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October 27, 2011 by

SalineOS 1.5

It's always interesting, and usually fun, to try out a new Linux distribution. I saw the announcement on DistroWatch this morning of a new release of SalineOS, and I have a bit of free time today, so this seemed like a good opportunity.

July 29, 2010

Dragon Naturally Speaking Version 11

The difficulty of typing on smartphone touchscreens is driving a resurgence of interest in voice recognition but desktop dictation and control has never really taken off, even though a reasonable version has been built into Windows for several years. Nuance hopes Dragon NaturallySpeaking Version 11 will get us talking to our PCs rather than shouting at them, with a 15% improvement in accuracy and voice shortcuts to make it less tedious to control your PC by talking to it.

July 18, 2010 by

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 technical preview: A definitive guide

I have been very curious to check out Windows Phone 7 development and 5 days ago Microsoft passed along a functioning developer phone for me to try out. In these 8 pages of information you will find my detailed thoughts and experiences, screenshots, and videos of the Windows Phone 7 Technical Preview in action.

April 4, 2010 by

iPad Experience: Can the iPad replace ebook readers?

One of the aspects of the Apple iPad that intrigued me most was the capability for it to serve as an ebook reader. Three ebook clients are available now on the iPad, including iBooks, Amazon, and Kobo. Check out some thoughts on each one and see which ones I use today.

November 1, 2009 by

Holiday Gift Guide 2009: E-book readers

In the second half of 2009 we saw some major updates to the market leading ebook readers, followed by announcements of new products coming at the end of 2009 and into 2010. We now see wireless and touchscreen functionality being added to these electronic readers, as well as access to more content. With some of these readers you can now check out electronic copies of books from your local library and have access to thousands of books for free. Adobe Digital Editions PDF and ePub are becoming content standards that are rolling out across most of these readers so you won't be limited by access to content and can look for a reader that you find functional and priced right.

August 10, 2009 by

Google Android uses Google servers for accurate predictive text entry

I mentioned a couple of reasons why I like the myTouch 3G predictive keyboard compared to the iPhone keyboard and contacted T-Mobile to try to find out a bit more about what is behind the technology. I met with T-Mobile representatives a couple of weeks ago and mentioned what I heard from them on MOTR podcast 179, but received a few more details that add a lot to the story and I think you will be quite impressed with what is going on here.

February 25, 2009 by

Review: Amazon Kindle 2 5-way controller more significant than form factor improvement

You can check out my image gallery that includes comparison shots between the Kindle 2, Kindle 1, and Sony Reader 505. I also shot a video of the Kindle 2 showing comparison between it and the Kindle 1 in regards to the new Whispersync capability, searching, scroll wheel versus 5-way controller, and the text to speech functionality. There are several small surprises in the Kindle 2 that I haven't seen mentioned by others yet that actually make it a bit more compelling above the major form factor improvement. So far, I am quite pleased with my new Kindle, but there are still some changes I would like to see in Kindle 3.


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