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Dial2Do: the hits keep coming :-)

Oh, man. I’m not a big fan of slapping ourselves on the back, but I have to take my hat off to our Engineering Team.  Several months ago we began using the following picture in our standard presentation, to outline the “vision thing” for Dial2Do. It shows a nice lady driver, using a Bluetooth Headset, blissfully accessing a “world of services” through Dial2Do by just speaking while she’s driving. The idea was to convey the potential richness of internet services that could be compatible with Dial2Do and give a sense for where the service could go. 

At the time, we started using this, we just had email, SMS and reminders in place – the stuff in small writing at the centre of the circle. 

The Dial2Do World of Services!

Well, yesterday, another slew of new stuff went in to Dial2Do, and we’re now really beginning to deliver on the “vision”. The realware is beginning to match the slideware 🙂

I’m amazed at what our team has done in a very short amount of time, and vurrrry excitied about what they’re cooking up. More on that later.

Anyway, what have they done? I’m glad you asked 🙂 Well first off – we have new functionality in several categories.

New commands and services

New players in the Dial2Do World of Services

New players in the Dial2Do World of Services

 

 

  • Go on – ask me ANYTHING!  So now Mosio is available in Dial2Do. If you’re not familiar with the service, it’s very cool. You ask it a question, and the community on Mosio answer it. That’s it. So call Dial2Do, say Mosio and find out who did win the 100M final in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. 
  • Hear me one, hear me all! Hello? Hellotxt is a social aggregator. It lets you post to multiple social sites in one easy step. It supports a great range of social  networks, and provides access to your friends’ status messages across those networks. Cool. With Dial2Do and Hellotxt you can now post your status once via Hellotxt and have it appear automatically on all of your networks.
  • Twitter for Business? It’s Yammer! Now on Dial2Do – listen or post your Yams (is that what they’re called?) to Yammer, the Darling of the TC50 Awards a few months back. 
  • Hmm, now who will I charge that to? Xpenser is the online tool to track and manage your expenses from any device. Now you can just phone in your expenses by calling DIal2Do and saying “Xpenser”. 
  • Need to get organized? Now you can listen and post to your Toodledo task list. No excuses – just phone in your actions! 
  • And while you’re getting organized – make sure you don’t forget anything! PingMe – a lovely and simple service that let’s you set a date to receive a reminder by email or text to your phone
  • No sooner do you find one social aggregation service  when you find another one! Ping.fm is another aggregation service – posting only, AFAIK. With Dial2Do you can now post updates to multiple places via your Ping.fm account, in one call. Sweet.  
  • Even more blogging: : You can now also post to your Typepad or Livejournal accounts. 

Powered Up Reminders

Our own humble reminders have been a favourite of many Dial2Do users since inception – it’s one of our most used services. Well now they’ve got some some new cool features.

Your reminders now have little tick boxes. You can use these to mark them as complete and make them, eh, go away. Only if you’ve done them now, ok?

 

Reminders - tick to complete!

Reminders - tick to complete!

In addition, when you call Dial2Do you can now say “listen to reminders”, and you’ll hear yourself, speaking your own reminders! Nice. Navigate forward and back in “the usual way” by saying next, previous and so on.

You can even say “complete” to mark a given reminder complete (as in, you’re ticking it as done).

Finally, given that we’re talking about reminders, here’s a reminder about something – RSS feeds. That little symbol in the top right hand corner of all your activities is the RSS symbol. It means you can grab that information and show it somewhere else. Like where? Well, in your custom iGoogle home page for example, or in a widget, or maybe in your Netvibes page, like I do:

 

Dial2Do reminders - right in your customized home

Dial2Do reminders - right in your customized home

Schweet!

Powered-up email

Listening to email has also been pretty popular among the Dial2Do users. Now, you should find email moves along a little snappier and is a bit more “responsive”. Also – a few things we used to mis-pronounce have been sorted, although I’m sure we’re going to find some creative ways to pronounce certain things 🙂 And finally, you can now listen to a lot more email – should you so desire (the limit used to be 10 messages, now it’s eh, lots!). 

Here comes the science bit

And finally, if you’re still reading this, a small bit of techie-ness. We’re fans of OAuth here. So we’ve begun to add OAuth support throughout Dial2Do wherever we can. We’re not all done yet, but several of the services now have OAuth support enabled, including 30boxes, Yammer, Google Calendar, RTM and several of the contact imports. This means you won’t have to give Dial2Do your credentials for those services.

