speak a simple passphrase, such as "my voice is my password" to access a credit card account on a mobile device. The feature -- called voice biometrics -- allows select credit card customers to use their voice to login with a spoken passphrase so they can access their account balances, search transactions and make a payment on their account in the mobile app.

The next-generation voice biometrics solution, from Nuance Communications, addresses growing consumer dissatisfaction with PINs, passwords, and security questions, while maintaining the integrity of a secure system. With just a simple spoken passphrase, voice biometrics allows consumers to be securely authenticated when they connect with a service provider via a call center or IVR, a mobile app, or the Web, improving the overall service experience for the consumer, and delivering substantial time and cost savings to the enterprise.

"Voice biometrics is a unique identifier that will help us improve the customer experience," said Dominic Venturo, chief innovation officer for U.S. Bank Payment Services. "Customers are becoming accustomed to using their voice to interact with their smartphones and can become frustrated with key entering passwords. Exploring a spoken passphrase login through this technology is a logical next step in our work in biometrics."

"We've seen unprecedented growth in the adoption of voice biometrics as consumers worldwide have become used to more conversational engagement with their devices, apps and service experiences," said Robert Weideman, executive vice president and general manager of the Nuance Enterprise Division. "Innovative organizations like U.S. Bank recognize that voice biometrics can bring a new level of convenience and security to the customer service experience. By eliminating the interrogation process that consumers are typically put through and replacing it with a natural, conversational voice interaction, companies can really start to reinvent their customer service experience."

This latest pilot expands the work U.S. Bank and Nuance began in April, in which voice recognition was used for conducting basic functions, such as to view account balances, search transactions and make a payment on their accounts.

About Nuance Communications, Inc

Nuance (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.

About U.S. Bank

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $364 billion in assets as of Dec. 31, 2013, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the 5th largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 3,081 banking offices in 25 states and 4,906 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.

CONTACT: U.S. Bank Public Relations

Teri Charest, 612-303-0732

teri.charest@usbank.com

SOURCE: U.S. Bank

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To: Savant who wrote (787)3/14/2014 10:52:34 AM
From: deeno
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news?

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To: deeno who wrote (788)3/14/2014 11:12:32 AM
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Prolly another acquisition rumor...?

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To: Savant who wrote (789)3/14/2014 1:25:25 PM
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yea, maybe, hit the circuit breaker and backed right off.

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From: Savant4/3/2014 3:07:18 AM
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Nuance Power PDF Frees Organizations from the Compromises of Traditional PDF Solutions
New solution meets the unique PDF needs for businesses with powerful functionality, intuitive design and affordable licensing

BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 02, 2014--

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN), a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions, today announced Nuance Power PDF, which offers the PDF software features that business users need to be productive at a price that supports deployment across the entire enterprise. Power PDF delivers high performance, an intuitive user experience, and value, freeing users from the compromises of traditional PDF applications.

To see a demonstration of the new features and benefits of Power PDF, and learn more about Nuance's Document Imaging division view the Power PDF on-demand broadcast available now

With Power PDF, business users get all the tools they need to create, manage, share, and secure PDF files plus additional features only available from Nuance for document conversion, search, connectivity and more. Power PDF has powerful features to accurately convert PDFs to editable Microsoft Office(R) documents, combine and assemble documents from many sources into a single PDF, and collaborate on PDF files with a powerful toolset.

"Power PDF is the PDF solution best-suited for businesses and large organizations," said Michael Rich, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Document Imaging. "Before Nuance Power PDF, businesses had to make compromises and choose between the limited capabilities of free PDF reader software, low-end PDF solutions, or an expensive solution designed for graphic designers that isn't engineered for today's business environment. Customers demand solutions that integrate with their business processes; are flexible, secure and scalable; and don't burden them with unwanted or onerous pricing or licensing demands. Power PDF meets those demands, without compromise."

Nuance Power PDF: Easy to Use, Affordable, Scalable

With its Microsoft Office-style ribbon user interface, Power PDF minimizes the learning curve and maximizes productivity by enabling users to transition effortlessly between word processing and PDF publishing. The software makes it easy to share and collaborate on work seamlessly across an organization as well as externally -- all while providing document control and security. Power PDF is priced to be affordably deployed to all business users in an enterprise, enabling all employees to assemble, compare, convert, create, dictate, edit, read, redact, scan, search, secure, sign, print and validate PDF documents and forms with unprecedented ease and speed.

Key new features in Power PDF include:

Combine and assemble documents with ease. Combine files and remove or replace pages in complex documents with drag-and-drop ease. For instance, in maintenance manuals or government regulation documents, users can update content without losing links to other parts of the document. For review use cases, they can utilize batch tools to automate repetitive tasks and improve efficiency throughout the workplace.

Side-by-side document comparison. Quickly identify differences between two versions of a document with a side-by-side comparison tool that accurately highlights changes in text and visuals, and provides a summary report of all changes.

