While many are wondering where Siri integration is as it pertains to OS X Mountain Lion, today Apple revealed that its next operating system will incorporate the Dictation feature that iOS enjoys into the desktop software during its WWDC 2012 keynote. Above is a screenshot of the OS X settings where you enable Dictation and choose how you want to invoke the feature. By default, you double-tap the Function key. We'll be testing the feature in the coming days, and we'll report back with our thoughts. Mountain Lion ships in July for $19.99.
We’ve got a quick contest for you guys today, as we aim to start off the week by coming correct. We’ve got a Moshi voice control alarm clock that we are gonna give away to one of our readers. Seriously, if the idea of controlling something with your voice seems intriguing, you should know that you can use this clock without ever looking at it. It’s that good. Here are the features:
- Activated by user saying “Hello Moshi”, no buttons needed for functionality
- Responds to 12 voice activated commands: time, set alarm, today’s date, temperature, and more
- Features include snooze, 3 sounds for alarm and sleep, volume control, and night light
- Recognized by the World Blind Union, Moshi can be operated without ever seeing the clock
- Voice control works right out of the box with no programming necessary
Typically, this bad boy sells for $40 (and you can pick one up on Amazon if you so choose.) However, tomorrow we will choose one random reader who has liked us on Facebook and left a comment on our Facebook page. That’s all you gotta do to enter. Good luck!
Since Apple announced the iPhone 3GS at WWDC 2009, the buzz has been non-stop. There are obviously those Apple fanboys that are hyping this as the Third Coming, as well as those who are a bit more skeptical as to if the speed boost is truly real, and truly worth it. Oh, and of course, the lead-up to the iPhone 3GS launch hasn’t been without controversy, but AT&T stepped up in a big way to make it easier on iPhone 3G owners who want to upgrade without breaking the bank. So the question remains - is it worth it?
iPhone 3GS: The ‘S’ is for ‘Speed’
Okay, so many of us were speculating that this phone would be called the iPhone video. After all, when video came to the iPod, it was called the iPod video, and video would certainly be the big feature if it was included in the third iPhone, right? Wrong. Video takes a back seat to speed when it comes to the iPhone 3GS. I know, that sounds all sorts of silly, but allow me to explain. Apple has been focused on optimizing and refining OS X, as evidenced by what we are seeing with Snow Leopard. Remember, the iPhone is based on OS X at it’s core, and Apple wouldn’t neglect bringing those refinements to their flagship mobile device.
That said, believe the hype. This phone is very noticeably faster than the iPhone and iPhone 3G—even if you have an iPhone 3G that is already running the faster iPhone 3.0 update. You are able to launch and quit the core apps in a snap. Internet speeds are faster. Launching those games that take a while to load is nowhere near as frustrating. And best of all, despite this being a “little thing,” the little nagging stalls and overall lack of responsiveness are just gone.
Pioneer has 3 new in-dash GPS systems. At the low end is the 4.3-inch AVIC-U310BT, a voice controlled 2-DIN model with wireless capability and iPod/iPhone control at a price of $700.00. The mid-priced 5.8-inch AVIC-X710BT goes for $1,000.00 while the AVIC-X910BT comes at a cost of $1,200.00. Both have RCA outputs and built-in Bluetooth. The top of the line AVIC-Z110BT $1,800.00 unit has all the features that the other three have, gives map and route info simultaneously with voice control, plus HD and satellite radio capability, and a 7-inch motorized LCD screen.
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