If you have just discovered the delights of voice input to your PC, and particularly if you have an accent (who doesn’t?), you will benefit from Dragon Naturally Speaking Training.
Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS) is a voice-recognition program that allows you to input text to your PC by simply speaking into a microphone. The problem is that many microphones do not pick up every sound you make, so the words may not come out the way you want them to.
DNS can also have trouble recognizing accents. Fortunately, you can train the program to understand your way of saying things. The easiest way to do this is by reading long passages from books or speeches. The program actually has a built-in training mode just for this purpose. Another way to train the program is by teaching it individual words. No matter which method you use, you have to be patient, as accuracy tends to improve over time. Dragon Naturally Speaking training takes time, but is well worth the effort in the end.
Dragon is one of the world’s most powerful pieces of voice recognition software available – as long as you know how to use it correctly! I have a few colleagues who have had great success with Dragon Naturally Speaking, so I decided I had to try it out.
The program and the recommended microphone were not that expensive, considering the productivity boost they could provide, so I felt that I was making an economical purchase. In fact, I bought myself some Dragon Naturally Speaking training at the same time. I must admit I had some difficulty with the program at first. It takes patience to get Dragon running properly; both the user and the software need to practice with each other. I wanted to get this learning process over with as quickly as possible, though. That’s why paying for a little professional Dragon Naturally Speaking training sounded like such a good idea to me.
I couldn’t even hazard a guess at the number of times I’ve been asked how to vary the playing speed of a video. And if you’re wondering why someone might want to do that, you’re probably not involved in a sport or other physical pastime.
Thanks in large part to the popularity of YouTube, there are now literally millions of how-to or demonstration videos readily available on every imaginable topic. But the problem with learning intricate moves from videos is that the subject is most often provided at normal speed, at which it can be difficult to determine exactly what the demonstrator is doing.
For example, in many martial art styles it is necessary for practitioners to learn and perform a choreographed pattern of movements called a kata. Some of these patterns can be very complex and fast moving at normal playback speeds.That’s just one example. You might want to learn some fancy dance steps, or how to hurdle. If a pattern can be demonstrated, then you’ll be able to follow and emulate the steps more easily if you slow it down.
The method I’m about to describe is certainly not the only one, but it’s the one I use to vary video playback speeds at will, and on-the-fly. I hope you’ll find it as useful as I do. [Click Here to Continue…]
On-line search and advertising company Google launched Google+ as their alternative to Facebook to compete in the social networking field of on-line services. Google and Facebook now compete in more areas than ever, including Games, Messaging/Email, Video calling, Photos and Videos. As of this writing, Google has approximately 166.8 million unique on-line visitors a day while on average 156.3 million people visit Facebook.
For obvious and well-publicised reasons, privacy and security are a major concern for anyone who uses online services today. Thus these social media platforms must place a high priority on the privacy and security of their users. Each company has been trying to steal a competitive edge on the other by touting the “superiority” of their own privacy and security efforts.
Information about their users’ web searching habits is very valuable to the likes of Google and Facebook. Such information can be used to towards more effective advertising and search results, based on the individual user’s habits and preferences. [Click Here to Continue…]
Historically one of the major weaknesses of Adobe Reader has been related to potential security vulnerabilities in the Flash implementation. Put simply, Adobe Flash is a multimedia platform used to add animation, video, and interactivity to web pages. Flash is widely used for many different purposes right throughout the World Wide Web. For that reason many of us view it as nothing more than bloody-mindedness and egotistical arrogance that prompted the late Steve Jobs to insist that Flash capability be excluded from all of Apple’s mobile devices. If you can’t view Flash content, then you are excluded from a lot of Web resources. But that’s another story. [Click Here to Continue…]
I’m only one of a vast army of consultants and IT pundits who have consistently, over a number of years, warned anyone who would listen to avoid Internet Explorer like the plague. There is simply no disputing the fact that it has been a significant security risk, not to mention its substandard features and performance compared to alternative browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Anyone who’s been around for a while will have used version 6.0 of Internet Explorer, and many of us still harbor a grudge against Microsoft for putting us through that experience.
Well, it may be time to forgive and forget, and give the latest version of Internet Explorer a fair trial. [Click Here to Continue…]
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