Commenting and review. Nuance Dragon Notes voice recognition capabilities are integrated into Power PDF enabling users to dictate text quickly and accurately into notes within a PDF -- increasing productivity.

Easily manage batch workflows. Create workflows to automate large-scale PDF creation or conversion, stamping, watermarking, OCR, redaction, inserting or deleting pages, and Bates numbering tasks. For example, an organization can quickly look through 1,000 or more files to find number or word patterns, such as social security numbers, invoice IDs, phone numbers, dates and email addresses, to identify and locate relevant information for editing or redaction.

Power PDF enables users to quickly and easily create 100 percent industry-standard PDF files with security options that are fully compliant with all PDF viewers. Users can generate PDFs directly from the authoring tools -- with Microsoft add-ons to Office and Outlook(R) -- with all tags, bookmarks, links and references intact. The software also faithfully converts PDF files -- even with complex layouts such as columns, tables and graphics -- to Microsoft Office, Corel WordPerfect(R) and other authoring formats -- saving users valuable time.

Nuance Power PDF has secure delivery, document inspection, redaction, encryption and digital rights management capabilities to control access to documents, inside and outside of the enterprise. The software can deploy PDF files in read-only mode to enforce compliance with SOX, GLBA, HIPAA, eDiscovery and other internal control best practices and regulatory mandates.

Power PDF also integrates with many third-party applications, enabling organizations to incorporate PDF into existing workflows, increasing organizational, operational and worker efficiency. For example, small offices can connect to popular cloud-based collaboration sites, such as Box.net, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Docs(TM), Office 365(TM) and Windows Live SkyDrive(R). Large-scale organizations can connect with enterprise-class content management systems, including Autonomy, Documentum, SharePoint and NetDocs.

Pricing and Availability

The complete family of Nuance PDF solutions is available through Nuance's global network of reseller, retail and e-commerce partners. Nuance Power PDF Advanced is offered for $149.99 with volume discounts available. Power PDF Standard for individuals, home offices and small workgroups is offered for $99.99. For additional information on features, free evaluation software, pricing and volume licensing programs, please visit nuance.com.

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.

Trademark reference: Nuance and the Nuance logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other company names or product names referenced herein may be the property of their respective owners.

Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: businesswire.com

CONTACT: Media and Industry Analyst Contact:

Nuance Communications, Inc.

Kelby Troutman, 781-791-8935

kelby.troutman@nuance.com

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From: JakeStraw5/12/2014 10:28:40 AM
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At first glance, Nuance Communications (NUAN) has a few factors working against it. The company is in the midst of a long-term transition to a new business model, has posted a string of earnings disappointments, and saw shares flounder last year as the overall market soared.

But dig deeper and you’ll see that this speech recognition software company stands out as a game changer thanks to its impressive technology, large-cap ally, and a big-name activist shareholder with a large stake in its future. And with evidence the company’s results are turning a corner, the stock is an attractive buy at current prices ahead of strong potential growth.

Even if you’re not familiar with Nuance, you’re likely on friendly terms with one of its most famous software personas. NUAN powers Siri, the ubiquitous personal assistant that so many iPhone users look to for directions, where to eat or just some disembodied conversation. NUAN earns revenue from Apple (AAPL) via flat fees, which are not determined by how many phones it sells.

But while NUAN is a bit of an indirect play on AAPL, no customer accounts for 10% or more of sales, which adds further downside protection.

The company also makes Dragon NaturallySpeaking software, which converts speech into text for PCs, and recently announced that it will work with Intel (INTC) to introduce new voice recognition into Atom and core chips powering notebooks. Another key product is Nuance’s Swype technology, which has been making inroads into Android-powered devices.

NUAN has multiple new revenue streams in place that are just starting to materialize, from voice biometrics (which could be a boon to financial institutions and others looking to protect sensitive data) to new avenues like voice ads.

Let’s not forget about that big-name shareholder I mentioned. Nuance has come under fire in the past for its corporate payment structure, when the CEO’s salary famously accounted for 50% of operating income. But now, activist investor Carl Icahn owns about 24% of NUAN stock — up from the low-single digits a year ago. He also has managed to get two of the 12 board seats.

Some investors have speculated that Icahn will push for a breakup of the company or at least a substantial change in management. And given his recent famed forays into Apple, where he owns about $3 billion in shares, other industry watchers think he’ll push for Apple to buy NUAN. For now, Icahn has said he would not do that, but his presence certainly brings a level of attention to NUAN stock. Whatever course of action Icahn takes (and given his level of persuasion, other large shareholders may be inclined to join him), it’s likely that major changes are in the offing for this company, and that could send the stock soaring.
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From: JakeStraw5/21/2014 8:31:43 AM
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Nuance Signs Agreement with Oracle to Add Voice Capabilities to Wide Range of Oracle Mobile Apps
finance.yahoo.com

Nuance Cloud Services to Significantly Enhance Mobile Productivity and Convenience for Oracle Applications for ERP, SCM, CRM, and HCM, Oracle Eloqua Marketing Cloud Service, Oracle RightNow Cloud Service and More

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To: JakeStraw who wrote (793)6/16/2014 3:15:46 PM
From: deeno
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not terribly surprising

By Gillian Tan, Dana Cililluca and Ryan Knutson

Speech-recognition software maker Nuance Communications Inc. has held discussions with potential suitors regarding a sale of the company, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Burlington, Mass., company has recently spoken about a possible sale of the company with Samsung Electronics Co. and private-equity firms, some of the people said. It isn’t clear where sale talks, some of which happened earlier this year, currently stand or if they will lead to a deal.

