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Valley App of the Week: Dragon Dictation

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While the kids out there were born with a phone in their hands and can type out a text faster than I can say, "type out a text." My fingers were not made for my iPhone keyboard.

That's where Dragon Dictation comes in. While some phones come with built in voice recognition, if yours doesn't this is one of the most popular apps and it's free.

Here's how it works: Click the record button and start talking, you can record for up to one minute at a time.

Once you're finished hit done and in seconds you have your words in text form, or something pretty close to your words. And you can record multiple times on the same project for longer notes.

I would say Dragon averages about 90 percent accurate, and it does depend on the situation. If you're in a big crowd or around a lot of ambient noise there will be more mistakes.

There are three ways to correct mistakes: Touch the word and you might get a drop down menu with other options, but not all the time. You can use the keyboard function and go back to typing. Or delete the word or phrase, hit record and say it again.

Once you get the note how you want it Dragon will send out a text or email, post on Facebook and Twitter, or copy the note to the clipboard for use in any other program.

One big warning, there is no way to "save" a note for later and once you close the app what ever you were working on is gone.

Dragon does support voice commands like new paragraph and exclamation point, there's a list on their website to learn more, I tried it out and it again it seemed to work with about 90 percent accuracy.

To download Dragon Dictation for iPhone or Dragon Mobile Assistant for Android, which has even more options, click here.


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