SoundHound's Hound app allows users to ask complex questions and get an accurate answer really fast. The app combines voice recognition and language understanding functionality to achieve this. The Houndify API allows developers to integrate it in to their own apps and hardware creations.
Micro-commerce is an emerging global trend, from the microcredit pioneered by Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, to micropayment systems offered by companies like ZayPay. ZayPay is used for payments for online services, game sites, dating sites, and others. And now they have an API.
The defacto standard for online surveys, SurveyMonkey, just added phone polling to its services. What's remarkable about the addition is that it came via an acquisition. The company now owns Precision Polling, a site for creating and executing polls over the phone.