You like this place? My car recommended it: Add to the list of luxury car options one more: advanced voice-navigation. Later this month Honda, with the help of IBM, will roll out new cars that respond to driver queries and commands with a natural-sounding text-to-speech voice. Powered by IBM’s Embedded ViaVoice software, these cars will allow their drivers to crank the volume on the CD player or adjust the air conditioning without ever taking their hands from the wheel. More importantly, the cars will offer turn-by-turn voice guidance to their destinations. Honda’s system recognizes cities and addresses in the continental United States, as well as restaurant names listed by Zagat Survey. Said Alisdair Rennie, a vice president in IBM’s Pervasive Computing division: “You can say, ‘Take me to a three-star Chinese restaurant,’ and the car knows where you are.”
I have been using BBEdit to write the PowerPage since late 1995, well before we implemented a complex Web Objects Content Management System (CMS). Back then, there wasn’t free Blogging software, in fact, no one even knew what a Blog was.
I would copy and paste yesterday’s news up to the top of the page, change the date, write some stories, then FTP that BBEdit file up to the server. At the end of each week and month I would manually create the archive pages in BBEdit too.
The new version of the Mac-only HTML and text editor, BBEdit 8 (US$179), includes over 100 new “lickable” features, including a “documents drawer” for working with multiple documents at once, a “Text Factory” for applying and saving lists of operations, and an updated preview function. Take the full feature tour.
Looking for a Gmail Web mail account? Got extra invites you aren’t using? iSnoop.net’s Gmail invite spooler offers a place for people with Gmail invites and those who want them to come together with minimal effort and fuss.
If you have invites to share, please feel free to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be added to the available pool immediately. If you would like to request an invite, simply submit your email on the Gmail invite spooler page.
Once you have a Gmail account (or a Blogger account for that matter) keep an eye on the top of those pages for a “Invite a friend to join Gmail” link and share the love.
MacNN reports on Apple’s record stock price:
Apple’s shares closed at a 3.5-year high on Friday, up more than 2 percent from yesterday’s close of $36.35, which was a 52-week high. Apple’s financial fourth quarter ends September 30th, with many of its sales promotions ending next Saturday, September, 25th (as noted earlier today). Apple is expected to release fourth fiscal quarter earnings on October 13, 2004 and also hold its Apple Quarterly Earnings call on the same date.