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Google tipped to sell its own 7-inch Android tablet

The usually-reliable Wall Street Journal has added its voice to the frenzy of speculation about Google's plans to launch its own 7-inch Android tablet, apparently confirming an earlier report in Digitimes. This would be a brave move, considering that Google's previous hardware efforts -- the Nexus smartphone, Chromebooks and Google TV -- have been disastrous flops.

March 29, 2012 by

Dragon Naturally Speaking Version 11

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.

July 29, 2010

Want a Kin with Zune Pass? That will be $85 plus taxes each month

Verizon may have killed off the Kin devices before they even get going with standard smartphone data pricing of $29.99 per month plus a minimum $39.99 voice plan requirement. Then if you want to take advantage of the Zune Pass integration you will have to pay another $15 per month to Microsoft (not handled through carrier billing).

May 4, 2010 by

Nexus One has four available prices with one subsidized plan option

If you are a smartphone enthusiast I am sure you have seen all the coverage of the Google Nexus One from today. I see that attendees at the press conference received a device and am bummed I didn't get an invite or I would have hopped over before CES. If you follow me on Twitter you will know I kept saying this was no big deal and while the hardware is nice there were no game changers. There were no killer surprises, but I have a very tough time resisting any device that supports T-Mobile's 3.5G wireless data network and readers knew I would give in a buy one. I have played with the HD2 and 1GHz Snapdragon so am looking forward to this processor on an Android device with an OLED display and voice text entry field support.

January 5, 2010 by

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