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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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App Review: Cinch a Quora-Like App for iPhone

September 27, 2013 — by Sette Capati0

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Do you want a piece of great advice from the real experts?

Klout silently released a new app dubbed Cinch that let’s you ask questions and receive great advices from influencers that were deemed from its social influence metric service. Whether it’s about kitchen and dining, crafts, or home improvement, you’ll surely receive private answers from real people who know what they’re talking about.

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Got a Question? Ask Quora Using Your iPhone

January 9, 2013 — by Sette Capati1

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Care to ask random questions? Do you need information on specific or general topics? Quora is the best app to start with. I see its potential to become an influential app in this search engine age.

Here comes Quora app, simply ask a question and find an answer.

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What the Heck?

Quora app is the official iPhone app of Quora, Inc. that connects you to everything you need to know about. (Yes! Everything) If you stumbled upon Ask.com, you know what I am talking about. However, Quora works better than Ask.com. It is a hub of ideas and content where you can squeeze your creative juices.

When you want to know more about something, Quora delivers you answers and content from people who share your interests and people who have first-hand knowledge — like real doctors, economists, screenwriters, police officers, and military veterans. On Quora, it’s easy to create a personalized homepage of everything you want to know about by following topics, questions, people and boards.

How Does it Work?

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Quora app requires registration to users. You can login using your Twitter or Facebook credentials to enjoy tits features. Sign-up and it will open a door to a collection of expert answers to questions of all types.

You will be asked to check the topics you are interested, including Startups, Movies, Business, Blogs, Amazon, Twitter to name a few. You can add or browse questions, answer the questions within your expertise, and vote the best answers.

How’s the App?

Astounding! That’s the word. Personally, I highly recommend the app for professionals. It is a library of ideas that allows you to share them to friends and followers. Overall, I give this app a 5 star rating.

Direct App Link: Quora

Price: Free

Seller: Quora, Inc.

What do you think?

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Overgram: A Great App to Add Beautiful Text Captions in Photos

November 25, 2012 — by Adeel Qayum0

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Addition of text and captions to photos on iOS devices can be done using the iOS application Overgram. The captioned photos can then be pasted where ever you want like on Instagram, Facebook and other public communities. Overgram has an edge over other similar offerings at the App Store due to its elegant display and eye-catching fonts. However, the app costs $0.99.

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Wave Timer App: Silence Alarm Without Touching Your iPhone

November 23, 2012 — by Adeel Qayum0

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Today, smartphones have a wider use than making calls or sending text messages. You can use the iPhone as a stop watch, but at times, you may not be able to touch the screen and set off the timer. Well, your problem is resolved with the new Wave Timer application.

Wave timer is an iPhone timer app which has two important features. First, the display of the timer is in the form of a spin wheel which speeds up your setting process and second, it has motion detectors in it. Because of this feature, you just have to wave your hand in front of the mobile screen and the timer will go off.

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365Scores: A Personalized Sports Based App With Live Video Updates

November 19, 2012 — by Adeel Qayum0

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365scores-appThere are countless number of sports based apps on the App Store. However, many of these apps can’t be customized. 365Scores is a new sports app with customization options. It lets you decide what you want to watch. With this sports news application, you can control the kind of news that appears on the newsfeed and the fixtures that are shown. It also lets you select your favorite teams so that you are given details on what you would actually want to know rather than bombarding you with everything including the kitchen sink. You also get video updates for live games.

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TuneBooth Allows You To Control Music With The Help Of Gestures

November 18, 2012 — by Adeel Qayum2

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There are so many music players in the App Store. Every music player offers a different functionality. Some are dependent on a unique interface, while others are focused on enhancing the listening experience of music lovers. Tunebooth is a newly released music player that adds gesture based controls, with an interface quite different from the stock music app. Read on for more details.

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NOTE’d: Notes App With Audio Recordings, Password Protection and Much More

November 9, 2012 — by Adeel Qayum1

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The notes app should have an appealing graphic interface, and give users the satisfaction that all the work is being backed up. Having support for image attachments and audio recordings is definitely a bonus. NOTE’d is an app that fullfills all these features. Read on for more details.

Notes can be divided into different notebooks, and the notebooks can be given different themes. You can add password protection to your notebooks for added privacy. Attaching photos, audio recordings, and maps is also an option. The app also allows you to backup and restore with Dropbox, with a single tap.