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Releasing the Hounds: How Song Identification Apps Can Increase the Accuracy of Your Transcripts

Free apps like SoundHound and Shazam, which can listen and identify music by its digital footprint at near-instantaneous speed, seem like sorcerer’s magic. For audiophiles, this is a great convenience—it allows you to quickly keep track of the new artists you like and build out your playlists. But Shazam and SoundHound have some practical application to the work we do as Transcribers, as well...

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Changes in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 affect TypeWell linking

Earlier versions of Windows remain unaffected

Peer-to-peer and Internal Linking are two wireless linking methods that allow TypeWell to link to a reader device without an internet connection. These features might not work on your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 computer unless you roll back your WiFi driver to an earlier version.

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The Indispensable iPad

It was this paragraph which perhaps had the biggest impact on the acceptance of my grant proposal:

". . . there are 6 deaf and hard of hearing students that are at the academic level to use transcription, but the impact goes much further than these students, by enabling them to interact more in classes with [hundreds of] their hearing peers, share their valuable input, and access the auditory environment."

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Panic Monday: What's Your Backup Plan?

When major websites go down and servers “crash,” the effects of these outages can be felt worldwide. The prime targets for hackers are usually the major networks like Facebook or Skype, which can affect thousands or millions of Internet users at once.

Last month, TypeWell users were affected by two server outages: The first happened on a Monday, when a large portion of Skype’s servers became unresponsive and left millions of people unable to make Internet calls. The next day, one of TypeWell’s Web Linking servers went down unexpectedly for a few hours. 

What contingency plans do you and your organization have in place when a Web service that you rely on suddenly becomes unavailable?

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Going Remote: What the Future Holds

It can be frustrating. We run into glitches. We plot solutions, consider new approaches.

But then a call comes through from a student and it’s as clear as a concert hall. Closing your eyes, it’s as though the teacher is speaking directly to you. You hear everything. You capture everything. And your transcribing finds another gear you didn’t know existed...

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Going Remote: Challenges and Triumphs

We enjoyed having a space of our own, were grateful not to fight against traffic and parking, appreciated not having to lug our equipment up and down WVU’s substantial hills. Still, we missed walking around campus, the dull glow of florescent lights made us long for the sun, and we were pretty sure that, even under the best circumstances, we were still capturing and chunking only about 80% of what we had been catching previously. Our mood was somber. What have we done?

If we truly believed in our efficacy as “problem solvers,” then this was exactly the sort of experience that we had signed up for. We just had to figure out how to make it work...

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Web Linking Server in Canada Now Available

We're excited to announce that after a couple of months of beta testing, the new "Canada Server" is now available for regular use in classes or meetings. 

To connect to this new server, transcribers need to install the latest software update for the V7 Premium Transcriber program.

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New Web Server in British Columbia Protects Data, Opens Doors

To meet the requirements of privacy legislation in British Columbia, TypeWell collaborated with Post-Secondary Communication Access Services (PCAS) to establish a new Canadian Web Linking server in Vancouver, B.C. This enables transcribers in Canada to use TypeWell to stream data to Canadian clients so the data never resides on TypeWell’s U.S. servers...

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Happy 15th Anniversary, TypeWell!

The first cohort of TypeWell transcribers completed their training in August 1999. Over the past 15 years, the TypeWell training and software have advanced tremendously. This timeline shows some of the highlights, year by year, alongside other technological advances that have changed our lives...

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