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Deal Of The Day: 20% Off On Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13

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Most of us are familiar with voice-powered assistants, like Siri. How well they work is debatable, but regardless of their effectiveness, they are still limited to your mobile devices. If you want to dictate stuff on your home computer, you’ll need to get some other software, and Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Home is a solid contender in the field. You can use it out of the box, and it will get more accurate as time goes on and it learns from your speech. It’s a full featured piece of software and today you can have it for $79.99 instead of $100.

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Deal Of The Day: 51% Off On TextExpander 4, Winner Of The 2010 Macworld Editors’ Choice Award

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If you find yourself typing the same thing over and over again, whether for work or in your day to day emails and messages, you might get a kick out of TextExpander 4. It allows you to assign shortcut keys to a piece of text of any length, “from a single line signature to paragraphs of boilerplate, just drop them into your snippet collection and have them at your fingertips – literally.” It works with signatures as well, letting you pick from an image library. It’ll fix typos and fill out forms for you, and generally try to be of assistance in the sometimes tedious task of entering repetitive information on a computer. It’s normally $35, but today you can have it for $16.99.

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Deal Of The Day: 100% Off On Leemsoft MP3 Downloader

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Acquiring music these days can be complicated. First off, no one buys CDs. And if you want to get it online, your options are either to pay $1.29 per song, or to become a pirate. But there are other options, such as using the Leemsoft MP3 Downloader featured here. Just launch it, search for the artist you want, and it’ll display YouTube results related to that search. If you see what you want, press “download” and the software will extract the audio, convert to MP3, and export to iTunes. Simple as that. And it’s free, as in beer. That’s hard to pass up on.

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Deal Of The Day: 42% Off On Typinator Software Will Help You Craft Text Faster

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Writing is hard, yo. I should know, since that’s what I do for a living. But if you’re reading this, there’s a chance you’ve strung a few words together as well and might get something out of Typinator. It’s software for the Mac that makes writing easier by allowing you to define trigger keywords that insert larger blocks of text automatically. And it auto-corrects everything you write. Matter of fact, there are a ton of features. Check this out:

Works with any application
Preformatted text insertion
Insert the current clipboard
Date and time calculations
Insert navigation keystrokes and fill out forms with just one snippet
Built-in AutoCorrection sets with thousands of corrections for English, German, and French
Synchronization support for Dropbox
Organize your snippets by their meaning and purpose
Export and import snippet sets in various formats
Application-specific settings

Owning Typinator would usually set you back $35, but you can have it for $20 through this deal.

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Boost Your Reading Speed To Broadband Levels With Spritz

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Spritz is a new smartphone application in development that could dramatically increase your reading speed in as little as a few minutes. Instead of teaching you to silence your inner voice (which is a skill needed for effective traditional speed reading and is a common bottleneck), it presents the words to you in a completely novel format: flashing them one after the other at a preset speed. In this fashion, you don’t have to scroll your eyes from side to side; you just look at the same spot and the words come to you. Eventually, your inner voice ends up disappearing, and you simply understand the words without vocalizing them. It’s counter intuitive but extremely effective, boosting reading speeds up to 500 words per minute very quickly. Some people are even able to blaze at up to 1,000 wpm, allowing them to read an 80,000 word novel in less than 2 hours.

You can try it yourself at the link below. It’s really fun. And it’s a little different from other applications (like Spreeder) in its implementation. For instance Spritz “places each word at the “Optimal Recognition Point (ORP),” which is the placement in front of our eyes that’s best for reading comprehension of each individual word (multisyllabic words are read differently monosyllabic ones).” And it flashes a blank screen at the end of each sentence, preserving the essential rhythm of ideas.

It’s a great little program, but it’s not ready for primetime. The plan is to launch on Android first, although the company is working on iOS, web, and Microsoft phone SDKs. We’re not clear on the timeline, but keep an eye out: this one’s pretty awesome.

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FaceRig Lets You Be Whoever (and Whatever) You Want to Be While You’re Chatting

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Everyone has those days when they really don’t feel like showing their face, whether it’s in person or online. It doesn’t make sense to cancel for this reason alone when you’ve already made an appointment with someone over Skype, so the next best thing at this point is FaceRig. It’s a neat program that replaces your image with that of another person, animal, or character, so you can chat away without having to shave, shower, or get dressed, even.

This wasn’t the actual reason FaceRig was created, but I know a lot of people who would use it in that manner. FaceRig was actually developed to give people total freedom when it comes to expressing themselves in real time via video chat services, including Skype and Twitch.

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FaceCrypt Lets You Secure Your Data With Your Mug

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Passwords, PINs, voice recognition, biometrics. People have figured out hacks for all of those, so you’re better off using multiple security programs to safeguard your stuff. One such program that you should definitely consider is FaceCrypt. It’s an iOS app where your face essentially becomes the key to access your encrypted files and data.

The great thing about it is that aside from the main vault, you have the option to store files in drawers. Aside from biometric face recognition, you can also restrict access to these drawers by adding passwords and pattern access to make them more secure.

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3D Printing App Makes Object Creation Easier For Windows 8.1 Users

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The ecosystem around 3D printers gets a little more mature each day. Just last week we were reporting that about the Smithsonian launching a set of 3D files of their exhibits that you can print at home. And now comes news that Microsoft has released an application for Windows 8.1 called 3D Builder. It’s meant to make it possible for people with no experience with CAD software to easily create objects to print. Aside from containing a catalogue of items that you can use immediately, the app allows you to modify them and even to import your own external ones, of course only as long as you have the hardware to do so. It’s free and you can give it a spin at the link below.

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New Chrome Feature Tells You Which Tab Is Making Noise

googlechromebeta32250wide There has to be very few things more annoying than having 20 tabs open when suddenly one of them starts playing music, and you just don’t know which one it is. This of course sends you on a furious hunt for that stupid website that would dare run ads that play audio without your consent, which is an activity most often accompanied with a generous amount of swearing. Well, a new feature on Google Chrome can dramatically cut down on the time it takes to take care of business, by showing a small icon on the offending tab. You’ll be able to zoom in immediately, and shut that down before you have to start pulling your hair out.

Currently available on the Chrome 32 beta release, we expect the feature to be implemented on the next stable release.

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