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Swype meets iPhone, finally: Apple’s iOS 8 to bring third-party keyboard support

Here’s a surprise from Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference: iOS 8, the next version of Apple’s operating system for iPad and iPhone, will add support for third-party keyboards, allowing users to replace the native keyboard from Apple. This is a breakthrough for keyboard apps including SwiftKey and Swype, which was a Seattle startup before its acquisition by Nuance Communications,… Read More

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Mike McSherry departs Nuance three years after selling Swype for $100 million

Mike McSherry, a Seattle start-up veteran, has left Nuance Communications nearly three years after the company purchased Swype, GeekWire has learned. Swype is famous for building a mobile keyboard that allows you to type on touchscreens by tracing your finger along the glass. The technology rose in popularity right as phones with physical keyboards were going out of style. The Seattle-based start-up… Read More

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Swype Android keyboard out of beta, available in Google Play Store for $0.99

Swype’s Android keyboard is finally out of “beta” phase and now available to the masses. Swype, a Seattle-area startup that was acquired by Burlington, Mass.-based Nuance  for $102.5 million back in October 2011, has arrived in the Google Play Store. Previously, the keyboard that allows you to form words by dragging your finger from letter to letter… Read More

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A Siri for advertising: These mobile ads talk back to you

Publishers are struggling to make money on mobile, a challenging scenario given that more folks are now consuming news and information on tablets and smartphones. But a new ad unit from Nuance, a leading speech recognition company, could change the way you interact with ads on your device. Appropriately dubbed Nuance Voice Ads, the new… Read More

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GeekWire Summit: Facebook, T-Mobile, Swype and more join lineup of speakers

We’re gearing up for our big GeekWire Summit, the inaugural half-day conference March 7 in downtown Seattle. Last week we announced the participation of former Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie, Hulu CTO Richard Tom, and UW computer science luminary Oren Etzioni. Today we’re pleased to announce more industry veterans who will be sharing insights from… Read More

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Newsmakers 2011: Swype’s Cliff Kushler and Mike McSherry

Swype revolutionized the way millions of people input text on Android devices, with the simple swipe of a finger. Founded by Cliff Kushler and led by CEO Mike McSherry, the Seattle company’s technology almost magically reproduced text as users moved their fingers across letters on touchscreen keypads. Plenty of people took notice, and as a… Read More

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Hey Seattle, here’s why we’re so gosh darn awesome (Part Two)

Last week, the Washington Technology Industry Association posted some short videos of Seattle area entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, journalists (including yours truly) and others talking about what makes the region’s tech sector unique. We posted the videos under the title: “Hey Seattle, here’s why we’re so gosh darn awesome.” Now, the WTIA — in advance of… Read More

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Nuance to acquire Swype for more than $100 million

Nuance has agreed to purchase Seattle startup Swype for more than $100 million, according to GeekWire sources. The news was first reported in Uncrunched. We’ve reached out to executives of the company for comment, and will update the post as we learn more. A GeekWire source with knowledge of the deal confirmed the acquisition, though we… Read More