Apple iPhone: Finally, Finger-Freedom for All

October 24, 2011, By George Lang

The Apple iPhone gives business and personal users’ fingers a new level of freedom. Instead of awkwardly texting phone numbers or Facebook chats (where the fingers do the walking), iPhone users can now talk to the thing and let the device do all the work.

Voice recognition software has hitherto been the exclusive resident of desktop/laptop PCs. With the iPhone, that is all changing forever.

On the desktop PC, starting with Microsoft Office 2003, the user can talk in the microphone and the words are automatically typed into the Office applications. After highlighting the text and right-clicking, the user can select “Translate…” to have the text converted to another language.

The user can then have the application read the text back in the new language. With the iPhone and the free Google Translate app, a new generation of handheld devices is becoming capable of such step-by-step actions.

Imagine you are on a global business trip; you walk into a French restaurant in Algiers, and explain to your iPhone (in English) you want a cheeseburger and fries for lunch. The device automatically translates and tells the French waiter (who speaks no English) what you want—all within a minute! The new technology puts it all together for you at your new mobile, free-born fingertips.

Warning: Despite its mastery of the French language, the iPhone still has no solution for the indigestion caused by the rich French cuisine!

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