Category Archives: Cool

Geekwire Tips (with hat-tip to Dial2do)

Nice set of tips about time wasting in Startups over at GeekWire. Includes the following hat-tip to Dial2Do:

But if you must continue driving, use tools like Dial2Do to at least capture the good ideas you’ll have that otherwise would be lost to the road.

We find many of our users working with Dial2Do in this way: using it as a one-button way to save thoughts, idea sand to-dos while driving. Especially with features like Evernote integration using Voice2Note, it makes never losing that killer idea a snap!

Plantronics launches Vocalyst

Today, cloud based voice services took another big step forward with the announcement by Plantronics of a new service called ‘Vocalyst’.   Vocalyst is a cloud based voice service that comes bundled with two new headsets (also announced today) in the Plantronics range.

First up is the  Savor M1100 which comes with a dedicated voice button – you just tap the button and say “call vocalyst” – and you’re through to the service.

Savor M1100

Likewise, the new Voyager PRO+, lets users invoke the service by just triple-tapping a button on the headset.

Voyager PRO+

Now instead of just making and taking calls, users of the Plantronics Savor M1100 and Voyager PRO+  can do several things “out of the box” with Vocalyst:

  • Send and listen to emails
  • Record and listen to reminders
  • Post messages to Twitter and listen to their Twitter streams
  • Update Evernote
  • Listen to the news, finance, sports and weather reports
  • An optional upgrade allows users to send text messages, use a range of 3rd party services and have their messages converted from voice to text.

Plantronics are offering Vocalyst Basic edition bundled free for one year with the Savor M100 and Voyager PRO+ in the US.  Both the Savor M1100 and the Voyager Pro+ will retail at $99.99 and will be available in October in the US.

Vocalyst works with any phone – users activate the 1 year included service at www.plantronics.com/vocalyst.

Plantronics Vocalyst

As an extra bonus to help combat distracted driving, Blackberry and Android users can download  apps that will read out text messages to you while you drive, and auto-respond with a custom message.

Vocalyst Smartphone App

The Plantronics Vocalyst service is powered by Dial2Do.

Full release here

Voice2Note launches on the Evernote Trunk

At Dial2Do – we love Evernote. If you haven’t heard of it – it’s a beautiful and deceptively simple service to help you store stuff that you don’t want to forget. Ever. Pictures, notes, docs, business cards. Whatever. You send it to Evernote and they’ll store it securely for you and make it available to you anytime you want, on the web, on your phone, on your laptop. If you want to try it – go there now and sign up – it’s free!

We first met the Evernote Team in 2008 at a Mobilize Conference in San Francisco. We hatched plans back then for how we might collaborate to make it easier for Evernote users to take more advantage of audio and speech in the Evernote service. The Evernote team was working on a new API, “and more”. We started by working with their API to make it easy for Dial2Do users to create audio notes in the service.

Last week, Evernote formally launched their platform – the Evernote Trunk.  It lets Evernote users easily access partner services from within Evernote, and activate and add partner services to their account. From the end user perspective, it looks a little like an app store, with loads of cool value-add stuff that helps you get more out of your account.

From the partner perspective, it’s a great way to put our service in front of 3.7 million Evernote Users, who tend to be some of the more technically savvy and clued-in users out there! Evernote ceo Phil Libin (pictured here at the launch event) regularly shares killer data on his blog about Evernote’s conversion rates, usage metrics and more.

Together with Evernote, we created a new dedicated service that works with Evernote, and called it (drumroll please….) Voice2Note.

What is Voice2Note? It’s a value-add service for Evernote users that does two key things:

  • It finds audio notes in your account and converts them to text
  • It gives you a phone number so that you can create audionotes by dialling a number and speaking. This means that anytime you think of something that you would like to store securely in Evernote, you have yet another way of getting it in there: hit the Voice2Note number and speak.

That’s it! It takes 2 minutes to register and set it up if you already have an Evernote account. Once you’ve done that, you can get busy phoning in audionotes, and watch (as if by magic) as your existing and new audionotes are converted to text!

Like Evernote, Voice2Note is a Freemium offer. You can use the basic service for free (max of five audionotes converted to text per month), or else get a Pro account (unlimited audionote conversions, plus tagging) which costs $29.99 per year or $2.99 per month.

Try it now and tell us what you think. The initial feedback has been great. Thanks again to everyone at Evernote for being genuinely great partners to work with.

BlueTrek Concerto and Dial2Do : the video

Shiny new video with our BlueTrek partners to show the benefits of one-touch access to email, twitter, reminders and more while driving.

Barron’s coverage of our CES announcement here. Industry Standard here.

Review of JawBone Icon and Dial2Do at Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal reviewed the JawBone Icon and the DialApps, including Dial2Do, yesterday:

Dial2Do and the JawBone Icon : one touch access to the Dial2Do Handsfree Assistant!

Aliph, the people behind the Jawbone suite of Bluetooth Headsets, have just announced their new line of headsets: The Jawbone Icon. And we’re delighted to announce that Dial2Do is one of the launch partners for their new “Dial Apps” concept.  CNET has provided an in-depth review of the new line-up here.

Aliph has really gone to town on this new line-up of headsets, and has several innovations on board, which they have grouped under the name MyTalk. MyTalk lets you can customise core features of the Icon headset from the web at mytalk.jawbone.com (live soon), including voice personalities, and a new range of Dial Apps – essentially one button access to some of your favourite services – including Dial2Do!

Users can log in to MyTalk and set Dial2Do as the default app to be called when the Talk button is held down. This provides one-touch access to the Dial2Do Handsfree Assistant from the JawBone – simple, convenient and safe – especially if you’re driving.

We’re delighted to be one of the Dial App launch partners for the JawBone Icon, and we look forward to bringing one-touch access to all your favourite services – email, text, twitter and more – to JawBone users everywhere in 2010 and beyond.

Late addition: in depth review from the Wall Street Journal here.

Installed Handsfree with Dial2Do: drive’n’talk

Yes, yes. Busy bees are we at Dial2Do HQ. At CES today we announced another partnership for the Dial2Do Handsfree Assistant. With our partners at Enustech, we’re proud to be launching a new installed hands-free car kit called the drive’n’talk (drive and talk – geddit?).

Launching today, the Klat 7 will ship with 90 days Dial2Do Pro bundled, enabling users to text, email and much, much more, while keeping their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road. This is a first in the installed car-kit market, and so we’re very excited to be working with Enustech to help bring value-add for the busy driver to this segment of the market.

More details at the newly launched site here. Press release is here. Remember, the Dial2Do team is out in force at CES, so if you fancy a chat, please stop by our booth in the Safe Driving Zone.