Real Time Dictation in iOS8

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 7.47.05 AMThis was a pleasant surprise.

Before iOS8, I would dictate notes, emails and text messages, BUT this process often resulted in frustration for me.

I could dictate, but after every few sentences I would have to click on “done” in order for the dictation-gremlins to catch up. And then I would proof-read to fix errors. I used it, but it was buggy.

iOS8 has changed this …. significantly for the better.

Now, when you dictate, you will see your words appear as you speak them. Now you can speak your entire text, and not have to hit ‘done’ until you actually are (done!).

For those who are new to the iPhone/iPad, or for those who have never used dictation before, here is …..

How to dictate text in iOS 8:

Tap the spot where you plan to type (in notes, email, texts, etc) and a keyboard will appear.

Touch the microphone that is next to the space bar.

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Start talking. Speak clearly and watch your words appear as you talk.

When you are done, (REALLY done) hit “done.” :)

REAL TIME!!!

MUCH better. I’ll now be doing a whole lot more talking-to-text rather than finger tapping the keyboard.
(however……. typing on the iPhone 6 Plus is a WHOLE lot easier with the bigger everything keyboard!)

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Bold? Italics? Underline? Where are these hiding on my iPad or iPhone?

Over the last several years, “throwback Thursday” has become quite popular. Although it is really supposed to be about nostalgia (like old photos), I thought I’d stretch the point, and occasionally post an old (but updated!) “how to” on Thursdays, for the benefit of the many new-device-users who have joined our blog. (or to refresh the memories for those of us who forget!)

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Bold, Underline, Italics ….. you want to use them, but you can’t find them. Where are they hiding?

Here is how you find these options when you are typing on your iPad or iPhone:

Open a new email as though you are about to write a message.

Write a sample sentence for yourself. I’ll use this one: “Why do psychics ask your name?”

Touch the word “psychics” and you will see a magnifier pop up, and then a bar including the words “Select, and Select All. Touch the word “Select”.

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The word “psychics” will turn blue and above it another bar appears. This time the bar includes the option “B-I-U” (bold, italics, underline). If you are looking at a smaller screen (the iPhone) you may have to touch an arrow on the side of the bar to extend it in order to see this option.

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Tap the “BIU”, and your options of “Bold, Italics, and Underline” become clear. Tap on any of the three options and your word will now be cloaked in the emphasis of your choice. You can choose one, two or all three options.

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This bar will remain on the screen until you dismiss it by tapping on a blank spot of the email to make it disappear.

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Alphabet Soup for the Tech Age

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Blogging Break

Taking a break ….

Be back, soon!

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I Really Really REALLY Don’t Like This

Screen Shot 2014-02-25 at 8.41.58 AMI usually love all gadgets. I love my iPhone, my iPad, and my Kindles. Other tech stuff is fun too. I have some remote gadgets, step-counting gadgets and kitchen gadgets. I rarely meet a gadget I don’t like.

But I don’t like this one.

This is just plain creepy.

The Narrative is a clip on camera that you wear. It automatically takes a picture every 30 seconds.

The point? To create a “narrative” of your life. All the regular moments. The things you don’t remember… remembered.

I don’t want to be on either end of this device. I don’t want all those photos of …. ???? and I sure don’t want to be talking or working with a person who is wearing this little camera. I know I’d find it highly distracting.

(I suppose there is an argument to be made for wearing it to capture candid photos of your children, or maybe at an event …. I’ll go with that. But it’s the “all day” and photographing unsuspecting people that just seems yuchy. Bye bye privacy.)

You can read more about it in this article, and view examples of the photos that this gadget takes:

Cool or Creepy? A Clip-On Camera Can Capture Every Moment

If you’re interested, the Narrative sells for $279.

Just don’t visit with me if you’re wearing one. :roll:

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Brief Blog-Pause ……

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I wish someone would develop an app that would shovel the snow, melt the ice and clean the salt off the car …..

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Thanksgiving Weekend

Happy Thanksgiving to all followers in the US!

and wishing those beyond this land of turkey-eaters a lovely weekend, as well. :)

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Multi-tasking: Use your iPad as a Cutting Board (not really!)

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I’m not really suggesting you use your iPad to cut slabs of cheese. :shock:

This cutting board is designed to look like an iPad … and I’m sure it attracts quite a bit of attention when set out with cheese at a party.

You can get one of your own for $29.95, but you’ll have to wait in line. According to the website, they are all sold out at the present time.

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Going, Going, Gone … for a while

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I will be absent from the blog-o-sphere for a while. It is possible I may be able to slip in a post or two (although unlikely) and during this time I will not be able to keep up with my blog reading.

So please don’t think I’ve abandoned you. :shock: I’m just going to be “out of the office” i.e. away from my computer and regular internet access.

Hold my place, please. I’ll be back!

Note to new followers: Please use this time to check out some old posts. You can find the links to the “how to” posts for the iPhone and iPad, and also for Kindle-specific posts, by clicking on the pages at the top of this blog or by clicking here and here.

Lovin’ the Google Doodle

Doesn’t everyone enjoy the Google doodle?

The very first Google doodle appeared long before the company was even incorporated, back in 1998. The founders were just fooling around, and came up with this doodle … just a stick figure behind one of the ‘o’s’ …. to represent to others that the founders were “out of the office.”

The very first google doodle.

The very first Google doodle.

At first the Google doodles celebrated only familiar holidays. Over the years they have broadened their scope and they now doodle all kinds of anniversaries, birthdays and other milestones. To date, Google has made over 1000 doodles that have appeared on homepages all over the world.

Mother's Day in Ireland March 10, 2013

Mother’s Day in Ireland March 10, 2013

One of the most popular doodles celebrated the 30th anniversary of Pac Man in 2010. It was an interactive doodle. By clicking on “insert coin” the game would begin and you could play the arcade classic on the Google logo.

You can see ALL the Google doodles (searchable and sortable by year and/or by country), by browsing through the Google Museum.

There is also a Google Doodle Store so that you can sport your favorite Doodle on a t-shirt, a mug or many other products.

To learn more about Google Doodles and the doodlers who create them, click here and here. If you have an idea for a Google doodle, you are welcome to submit a proposal to proposals@google.com (they get hundreds a DAY, however, so it better be good!)

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