alternatives

What Are My Alternatives to Google Photos?

PCloud

Episode 1759

Diane from Chicago, IL

Diane hears that Google Photos is going to end on January 5th. Leo says that's not accurate. Google Photos will be ending their free unlimited photo storage on June 1st. However, until then, you can store unlimited photos that will remain free forever. After that, the 15GB limit will apply to any new photos, music, all your docs, and email.  But Google's pay tier is pretty affordable if you need more space.

There are other options like Shutterfly and Amazon Prime. 

What is the best alternative to Dragon Naturally Speaking?

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Episode 1751

Keith from Wichita, Kansas

Keith uses Dragon Naturally Speaking, and he's noticed that it is moving away from a consumer version. The Mac version has been retired. What are his alternatives? Leo says that most of the speech to text tools were bought by Nuance, and innovation isn't as important anymore. Meanwhile, Google and Microsoft have been building voice dictation into operating systems, so they are natively included. Apple Siri, Google Assistant, Amazon Echo. That's where the innovation is happening. Even Microsoft Word is doing very good Voice Dictation now.

For physicians: Scribe, by Moebius MD. 

Is there an alternative to Dragon Naturally Speaking?

Dictation

Episode 1551

Chuck from Rochester, NY

Chuck is using Dragon Naturally Speaking on the Mac, but he just found out that Dragon is discontinuing support for Mac. What are his alternatives? Leo says that Windows and Mac both have voice recognition and dictation now, so it may be that they discontinued it because the market is drying up. Google is also doing this. Sadly, it won't have nearly as many voice features as Dragon did. One thing he could do is use the Windows version and dual boot his Mac as a Windows machine using BootCamp.

Can I install an old version of iTunes on my new Mac?

iTunes

Episode 1323

John from Long Beach, Ca

John wants to know if he can get an older iTunes Pro 7 version to work on his MacBook Pro. It's easier to use. Leo says that iTunes has become awful and it really needs to be redone from the ground up. It's just plain unintuitive and broken. Apple does offer older versions at support.apple.com/downloads/itunes. The oldest he can get is iTunes 9.2.1, though.

Are there good surround sound headphones?

Episode 1235

Dave from Riverside, CA

Dave lives in an apartment complex and has a surround sound home theater system, but sadly he can't use it because of his neighbors complaining. Are there surround sound headphones? Scott says there's a few ways to go about that. He could simulate it with a DTS Headphone X algorithm, but it has to be included in the AV receiver. Dolby has Dolby Headphone, which is another AV option. Mozaex makes a set of headphones that are surround, but they're not cheap. The Smith Realizer is the Rolls Royce of surround sound simulation which he would plug his headphones into. But it's about $3,000!

Is there a good alternative for iTunes?

iTunes

Episode 1178

Rick from Baltimore, MD

Rick s frustrated with iTunes. It seems to have a mind of its own. It wants to manage his own personal music and deletes some of it randomly. Is there a substitute that gives him more control over his music and podcasts? Unfortunately, iTunes has taken up all the air in the room in this category and most of the alternatives have dried up. But there are some third party programs to consider:

Is there an alternative to Text Expander available for Windows? (Part 2)

Episode 916

Mark from Tustin, CA

There is a site called AlternativeTo.net, which would allow him to enter in a program name and then will tell him alternatives to it. This doesn't work for getting an alternative to a program on another operating system, though.

Web166 in the chatroom says that AutoHotKey is a great equivalent to Text Expander on Windows.