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App Review: Speaky for the Lazy Reader Dictates Texts and Articles

June 10, 2014 — by Sette Capati0

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I’m a self-confessed bookworm. Every weekend you’ll find me reading new books and e-books to finish my annual reading list. While I prefer reading on pages (and on the tablet) I tried this experiment to see how far I can go with articles and blog posts, too. But this time, instead of reading, it’ll be more of listening sessions. Let me walk you through this productivity app dubbed Speaky and see how it might fit with your daily reading activities.

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What’s the app?

Indie developer Sandratra Razafindralambo developed Speaky, a productivity app that solves your reading problems. The app dictates texts and articles available in five English languages. Users can copy and paste the articles from the websites manually, or let Speaky extract the texts automatically and then read everything for its user.

How does it work?

Once you launch the app, you’ll be greeted with a quick intro of what it can do, after which, you will be directed to the Reading List with the default folder dubbed as Inbox. Check the “Welcome to Speaky” article to listen to how it works.

photo 3Every time you open an item, Speaky prompts you to choose the type of English language; each one differs from accent and tone: South Africa, Australia, United States, Ireland, and United Kingdom. The South African English sounded good to me, by the way, so it’s what I’ve chosen for this review. After Speaky reads the introduction, you can now add your first link. Speaky allows you to:

  • Use copied URL from the Safari browser
  • Add manual text from any reading sources such as e-books, blog posts, etc.
  • Add from Pocket’s Queue
  • Add a new Reading List from a folder where you can arrange them per topics or interestsphoto 2

If you browse via Safari, then open the Speaky app and it’ll automatically ask you to allow it to import the new link you just visited. In a few seconds, it’ll be added to your Reading List. It’s easy as 1-2-3 and works while your device is locked, or when you switch to a different app with its Background Audio, Lockscreen Music Player support and Control Center features.

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Is it noteworthy?

Indeed, Speaky is a noteworthy app for busy people and lazy readers. Whether you’re off to work and you need to catch some early morning news, or a ‘storyteller’ before bedtime, you can play it anytime. What I like about this app is that it’s straightforward and easy to navigate. There are no irritating ads, and it’s accessible while on Lockscreen mode. Plus, there’s no character limit on texts ad articles.

It would be great to see the built-in features of this app in the iOS. Could it be possible in the next software upgrade? But for now, I’d keep it as my reading assistant.

Speaky is available for iPhone and iPad devices. You may want to try it for yourself. Download it via iTunes direct link for $2.99.

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3 Office Suite Apps to Manage Your Documents on iPad

November 19, 2012 — by Simon Ng0

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Apple has undoubtedly succeeded in illustrating the endless fun and entertainment you can have with the iPad – from watching HD films and playing games to listening to music and building your own virtual library. One of the most revolutionary capabilities the iPad offers us however is regularly underestimated by so many – I’m talking about the ability to take and access your work anywhere, as well as having a screen large enough to actually get it done.

There are an abundance of Apps which provide a complete virtual office suite, allowing users to create and edit documents, spreadsheets and even presentations while on the move. All of which offer an intuitive interface and unique benefits that make on-the-move productivity a breeze. Below I have selected my top three office apps to use on the go as well as an innovative feature which makes work out of the office even easier.

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Interesting Changes on Pinterest iOS Apps, Launches iPad Version

August 17, 2012 — by Sette Capati0

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I’m happy with the interesting changes on Pinterest iOS apps and as an avid pinner of this social site, I want you to join me as we unbox the new “pinteresting” changes. Take it away with your work of art, show it to the world and let’s start repinning to our like-minded followers.

As far as I can remember, Pinterest released their iOS app for iPhone users to update and repin photos. Honestly, I’m disappointed with the previous version due to the limited features, (and I got lazy repining photos). What’s more, it doesn’t have an iPad version. I’m quite surprised why a social media-repinning brand lacks these tools.

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Squiggles iPad App: Enhance Your Child’s Creativity

May 6, 2012 — by Adeel Qayum0

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Children of today prefer the iPad over toys. iPad has so many games for chidren and one of them is Squiggles. The game allows children to draw squiggles on pictures so they can come to life. A child can draw squiggles behind a car and after tapping the “Go”, the app will act as springs that push the car across the screen.

After installation, a bunny and a monkey appears in the intro explaining about squiggle, how they can be large, colorful, small and can be used to make different pictures that come to life. You need to add squiggles on the sticks if you want to draw a cotton candy. You can add more to the scene and there’s no limit on creativity. After this, tap on “Go” and see the kids rise in the air with their cotton candy.

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Windows 8 Metro Experience on iPad by Slashtop

April 15, 2012 — by Sette Capati0

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Who could have thought you could experience Windows 8 Metro using iPad? Yes! Certainly, it is possible with Slashtop’s new app.

We’ve read good reviews on Windows 8 Metro that will be integrated with the upcoming tablets. There is still time before we get to see hands-on experience before Windows 8 tablets are introduced.

With Slashtop’s new app, you get the chance to see how the Windows 8 Metro interface works – right there on your iPad.

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Enjoy Real-time Content with MSN App for iPad

January 26, 2012 — by Seuli B.1

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MSN for iPadMSN has more or less been a part of our lives greeting us every morning or all through the day with its updates and interesting content. To ensure that your shifting interest on spending more hours with the Apple iPad do not alienate it from you, the MSN experience has been transcended to the iPad too at your disposal.

MSN’s amazing statistics of 27.3 million unique users per month, 40,000 fans across its Facebook pages and 100,000 Twitter followers speaks of its popularity spanning across geographical boundaries.

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Run Windows 7 on iPad with OnLive Desktop App

January 12, 2012 — by Seuli B.2

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Onlive iPad AppIt wouldn’t be too exaggerating to say that Apple iPad has been one of the best things to have happened in recent times in a world driven by technology. But how many of you have actually wanted Microsoft Office and Windows to function in your iPad to make your iWorld even better.

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InstaPad: The Instagram Browser For iPad Is Now Available For Download!

December 29, 2011 — by Farrukh Zafar0

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In the age of hand-held devices, and of social media addictiveness, it comes as no surprise that these two trends have overlapped. Indeed social media applications on hand-held devices are one of the most used applications in their league. For the very same reason, all the social media applications have released their very own social media applications, but somehow, it’s the unofficial, third-party applications that get most of the attention due to their trend of being more intuitive, and more flamboyant than their official counter-parts.

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FAA Approves American Airlines to Use iPad in All Phases of Flight

December 16, 2011 — by Seuli B.1

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After all the debate and hype created earlier this year regarding the use of iPad in an aircraft cockpit – for pilots wishing to use the Apple tablet (both iPad-original and iPad 2) to navigate with maps. U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finally given its first approval to American Airlines.

American Airlines is reportedly expected to start using iPads in all phases of flight operation, starting this Friday, 16 December, 2011 – substituting hefty paper charts and manuals. The airline will begin iPad operations on B-777 aircraft, and then implement across all other fleets; where pilots will be using iPads as electronic chart and digital flight manual readers.