December 2009


Mini-Podcast 17: Voice Recorder for Android Sound Sample

I’m always looking for voice recording apps that might help me in my podcasting projects. I tried the free Voice Recorder app for Android by Mamoru Tokashiki over the weekend. You can hear a sample of the voice recording I made using the app on my Droid in the mini-podcast embedded above.

I ran into a couple of problems using Voice recorder on my Droid:

– It crashed a couple of times
– Its home screen widget did not work
– It stops recording if the Droid is moved
– The resultng recording has a low volume. I used Audacity to increase the volume of the recording to product the mini=podcast
– I think, but am not 100% certain, that the app caused the Droid’s battery to drain rapidly. I uninstalled the app to test this possibility

The app itself has a nice simple and easy to understand interface. I like its ability to both save and email a sound recording. I’ll make a note to check on this app’s progress a few months into 2010 to see if it might make its way into my toolset.

– You can listen to the podcast right now from your web browser by using the embedded player above.
– You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or this RSS feed.
– You can also point your smartphone’s browser at mobiletoday.podbean.com to listen to or download the MP3 file over the air to your phone.

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Podcast 41: Chevy Mobile Wi-Fi 3G-WiFi Vehicle Router

In Podcast 41 I speak with Chevrolet Accessories Manager Chris Rauser about the new Chevy Mobile Wi-Fi Autonet Mobile 3G-to-WiFi vehicle router. The product has a $399 retail price but has a rebate program running through the end of the year that brings the price down to $199. A docking station lets you move the router to another vehicle. The router product is availale for 7 Chevy models: Equinox, Transverse, Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Avalanche, Express. You can learn more Chevy Mobile Wi-Fi at…

Wi-Fi On Four Wheels: Chevrolet Offers Dealer-Installed Wireless Internet System For SUVs, Trucks And Vans (press release)

http://gmextras.com

The podcast is 14 minutes and 43 seconds long.

– You can listen to the podcast right now from your web browser by using the embedded player above.
– You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or this RSS feed.
– You can also point your smartphone’s browser at mobiletoday.podbean.com to listen to or download the MP3 file over the air to your phone.

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Podcast 40: Nuance Dragon Dictation for iPhone – Sr. VP/GM Michael Thompson

In Podcast 40, I speak with Nuance Mobile Sr. VP & General Manager Michael Thompson about the recently released Nuance Dragon Dictation app for iPhone. This free app can record you speaking in chunks up to 30 seconds long. Multiple 30 second speech bites can be combined into a single message.

Dragon Dictation 1.1.0

One discussion item of particular note is the privacy issue. And, if you download the freshly released 1.1.0 update, you’ll note that one change is the ability to delete previously uploaded contact names from their server and to opt out of uploading contact names going forward. Nuance does not obtain any other information except the contact name. So, I feel comfortable leaving my contact names on their server to help with speech-to-text transcriptions.

Mike also mentioned that more apps are on their way from Nuance and hinted at something called Dragon Search. Keep an eye and ear out for it!

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Dolphin Browser Provides Pinch & Zoom Gesture Support on a Droid

Got a Droid? Wish it supported the pinch and zoom gesture (which Android 2.0 does but is not turned on for the Droid)? If so, you might want to consider downloading and installing the free Dolphin Browser from the Android Market. As you can see in my demo, it supports the pinch and zoom gesture even on the Droid.

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Compiling list of iPhone apps I use regularly

I sometimes wonder how various top 10 lists are created. I’m compiling a list of iPhone apps I use regularly as my top 10 contribution. Will do the same for Android and Windows Mobile too this weekend. What’s on your list of apps you actually use?

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Apple Free Digital Album: iTunes Holiday Sampler – 20 Songs

Apple has a great holiday treat for you: A free 20-song holiday sampler digital album. The link to the iTunes page is given below…

iTunes Holiday Sampler

Like many free iTunes offers, this is probably time limited. So, get it while it is free.

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