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Go Colts
Fort Wayne, IN

Apple's Siri, Google's Voice Recognition Technology Target

The patent summary:'
An off-site data entry system comprises a computer device located at a dictation station, the computer device comprising a means to accept voice dictation from a user. The device further comprises a converter means which functions to convert the voice dictation from analog to digital status, a means to compress the voice dictation, and a means to pass the digital representation of the voice dictation to a plurality of memory registers. The system also comprises a means to telephonically transmit the voice dictation to a transcription station, the transcription station that includes at least one human transcriptionist. The system then routes the voice dictation to an available transcriptionist who has the ability to buffer the voice dictation, wherein the digital representation of the dictation is addressed by software, which allows such to be delayed, rewound, and advanced while simultaneously receiving and storing additional real-time voice dictation. The transcriptionist listens to the voice dictation through usage of an audio output device and types the dictation information into a computer device. The system then includes a means to telephonically transmit the typed text transcription back to the user giving dictation, as well as a means to instantly display the transcription on a monitor at the computer device of the user giving dictation functioning to create a system whereby the user speaks into the computer device and views spoken words on the monitor while speaking. Finally, the system provides a means for the user giving voice dictation to print the typed text transcription on any document including those bearing previously printed information.
I'm sure Apple, Google, et al are trembling in this patent. Or not since there isn't at least one human transcriptionist. Or one that listens to it through an audio output device. I'm not even sure if "telephonically transmit" is technically applicable either.

Most patent trolls are at least somewhat close with the patent or the patent is so overly broad that it covers just about everything. This one is specific enough and fails at multiple points that it'll be very quickly tossed out.

Victoria, BC

I'd use Chrome if....

They fixed some of the little things.

I've never liked their bookmarks setup. You can download "extensions" that do an ok job at bookmarks, but I don't think it works as well as Firefox (and you can't seem to move the button the left side of the address bar).

Actually that's the sole reason I don't use Chrome. I can't stand using bookmarks on it. How hard would it be to enable a decent looking FF/IE style bookmarks menu, with a single button that can me mounted on the left (or right) side of the address bar...

Austin, TX

Re: I'd use Chrome if....

Convention over configuration is what Chrome is doing there. You can see it all across the application.

Firefox tends to take the opposite approach.

Victoria, BC

Re: I'd use Chrome if....

I suppose that makes sense. I think Chrome functions well. It runs smoother than Firefox (at least for me), but it is the inability to configure it the way I like that keeps me using Firefox.

Even when firefox does things I don't like (like entirees for the bookmarks toolbar and unsorted bookmarks in the bookmark drop down) if you dig down deep enough, there's still a way to tweak it the way you like it.

Avon, OH
Yeah, I'm not a fan of the extensions limitations in Chrome... Firefox allows more freedom for the extension designers. Mostly I miss the long strip of a weather addon I use in FF, with radar, hourly, 5 day easily available, and with Now, tomorrow, and the next day visible without clicking on anything.