THE CROWD “SOURCERESS”

“Crowd-sourcing,” also called “crowd-funding” is like found money. Instead of one sponsor, you have hundreds, perhaps thousands of strangers donating to your cause, with few strings attached. A new book, “The Crowd-sourceress” by Alex Daly, ($17 at PublicAffairsBooks.com) offers advice on how to do it. Over 100,000 projects have been funded by Kickstarter.com, one of several crowd funding services, since it began in 2009. We are talking big bucks here. It’s common to hit a couple hundred thousand and can sometimes bring in a couple million. This has even drawn the attention of major corporations, like Samsung, General Electric and Hasbro. Because after all, there’s no interest charge, unlike borrowing from a bank. Sometimes there’s also no accounting. When you […]

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SOMEONE IS LISTENING

Google Home plays music, brings you news, puts videos on your TV and answers questions. “Internuts:” (interesting websites) include Lighter.world and a site for writers.

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GOOGLE GLASS COMPETITOR

Google Glass enthusiasts make it sound like everyone will soon be wearing a glasses frame able to project a tiny display. None of this is breakthrough technology; it’s dependent on massive storage capacity and ultra-fast processing by somebody’s data service somewhere, like Google, or the NSA.

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JUST TALK NATURALLY

People love to talk. Just look at all the TV shows that are about nothing else. But here in the computer world, we want to see that talk printed on the screen and the page. So, every time we mention a program for converting talk to text, we get a lot of reader response: Is it any good, they ask? Does it really work? People have a lot to say.

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BACK TALK FROM YOUR CELL PHONE

When the iPhone’s voice-activated personal assistant “Siri” came out, the reaction from reviewers was ecstatic delight. Wow, you could ask questions and the phone would answer; sometimes making wise-cracks.

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TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

You probably know that the latest Apple iPhone 4S has “Siri” which responds to your voice. Owners of Android phones can get something similar, called Sonalight. Both these apps are free.

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FREE STUFF

A Twitter parody site and a free speech-to-text app for the iPhone.

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VOICE RECOGNITION IMPROVES, SORT OF

1If you’ve ever called for airline reservations, you’ve dealt with voice recognition software. A robotic voiceasks you if you want “reservations” or “flight status.” If you say “Cheeseburger,” the robot says, “Sorry, I didn’t get that.”

You can have this kind of fun on a regular basis, with your own voice recognition software.

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TALKING TO YOUR COMPUTER

Computers that understand human speech are a staple of science fiction movies and TV shows, but in the real world they can’t understand a word you say.

Dragon Naturally Speaking (www.nuance.com) has been burning a path through this fog for many years now, and each version gets a little better. The latest one is version 9.

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