My daily readings 01/26/2010

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    • This has been around for years, through RSSpect ( by the wonderful Ryan North.
    • Hmmm, I’ve been working on something like this for a little while now. I guess I’ll get to find out what it’s like to compete with Google at something.

      (I deleted the ragecomment I left immediately after reading this earlier, sorry)

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    • That’s why I kept digging in this interview. I want you (and me too, frankly) to be able to produce the kind of hits that Seth Godin keeps cranking out, seemingly without breaking a sweat. Not only has Seth created 2 big hit businesses, but he’s a writer who keeps introducing ideas that shape the way people think.
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    • Last week we learned that your iPhone can save your life, this week, it turns out that it can create life as well. Bryce, who desperately wanted a child, told The Sun: “It began to weigh heavily on us. We were considering IVF and adoption when [my husband] Dudley gave me the iPhone for my 30th. I typed in ‘get pregnant’ and downloaded five apps.”

      The young wife chose The Free Menstrual Calendar [iTunes Link], which highlighted in bright pink her most fertile day. She got pregnant two months after downloading the app, and gave birth on the exact day that it predicted.

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    • It only takes one idea to build a great business. Keep looking for yours (and don’t make it too complicated).
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    • As one-time manure salesman (I kid you not) Arthur “Red” Motley proclaimed, “Nothing happens until somebody sells something.” Beyond the bulk level, where price is the sole attraction, wines sell when there’s a story. It’s as simple as that. And somebody has got to tell (or should I say “sell”?) that story.
    • Another alternative is something called mobile image recognition, still in its youth (though Google’s December introduction of its Google Goggles visual search app for Android phones may soon bring it into the mainstream). Here again, you would use your cell phone camera and focus on the wine label. The image is sent as a picture to software that matches it to a pre-existing image in a database. Then the content—the story, if you will—linked to that image is instantly sent back to your cell phone.

      Interestingly, you can get the critics’ side of the story much more easily. For example, offers its subscribers Wine Spectator Mobile, which is a version of optimized for Internet-enabled smartphones, PDAs and other mobile devices.

      The key point is that wineries and retailers are simply not doing the sell job. They’re waiting for others (magazines, critics, bloggers, newspapers, word-of-mouth) to do the job for them.

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      • The Text-To-Speech API is also pretty darn amazing. The voice sounds choppy but it is clear that there is only one direction to go… UP! And two elements make me incredibly excited about Android Text-To-Speech:

        • It works with Google Translate
        • In addition to the API, the Text-To-Speech Engine is included and Open Source meaning this thing will inevitably improve over time as Android updates and grows. Open Source victory.

        I’m sure there are still tons of improvements coming in Donut that are being worked on. Some we might learn about today (this video is from yesterday) and some may not even be planned yet. And thus is the beauty of Android – an ever changing platform that is constantly growing. And us – consumers, developers and enthusiasts – get to grow with it.

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    • Note that the processing is not CPU intensive on the phone, but it will need to be sent to Google to be turned into text (thanks to Tim H for pointing this out on the last article). You’ll need a good internet connection for this. I found EDGE (non-3G data connection) to be a bit unreliable. About half got sent back with a connection error. That will definitely vary, but the worst case scenario is not good, especially if you’re trying to use this for possibly frustrating operations like speaking commands to your GPS navigation system. WiFi works much better and the results are fast.
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    • The preview release of Android SDK 1.5 has generated a lot of interest, with one rather unnoticed but very exciting feature being speech recognition. In this post we’re having a closer look at what the library offers and and how to use it.
    • Update: The guys at androidandme have published an app and an article evaluating the speech recognition feature. The voice is first recorded and sent to Google, which then sends the transcription back to the phone, hence this feature is not real-time and requires a good network connection, but gets pretty good results that way.
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    • Gummi Hafsteinsson, product manager for Google’s Voice Search, says, “I can confirm that we split the audio down to a smaller byte stream, which is then sent to Google for recognition, but we can’t really provide any details beyond that.” Responding to my request for a public API, he added, “I appreciate the suggestion to provide voice recognition as a service. Right now we have nothing to announce, but we’ll take this feedback as we look at future product ideas.”
    • Next step: As Paul discovered in the comments, the Legal Notices page says clearly that the app uses the open-source Speex codec for voice encoding. Can anyone capture and decode the audio being sent to Google?
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Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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