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Control your PC or Mac using your voice

Control your PC or Mac using your voice
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Have you ever watched a sci-fi movie and thought, "Wow, that technology would be really cool to have in real life"? Everyday things that the characters take for granted, like the computer consoles in Star Trek or the sentient droids from Star Wars, could be coming to a store near you.

One of my favorites is the voice-activated computer, and that's already here. Siri, Google Now and Cortana handle voice commands on Apple, Android and Microsoft smartphones and tablets. But what about your laptop or desktop?

You might not realize that it already has speech recognition technology built in, and it's decent for basic commands and dictation. The problem with the built-in programs is that they're limited and not that flexible.

Fortunately, there's a free program that can make your user experience much smoother and customized to your specific needs. Whatever you imagine, you can probably do.

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