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Dial2Do wishes a Very Happy Christmas to all our Beta Users

By now you might have noticed that there’s been a few things happening this week at Dial2Do. We have spruced up our website, added new content and a shiny new video to explain how it works, and switched on our paid service. We also quietly made some improvements to the way Dial2Do works for you when you phone it.

And finally, we gave a Christmas Gift to all our Beta users who have helped get us to this point – one year’s free subscription to the new Dial2Do Pro service! We are extremely grateful for all the comments, feedback and suggestions from our Beta users over the last twelve months – so we’re keen to keep you all with us! Please keep up the feedback and critical comments – it helps us make a better service for everyone.

Here’s a quick summary of what we’ve been doing:

  • New Site, content and naming: Now with added colour and cars! 🙂 We’ll be promoting the service as the Handsfree Assistant for drivers in 2010 and beyond.  There’s a new area to help you learn more about Dial2Do before you try it. Complete with shiny new video!
  • Payments: Dial2Do now has a free service and a Pro Service. When you sign up for the free service, you get one month of the Pro service to let you get a feel for what it can do for you. At the end of the month, if you’re not convinced, you can stay with the free service, which lets you manage your reminders (one of our most popular services). The Pro service costs either $3.99 a month, or $39.99 for the year, and lets you use everything Dial2Do has to offer. Full details on the Free and Pro services here.
  • Conversational commands. You can now speak a little more naturally if you like when talking to Dial2Do. For example, to send a text, you used to do this:

You: “Text”

Dial2Do: “Text. Ok. Text who?”

You: “Aunt Marge”

Dial2Do: “OK. Ready to text Aunt Marge….”

Now you can just do this:

You: “Text Aunt Marge”

Dial2Do” “OK, ready to text Aunt Marge….”

Full details of the new style and some of the options here.

Finally – we’ll be at CES show in January in Las Vegas, Baby! We’ll be exhibiting in the Distracted Driving Zone. So – if you want to meet or chat to the Dial2Do Team at the event, please drop a line.

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Dial2Do Handy Reference

Turned out my post about Dial2Do was a teeny bit out of date. One of our developers let me know that :

  • The commands and DTMFs we’ve added got a final rev before release – so they’d been updated
  • We have  handy reference card to summarise the commands and keys (DTMFs)

So without further ado…here it is!

ref_card

Dial2Do – new release

Howdy – and long time no see! We’ve been busy working to improve Dial2Do and last week we rolled out a pretty major release. Many of the new features we’ve put in are “partner-centric” and so won’t change the look and feel of the service too much for our end users. So there have been changes “front of house” and in the “backoffice” if you like 🙂

Front of House

We have improved some of the user interface and in particular the Listen to Email service. It works even better now on speakerphones and over hands-free car kits so if you use Dial2Do in the car, we think you’ll like the improvements!

Here’s the low-down on the basics:

  • We have added standard DTMFs for Email, Text, Reminder (see below for an example of how it works with email)
  • You can say “Main Menu” at any point to return to the main menu
  • Say “help” at main menu to get list of commands

We’ve improved “listen to email”. After you say “Listen to Email”, Dial2Do will read the date, sender and subject, then go on to read the body of the email. At any time, you can say “Next” to move to the next email, or “Options” to hear a list of commands

On the options menu, you can say the following (or, if you’re in a noisy environment, use the keys listed beside them):

  • “Next” (6) or “Previous” (4) to navigate (6 and 4 being the keys you press)
  • “Repeat” (5) to go back to the start of this email
  • “Reply” (2) to record a reply to the current email
  • “Block” (1) – this is a new command that tells Dial2Do you don’t want to hear emails from that sender again. This is useful for emails from mailing lists that are not fun to listen to over the phone.

For other information and helpful hints please visit our helpdesk portal here.

As always, we would love to get your feedback so please do not hesitate to contact us on help@dial2do.com or just say “suggestion” when you call Dial2Do and leave us a message 🙂

Backoffice

Well – since you’re curious if you’ve read this far. Here are some of the main things we’ve been building in the engine room:

  • We’ve done some OAuth work to ensure we can “play nice” with as broad a range of OAuth-supporting partners as possible. This will let us pull in a range of OAuth-powered services downstream. Look for these to appear in later releases.
  • Partner Portal and customisation: we’ve done a lot of work under the hood to support our new partners (coming on stream soon!). We can now create custom-branded partner sites “powered by Dial2Do” – partner selects the look and feel, their own logo and styling, the services they want and even the charging model they want to use. This is a key plank in our plans to enable our partners to get up and running quickly, and so self-service themselves post-launch.

powered by dial2do

  • Speed and efficiency: across some of the services, we’ve done behind-the-scenes work to make the service work smarter and more efficiently.

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.

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.