Blackberry Jam (aka Crackberry Jam):A people traffic jam on sidewalks that is caused by inconsiderate workaholics walking too slowwhile their noses are glued to their Blackberry.note: applies to iPhone users too!
You can text or email while walking without running into people or falling off a cliff. How? Most smart phones have a dictation feature that allows you to speak your message, then sends your message as a text or email. I use an iPhone, and here’s how I send texts and emails while I’m walking around the city, but want to be productive.
How to dictate a text or email with your iPhone
1. Turn Siri on
You need to turn Siron for speech recognition to work. Go to Settings –> General –> Siri, and turn Siri to On.
2. Choose which language you’re using
Siri has options for dozens of languages, and dialects for English speakers including:
- English (United States)
- English (Canada)
- English (Australia)
3. Text or Email?
Select the application you want to use: Message or Email. On the keyboard to the left of the space bar you will see a small microphone icon: this means that you can use voice dictation (Siri) in any function where you see this mic.
Choose the recipient of your email or text, as normal.
4. Select mic
Press the mic button, and you will see a wave image: speak into your iPhone when the wave appears, and the wave will move while you speak.
To add punctuation, simply state which punctuation mark you want, such as “comma” or “new paragraph”.
bonus: The iPhone has a noise-canceling mic to filter out background noises.
To finish your dictating your text or email, select Done. The wave will stop moving.
6. Proofread your message
Its smart to proofread your messages – especially when just starting to use Siri - then Send!
Using Siri to dictate and send texts and emails takes some practice, but its an effective way to be productive while walking. Siri takes some time to learn your unique accent, so proofreading your messages before you Send makes sure you’re sending the message you intend to send – and not something everyone else will be sharing on #autocorrectFAIL sites!