'Dragon Dictation' Brings Voice Transcription to the iPhone

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    Nuance Communications today announced the release of Dragon Dictation [App Store, Free for a limited time], a new voice transcription application for the iPhone. The application, which relies on the Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition engine to transcribe voice input to text, allows users to easily send transcribed text to new e-mail or text messages or save it to the clipboard for pasting into other applications.
    The application works by transmitting spoken input to Nuance's central servers, where it is processed by the transcription algorithms and returned to the user's device. Consequently, the application does requires a data connection in order to function.

    The application offers editing options including alternative suggestions for misinterpreted phrases and built-in keyboard functionality for manual editing of text. The application also offers voice corrections, allowing users to highlight a selected portion of text and replace it with newly-spoken phrases.

    Several users have noted a potential privacy issue with Dragon Dictation, however, with a number of iTunes Store user reviews noting that the license agreement for the application reveals that data from users' lists of contacts will be sent to Nuance and stored on its servers.

    Dragon Dictation is free for a limited time, and Nuance will in the near future be releasing Dragon Search, a second iPhone application allowing users to conduct voice searches of a number of sources including search engines, YouTube, Twitter, iTunes, and Wikipedia.

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    supposedly, this application loads you contact list onto their server, so for those of you that have privacy in mind, be aware.

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    Damn I installed it last night...guess it's too late for me? And why in the WORLD do they need to store our contacts list... A even better question, why did Apple approve this? Sigh
     
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    Have you ever done a Google search on the words "dragon naturally-speaking reviews"? It's spotty at best and expensive.
     
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    They say its only contacts names and not phone numbers or emails.

    I don't have an issue with them having my contacts name, but if it's anything more than that, then yeah, it would be an issue for me.
     
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    Damn... Yeah, what the first two replies said.
     
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    Not sure about reviews for their software, but the iphone app is dead on.
    Been playing with it for hours now, and i would say its about 95% for me.
     
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    Le sigh...

    Damn. Got me all excited to download a free app, and I'm just a wee far too bit North...
     
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    This is great. It works really well. I have a very small contact list and tend to use nick names.
     
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    Can we use this for remote wipe?

    "Computer, initiate auto-destruct sequence, authorization Picard 4-7 Alpha Tango."
     
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    Not available in the Canadian app-store. Lame.

    I wonder what the reason for this is. It's not tied to any broadcast or print media that have country restrictions.

    Someone should make a really kickass app and not make it available to the Americans. I wonder what the reaction would be.
     
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    This app is really amazing if there isn't a whole lot of background noise. I installed it yesterday and so far it's been solid. I have already placed it on the first page of my utilities section on my iPhone it's that good!!
     
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    Wonder why it ca't be used on a Touch with wifi. Would be great for emails and such.
     
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    Yeah try saying naughty words. It censors you. FAIL for censorship :)
     
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    Is there a voice speaker on the touch? That might be why.
     
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    I remember first playing with this technology back in 1999. The box came with a little microphone headset and everything. I was pretty impressed. I imagine that the engine has improved over the past decade.

    I wonder how much horespower the recognition engine requires, and if we could have a version anytime soon that runs on your own phone instead of uploading it to the "cloud".
     
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    SPEECH DATA == Transcripts Saved

    Read the "ACCEPT" text carefully. It's not only contacts but "SPEECH DATA" that are saved. That data includes transcripts of everything you ever dictate. They are very explicit that these transcripts may be available to the government upon subpoena. It says "speech data means the audio files, associated transcriptions and log files".

    At first I found this shocking - and I didn't press "ACCEPT". On second thought, this is exactly the same as using Gmail, etc. which have records of all your emails. I'm still wrestling with it, but I think I'm ok with it.
     
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    I'm going no where near it. My contacts trust me not to sell them out for an app.
     
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    Censorship?

    What kind of useless ****ing ****s censor things?
    It's a ****ing joke. What a load of ****.
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    Agreed. You'd never know from many of the comments, but this is ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT. Now. How much will they eventually charge for it? Who knows, but I'll tell you... Jott... they're screwed. I will be canceling my $4 monthly subscription immediately. This is VERY quick and doesn't leave me with the impression I'm being run through Mechanical Turk.

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    Privacy issue: collection of contact info? What for?


    Hey guys, perhaps the contacts name will be used for future voice dial or something for iPod users or for people that don't own a 3GS....??

    who knows............:cool:
     

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