Get more from your Mac's built-in dictation tools
This is about getting more from dictation in OS X, but really it's about getting anything from it at all: we're prepared to bet that you've never even switched the feature on. That might be because you're already addicted to Dragon Dictate, and if that is the case, you carry on. If it's that you just haven't looked, or if you don't believe you need it though, OS X Yosemite's dictation is far better and more genuinely useful than you mght expect.
Would allow for quicker dictation, but at a possible cost
Code found inside the iOS 7 beta by a researcher has revealed that Apple is at least experimenting with the idea of supporting offline dictation abilities, similar to the current dictation available on the iPhone 4S and 5 but without the need to do offline processing on Apple's servers. Currently, dictation software on iOS (either from Dragon Dictation or the built-in dictation) relies on back-end cloud processing and thus an Internet connection, which can sometimes mean delays and unwanted (albeit tiny) amounts of data usage. Local dictation support, however, would require more storage, battery and processor -- as it does on some Android devices that have local dictation.
Improved performance, better editing, 99 percent accuracy
Nuance, the company that licensed its speech dictation technology to Apple to augment Siri and provide built-in dictation for some iOS devices and Mountain Lion, has announced the next major version of its Dragon Dictate software for Mac. The new version 3 for Mac offers a claimed 99 percent accuracy rate, 15 percent better performance, improved editing control and most importantly support for digital recorder transcription -- including recordings from iOS devices.
Hack allowed Nuance dictation on pre-4S devices
Hacker Eric Day has removed his Siri0us voice dictation app from Cydia, citing multiple problems ranging from his unauthorized use of Nuance's services to the popularity of the app, which threatened to jeopardize his product site. The program, which required a jailbroken iOS device, allowed the iPhone 4 and earlier models to be able to use the Nuance dictation features normally only found on the 4S.
Lighter version of Dictate for $50
Speech dictation software developer Nuance has released a new, "lighter" version of its Dragon Dictate software called Dragon Express, with the primary difference being that the Express program doesn't allow users to dictate directly into third-party programs, instead requiring users to dictate first into the Express program, which will forward route the text into other OS X applications. Express features a two-minute "training" period and very high accuracy.