Voice recognition technology is good enough for almost all your dictation and PC control needs, although Nuance's desktop software still has the odd rough edge.
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The latest beta release of the Chrome browser for Linux, Mac and Windows introduces support for voice commands, as well as improved support for responsive design for web developers.
In one-and-a-half product ownership cycles, Android has crushed the likes of Symbian and RIM almost out of existence, and even Apple's iOS platform is feeling the pressure.
With BBM's free messaging functionality no longer a unique selling point for the BlackBerry platform, RIM has decided to bake in a Skype-like voice feature. However, it will only work over Wi-Fi.
The analyst house has highlighted a two-percent year-on-year drop in quarterly sales of handsets, although it says smartphone sales are continuing to shoot up
Microsoft has released mobile versions of its core Office products, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, for Symbian smartphone users.Although they are not yet in the Nokia Store, the apps became available for download via the Nokia software update tool and the PC-based Nokia Suite on Tuesday.
Chinese PC maker launches first smart TV equipped with Android 4.0 and voice control features ahead of Apple, which is reportedly also working on similar project.
If your phone contract is about to expire, there's a very good chance that the next phone you get will be an all-singing, all-dancing smartphone. But which operating system should you go for?
Over the last year, Google's mobile OS has seen its share of the smartphone market almost quadruple, taking it to twice the share of Apple's iOS, according to figures from analyst firm Gartner
Microsoft has teamed up with RIM to make its Bing search and mapping tool the standard on BlackBerry devices, with other Bing-based integration to follow
Figures from analysts at IDC show more than 100 million smartphones were shipped in the fourth quarter of last year, overtaking PC shipments for the first time
As the Android platform overhauls Symbian as the world's most popular smartphone operating system, it's also taken over from the PC as the focus of tech partisans and their illiberal debates. It's great fun to stand on the sidelines of the Apple vs Google wars and watch enthusiasts from both camps throw dignity and reason to the wind in co-dependent trollism.
RIM introduces its own answer to the tablet PC market, an enterprise ready device with a 7-inch screen called Blackberry Playbook
The difficulty of typing on smartphone touchscreens is driving a resurgence of interest in voice recognition but desktop dictation and control has never really taken off, even though a reasonable version has been built into Windows for several years. Nuance hopes Dragon NaturallySpeaking Version 11 will get us talking to our PCs rather than shouting at them, with a 15% improvement in accuracy and voice shortcuts to make it less tedious to control your PC by talking to it.
Nuance's Dragon speech recognition tools are well known on PC, but in the mobile world the company's probably best known for its work on extended T9. That's going to change with the arrival in the UK App Store of iPhone and iPad versions of its voice-powered Search and Dictation apps.
One aspect of the HTC Droid Incredible that people seem to be quite interested in is the official Mobile Broadband Connect utility found on the device. You will need a cable to connect your HTC Incredible to your PC and now we see the available pricing options for this new Android device. The two options are $10 or $25 per month for 5GB of data and depend on the voice and email plan you have setup with your device.
Gartner, an information technology research firm, has found that while Nokia and Symbian were still solid leaders in the smartphone market in 2009, they might have to watch their backs as Apple and RIM have gained some ground.
This BlackBerry Bold 9700 handset preloaded with Vlingo voice-recognition software is the third prize up for grabs in our Christmas competition
I've been using fring on my Nokia devices for years and just last week they announced two-way video calling for select Symbian devices. They are now following up this week with the announcement for the iPhone that gives iPhone and iPod touch owners the ability to VIEW video calls from callers over Skype or fring. With your WiFi-connected iPhone or iPod touch you can interact via voice to the person shown on your display, but you cannot make video calls from your iPhone or iPod touch. If Apple includes a front facing camera on the iPhone in the future then you will be able to make video calls as well.
Google has released a version of its voice search application for users of Symbian Series 60 handsets.Series 60 is mostly used in Nokia smartphones such as the E71 but also in some handsets from other manufacturers such as Sony Ericsson.
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