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Here’s a quick Thursday Tip for folks using Dragon Dictate for Mac 3:

Just getting started with Dragon Dictate? Take a look at our Command Cheat Sheet to help you edit and format text, navigate through documents, control your desktop, update your Facebook status and so much more! *Note: when issuing voice commands, be sure to pause before and after the full text of the command, but do not pause in the middle of the command – and do not include additional words in your command.

Let us know if you have any suggestions for Dragon tips or questions that you’d like us to address here in the comments. We’ll do our best to feature as many as we can here each week!

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Fall is in the air, and that means there are many people going “back to school.” Now, whether you’re in a traditional “education program,” pursuing a degree, or you’ve signed up for an upcoming leadership development course through your company’s Talent Development program, it’s time to get better – at work AND in life. This week, we’ve invited Jason Womack – author, executive coach and triathlete – to come and talk about his latest book, Your Best Just Got Better. This event will feature a *live* Q&A, videos and productivity tips and tricks; please join us today at 11:00am EDT by signing up here!

Nuance: Jason, most of us here at Nuance have read portions of your book and it seems you’re really pretty intense. Where do you get your energy from?
Jason Womack: “My mom!” Actually, I wasn’t always this way. It was just a few years ago – the first day I ever got a check that was made out to ‘The Jason Womack Company‘ – that I realized I had something of significance to share with the planet.

Nuance: That’s interesting, ’cause in the book you talk about the “Ideal Day,” but you don’t really focus in on “making money,” or “professional success” as the only indicator. Why is that?
Jason: Money is a symptom; so is a promotion. Ya gotta DO something to GET something; I think too often people think of the getting as the real-deal…it’s not. The more we do – and that’s what the third part of the book is all about – the more we get. My focus now is on working with executives and leaders who are focused on contribution a little bit more than consumption.

Nuance: If you had to share just one tip with us, what would it be? That is, do you have a favorite part of the book?
Jason: Easy, chapter 5. You see, the 5 people you spend the most time with this next weekend will change you. You’ll read books on recommendations, you’ll go to restaurants people tell you about, you’ll even go on a vacation a friend tells you about because it sounds so good. What I think people don’t realize is that if someone can change their spending and eating habits, what does that mean about their nutrition and relationship experiences? Well, your influence will change what you get.

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Here’s a quick Tuesday Tip for folks using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the PC:

Getting to your favorite websites is a cinch with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. The command “open top site for <xyz>” helps you get the results you’re looking for faster.  For example, to go to Facebook.com just say, “open top site for Facebook.”

Let us know if you have any suggestions for Dragon tips or questions that you’d like us to address here in the comments. We’ll do our best to feature as many as we can here each week!

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Have you heard the news? This morning, Nuance unveiled the newest addition to the Dragon speech recognition family of desktop products, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12!

With over 100 new features and enhancements, Dragon 12 is the best yet, boasting a 20 percent improvement to out-of-the-box accuracy compared to version 11, faster performance, support for Web mail, and much more. All of it adds up to a faster, better, and more personalized Dragon experience for you.

Check out some of the hottest new features in Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12:

