Category Archives: talking app

Swype’s Holiday Season Present To You

Swype, the Android keyboard that lets you type (or swype, rather) faster than you ever thought possible, has a present for you this holiday season.  With the recent development of Siri, the voice controlled app, it seems that these voice controlled apps are becoming the future of smartphones.

That said, Swype is launching a new beta with Nuance’s Dragon dictation built right in (see video below). Chances are the actual transcription isn’t faster than your swypes, especially if you’re a veteran Swype user, but when your hands are tied up Dragon should really come in handy.

This new app will also allow you to download a number of different languages.  Unfortunatly, if your phone came pre-loaded with Swype, this beta will not work on your phone.  Instead, you will have to wait until the complete launch of the Swype update to start using it.

To get the new update, just visit Swype’s site from your phone and register with an email address. You will then be sent a download link and be ready to go.

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Next-Gen iPod is A Bracelet??

Apple may be secretly developing wearable iPods that offer full support for voice commands using the company’s Siri software.  The New York Times released more info on the suspected project earlier today.

The iPod seems like it will be replacing the iPod Nano and Shuffle.  Reports say that it is a curved glass iPod which will wrap around the wrist.

We’re even imagining deeper Siri integration where a user might be able to ask their iPod how far they have run or what their current heart rate is.

Apple iTunes Announces Their “App of the year”

Apple has just announced their “app of the year” as well as some other best of 2011 winners on iTunes.   The recipient of the app of the year award was Burbn’s Instagram, while Nik Software’s Snapseed was designated the iPad App of the Year.

The app, Instagram, is a popular (obviously) free photo editing app that not only allows you to take pictures, but you can also add filters and other tweaks, and perhaps most importantly, share your photos with others.  Runner ups for this award go to VidRhythm ($1.99) and Band of the Day (free).

Other awards handed out go to Apple’s iPhone game of the year,  Tiny Tower (free), a Sim-like game of empire building. Runners-ups in this category were Tiny Wings and Touchgrind BMX.

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