September 15, 2011 in Social Networking (E)
[prMac.com] Austin, Texas - Apple iOS device owners can now access, listen to, and post status updates and comments their Facebook news feed via Friends Aloud 2.0, created by VoiZapp, Inc. It is the first iOS app to bring optimized state of the art text-to-speech technology to Facebook on all iOS devices, and has now been optimized to take advantage of the expected voice recognition capability of iOS 5.
With this new version and one tap, Friends Aloud 2.0 users can now enter status updates and comments to their Facebook account. Under iOS 3 and 4, the usual keyboard is used for input, but iOS 5 is expected to have a microphone button embedded next to the spacebar that will allow posts and comments to be dictated strictly by voice recognition.
Using Friends Aloud, a user can:
* Read aloud their latest Facebook news feed posts and their associated comments in a pleasant, easy-to-understand young woman's voice
* Tap a keyboard icon to bring up a text entry screen to enter status updates and comments
* Scroll through each post on screen or tap around to read posts at random
* Automatically switch between reading existing posts in sequence or just reading new posts as they arrive for as long as desired
* Play, pause, and skip forward/back using intuitive controls, just like the iPod
* Continue reading aloud while in the background, just like the iPod
* Understand and read common computer jargon such as smiley faces and texting-style abbreviations (LOL, ROTFLMAO, happy/sad faces, etc.)
* Choose to limit the number of comments read aloud
"Facebook has become an integral part of peoples' lives, and mobile has fundamentally changed the way they access and use social networking services", said Dr. Robert B. Wesson, Voizapp's CEO. "You can now stay in touch with your Facebook friends while safely driving, walking, exercising - anywhere your eyes are otherwise occupied. And after iOS 5 ships next month, you can probably dictate your own posts and comments without needing to type anything. In short, you can have a complete Facebook experience by voice."
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later
* 58.3 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Friends Aloud is available in two versions - free or paid. Friends Aloud Pro can be downloaded from Apple's App Store for a one-time charge of $1.99. It is a complete ad-free audio/visual mobile Facebook experience that reads new posts and comments aloud as they arrive all day long, and will allow you to "talk back" to your Facebook friends by accepting status updates and comments. Users can try some of the core features and sample the voice for free by downloading ad-supported Friends Aloud Lite that reads aloud the user's latest 10 news feed posts as often as they wish.
Founded in 2010, VoiZapp Inc. is a software development company located in Austin, Texas. We have been developing software for personal computers for literally decades, from games to million-dollar professional training systems sold to governments and institutions around the world. We are now passionate about developing speech-enabled mobile software for Apple's iOS platform that powers the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV. Copyright (C) 2011 VoiZapp Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.