Microsoft announced that it is launching a unified API for all of its AI speech services at its annual Build conference this week in Seattle. The new API, which is part of the company's Azure platform, will combine into a single API four APIs that are currently made available as separate services.
The ol' mid-date excuse to cut things short has an upgrade from a new mashup. Escape My Date reacts to a Twitter message for help and dispatches pre-selected friends to call you. The excuse, it seems, is still up to you to figure out.
Voice is considered the next great user interface, but the challenge is finding a way to cost effectively enable its use. At the APIcon 2014 conference this week, Alex Lebrun, co-founder and CEO of Wit.AI, showed how developers can make use of an API to add voice-recognition capabilities to their applications.