  • Accuracy: Dragon 12 delivers up to a 20% improvement in out-of-box accuracy compared to Dragon 11. This means that Dragon gets you, and you get things done, faster than ever.  And when you do need to make a correction, Dragon learns, making it more accurate the more that you use it.
  • Gmail & Hotmail: Dragon 12 enhances the experience of using your voice with two of the most popular web-based email applications — Gmail and Hotmail — offering Full Text Control and commands for the most frequent actions in Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox 12 or higher, and Chrome 16 or higher. (Bonus: watch Peter demo this feature in the Ask the Dictator video below!)
  • Smart Format Rules: Dragon now reaches out to you to adapt upon detecting your format corrections – abbreviations, numbers, and more — so your dictated text looks the way you want it to every time. Dragon’s truly an extension of yourself, and the way you communicate.
  • Dragon Remote Mic App for Android: Dragon 12 lets you go wireless with an iOS or Android device and the free Dragon Remote Microphone App. Turn your compatible iPhone, iPod touch (4th gen), iPad or Android device into a wireless microphone for use with Dragon over a WiFi network. And it’s easier than ever to get started – simply use the camera on your device to scan the barcode that Dragon 12 provides on-screen. (Now available in Dragon Home Edition).
  • Wideband Bluetooth Support: Dragon 12 adds support for wideband Bluetooth wireless headset microphones, and you can get up and running quickly. When it detects that the USB dongle of a certified microphone is plugged into the PC, Dragon 12 offers “Enhanced Bluetooth” as an audio source type and does not require a script reading to get started. (Available in Premium Edition and above).
  • Interactive Tutorial: Proposed at the end of profile creation and available any time from the Help menu, the Interactive Tutorial in Dragon 12 offers short progressive simulations to help you practice good dictation, correction and editing habits so that you can create text efficiently within just a few minutes. Even experienced Dragon users can benefit from the Interactive Tutorial.

See what Peter “The Dictator” Mahoney has to say about Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 and watch him demo some of his favorite new features in this special edition of “Ask the Dictator:”

To learn even more about Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 and its other exciting features like enhanced text-to-speech and new voice commands, go here and watch our “What’s New” and “Dragon in Action” videos. And if you haven’t joined the Dragon community yet, it’s time to get social by joining us on the Dragon NaturallySpeaking Facebook page. Our Dragon community is a great place to share ideas, get tips, and learn more about Dragon.

We’re excited about Dragon 12, and we hope you will be too!

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If you did, no need to worry! You can view the entire chat here to see Dr. Schultz’s discussion about education and children with learning disabilities, ADHD, and other learning challenges.





And if you’re having trouble viewing the chat here, you can always find it on Facebook!

Do you have a question for Dr. Schultz? Follow him on Twitter!

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We’re excited to announce that Dr. Jerome Schultz, a specialist in the study of children and adolescents with learning disabilities,  will be joining us to host a live Facebook chat on July 11th from 10 to 11 am EST. Read below to learn more about Jerry, the chat, and how to join us!

