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iPhone 3.0 to arrive with voice recognition

I stumbled onto an article at about a potential enhancement to the iPhone 3.0 release. Code named “Jibbler,” the feature is also believed to allow for voice synthesis.

According to the site,”Voice synthesis can then be used to give the user a response, similar to the latest generation iPod shuffle, which can “read” playlists and track names—the difference being that the iPhone hardware itself could handle real-time voice synthesis.”

If this is true, it could have some pretty cool implications. My iPhone connects to my car over Bluetooth, and I’d like to think at some point I can tell my phone (via my car) to open the opentable application and make dinner reservations while I’m driving to the restaurant.

We’ll see what 3.0 really has in store soon enough…

WordPress Plugins

PluginWhile WordPress allows you to accomplish a LOT within minutes of the initial download, there really shouldn’t be a limit to the things you can do…and there isn’t. WordPress extends 3rd party plugins that can be developed and shared by anyone.

These plugins are capable of all sorts of things, like introducing eCommerce functionality, integrating Google Analytics, creating dynamic photo galleries, and anything and everything else you can imagine. At the time of this writing, there are 4,245 official plugins for download via the WordPress Plugin Directory.

The first thing you’ll want to do is install the One Click Plugin Updater. This allows you to install other plugins directly from the WordPress admin, which alleviates the need for downloading and FTP’ing files.
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WordPress as a CMS

In today’s world, where a new website is going up a fraction of every second, no one has the time to go through lengthy development cycles to develop a website. Certain aspects of a website simply need to exist in order to make them functional. Things such as search, authentication, database support, basic framework and UI are all key requirements in almost every project.

WordPress allows you to bypass those development efforts by providing a framework that already satisfies those demands. Rather than spending time building the site, you can spend time really “building the site.”
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Getting Started with WordPress

WordPress 2.7.1 is available for download via and should be installed in an environment running PHP 5 and mySQL 5 (although some previous version with). Once the ZIP file is extracted to your web directory, you must perform a couple quick tasks.

You will need to create the mySQL database (I use phpMyAdmin for all mySQL interaction) and create a wp-config.php file. WordPress provides a sample config file in the root directory called wp-congif-sample.php. You’ll want to copy the sample file, and rename it wp-config.php. Edit the file and update the database constants (host, user, pass, database).
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Record screencast video without software for free

Ok, maybe some software is required, but not the kind you’re probably thinking. ScreenCastle lets you record a screencast via Java through your browser.

Simply go to the website, click on the record button and a popup will ask you for the screen area you wish to capture. A black bar will float at the top of your screen, extending recording controls. It will even capture audio via your microphone.
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15 Must Have WordPress Plugins

Update:Check out my new release, Peeling Back WordPress, for an in-depth look at WordPress.

WordPress plugins allow you to extend new functionality to your administrative users and website visitors. I’ve listed my favorite WordPress plugins below (alphabetical order).

If you’re interested in developing a WordPress plugin, but just not sure where to get started, the WordPress Codex site has a great beginner’s guide called Writing a Plugin.
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