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.
With BBM's free messaging functionality no longer a unique selling point for the BlackBerry platform, RIM has decided to bake in a Skype-like voice feature. However, it will only work over Wi-Fi.
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.
RIM introduces its own answer to the tablet PC market, an enterprise ready device with a 7-inch screen called Blackberry Playbook
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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One of my favorite mobile apps/services is Evernote because it works across multiple mobile devices with native clients (iPhone and Windows Mobile) and via email while also working on PC and Mac computers. The folks at Evernote have stated they are working on clients for more mobile platforms and the next version is now ready for RIM BlackBerry owners. I've spent a few days using the latest BlackBerry client and you can check out some screenshots of it in action in my image gallery.
The Google Mobile App with Voice Search was launched previously on devices running the Android OS, Windows Mobile, and iPhone OS and it is now available for RIM BlackBerry devices. I use the Google Mobile App daily on my new Curve 8900 to get to Reader quickly and conduct fast searches. This updated version also supports My Location so you won't even need to speak a location when you conduct a voice search.
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?
Notable headlines:Red Hat names new Whitehurst CEO; Szulik stays chairman. A message from Matthew.
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.
Mobile device manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) is unconcerned about a new release of software that aims to compromise the security of a BlackBerry device.As reported yesterday, the latest version of legal spying software FlexiSPY enables remote third parties to bug the voice calls, log SMS and mobile e-mail messages and track the location of a BlackBerry user.
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.
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