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How To Get Back Siri’s Old Voices in iOS 7.1

15/03/2014 |

So the new iOS update dropped on us the other week and despite myriads of improvements not everybody is happy. One of the main gripes that I often gets to hear is that they don’t like the new Siri voice. … Read More

Advanced Siri Commands, Dealing With Numbers, Paragrahs, New Lines and No Spaces

13/02/2013 |

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.

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Nuance Dragon Express Review : A week of talking to the Mac

17/03/2012 |

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.

Dragon Express Window Nuance Dragon Express Review : A week of talking to the Mac

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

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Apple confirms iPad 3 launch event for March 7

28/02/2012 |

ipad3invites Apple confirms iPad 3 launch event for March 7

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.

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Dragon TV Speech Controlled TV Coming In May Before Apple’s iTV

10/02/2012 |

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.

Nuance Dragon TV Dragon TV Speech Controlled TV Coming In May Before Apples iTV

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.

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Editorial : Siri Not for Apple TV, iPad 3 thoughts & Football Streaming

11/01/2012 |

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.
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Bloomberg : Apple’s Siri Feature Doubles IPhone Data Usage

07/01/2012 |

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.

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List of UK Siri Commands *tested*

15/12/2011 |

After a bit of searching we’ve found a complete(ish) set of commands to make your life with Siri a touch easier.  Those lines that are strikedthrough  are aimed for our US readers.

Without further ado, let’s see the commands shall we?

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Siri vs TellMe video

26/11/2011 |

Someone at Microsoft seemed to be upset this week when they said that the baked in TellMe app found on Windows 7 phones is just as, if not better than Siri.  So when we came across this video of Siri … Read More

Nuance Dragon Express, an attempt to bring Siri to the Mac?

14/11/2011 |

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.

Dragon Express Header Nuance Dragon Express, an attempt to bring Siri to the Mac?

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

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