siri - EssentialMac
Siri, so close to being a dream come true for speech recognition fanatics like myself yet so far. A times you are a technological marvel, recongising every sylable with ease. At other times a frustrating mess of repeating the most basic of phrases before giving up and resorting to using my fingers. With that being said, here’s some more advanced commands you might not be aware you can do with Siri.
It is fair to say I’m a huge fan of speech recognition software especially when it works. The sheer amount of time and effort that can be saved with a decent bit of voice recognition kit is unbelievable. As a fan of Dragon Dictate for the Mac platform I’ve been waiting for ages to get my chance to review Dragon Express and finally that day has come.
Is the App store offering, retailing at half the price of its bigger brother, actually any good? We put Dragon Express for the Mac through some rather tough tests and see how well it intergrates with the daily routine. During the testing period we went between singing the praises of the Dragon Express to sheer and utter frustration
Well everybody its now official, invites have been handed out by Apple (where’s ours eh) for the a launch even on the 7th March. Quite what’s going to be announced is anyone’s guess and I’m sure you’ve all seen the news and speculation on what it could be.
The race for smart TV gets more interesting, even before the release of Apple TV. Nuance, the makers of dragon dictate products and LG have announced a speech controlled TV set to be released in early May.
Essentialmac was there at the Nuance Wednesday press event hosted in London to get some idea of what Nuance have been up to the in the world of speech recognition and where they are heading. One of the most exciting announcements came in the form ofDragon TV.
Okay let’s get the 1st statement out of the way, when Steve Jobs was quoted to say in his autobiography he had solved all that is wrong with the Apple TV the answer is not Siri based.
According to a somewhat vauge report at Bloomberg, iPhone 4s phone users consume double the data of iPhone 4 users thanks, mainly, to Siri.
Network analyst Arieso claims that the voice navigation software could see users incur significantly higher bills, and mobile networks struggle with the volume of data being transmitted.
Arieso reached the conclusion after analysing the data usage of one million smartphone owners on an unnamed European network.
It seems that the age of speech recognition has been set alight by Siri. Vlingo might have been getting all the attention recently as an alternative but Dragon Apps have been around a lot longer but with reduced functionality. Dragon Dictation for Mac is a favourite app on the Mac for me right now so my ears pricked up when I came across Dragon Express.
Not having a chance to play with the app just yet it’s certainly shaping up to be an almost Siri like experience for the mac. Command’s such as
The iPhone 3gs for me still has a lot of shelf life left to offer. Whilst the PC and consumer world focuses on cores and ghz, the 3gs still does a great job at emailing, texting, phoning and web browsing and now it appears, running Siri.