BobbyeM71hxwNuance acquires MacSpeech for undisclosed amount

Nuance Communications Inc., the speech-recognition software maker, said Tuesday that it has acquired MacSpeech, which makes speech-recognition software for Apple Inc.’s Macintosh computers, for an undisclosed amount.

San Francisco-based MacSpeech makes general-use programs and ones designed specifically for the medical and legal fields.

According to Nuance, which already makes a dictation program for Apple’s iPhone, the deal will help it produce its flagship Dragon Naturally Speaking desktop software for Macs.

Shares of Nuance rose 18 cents, or 1.3 percent, to close at $14.63.

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