How often have you been late to a client meeting, delayed in traffic, and need to let them know you’ll be there in ten? Suddenly you’re trying to drive with one hand and digging around for your cell phone with the other, and you find yourself haphazardly (not to mention dangerously) texting misspelled words to your client and wishing you could just talk to Siri and keep your hands on the steering wheel so you don’t drive off the road. It’s ok, it happens to the best of us.
Soon enough, this situation will be a thing of the past. Speech recognition technology is everywhere these days, from UPS customer service to desktop software like Dragon Naturally Speaking. Nuance, the maker of Dragon, is finding that most of their business today is in the mobile market, and that many handset manufacturers are working on deeply-integrated speech recognition systems into their new releases. Ultimately, this means great things for small business owners, who are often on the road and need quick solutions. And these days, mobile devices need to be the ones to provide those solutions.
Read more about the future of speech recognition in mobile devices: http://www.businessweek.com/technology/nuance-cto-speech-tech-will-be-mobile-tech-08092011.html
Have you noticed an increasing number of people using iPhones, Android phones and iPads in business settings? Of course you have! But, doesn’t it seem like just yesterday when everyone was complaining of thumb strain from endlessly emailing on their BlackBerries? For some businesses with greater security needs, like financial services companies or government agencies, BlackBerry is still the device du jour. But for an increasing number of SMBs, BlackBerries are rapidly going the way of the dodo. IT is becoming better equipped to support iPhones and Android phones, and their ease of use makes the end user happy.
However, Research in Motion (RIM), the maker of the BlackBerry platform, has a newly appointed Chairwoman and CEO and they are determined to claw their way back into relevance, and into your hands. RIM has bumped up their release of the BlackBerry 10 platform, as well as two new tablet computers, to September 2012. In order for RIM to return to its former glory days, “the company badly needs to storm back into the smartphone market with an Android- and iPhone-killer,” says Eric Zeman in his Information Week Mobility blog (See full story here: http://www.informationweek.com/news/mobility/smart_phones/232400449
Is it too late? Can BlackBerry innovate their way past Apple and Google? What would BlackBerry have to do to get you to use one again?
About a month before the iPhone was to be released, Steve Jobs decided he wanted a glass screen to prevent scratches when the iPphone was carried in a pocket. Charles Duhigg and Keith Bradsher of the New York Times have written an excellent article about why Apple makes iPhones and iPads in China instead of the United States.
One of the key points is this:
Chinese factories are far more nimble than American factories.
The story Duhigg and Bradsher used to illustrate this will only add to the iPhone lore.
Just over a month before the first iPhone was to be released in 2007, the authors report, a frustrated Steve Jobs summoned his senior team. Read more: How the US lost out on Jobs
Smartphones are in almost everyone’s hand or pocket. These little devices have revolutionized the ways we communicate and have made it possible to conduct business almost anywhere. We love them and couldn’t live without them. Now you can make your Smartphone even more productive by using some of these FREE apps.
11 Totally Awesome Time-Saving Apps For Your iPhone by AN Jay, lists some of these great FREE apps to help you save time and get the most from your phone. Here are a few that we like.
Easily and quickly turns your iPhone into a scanner. Take a picture of your receipt, diagram, notes or even a whiteboard. CamScanner can convert the image to a PDF so you can easily sync across platforms. Sync via iTunes or upload to cloud like Evernote, Dropbox, Google Docs, or iDisk. This also allows you to manage scanned images by tagging and searching.
Text’nDrive will read your messages to you, which helps promote safe driving.
Use Your Handwriting
Have you ever wished you could jot down a quick note without having to deal with the popup keyboard? Use Your Handwriting® (UYH) allows you to write on the screen instead of typing. UYH makes what you write look like your actual handwriting.
There are 8 other apps that will increase productivity. Check them out at 11 Totally Awesome Time-Saving Apps For Your iPhone.
- BNMC Engineering Team