Listen to me, Google

Over the weekend, an upgrade to Chrome OS landed it at version…

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There was a time when I’d go off and start to read what’s new.  It can be very technical reading but I’ve now got the mindset that upgrades are a good thing and usually important.  So, I get less geeky about them.

This upgrade made things look somehow more professional.  (and rounder)

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This all looked interesting.  I headed off to “Accessibility” where some of the more interesting things usually are.

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Dictation looked interesting.  I hadn’t tried that before on Chrome.  Certainly, I have with Android.  It’s a way to handily interact when out and about.  So, I activated it.

A new icon appeared!  A microphone!

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I clicked it and started to talk.


Then, it occurred to me that it needed something to talk to.  So, I opened a Keep Note and started talking again.  This time, text appeared at the insertion point.  Neat.

Could I talk a URL?

Sort of.

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I wasn’t too surprised.  That is kind of a special URL.  To me, anyway.

So, like a person with a hammer where everything looks like nails, I was off trying this and that.  It was surprisingly accurate for conversational things.  In fact, I used it to write part of this blog post.  Hopefully, there are no more mistakes than normal.

Of course, there will be the inevitable warnings about security because your voice will leave your computer and head to a Google server for interpretation.  Is this any different from any other use of the internet?

Have you tried it out?  How about sharing your success stories via comment?





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