Kudos and devil-horns all around to the Engineering Team.

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To invite, say “invite”

We’re adding new stuff in to Dial2Do on a pretty regular basis. One of the little new features we added is invites. If you want to invite one of your contacts to join Dial2Do, then you can just call Dial2Do and say “invite”. It won’t surprise you to learn that the conversation will go something like this:

You: Invite

Dial2Do: Invite Who?

You: Sean O Sullivan

Dial2Do: Ok, invite sent to Sean O Sullivan

Dial2Do will then send an email to your contact, inviting them to join Dial2Do and saying nice things about them. 

We’re giving away a few small gifts for those who help spread the love. Some goodies from ThinkGeek, some nice vouchers and some Mopods to give away. So hit the phone and spread the word!

Oh, and “one more thing” – as Columbo or Steve Jobs might say.

If you are a regular user of Dial2Do, you might have imported quite a few of your contacts to the service. You’ll notice we’ve added new and improved import options to make it easier to pull your favourite contacts in there. If you ever need one of those contacts, and you don’t happen to have it on your phone, just call Dial2Do and say “Business Card”. You’ll be asked for the name of your contact, and then Dial2Do will send it straight to your phone as a vcard. Nice! 🙂

As ever – feedback welcome!

Dial2Do: new commands, new layout, and roll-your-own voice services

Some new features and a new layout rolled out in Dial2Do late last week. It would be fair to say we’re pretty excited – and we hope you are too 🙂 Among the new bits and pieces are:

  • Some cool new commands – you can now post *and* listen to your email, your calendar, twitter, friendfeed, blogs, and more
  • Some fun, simple content to listen to: Huffington Post, TechCrunch, New York Times, Yahoo Finance, etc. And if you really must, Perez Hilton!
  • Roll-your-own commands: if you don’t like what we’ve provided – make your own! You can now make your own commands in Dial2Do and have something happen – post to a URL, send an email or read you some RSS content
  • An improved layout to assist your navigation around the site
As ever – we’re keen to hear your feedback. So let us know what you think. Here’s a peek at some of the new commands and layout.

The commands you can use have now been tabbed for your ease of navigation. We’ve put our fave stuff up front under a “Recommended” tab.
Recommended Services

Recommended Services

There’s now much much more to listen to ! Aside from the ability to listen to your email, tweets, jaikus and more, we’ve made some neato commands to let you listen to your favorite sites. Listen while you drive and call up Yahoo, The Huffington Post, or TechCrunch for your web-fix as you head to work.

More content to listen to!

More content to listen to!

Get organized! Put stuff in your calendar, add tasks to Remember The Milk, and more! Dial your way to greater personal efficiency and Get Things Done 🙂
Commands to Get Organized!

Commands to Get Organized!

Official release:

Dial2Do Does More… Adds voice support for Email, Calendering and Custom Applications

Hands-free phone service now offers Voice Activation for GMail, AOL, Yahoo and User Defined Voice Commands.

Dublin, Ireland – Dial2Do the hands-free phone service that lets drivers send Text Messages, Emails, Reminders and more by just dialling a number and speaking, today announced a number of significant new add-ons.

Email – Drivers can now Send and Listen to Email just by dialling a number and saying “Email” to send an email, or “Listen to Email” to check for new emails. Dial2Do integrates tightly with Gmail, AOL, Yahoo and any IMAP/POP compliant email service.

Calendar – Dial2Do integrates with Google Calendar to let drivers quickly add a calendar event by just saying “Calendar” and speaking the event details. Users can also review their calendar with the “Listen to Calendar” command.

User Defined Commands – Innovative Users can now add to the list of over 20 voice Commands supported by Dial2Do. Using a simple web interface, users can now make their own voice commands to trigger specific actions – they can post to a web URL, integrate to a 3rd party service via email or read the user some RSS content.

Contacts In the Cloud – Dial2Do now integrates with a number of 3rd party contact sources including Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft Live, Jajah and Microsoft Outlook, so users can use those contacts with the range of voice activated services Dial2Do provides.

About Dial2Do:

Dial2Do, a global leader in hands-free technology innovation, is the creator of the hands-free phone service enabling consumers in 19 countries worldwide to do simple tasks just by dialing a local number and speaking commands. Users use verbal commands to email, text message, blog, update calendars, schedule appointments, set up reminders, and more. Dial2Do is works with partners to voice-activate many new online, content and contact services.