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Yodal Dictation – dictating machines morph onto the mobile phone


Yodal provides real time dictation on mobile phones, using a dedicated recording program and the Amazon cloud for storage and forwarding. The idea is you install the software on your handset (currently only Blackberry but Windows Mobile and Symbian coming – wot no Android?) and when you want to dictate something just press go.

Where Yodal differs from standard mobile phone dictation software is in the fact that the audio is streamed to the Net (actually Amazon S3 cloud servers) in real time, is bundled into a file and sent directly to an email address of your choice where it can then be accessed by someone back at base for instant transcription. Global dictation on the move. Neat.


Sounds cool, although the main problem I can see is if you’re trying to get something done from deep inside a WiFi and 3G free building or out in a remote location with no phone service, although apparently the system will queue the dictation on the handset until you get back in range. Both the recording and transcription software is free, you pay a monthly subscription of $11.00 for the service.

 BlackBerry smartphones with Yodal can generate professional-quality voice recordings and send them by email for transcription anywhere. Yodal’s unique data streaming technology puts the file in the transcriptionist’s inbox faster than any other similar product available. Yodal has all the functionality of a dedicated recorder, and has a superbly designed user interface for easy use.

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