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Master Your Mac by Matt Cone

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Chapter 10. Talking to Your Mac

You don’t need a degree in computer science to know that talking to your computer is one of the ultimate geek dreams. Popular culture reinforces this dream with famous talking computers like HAL and the computer that made Earl Grey tea for Captain Picard.

With OS X, the future is here today. You too can have a little piece of nerd nirvana by enabling the built-in speech recognition feature and controlling your Mac with voice commands. If you need to write a letter, you can tell your Mac exactly what to type by using the dictation feature. And if having full-blown conversations with a computer is your thing, you can give your Mac a voice so it can respond to your commands, tell you jokes, and read alerts displayed ...

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