Voice Brief - text to speech voice assistant for news email and more
By Dong Baik
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Voice Brief does what's missing in Siri, and it works on all iPhone versions.
Voice Brief reads aloud your customized contents of:
- RSS news (Retrieves full websites and read)
- Google Reader (Retrieve full websites and read)
- Stock prices
- Gmail notification
- Any custom sentence you type
*:Unlimited number of IMAP Email account: requires in-app purchase.
Quality? - PLEASE SEE previous users rating!
Do not waste your time and money with poor copy cat's products.
BIG PRESS REVIEWS:
★★★★★ TUAW.com says, "Want an assistant to help you keep up with your world and the world at large? Voice Brief might be just the thing."
★★★★★ App Advice says, “The interface for Voice Brief is slick and it’s a great, simple way to get all your information read to you without needing to do anything besides listen.”
★★★★★ 9to5mac says, “...staying on top of things is a breeze with this nifty app.”
★★★★✫ MacWorld.com says, "Voice Brief seems like the winner among voice assistant apps."
★★★★✫ 148apps says, “This is a very well designed app that really goes the extra mile...”
★★★★✫ PCworld says, “Voice Brief seems like a winner...”
★★★★✫ ZDNet says, “Voice Brief is like a sister of Siri...”
You bought iPhone to increase your productivity? But, think about what you are doing! You get up in the morning, check weather, mail, stock price, schedule of the day, stock prices, and maybe some news of your interest and maybe check twitter and facebook... Jumping from app to app wasting your time! Well, we know you do this again when you start your day at work, lunch break and on the way home... Don't you?
How can we stay on top of all those information without spending time? How can we use our incredible iPhone the right way?
How about hiring someone to read them one by one while you are driving, eating, or brushing your teeth?
Voice brief reads them all with clear voice, lets you fully customize the content from your email, weather, calendar, gmail, news feeds, stock price, twitter and facebook...
Touch of one button, or with built in Alarm, Voice Brief collects all these information and pleasantly read them while you are driving, eating, etc... You will feel like you were Tony Stark, or have your own Hal9000 (it doesn't kill you though).
Interface is just like music player you don't have to learn how to use, works with remote, airplay, blue tooth. Quality? See how many stars we got from user review.
Voice Brief Features:
• Customizable contents.
• Built-in Alarm - wake up with your own news.
• World’s best voice synthesis
• Four different high-quality voices
• Works with any remote control, bluetooth audio
• Background listening with multi-tasking
• Internal web browser
• Musical bridge.
• On-the-fly News Share via facebook and twitter.
• Voice synthesis within your phone - (Private, Secure, no data usage)
•••• Watch a short demo video of Voice Brief in action : www.VoiceBriefWeb.com •••
• The size of application is large because,
1. High quality voice synthesis.
2. Your private information stay in your iPhone.
(unlike cloud base text to speech that sends your private text to server to get the audio data )
3. Does not waste your data plan (Audio data generated right within your phone)
• Direct access to iOS email/Text is not permitted by Apple.
::FEATURE REQUESTS, REPORTING BUGS::
- Please contact - support@voiceBriefWeb.com
Note: Voice Brief currently supports only English.
What's New in Version 1.81
1. Full website fetching/reading for both RSS/Google Reader items.
2. Full Email reading - now supports unlimited Email accounts with in App upgrade.
3. Better voice synthesis.
4. Bigger control button for easy control
5. News sharing via social network and Email.
6. Many other minor changes.
Great for commuter
I went through 3 similar programs before finding this one. I wanted to listen to tech feeds in the car to and from work. Here are the ones I tried first:
RSS Voice Reader $0 Could not get any RSS URL to work
Lisgo $9.55 Worked but you have to hook it up to Pocket via IFFT and Pocket has no way to bulk delete articles you already read. Did not want to maintain article list.
RSS Talk $2.11 This one was ideal - just refreshed recent articles, good voices BUT it did not work with my Bluetooth speaker in the car
I was so frustrated at this point that I was going to learn Xcode just to make an RSS reader.
Finally I found Voice Brief $2.99. It does everything RSS Talk did and it DOES work with my BlueTooth speaker. I have been using it successfully for a week now. Updates your articles by itself so no maintenance. LOVE that it keeps the phone from going to sleep so you always have the controls in sight. The controls are nice and big for finding fast in the car.
It does crash occasionally after it puts up a dialog asking you to rate it. And sometimes it freezes for no reason. But the other ones did too, and much more frequently. I can usually get through an hour commute without incident.
Hint about entering custom feeds - search for them in the built-in list first. The custom feeds I entered did not work, but they were in the list and those do work fine.
Ok, so I impulsively bought this to play with it. Only used a few minutes, and it's neat. Good interface. Like that you could add any number of sources. Right off the bat I'll make one complaint about the voice translation in hopes that it helps it get fixed sooner though. Most of the speech is good. There are parts that are great and fluid. However it does seem to suffer from a little lack of ability to use like regular rhythm, sometimes saying two words just too close together. But my main complaint, what I'd like to see fixed, and wouldn't think so hard. The voices are doing awful with apostrophes. It is trying to read it as two words. You're would turn into you ree. Don't is don tee. I'm not sure I can stand to listen to that part for long. I dont want to give a poor rating considering my short time with, but I do want to raise this issue. Hope it's fixed soon
Fun, funny and functional!
I picked this app up for free quite some time ago, and I'm so glad I did. (although I would most likely buy it, but free is always good!)
I love being able to have my weather and calendar, Facebook and Twitter info read aloud to me, ESPECIALLY in the oh-so-proper-sounding British voices. The Facebook and Twitter posts are freakin' hilarious this way!
So, for me, this app is fun and funny, because of the very proper British voice options, (although there is ALWAYS room for improvement with pronunciation, etc., but still love it,) and it's also functional, because I can have it read my calendar info, email, etc., to me while I'm driving.
I wouldn't compare it to Siri, but I really do enjoy and appreciate Voice Brief.
If you can pick it up for free or on sale, I recommend that you go for it. Just be aware that it does have imperfections, but that is part of its charm...
- Category: News
- Updated: Mar 12, 2012
- Version: 1.81
- Size: 267 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: DONGHYUN BAIK
- © Dong Hyun Baik
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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