Nuance /quotes/zigman/98548/delayed/quotes/nls/nuan NUAN+9.53% develops voice-powered technology used in mobile phones, televisions and GPS navigation devices. Last September, Nuance said its voice and language technologies, which are already used in Samsung’s handsets, televisions and tablets, would also be used in the South Korean company’s wearable devices. Its technology is used in Apple Inc.’s Siri.

The company has a market capitalization of about $5.5 billion and counts activist investor Carl Icahn as its biggest shareholder. Icahn’s firm owned about 19% of Nuance as at March 31, according to filings, and has two representatives on the company’s board.

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From: Savant7/22/2014 1:06:11 PM
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Nuance Unveils Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 -- Enabling More Accurate, Natural and Intuitive Interaction with the PC
Dragon 13 Boosts Productivity with Built-in Microphone Support, New Modern Interface and Expanded Voice Capabilities for Popular Web Applications

BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 22, 2014--

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 -- the fastest and most accurate speech recognition software available for the PC. Dragon transforms the PC experience by turning your voice into text and actionable commands much faster than most people can type. By making navigation and text-entry tasks dramatically faster and easier, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 allows you to reach your full potential by helping you get more done on your computer.

Dragon 13 offers a complete voice solution by touching on virtually every aspect of the PC experience -- making it easy to navigate, command and control your PC by voice, and supporting fast, accurate dictation for both local applications, such as Microsoft Word, and web applications, including email and social media. And, by leveraging the latest advancements in Nuance speech recognition science and technology, Dragon 13 is faster and more accurate than ever before.

Dragon 13 has significantly enhanced out-of-the-box accuracy, and continues to get smarter as it automatically adapts to your personal writing style and preferences by learning the words and phrases that you use the most. Composing and editing documents, sending emails, searching the Web, updating popular social media sites like Facebook or Twitter -- Dragon enables you to use your computer in a comfortable, ergonomic way so that you can use your voice to get more done faster than you would using a keyboard and mouse alone. With the help of Dragon, users are able to continue pushing the boundaries of productivity gains and ease of use with the PC.

Dragon 13 offers support for many microphone options, including, for the first time, microphones built-in to many of the latest laptops, offering greater freedom and flexibility -- no headset required. Dragon 13 automatically detects which microphones are available to use, so you simply select your preference and start talking.

Dragon 13 now also supports voice commands and Full Text Control (using your voice to perform direct dictation, text selection or correction and cursor movement within text) in popular web applications such as Gmail, Outlook.com and Yahoo! Mail in Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. For example, simply tell your computer to "Open Internet Explorer," and from there, use your voice to navigate to Facebook, scroll through your news feed and select photos and links. Or, use your voice to open Gmail, address and compose a message, insert a personal signature and send your note -- no typing or clicking required.

Dragon 13 also features a contemporary, intuitive interface and helpful tutorials that make using Dragon easier than ever before. In just four simple steps, you can set up your Dragon profile to get started and experience the speed and accuracy of Dragon 13 right away. Boost your productivity even further by exploring advanced features with the easy-to-use Learning Center, which displays relevant help at your fingertips.

"Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 offers increased accuracy, improved design and flexibility, and a robust web experience -- and that adds up to a more intuitive and productive experience for customers," said Peter Mahoney, Nuance's chief marketing officer and general manager for Dragon. "Dragon continues to serve as a complete voice solution for the PC, capable of impressive performance across programs, browsers and applications. Both new and longtime users of Dragon will find their interactions with the PC completely transformed, as they use their voice to get more things done in a faster and more natural way."

Availability

The English version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Premium is available for shipping and download immediately, starting at $199.99 on www.nuance.com, as well as through Nuance's global network of reseller partners, software retailers and professional sales organizations. Special upgrade pricing is available for current Dragon NaturallySpeaking registered users.

The English version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Home will be available for shipping and download in August 2014, starting at $99.99 on www.nuance.com.

Additional language versions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Premium and Home will be available later this year.

For additional information on features, editions, pricing, upgrades and more, please click here.

Media information, images, box shots, and videos are available via the Dragon Press Kit.

Join the conversation by liking Nuance on Facebook, or by following Nuance on Twitter at @DragonTweets and @NuanceInc.

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, 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

Molly Kelley, 781-565-5218

molly.kelley@nuance.com

SOURCE: Nuance Communications, Inc.

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