Congrats to David O. of Colorado Springs, Colo., for winning an Elev-8 Quadcopter Kit from Parallax in last week's giveaway. This week's prize should give you something to talk about. We've got a copy of Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 12 speech recognition software for PCs.
The $199.99 software is among the many offerings from Nuance Communications that let you compute with your voice -- dictating or modifying documents and presentations; sending e-mail; searching the Web; capturing notes on the go using a digital recorder; and, of course, leaving comments on CNET stories.
And it promises to let you do all that faster, and with more accuracy, than earlier versions of the software.
In addition, Dragon 12 takes personalization further than past iterations of the software with Smart Format Rules, a new technology that adapts to your formatting preferences. The feature automatically detects word, phrase, and format corrections, including abbreviations and numbers, so dictated text better reflects your own writing style.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 12's compatible with the Windows operating system from XP on up to Windows 8, with 2GB of RAM recommended for 32-bit systems and 4GB recommend for 64-bit systems.
So how do you go about snagging a copy of Nuance Communications Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 12 for the very excellent price of free? Please read our rules below. And while we're on the subject of freebies, be sure to enter CNET's Home Smart Home Sweeps for a chance to win an iRobot Roomba 790.
- Register as a CNET user. Go to the top of this page and hit the "Join CNET" link to start the registration process. If you're already registered, there's no need to register again.
- Leave a comment below. You can leave whatever comment you want. If it's funny or insightful, it won't help you win, but we're trying to have fun here, so anything entertaining is appreciated.
- Leave only one comment. You may enter for this specific giveaway only once. If you enter more than one comment, you will be automatically disqualified.
- The winner will be chosen randomly. The winner will receive one (1) copy of Nuance Communications Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 12, with a retail value of $199.99.
- If you are chosen, you will be notified via e-mail. The winner must respond within three days of the end of the sweepstakes. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen.
- Entries can be submitted until Monday, October 7, 12 p.m. ET.
And here's the disclaimer that our legal department said we had to include (sorry for the caps, but rules are rules):
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. YOU HAVE NOT YET WON. MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENT OF ONE OF THE 50 UNITED STATES OR D.C., 18 YEARS OLD OR AGE OF MAJORITY, WHICHEVER IS OLDER IN YOUR STATE OF RESIDENCE AT DATE OF ENTRY INTO SWEEPSTAKES. VOID IN PUERTO RICO, ALL U.S. TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS, AND WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Sweepstakes ends at 12 p.m. ET on Monday, October 7, 2013. See official rules for details.