Google HelpOuts with CrowdSourcing

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Some of myguybots (Mike Sands and David Hammer the founders of Emissary) have informed me that this week Google launched Google Helpouts. Now you can connect realtime with people who can answer your questions on any subject from nutrition to software.

GoogleHelpoutLooks like Google is making a HUGE leap into crowdsourcing….is Google crowdfunding next?

Dream Killer

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If you are an entrepreneur, or any person trying to realize a dream, this is a must read…http://thedailylove.com/this-is-a-major-dream-killer/
See below for excerpts from Mastin Kipp’s article  “This is a major dream killer”

Time and time again I’ve seen friends and clients – even I have been guilty of this at times – try to weigh options, figuring out what is the best path instead of trusting themselves, taking action and course correcting as they go.
There was an awesome quote from the famous Hollywood producer Kathleen Kennedy (of whom I am a BIG fan) on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter once. She said, “I don’t analyze things, I just do them.
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One of the most important questions you can ask yourself on the path to your dreams is this: “Am I willing to risk being nothing in order to become something?”
If you can be cool with being nothing, then and only then can you have the freedom to take the risks that are necessary to make your dreams come true.
There are no certain outcomes. You can’t get it wrong. The only thing that prevents your dreams from coming true is when you stop and try to analyze everything to death, while taking no action and living out everything in your head.
This is a dream killer.
 To read the full article visit  http://thedailylove.com/this-is-a-major-dream-killer/

The Baby’s “Kicking”–Introducing Toymail

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A fellow Fembot, Gauri Nanda, and her best friend Audry Hill are launching a new product called Toymail. Gauri’s first product was Clocky–the alarm clock that jumps off your nightstand and runs away to force you out of bed, (I keep my red one close at hand )!.
Their new product Toymail, are toys that receive your email and voicemail and speak them back to you.

Toymail Logo

On November 14th the ToyMail Kickstarter campaign will go live,  check out website for more details www.toymailco.com.
Congrats Gauri and Audry!!

Toymail Models

OCR aka Lazy Text Converter

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I had a bunch of scanned documents i had to quickly convert to text. I polled my fellow FemBots and GuyBots, and here are the recommendations:

-Evernote (2 people) note: also handwriting to text
-Acrobat http://blogs.adobe.com/acrobat/acrobat_ocr_make_your_scanned/
-Online OCR (3 people) onlineocr.net
-Wondershare PDF Editor Pro
-Paperport Professional (not cheap)

<<These have not been used by anyone, but given as possible options>>
-Richoh’ Image to Text app http://www.ricohinnovations.com/imagetotext-iphone
-Prismo ($10) Prismo
-Perfect OCR ($3) Perfect OCR
-Paperfile.net http://www.paperfile.net/

Also would like to add MyScriptMemo as a free app to convert handwriting to text on an iPad

Tools for Mocks-Mockflow + ProtoShare

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I have used both ProtoShare and Mockflow (easier to use than ProtoShare) for click thru mocks the past couple of years.
Both are great tools for quickie prototyping, especially useful to communicate website or application concepts to developers.

Siri Speaks iPad

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Siri and the iPad are officially dating. As part of the ios6 update for the iPad. Fingers crossed that is also part of  the iTouch update.

A Really Smart Notebook

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Write this down….Evernote has teamed up with Moleskin to bring a smart notebook. i am talking an old school paper and pen notebook. but here is the smart, take a picture of the page using the Evernote app on your tablet or phone and it converts it to text! using the  new Page Camera feature in the  latest Evernote update.

Handwriting recognition built into the moleskin notebook…very cool.

It uses the technology from the Livescribe dot paper mentioned in Issue #1 of MyFembot back in 2008.

The Evernote Moleskin notebook will be out soon; in the meantime, update your Evernote app and stay tuned.

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