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!
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Tagged Dial2Do, distracted driving, driving, Evernote, Features, geekwire, handsfree, LinkedIn, productivity, tips, Voice2Note, VoiceNotes
We were surprised by the news this week that Jott was to close its service, effective from May 3rd. Dial2Do and Jott are often mentioned alongside each other as being “in the same space” (as the analysts like to say :-)), although both companies really focused on slightly different things. Jott concentrated on speech as a core UI for productivity tasks, while Dial2Do has focused on the Handsfree experience: making it as easy as possible to get what you want to get done, handsfree.
We’ve tracked Jott’s progress from startup through to acquisition two years ago by the “Big Gorilla” of the Speech Universe : Nuance. It looks like the plan is to focus their energies on their carrier channel, and end the consumer facing Jott.com service.
So what’s a Jott user to do? Or should I say, 2DO ?? 🙂
Well – Dial2Do makes a great replacement for Jott. If you haven’t had a chance to try it out – you can head straight to Dial2Do and get started for free! Many Jott folks were especially keen on reminders – which is included in the DialDo Basic plan for just $25 a year.
Jottsters might also choose to use Dial2Do bundled by one of our partners:
- Voice2Note: if you’re one of the 5M+ Evernote Users – you can have your Evernote Voice Notes converted to text by Voice2Note
- Jabra: You can get the Dial2Do Handsfree Assistant with any of the Jabra headsets from the Jabra App Store
- JawBone : Add the Dial2Do Handsfree Assistant to your Jawbone Headset in the Jawbone MyTalk zone.
- Plantronics: Buy a Plantronics headset and get Vocalyst free (powered by Dial2Do)! Reminders, email and much much more!
- SuperTooth: Have just announced the SuperTooth Handsfree Assistant (powered by Dial2Do) – about to hit the stores soon – details here.
- DriveNTalk: Offers Dial2Do Handfree Assistant bundled with their Car Kits
And of course – you can always go straight to Dial2Do and try the Handsfree Assistant. It works on any phone, it’s live in lots of countries worldwide, and it’s free to get started! Plus, our apps are available free on Blackberry and Android today. Try it now.
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Tagged Dial2Do, Headsets, jabra, jawbone, Jott, LinkedIn, Nuance, partnering, Plantronics, Vocalyst
Jabra, the world leader in innovative Bluetooth headsets and in-car speakerphones, announced yesterday its new consumer-friendly library of third-party hands-free applications for their headsets. Jabra is offering the best voice-enabled, entertainment, and music apps to enhance their customers’ experience.
We are absolutely thrilled that Dial2Do’s Hands-Free Assistant is among one of Jabra’s third-party apps. We are also featured in one of their promotional videos. Check out the one with the busy mom and 2 energetic kids (far left). The video is pretty cool and it demonstrates that your hands-free device plus Dial2Do’s Handsfree Assistant don’t have to be used only when you’re driving. This is a nice example where Dial2Do’s Handsfree Assistant is a great way to get things done and stay productive with the power of your voice.
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Tagged applications, busy people, Dial2Do, Hands-free, handsfree assistant, jabra, LinkedIn, Mobile Apps, productivity, voice, VoiceServices
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.
Likewise, the new Voyager PRO+, lets users invoke the service by just triple-tapping a button on the headset.
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.
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.
The Plantronics Vocalyst service is powered by Dial2Do.
Full release here
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Tagged Dial2Do, Features, Hands-free, LinkedIn, partnering, Plantronics, Savor, Services, Vocalyst, VoiceServices, Voyager+
Nice infographic from Mashable about the continued rise of text messaging. Some great stats in there, including this nugget:
200,000 auto accidents in the US every year are attributed to texting while driving.
Wow. Worth a read. Let’s be careful out there. Detail here.
Posted in Dial2Do, distracted driving, distracteddriving, Hands-free, handsfree, Law
Tagged Dial2Do, distracted driving, distracteddriving, Hands-free, Law, LinkedIn
Dial2Do was featured on WRDW TV a few days back – recommended as a potential solution to help to stay safe and productive while driving.
View clip here.
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Tagged Dial2Do, distracted driving, distracteddriving, handsfree, LinkedIn, Media, TV
We announced a deal with DriveNTalk at CES in January, to put Dial2Do in to their innovative new handsfree car-kit : the Klat 7.
So let’s explain the name first: “Talk” spelled backwards is “Klat”, and this handsfree carkit understands what you say and talks back to you. Get it? See what we did there? 🙂
Anyway back to the main event. The Klat7 is an installed hands-free kit: you install it in the car like any regular new stereo / music unit, and it uses the car’s speakers to play the audio. It has all the fancy-pants stuff you expect and need of an up-to-the-minute car-kit, including noise suppression and echo-cancellation (translation: great quality sound for you and for the person on the other end of a call).
Plus! It comes with a super convenient remote control that you can put in your favourite spot in the car so that it’s a cinch to control volume, skip tracks, answer calls and more.
And last, but not least, it comes with three months free Dial2Do service “out of the box”.
After that, if you like it, it’s the regular price of $39.95 per year, or $3.99 per month. The units are now in production and for sale across the US. You can buy them online right now. They’re on special right now at $149.95 (normal retail $199.95). For wholesale interest – go here.
Posted in Announcements, Dial2Do, distracted driving, distracteddriving, DriveNTalk, Hands-free, handsfree, Klat7, Partners
Tagged Dial2Do, distracted driving, distracteddriving, DriveNTalk, Hands-free, handsfree, Klat7, LinkedIn, partnering