Cannon camera + EOS Utility + ShutterVoice = Hands-free photography?

This morning I read a blog entry on Wired about a new application coming out from a guy named Scott Forman called ShutterVoice. It sounds pretty cool! Basically, ShutterVoice promises to bring hands-free photography to photographers that are using Cannon DLSRs along with a utility from Cannon called the EOS Utility. If you have all…

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Macro of the Day: Disable Cap [textInDocument]

A reader recently wrote to us here at Microsoft, and asked us if there was a way to disable the built in command for "Cap [textInDocument]". Sometimes, for some people, this command can be recognized a little too easily if you’re actually trying to insert text that already exists in the document. So … I…

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Macro of the Day: Microphone Control

I’ve got two microphones that I use most of the time. An Andrea SoundMAX SuperBeam 2 element array-microphone from Andrea Electronics An xTag wireless microphone from RevoLabs I really love both of them, and I use them interchangeably throughout the day. If I’m doing quick command and control stuff while I’m typing, I prefer to…

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WA State Deploys Microsoft Audio Indexing Solution

It’s official. Microsoft’s audio indexing solution (born out of Microsoft Research) is now online as a part of a Washington State pilot program aimed at making audio recordings from 1973 to present available to the public, with an easy to use search interface. You can read more about it here or you can just play…

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A user authored guide to macros: WSRMacros: The User Guide

Many of you know that we’ve been working on our Windows Speech Recognition Macros utility for a while now. We released the first technical preview in April, a refresh in August/September, and we’re continuing to refine the technology that will ultimately lead to a full release sometime soon. One of the difficulties users have faced…

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Speech Server 2007 Resources

If you want to start developing on Speech Server 2007, you should probably start off using the Speech Server 2007 Developer Edition – a free, yet fully functional version of the retail product. You can download it here. Please be sure to follow the steps in the Installation Notes exactly, otherwise the installation may fail….

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Google Chrome doesn’t support Speech Recognition in Vista? IE and Firefox do… Hmmm…

I haven’t tried it out personally, but over on the Habitually Good blog, Vaibhav says that Google’s new Chrome browser doesn’t work with Windows Speech Recognition in Windows Vista. That’s too bad… Both IE7, IE8 Beta 2, and Firefox work great with it. Hey Google: What’s up? If any Google Devs want to learn more…

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Macro of the Day: Math Test!

One of the joys of being a parent is helping them learn. I’m very lucky, in that regard, because my kids love learning. In fact, my son Zac really loves Math. He gets that from both his Mom and his Dad. So, when he was a little guy, I made a Word Macro to make…

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JetBlue chooses Microsoft speech recognition technology over Nuance

Here’s an interesting article on JetBlue’s choice of using Microsoft’s speech technology over that of Nuance. I especially like this tag line: "Redmond shakes up the voice-recognition space by offering more reliable software for less" The author of the article also has the following to say about Windows Speech Recognition that’s baked into every copy…

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Macro of the Day: Search Tivo for That!

Every year in the Fall it’s time for me to check out what’s new on TV, and decide what, if anything, I’m going to start watching. This year’s no different… Ah… Well … It was actually different. This year, just a couple weeks ago, my Tivo completely died. I’d only had it for about 7…

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