  1. Tell us a little about yourself and your background. I started out my professional career as a special education teacher, and by virtue of some wonderful opportunities, mentors and training programs, I evolved into what I am today, a Clinical Neuropsychologist. I consult to schools and parents of children and adolescents who have learning disabilities; ADHD, Asperger syndrome and other conditions that impact learning and behavior. I also work with kids who are gifted and talented, but who also struggle with learning disabilities.  Over the years, I’ve become convinced that the greatest impediment for kids is not that they have these neurologically-based conditions, but rather the way they see themselves as learners. I’m particularly interested in the negative impact of stress on brain function and learning, and why these kids are so susceptible to stress. My book “Nowhere to Hide: Why Kids with ADHD and LD Hate School and What We Can Do About It” (Jossey-Bass) is all about this phenomenon.
  2. What makes you so passionate about the field of Education? As a teacher, a teacher-educator, and consultant, I have had the wonderful opportunity to observe and learn from some exquisitely talented teachers, and it’s miraculous what can happen when teachers “get” kids, and break down the cognitive and emotional barriers to learning that lets students experience the joy of success. Seeing this happen over and over again confirms my beliefs about the power of the human interaction in the classroom. I know that when kids have a better understanding of their own learning vulnerabilities and how to use their strengths to overcome or work around them, they enjoy school, they come to love learning, and they feel competent and confident. I believe that when teachers, parents and kids can be helped to reach this state of mind, all doors open for them. That’s what fuels my passion. When I can help teachers, administrators and parents understanding all this, I feel like Johnny Appleseed, knowing that the seeds I drop along the way will become orchards of learning.
  3. What would you say are some of the hot topics right now with regard to learning disabilities and education? Several issues are reaching the tipping point as we speak. Proposed changes in the DSM-V, the psychiatric manual that provides guidelines for the diagnosis of a variety of conditions, may set back the field of learning disabilities – specifically the understanding of dyslexia – by decades. The debates are raging about that. The big “elephant in the room” for LD is whether or not these kids are getting the specialized and intensive instruction they require (and which scientific studies prove to be effective) in so-called “inclusion programs.”  Another huge concern is how kids with fragile emotions (stress, anxiety, depression) or difficult behaviors (oppositional, defiant, resistant, aggressive) challenge even the most talented teachers.
  4. What kinds of topics can folks expect to be discussed during the live chat? I’ll certainly be talking about some of the brain science that helps us understand the stress response, and I’ll be offering specific suggestions and strategies that will help parents, teachers and kids get out from under the spell of stress and find success. If someone gets me started on the topic of responsible inclusion for kids with LD and ADHD, we’ll have to extend the chat! We’ll have a chance to discuss my DE-STRESS model of intervention, and talk about why kids with poorly understood LD or ADHD have to “Save FASE” (I didn’t misspell that–I’ll explain it during the chat!) I’ll also be interested in hearing from chat participants about how they’ve used technology to give kids with learning challenges the chance to be more in control of their own learning. I’ll talk about my experiences as a writer using Dragon NaturallySpeaking, and how I’ve seen this and other creative programs unlock the doors for learning for so many kids.
  5. Who should attend this event? How and when can they tune-in? I hope that general as well as special education teachers will be able to join us, as well as administrators and specialists like occupational and speech therapists. It would be great if schools use this chat as an opportunity for professional development. Teaching assistants will also find the session informative. Of course, parents and others who care about kids will be very interested in this dialogue, and their comments will add an important perspective to the discussion. The chat will be relevant to mental health workers as well, because we’ll be discussing kids’ emotional reactions to learning difficulties.

Joining the chat is easy – Just follow the link below and click “yes” to signify that you will be attending. Then tune-in on Wednesday, July 11th from 10 to 11 am EST. More info can also be found on Dragon’s Facebook page. I look forward to meeting all of you!

RSVP to the event here!

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With Social Media Day only two days away, we wanted to bring the third and final post in our social media blog series! In today’s post, we wanted to show you just how connected the world really is. Take a look at some of these eye-opening statistics:

  • Over 1 billion Facebook posts per day
  • More than 175 million tweets per day
  • 2 new members join LinkedIn every second
  • YouTube is responsible for 10% of the internet’s traffic, boasting over 2 billion views per day
  • When Instagram became available on the Android, 1 million versions of the app were downloaded…in 1 day
  • Pinterest reached 10 million US monthly unique visitors faster than any independent site in history
  • Google+ gains 625,000 new users per day

Looking at these numbers, there’s no doubt that the world has gone digital and that social media is here to stay. So tell us, what are you doing to get social?

The Social Media Revolution 2012 by TheTotalprofit

With over 30,000 Facebook fans, 3,600 Twitter followers, and 1,000 LinkedIn members (just to name a few of our social stats) it’s pretty obvious that we love to get social just as much as the next person! And today, we want to invite YOU to get social with us – if you aren’t already 🙂

Join in the conversation, and connect with more great (social) fans – just like you!





Dragon Fan-o-meter

Level 1: The newbie. “I follow one of Dragon’s social media channels.”

Level 2: The apprentice. “I follow 2-3 of Dragon’s channels.”

Level 3: The ultimate Dragon fan. “I follow ALL Dragon social. I just can’t get enough!”

What level Dragon fan are you?

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Here’s a quick Thursday Tip for folks using Dragon Dictate for Mac:

Update your status on Facebook with Dragon in one easy step. Say “Post to Facebook” and then dictate what you want posted and you’re ready to go. Before using voice commands to post to Facecbook and Twitter, just make sure you’ve enabled Dictate to access your social media accounts. (see pg. 59 in the user workbook for more info)

Let us know if you have any suggestions for Dragon tips or questions that you’d like us to address here in the comments. We’ll do our best to feature as many as we can here each week!

