Posts tagged with: voice
  • by | November 25, 2013 7:22 AM

    We've been talking to our phones since the very beginning -- or so it would seem. As we've said before, that's not entirely true. Although we use our phones to talk to other people, we haven't really been talking "to" our phones, but rather "through" our phones. That started to change years ago as manufacturers began to include various features that let us control our phones with our voices. At first these were very basic and required you to record the names of those who you wanted to dial -- sometimes multiple times. Others made you go through lengthy "training" processes during which ...

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  • by | January 3, 2013 5:26 PM

    On the last 2012 episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, recorded immediately  following the Christmas holiday, we spent a little time trading tales of gadgets wished-for and gadgets received from generous gift-givers. More importantly, we also swapped stories of an observational nature. The holidays are more than an opportunity to re-learn how to share a table with distant relatives; if you're lucky, they're also an occasion to observe how normal people interact with technology - often new technology. We talked about that more on today's episode of the Weekly -heavens, we do chat our ...

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  • by | November 26, 2012 7:08 PM

    My recent jump to Windows Phone for my daily driver, in concert with my continued love affair with the Nexus 7 and endless respect for Apple's iPad, have provided an interesting opportunity to compare the three platforms in a number of ways. The OSes have many distinctions setting them apart, but maybe none so evident as their respective approaches to voice dictation. I'm not talking about Siri or S Voice or Google Now here; just the stock speech-to-text dictation software you'd use if you were drafting an email or text message by voice, or speaking a shopping list out loud for your ...

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  • by | November 2, 2012 4:33 PM

    The venerable phone number has been around, in some form or another, for over a century. Beginning as short two- or three-digit codes given orally to an operator or entered via turns of a wall telephone's crank, phone numbers have grown to lengthy proportions over a century of exploding growth in person-to-person calling. Today, dialing an old friend (or saving the "digits" of a new friend) in America means entering a string of numbers at least ten digits long. Depending on factors like region and international dialing code, numbers can be even longer. That's a lot of numerals to keep in a ...

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  • by | September 21, 2012 11:45 AM

    At Pocketnow, we've recently reviewed a lot of Motorola phones. My own Moto kick started with my Atrix HD review a few months back, followed quickly thereafter by one for the Photon Q 4G LTE and Droid RAZR M. We'll no doubt get our hands on one or both of the new RAZR HD family, as well, and maybe even the RAZR i, if we're feeling like bringing a little Intel inside. I tend to enjoy Motorola handsets, so I'm pretty happy with the increased prominence the company has enjoyed in our review lineup of late. They generally feature good build quality, solid heft in the hand, good radio ...

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  • by | August 8, 2012 3:28 PM

    It's an alluring concept: pay $19 per month (plus tax), get unlimited voice calling, text messaging, and data access. On a smartphone. Sure, it might run an older version of Android on dated, costly hardware, but it's still a smartphone. With an unlimited plan. Without a contract. For 19 smackers a month. That's the dream North Carolina-based carrier Republic Wireless is trying to deliver on with its new pricing scheme, a rate plan buried in taglines heavy on the word "freedom." Competing wireless carriers in the United States typically charge three to five times as much for their ...

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  • by | August 6, 2012 12:38 PM

    I give out my phone number freely, all over the world. I put it on my Facebook profile. I give it to people I'm only going to talk to once in my life. I throw it in my email signature, on scripts or notebooks I'm using, and on business cards I pass out to all and sundry. And this is my personal phone number I'm talking about, not some office line or a demo phone I tote around for fun. It's a direct link to me. Lets get this out of the way now: no, I'm not putting my digits here in this post, or in the comments. I may be reckless, but I'm not stupid. For most people, treating something as ...

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  • by | May 29, 2012 10:36 PM

    Long ago the way we "talked" to computers was with punch cards. Literally holes punched in cards that represented data. They were created using a typewriter-like machine, then fed into a card reader. Not long after that someone got the brilliant idea to just connect the typewriter directly to the computer, and the keyboard was born. That's a gross over-simplification, of course, but it helps illustrate how far we've come. Today we have computers that we carry in our pockets and keyboards that can dynamically change from one format to another, and even to an entirely different language. ...

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