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Siriously, Where Can I Hide A Body?

Siriously, Where Can I Hide A Body?

When Apple released the iPhone 4s in October, it debuted Siri, a voice-activated assistant that lets users send messages, schedule meetings, make phone calls, and finds answers by querying results from the Web. Using Location Services, it looks up where you live, where you work, and where you are. Then it gives you information and […]

Santa’s Secret Is Out

Santa’s Secret Is Out

Children can now hear Jolly Old St. Nick thanks to Talk with Santa, a new iOS application developed by Funnel Design Group for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. The app is available in the Apple App Store. With it, parents can take on the role of  virtual Santa via voice chat from another device. Parents can also […]

Why Get a Pro to Do It?

The economy’s doing better. You’re a start-up, but you’re great about staying within budget, prospects look good, and all things are on track. You realize that there’s an outlay of cash required to get your “framework” set up properly—there’s hiring, office space procurement, and getting a Web site up and running (and making sure it […]

What’s in a Name?

By the time they hire me to voice their IVRs, it’s probably too late to talk to people about why they’ve named their companies what they have. I’m sure they spent many late nights and went through reams of legal yellow paper brainstorming about how to make their company’s name as unique and significant as possible, […]

The Legend of the One-Take Wonder

I’ve seen it happen many times. I’m hired to do a voice-over at a public studio, a two-hander with another voice talent. We introduce ourselves, pleasantries are exchanged, and we’re led into the booth. We’re asked for levels, so each of us gives the engineer some sample lines, and we launch into the first official […]

So Siri. Is Speech to Blame for iPhone Sales Record?

Apple yesterday announced it has sold more than 4 million new iPhone 4S models, just three days after its launch on October 14 in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom. The newest version of Apple’s smartphone will be available in 22 more countries on October 28 and more than […]

What Price is “Human Nature”?

A while back, I voiced an on-hold program for a client, and when he declined all of my choices for royalty-free music to mix behind my vocals, he suggested something that still stymies me to this day: “Can’t we just play Michael Jackson?” I tried to explain to him that our combined incomes—let’s throw in the […]