Tincup Voice lets you create beautiful posts by speaking directly into your phone or web browser.
Are you ready to create your first post?
Tap the icon at the bottom of this page to create your post. We'll also create your site at the same time. This one-time process takes about 15 minutes. You'll continue to see this page until your site is ready.
These instructions are also on the Home page, which you can reach at any time by clicking below.
Your Tincup Voice site is being prepared right now. It is usually ready within 15 minutes of creating your first transcription.
If your site is not visible after waiting a bit, let us know.
Tincup Voice was founded by John Minnihan. He wanted a simple, fast & secure way to transcribe his thoughts while writing a book. He found a few apps that looked promising, but quickly realized that installing these meant giving yet another company device-level access to his phone. He didn't want that.
So he created Tincup Voice.
Tincup Voice is a web service that allows members to speak directly into their iPhone or desktop web browser to produce transcribed text.
You simply visit Tincup Voice in the browser on your iPhone.
Supply a post title then tap the record button and begin speaking. When done, tap the stop recording button.
Your speech will be transcribed into a post on your own Tincup Voice site. You'll receive an email notifying you that the transcription is complete & we provide both a copy of the transcription as well as a link to your Tincup Voice site in that email.
When you visit your site, you'll see that each post has a full set of editing tools available. The transcription is pretty good, but you may find a word or two that was improperly transcribed. The editor allows you to fix that as well as add formatting to your post.
We've implemented our service entirely as a web site - we don't use any device APIs. We don't "install" on your phone and have no access to your contacts or device data. The only access we require is to your microphone and we request your permission for that every single time we need it. You'll know that you've turned on the mic because the large microphone icon turns orange.
No tricks or sneaky behavior. We believe that's the right way to run a service.
Tincup Voice is backed by the security, global availability and reliability of AWS services.
We backup all Tincup Voice sites daily and commit to an 9 hour response for every member issue reported.
Access to Tincup Voice is via https, the protocol used to secure transmissions across the internet.
All access to protected resources, i.e. your account pages, requires a user name and password. We encrypt your password prior to creating your account and use encoded expiring tokens for login sessions. This makes unauthorized access to your account significantly more difficult.
You will have to re-validate from time to time, as we time-out login sessions. This protects you from losing control of your account if you leave a login session open on a device.
We today fully support Tincup Voice on the desktop using Chrome and on the iPhone using the default Safari browser. Support across all major browsers & devices is our #1 priority.
We utilize HTML5 web audio recording browser features, so we depend a lot upon whether & how well that's implemented in a particular browser.
|Operating System||Browser||Recording||Editing||Account Management|
|Mobile iOS - iPhone||Safari||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Release 0.9.219 11-APR-2019
- Password validation improvement has been implemented
Release 0.9.218 11-APR-2019
- Member name validation improvement has been implemented
- Release notes format has been improved
- Support contact email has been added to About page
Release 0.9.217 APRIL 2019
Member names today cannot contain spaces or any special characters. I'm working on a way around this, but member names are used to construct DNS entries for member mini-sites, so I'm stuck with some constraints that I don't like.
After you create your first post, you must logout + log back in to load the Posts view. This is an annoyance that I’m fixing right now, so it won’t be an issue for long.
Once you have a post or two, you may want to edit them to correct any mis-transcribed words, add formatting or just perform plain old copy-editing. This next video shows how to do that using the built-in editor. Posts are private by default in this iteration.
I’m implementing premium service levels that include audio file import-and-transcribe, translations, team support and plugins to other systems. I will also provide access to the Tincup Voice API, which will allow programatic transcriptions of audio inputs.
I am the *only* person who has access to the system. If you trust me, then you can trust Tincup Voice. There’s nothing to install - Tincup Voice is a 100% web service that uses no device APIs. I don’t need or want access to your contacts or anything like that. Your phone is your business, not mine.
For those who care about how I’ve implemented this with security, scalability and redundancy in mind, just ask.
Send email with your request or issue to email@example.com
JBMINN is the operating arm of John Minnihan and is based in Colorado, USA.
John has been providing computing services since 1981, initially repairing hardware at the component level. He's designed, developed and implemented software engineering infrastructure since 1995 for companies like Wily, Walmart.com, StubHub, Macromedia and Amazon.
In 1999, he invented hosted source control & went on to securely manage over 3 billion lines of code for 400,000 developers in more than 120 countries over the next 17 years.