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Joe Stanganelli
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2/4/2015 | 2:10:44 AM
Voice dictation
I actually preferred the iPhone's voice command capabilities pre-Siri...at least in terms of dictation.  It seems that post-Siri, Apple's voice dictation's capabailities took a huge step backwards.

If only there was a way to integrate Dragon with Siri.
Brian.Dean
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2/4/2015 | 8:09:11 AM
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It is amazing to think about the gap between the PDA (1984!) and the modern smart phone, and why it took so long for the PDA to evolve into the smart phone. The only reason that I can find is that like real estate agents say that location, location and location is everything, in the same way, timing, timing and timing of the ecosystem is everything for technology to take a leap forward.
soozyg
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2/4/2015 | 9:06:17 AM
the squeeze out
I think tablets are being squeezed out because they are actually a step back in practicality. 1) Most people do not use them for heavy typing, just light email, so they've become a popular (expensive) device for videos and games for kids. 2) Flash and other software do not work on them
soozyg
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2/4/2015 | 9:18:48 AM
electronic football
Ah, the oldies: Mattel Electronic Football. The players were tiny electronic lines on the screen and I don't remember if you could tell the teams apart by color or not. That was one popular game!
Li Tan
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2/5/2015 | 12:02:12 AM
Re: Voice dictation
If I am not wrong, PDA did not last for very long and soon there is smartphones available. PDA's usage is rather limited and it seems that it has never been quite popular.
Brian.Dean
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2/5/2015 | 5:40:35 PM
Re: Voice dictation
Li Tan, you are absolutely correct -- the PDA never became extremely popular. And neither was Microsoft's tablet PC from the year 2000-2002 able to make this list, because its time in the ecosystem did not arrive as yet. For mobile devices, many technologies and environments had to progress before their true value could to utilized, for instance, processor technology, battery technology, screen and touch technology, connectivity (3G, etc.) and to a large extent, the cloud environment as well.

New types of mobile devices and services are only now beginning to be able to operate in the IoT because the ecosystem has progressed. However, these devices might have been invented or proposed, a long time ago.
Joe Stanganelli
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2/6/2015 | 2:09:36 AM
Re: Voice dictation
Indeed, Brian.  My dad has a saying he's fond of: "There are no bad ideas -- only bad timing."

With the PDA, cell service was still in its infancy.  Although there was a good run in the late '90s/early 2000s when executives had PDAs AND cell phones.

Of course, cell phone adoption remained low in the West for quite some time.  I remember when I went to South Korea about 15 years ago and being shocked at how EVERYONE (and I do mean everyone! including little babies with them hanging from around their necks!) had a cell phone -- when they were still an expensive toy/curiosity stateside.
Joe Stanganelli
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2/6/2015 | 2:11:23 AM
Re: the squeeze out
I think the direction for tablets is that they are becoming laptop replacements where laptops have become desktop replacements.  The goal, I think, is to one day use your tablet the same way (and with the same power with which) you would use your desktop.  Certainly this seems to be the goal with the Windows Surface Pro and even with the iPad.

(Boy, do I feel stupid for ever buying a netbook.)
soozyg
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2/6/2015 | 10:21:32 AM
Re: the squeeze out
I hope tablets don't become laptop replacements. I actually have a desktop (iMac) and I totally adore it. Love the huge screen. I hate doing work on laptops and tablets.

Joe, with all the writing that you do, how much do you do on a tablet?
Technocrati
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2/6/2015 | 11:16:26 AM
Re: the squeeze out
I can easily admit that I like the Surface, really a useful piece of hardware, but is the tablet done ?    I think so.  Consumers will fork out the extra money to buy a Surface as opposed to some 10" ipad or even droid, however I am still not a fan of Windows 8 and I have had it about a year now.
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