• Amazon Snaps Up Yap And Its Voice-Recognition Technology

    Amazon Snaps Up Yap And Its Voice-Recognition Technology

    The month before Apple revealed its “intelligent assistant,” Siri, Amazon was quietly buying out a company that performs voice-to-text actions like transcribing voicemails, whatever those are. In fact, its only user-facing product did just that, and its users received notice last month that the service would soon be discontinued. CLT Blog, a local news source in Yap’s… Read More

  • Yap Voicemail Dials In To The Deadpool

    Yap Voicemail Dials In To The Deadpool

    A reader tells us Yap Voicemail, a mobile voicemail transcription app for iPhone and Android phones, will soon be no more. Indeed, a message on the Yap Voicemail product page informs users that the service, which converts voicemails into text, thus making it easier to access, search and respond to voicemail messages from a mobile device, will be discontinued on October 20, 2011. Yap Voicemail… Read More

  • Yap Transcribes Voicemails On Your iPhone For Free

    Listening to voicemails is a huge waste of time. That’s why apps that transcribe your voicemail to text are a godsend. The new Yap Voicemail app is now available for the iPhone. You route your voicemails through Yap. It transcribes them for you using only speech-to-text technology (no humans), which allows it to offer the service for free (with ads at the bottom). The transcriptions… Read More

  • PhoneTag Voice-To-Text Is Only 86 Percent Accurate, But That's Better Than Google Voice

    Computer voice-to-text technology has come a long way, and every time it gets better, new applications open up. It is still not 100 percent accurate. Hell, it’s not even 90 percent accurate. But it is accurate enough for automated voicemail transcription services to become increasingly available and good enough not to have to listen through 15 voicemails to get the gist of what they… Read More

  • Think Before You Voicemail

    Voicemail is dead. Please tell everyone so they’ll stop using it. When I first started out in the real world in the mid-nineties voicemail was an important productivity tool. I remember people talking about the pros and cons of various enterprise voicemail systems – which had the best forwarding and group messaging, which allowed for archiving, and how many messages could be stored… Read More

  • Yap Gets $6.5 Million To Give Your Thumbs A Rest

    Yap, a company that translates voice into SMS text messages, has raised $6.5 million in a Series A funding round led by SunBridge Partners. Also participating in the round were Harbert Management Corportaion and Pittco Management. The site, which was a member of TechCrunch40, makes texting easier by using voice recognition software to transcribe spoken messages to text. The service runs on… Read More

  • TechCrunch 40 Session 2: Mobile & Communications

    Session two as follows, including our live notes. Cubic Telecom Cubic Telecom is creating a global Mobile Virtual Network (MVNo). The company aims to drastically reduce international calling rates by lowering mobile roaming and call charges. Founder Pat Phelan a well known communications blogger “wants a world in which anyone can pick up their mobile phone wherever they are and call… Read More