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Here’s a quick Tuesday Tip for folks using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the PC:

Posting to Twitter with Dragon is a cinch. Just dictate your text in an editable document and say “Post that to Twitter” or take a shortcut by dictating “Post to Twitter <xyz>” and it’ll automatically send your tweet. (see pg. 66 in the workbook for more info)

Let us know if you have any suggestions for Dragon tips or questions that you’d like us to address here in the comments. We’ll do our best to feature as many as we can here each week!

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Welcome to part two of our social media blog series in celebration of Mashable’s Social Media Day which is only a few short days away – June 30th!

For today’s post we’re focusing on an audience that you may not associate with Facebook, Twitter or YouTube and that is the 55 and over age group. Recently, we’ve noticed a lot of activity and engagement on our social channels from this age group and, naturally, we did some digging to learn more about the adoption rate of social networks with this generation.

Well, according to research, the population over age 55 is the fastest growing segment using social media In fact, it’s estimated that 65% of the population over 50 in the US is already using social media regularly – that’s over 27 million people!

So what’s the big to-do? It turns out, with the aging population flocking to the digital world, talk about how social media just might offer some pretty great – and unexpected – health benefits. You’ve probably heard the decades old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but what about, “One Facebook post a day keeps the doctor away”? We did a little exploring and found a great post on Senior Care Corner that highlights the top health benefits of social media for this age group. Here are a few we found particularly interesting:

1.      Social media can keep families close.

It’s nice when your relatives live just down the street from you, but in today’s world that usually isn’t the case. Social media has become a popular outlet for the elderly to keep in touch with their family, giving them increased feelings of inclusion and connectedness. 64% of all people using social media name staying in touch with family as the reason they flock to the Web.

Think about the last time your dog did something funny, or when your toddler made a funny face while trying broccoli for the first time…where would you be most likely to share the pictures? More times than not, the answer is  Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or YouTube. Grandparents love being able to join in and have those memories captured and readily available to them at any time. After all, Grandma would be pretty upset if she missed out on this adorable giggle-monster’s reaction to mommy blowing her nose:

 2.      Social media opens a window of opportunity for exploring new hobbies.

This is one of the more unexpected health benefits of social media, but it has a place all its own. If you didn’t expect Grandpa to be up ‘til the wee hours of the morning playing Farmville, you might want to reconsider! Discovering new interests and hobbies online can be the perfect answer to all of that extra free time the elderly population often finds themselves with. Besides stumbling upon (ignore the pun!) an amazing cooking blog, many have taken hold of the coupon craze sweeping the nation and have become fully immersed. Come on, who doesn’t love a good discount, or get a thrill when they find something for half-off? Case in point: TLC’s Extreme Couponing. Now, we’re not suggesting that couponing is a match for everyone (especially to this degree), but as we all know, being actively involved in a hobby can make us happier and leaves us something to look forward to – an important ingredient to an enriched life.

 3.      Social media decreases feelings of loneliness and instills a sense of community belonging.

When you get older, especially if you become immobile over time, you may start to feel disconnected and, at times, very alone. Perhaps one of the most significant health benefits that accompanies social media use is the feeling of increased belonging in one’s community. As Dragon allows those facing accessibility challenges to communicate in ways they may not have been able to in the past, social media can connect the elderly to friends and family when distance is a factor. Skype, a popular video-chat interface, can be a great option for when Mom and Dad find themselves an ocean-away from their son or daughter during college study abroad, or when you want to invite Grandma and Grandpa to join in on family birthday celebrations.

Now that we know more about this trend, we better go brush up on our Words with Friends skills on Facebook, because it looks like we’ll have some new rivals  hot on our heels in no time!

What do you think about social media offering health benefits? Have you seen these benefits in-action?

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