Sep 30 2016

Slick new iPhone 7 case restores the headphone jack

image_thumb-17 Slick new iPhone 7 case restores the headphone jack

I think it’s always funny when you see companies trying to dictate the path of technology in such a way that it angers people.

Apple’s newly released a new iPhone 7 it’s causing a star with the absence of the headphone jack. There was a lot of discussion about the release of the iPhone 7, especially around the fact the new phone was not going to have headphone jacks. Apple presented several reasons why the headphone jack was being taken away, but the most compelling were that there’s a lot of third parties that have devices that interface with the iPhone 7 through the headphone jack.

The backing argument was that these third parties who want to use the iPhone 7 headphone jack were able to do this without paying any kind of royalties. That means that Apple was missing out on a whole new revenue stream for people who wanted to interface with the iPhone 7. In order for Apple to get in on that business, they have to remove the headphone jack and replace it with something more proprietary; something requires royalty fees if you want to use your device with the iPhone 7.

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Sep 28 2016

Hewlett Packard Imposes Ink Cartridge DRM Requirements On Customers

image_thumb-15 Hewlett Packard Imposes Ink Cartridge DRM Requirements On Customers

A couple of years ago, I made the conscious decision to switch from using an inkjet printer to using a color laser printer simply because the ink cartridges didn’t last very long and they were very costly. When you’re using an inkjet printer you don’t know exactly how many pages you going to be able to print with that set of cartridges.

When an inkjet printer goes to its maintenance process or prepares to print when you have issues where an inkjet printer doesn’t print correctly, there’s just too many things with an inkjet printer that are unsatisfying and void.

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Sep 27 2016

Dragon Professional Individual Version 5 – Auto Transcription Sample Rate Problems

image_thumb-6 Dragon Professional Individual Version 5 - Auto Transcription Sample Rate Problems

A couple of weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to do a product review on Dragon Professional Individual version 15. I like to try to go to the product/software as much as I can and test various aspects of its functionality. Dragon Professional Individual focuses on professionals who use speech recognition as a way to increase their productivity.

One of the ways that professionals try to increase their productivity is by using voice recorders. They take notes by voice, it’s recorded to an audio device, using an MP3 file; and then there able to take that MP3 file and dump it into Dragon Professional Individual and have it transcribed.

As I was testing this function, I found a problem.

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Sep 21 2016

Dragon Professional Individual v15 – Features or Compatibility

image_thumb-5 Dragon Professional Individual v15 - Features or Compatibility

Recently, I was given the opportunity to review the latest version of Dragon Professional Individual version 15. I’ve been a user of Dragon since version 7. I find that Nuance’s speech recognition software is probably the most advanced available. Speech recognition is probably the most powerful productive tool that you can use in your daily activities. Everything from composing documents, emails, instant messages, etc.

I’ve done software product documentation, support, installations, product development, software testing, and training. Having done all these things, it makes you focus on the functionality of the software, compatibility, and the behind-the-scenes support apparatus.

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Sep 15 2016

Review: Dragon Professional Individual version 15

img_57d37a29135f3 Review: Dragon Professional Individual version 15

Nuance recently released a new version of their speech recognition software, Dragon Professional Individual version 15. The Dragon Professional Individual series started with version 14. Nuance made some improvements to the existing Dragon NaturallySpeaking application, trying to make it more applicable to professionals. Version 14 offered the addition of transcription, auto texts, and Dragon Anywhere [subscription service].

The Dragon Anywhere is an application you can download to your Apple or android device, using the application you can leverage the speech recognition abilities of Dragon pretty much anywhere you want. The vocabularies you have on your desktop can be synchronized with that on the Dragon Anywhere application. You can also synchronize Dragon Anywhere documents using various cloud services.

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