As a person, I'm generally less reliable than a software update schedule from Samsung. That's why I must rely on my phone to tell me to do things. My current weapon of choice for this responsibility-shifting device dependency is Taskos because it's simple and, if I'm going through the trouble of not remembering things for myself, I sure don't want to waste time while (not?) doing it. Yeah...
Taskos is, in my humble opinion, the best to-do list app yet.
I recently broke down and picked up a Bluetooth headset. I needed something to talk on while driving a stick-shift or working with both my hands. I wanted to get something awesome because, honestly, it's go big or go home when it comes to Bluetooth headsets, and you get what you pay for. I paid for a Jawbone ERA, and I got the best Bluetooth experience I've ever had (and I've had every iteration of the Jawbone at one time or another).
The process is fairly direct. After entering your mobile number, you agree to the various terms and conditions (it's nice that they list just 6 points that must be checked, rather than a 17-page agreement), and then enter in your account information. Once you've got everything all set, you simply check out, and they take over.
Remember BuzzVoice? No, we don't have another giveaway up our sleeves, but we don't need one: the service has just received an update that, among other things, has made the app completely free!
That's right - you can now have your favorite tech blogs (Android Police, anyone?) read out loud to you for no cost whatsoever! What's more, MediaQuake (the BuzzVoice developer) has decided to include three new features in the update, namely:
SwiftKey Keyboard has been in beta ever since its introduction to the Android Market a few months ago. Having tried Swype, I also jumped on SwiftKey to give it a fair shot and ended up sticking with it. Yes, it was that good.
SwiftKey is different from other keyboards because it uses predictive recognition based on both tons of statistical information and your own typing habits. In fact, you can make whole sentences without typing a single key and just picking default suggestions.
The team behind Buzz Voice, a service that converts posts from your favorite blogs and news sites into speech, and previously available exclusively in the Apple ecosystem, has been working diligently for the past few months to release a version for the Android OS. The good news finally came this past weekend, when Buzz Voice for Android was officially announced.
The crafty folks over at Droid Dog have just unearthed another secret buried deep in the G2's source code: a Google Voice widget.
They claim that it looks a lot like this:
and displays the amount of money in your Google Voice account, a compose message button, settings for Voice, a button for quick access to your inbox, and a button to turn Voice off.
Droid Dog is also reporting that the G2 will come with "just about every Google app available for Android," right out of the box.
Today’s Google Mobile even certainly did not disappoint. In addition to some minor improvements in Google Search, such as the ability to call businesses and play music from the web, Google introduced Voice Actions, a huge update to Android’s Voice Search application.
The video below demonstrates all the capabilities of the new application. If you’ve used Google’s speech-to-text functions before, you’ll know how well they work, and Voice Actions simply expands on that in a very powerful way.
Great news for those of you in the US today, as Google has now moved Voice out of private and into public beta. The service, among other things, allows users to:
- choose a phone number and then funnel all calls through this new number
- have multiple phones ring simultaneously
- manage a variety of rules, treating each contact differently (sending straight to voicemail, playing an out of service message, etc)
- transcribe voicemail messages straight to their inboxes.