Voice recognition technology is good enough for almost all your dictation and PC control needs, although Nuance's desktop software still has the odd rough edge.
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The latest beta release of the Chrome browser for Linux, Mac and Windows introduces support for voice commands, as well as improved support for responsive design for web developers.
Chinese PC maker launches first smart TV equipped with Android 4.0 and voice control features ahead of Apple, which is reportedly also working on similar project.
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.
Nuance's Dragon speech recognition tools are well known on PC, but in the mobile world the company's probably best known for its work on extended T9. That's going to change with the arrival in the UK App Store of iPhone and iPad versions of its voice-powered Search and Dictation apps.
One aspect of the HTC Droid Incredible that people seem to be quite interested in is the official Mobile Broadband Connect utility found on the device. You will need a cable to connect your HTC Incredible to your PC and now we see the available pricing options for this new Android device. The two options are $10 or $25 per month for 5GB of data and depend on the voice and email plan you have setup with your device.
Unified communications — the integration of IP telephony, conferencing, messaging, presence and IM — is becoming increasingly prevalent in businesses, and obviously has a strong voice component. To serve this market, headset manufacturer Plantronics has come up with a clever wireless unit, the Savi Office WO100, that lets you use desk phones, soft phones and PC-based audio with maximum flexibility.
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I read an interesting article on PC Magazine last night outlining one columnist's view of personal computing in 2020. The author envisioned,By the year 2020, a majority of tech savvy citizens will be attached to their touch-screen and voice recognition-based smart phones, blurring the lines between personal and work time, as well as physical and virtual reality, according to a Tuesday study.
Not every company interested in buying their own Microsoft Office Communications Server can justify the $$$++ budget for it.How much?
Office Communicator 2007 is Microsoft's latest desktop tool for instant messaging and internet voice and video calls. At a basic level it provides a viable alternative to Skype and its ilk. However, linked with Office Communications Server 2007 it offers a range of additional features that will be attractive to business users.
A report from the Yankee Group now shows that Vonage has recently lost its ranking as the Internet phone service with the most subscribers.Noted on PC Magazine's website this morning, the Yankee Group now says Comcast Digital Voice (basic connection diagram at the top of this post) reported 2.
There are some very good Voice 2.0 services available to help you be more productive and efficient in your work and one company that I chatted with back at CES in January is TalkPlus. I tried out their TalkPlus Mobile service late last fall and in the winter, primarily using their Java client on my T-Mobile Dash. TalkPlus also offers a long distance calling service with 4 options for those with and without a PC to make calls. TalkPlus Mobile's Java applciation was a good solution, but Java is not as integrated in Windows Mobile (actually it is a separate 3rd party application) so the interface and experience wasn't that great. I was sent some information from Andy Abramson on a new Nokia S60 application that allows you to use TalkPlus on supported 3rd Edition devices.
The Windows Mobile 6-based iPAQ 514 Voice Messenger is attractively priced, although some (generally sensible) compromises have been made. Overall, HP’s first foray into the Windows Mobile smartphone market is very impressive.
HP has had Pocket PC Phone Edition Mobile Messenger devices for a couple of years, but they have never really seemed to have taken off. HP continues to try to compete in the mobile market and is launching their HP iPAQ 500 series Voice Messenger. The Voice Messenger is a Windows Mobile 6 Standard device (aka Smartphone) and looks to also have a 1.3 megapixel camera. The HP Voice Messenger is capitalizing on the increasing popularity of VoIP and includes capabilities and integrated WiFi for this functionality. HP is also including a powerful voice command system that actually allows you to reply to email by dictating and sending a voice response without the need for any typing. GSM/EDGE and Bluetooth radios are also included on the device. The new HP Voice Messenger should be available this Spring, but you can check out our image gallery in the meantime.
After reading recommendations from two people whose opinions I have come to trust about the brand-new version 9.0 of Dragon Naturally Speaking, I decided it might very well be time to take a second look at voice dictation and command on the PC.
Here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Skype and Web-based collaboration facilitator WebDialogues have announced a Skype certified plug-in that enhances Skype voice conferences by allowing business and consumers to share documents, presos, applications, or their entire PC desktop using just a web browser.I have been looking at WebDialogues, and am really impressed with their solution suite, not only for enterprise collaboration but for the education market.
Yahoo to offer two new fee-based voice over IP services so customers can make PC-to-phone calls.
Developers quickly launched open source projects that used the WRT54G as a bridge, as the heart of a mesh network, as a Virtual Private Network and Voice over IP server, even as a low power PC running what I like to call "Always On" applications, managing RFID tags, sensors, and actuators. What was Cisco's response to all this success?
Today, NetZero rolls out NetZero Voice, a new Internet phone service that offers a downloadable softphone client that will allow free PC to PC calling with other NetZero users. NetZero Voice comes in several flavors.
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