Feb 27 2016

Using Speech Recognition With Google Docs Is Really Impressive

If you’ve ever wanted to use speech recognition to create documents or to see how productive you might be with using a service like that, you might want to check out Google Docs. As of yesterday, February 26, Google Docs now has dictation, by way of their “Voice Typing” future they been using on all their mobile devices.

As a long-time user of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, I can say that the speech recognition from Google is very impressive. Unlike Nuances Dragon NaturallySpeaking, there’s absolutely no training required to start using the voice typing; the service just automagically works.

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Feb 25 2016

SlySoft Closed. It’s Gone, Done, Over – And There Was Great Sadness

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I guess it had to happen at some point; SlySoft offered decrypting software that could be thought of as the standard when it comes to allowing users to rip DVDs and Blu-rays. AnyDVD had a subscription-based service a huge customer base and their support forums were always active with people willing to help.

The immense popularity of SlySoft was driven by the fact that digital copies of popular movies were not available. At one point, the movie studios were trying to push a service called Ultraviolet, but that was a huge mess and highly disappointing.

From my perspective, I think that SlySoft is one of the reasons that other companies and software packages [Kodi and Plex] have become so popular by managing people’s movie libraries. Without applications like SlySoft AnyDVD/AnyDVD HD, many people would not be able to enjoy the movies outside their homes, and it still be taking those little round pieces of plastic and shoving them into a machine to be played.

At a point in time where services like Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services are becoming extremely popular, it makes absolutely no sense to continue using DVDs or Blu-ray discs.

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Feb 22 2016

The FCC Says That Cable Customers Can Ditch Their Cable Boxes For Streaming Services

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This past week should have been pretty exciting for customers who are fed up with their cable companies and Cord Cutters alike. Last week, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that customers should be able to get their cable through other venues besides having to rent a cable box.

This means that customers should be able to avoid having to pay for the traditional cable box they have to get from the cable company, they should be able to purchase their own cable box [independently] and you should be able to start getting your cable subscription programming through other venues like Amazon fire TV, Apple TV, android TV and streaming media boxes like Roku.

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Feb 18 2016

Encryption: Apple Is Standing On Principle – And They Are Right.

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Since the time of Edward Snowden revealing that the governments of the world are spying on their citizens with their electronic devices and their mobile devices, encryption has become much more important. People don’t appreciate the idea that their information could be eavesdropped upon at any given time.

Since the expose of global spying on citizens electronically, a lot of people have adopted encryption methods. It’s safe to say that the governments of the world they were using these eavesdropping methods are now really unhappy that there spying techniques have been exposed and their abilities to just walk in and grab information easily has been taken away.

Over the past couple of months, there’s been a lot of discussion from government entities, officials and individuals from the perspective of using encryption. Citizens say that encryption is absolutely necessary for privacy. It’s expectation that consumers/citizens expect from the electronic devices they use. On the other hand, the various government entities want manufacturers that employee encryption methods to build in backdoors so that they can get to your personal information anytime they want. Obviously, this is a conflict of interest.

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Feb 16 2016

With Luck, Deadpool Will Change The Rules For Comic Book Movies

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Like a lot of other people this past weekend, I went to see the new Deadpool movie; actually, I saw twice. If I’m being completely honest, would go see the movie the first time to make sure that it was kid friendly; it wasn’t. There was a lot of F-bombs, violence and language. It was awesome, it just wasn’t for kids. But it doesn’t change the fact that the movie was awesome.

I love the fact that Ryan Reynolds had to wait 11 years to do Deadpool the way Deadpool needed to be done. I hate the fact that Fox studio was so stupid that they couldn’t understand the character or the script.

Fox had zero confidence in the script for Deadpool. They gave Deadpool one of the lowest budgets ever for a movie, but somehow the Deadpool team was able to make it come around. Fox only allowed for roughly $58 million for the rated R comic book movie to be made.

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