The Real Cost of a Home Office

By Yvette Romero - 2012-02-09T15:31:59Z

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Dictation Software

Even the corporate world has pretty much said good-bye to secretarial dictation services. With Siri jotting down notes and supplying iPhone 4S owners with compliant responses, who needs a human backup? For bigger dictation needs, now there's pretty intelligent software that learns your voice and pronunciation over time, giving more accurate transcription at each session.

$180: Nuance Dragon Dictate 2.0 Mac --

Running Tally: $8,613