Nuance's Excellent Dictation Software is Heavily Discounted Today

Whether you're a slow typist, are a carpal tunnel sufferer, or just want to feel like you're living on the Starship Enterprise, Nuance's Dragon dictation software can make your voice as powerful as any mouse and keyboard. If you're curious to try it out, Amazon is knocking up to 65% off the price of the software,… » 1/09/15 9:45am 1/09/15 9:45am

A Brief History of Speech Recognition's Glorious Retrofuture

In the two decades following World War II, it seemed there was no limit to technological growth. Sure, a computer was still the size of an entire room, and no one had telephones in their pockets. But techno-utopian ideas like flying cars and jetpacks and meal pills were all being taken very seriously as the inevitable… » 7/16/13 11:06am 7/16/13 11:06am

How Do Computers Understand Speech?

More and more, we can get computers to do things for us by talking to them. A computer can call your mother when you tell it to, find you a pizza place when you ask for one, or write out an email that you dictate. Sometimes the computer gets it wrong, but a lot of the time it gets it right, which is amazing when you… » 11/30/12 10:03am 11/30/12 10:03am

Talking To Your Mac: The Coolest Feature of Mountain Lion, and the…

Mountain Lion, the next big software cat for your Mac, has a gazillion new features. Too many to name, and frankly, to care about. But there's one you should pay attention to, because it might change all of computing. » 7/12/12 10:10am 7/12/12 10:10am

Reminder: All Your iPad Dictations Belong to Apple

Though the new iPad doesn't have Siri, it does have Dictation, which lets you dictate what you want to say to the email, notes, messages, and other apps. And like Siri, Dictation needs an internet connection in order to work, that's because Apple needs to send your phrases to its servers to make sense out of your… » 3/20/12 3:40pm 3/20/12 3:40pm

Dragon Dictate 2.0 For Mac Is a Better Listener Than Ever

Dragon Dictate 2.0 has roared onto OSX, harnessing a new and improved Dragon 11 engine and sporting a revamped UI. What that means for you is that it'll be easier (and more accurate) than ever to not only dictate text into your computer, but also edit documents, switch between programs, search Google, and plenty more.… » 9/20/10 11:46am 9/20/10 11:46am

Speech Recognition Isn't Dead

Robert Fortner's penned a fascinating post-mortem on speech recognition software. That's right, post-mortem. Because it's apparently very, very dead! Except that it's not. » 5/03/10 4:40pm 5/03/10 4:40pm

The Dragon Dictation App Will Turn Your iPad Into a Cheap Secretary

Too lazy to type? Hands busy with something else? Use the iPad version of Dragon Dictation's popular speech recognition software. You can dictate emails and notes which can be copied and pasted if necessary. » 4/01/10 11:00pm 4/01/10 11:00pm

How Roger Ebert Will Get His Voice Back

Years of battling cancer have left film ubercritic Roger Ebert without a portion of his jaw, and consequentially, his voice. Esquire's superb profile outlined his efforts to regain a voice—his voice—but left us wondering: How will that work? » 2/18/10 2:56pm 2/18/10 2:56pm

Dragon Dictation, World's Most Popular Dictation Software, Comes to App…

There've been some dictation apps before now, but now Nuance, makers of Dragon, the world's most popular desktop dictation software, is invading the App Store with their own. Plus, it's free (for a limited time)! Update: » 12/08/09 12:00am 12/08/09 12:00am

Olympus Voice Trek G-10

Olympus announced its Voice Trek G-10, a voice recorder whose corner slips off to reveal a USB jack which you plug directly into your PC to transfer your recordings. Its built-in 256MB of memory seems rather paltry until you realize that you can shoehorn 69 hours of low-quality audio recording into its mini form… » 6/19/06 9:33am 6/19/06 9:33am

Sanyo Announces Two MP3 Voice Recorders

Sanyo has introduced the latest additions to its Diply line of voice recorders, and both have a rather odd look with their stalk-like external microphones attached up top. The behemoth of the bunch is the ICR-S340RM (left), which holds a gigabyte worth of sounds—that's good for 140 hours of voice recording. If that's… » 2/15/06 5:45pm 2/15/06 5:45pm