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Unless things have changed in the past 6-9 months, not many educated people are writing it either.
We have someone who runs press releases through it before distribution to catch errors and it actually suggests changes that make the grammar worse! Best case it entirely misses blatant errors. In the end we hired a proof reader with a brain.
I feel like developing spelling/grammar checks are two tasks that should never be outsourced. All localization should be handled by a team of native speakers lead by a primary school teacher of said language.
Preferably one who isn't afraid to use a ruler like a Catholic school nun.
I've just written an Android app to solve a UX problem. (I use the term UX because it is cool and current and gets me instant points as someone in-the-know.)
My app :
1. retrieves your incoming SMS message
2. determine who it is from via your contact list
3. says, "Incoming from <name from contact>" (Text To Speech)
4. reads your SMS message aloud to you (uses TTS - TextToSpeech).
I'm very happy with it because I often send my wife a message as I go out the door from work:
"On my way".
Her response usually takes a bit and I am very disciplined about not looking at my phone at all while driving (which makes me a freak of nature).
She often sends me a quick text, "Hey could you pick up [grocery item] on the way home?"
I never see it.
Now, my app reads the message aloud to me. It works better than I hoped really.
iOS : Super Secure
iOS does not provide an API to get the incoming SMS text body so you cannot do this.
Wow, this seems like an app whose time has come and yet you really can't do this.
This seems to be for security reasons.
I understand that apps can hijack all this stuff, but on Android you have to allow the permission and my app will tell you (upon installation) that it can RECEIVE_SMS.
Technology ain't all it's cracked up to be, ok? I mean the robots are supposed to be taking over and I can't even get my freaking iPhone to read my SMS messages to me. Lame-oh!!!
Now is it bad enough that you let somebody else kick your butts without you trying to do it to each other? Now if we're all talking about the same man, and I think we are... it appears he's got a rather growing collection of our bikes.