Say a command: The future of data is the spoken word, judging from Google and Autonomy

According to the Hollywood version of the future, we will eventually interact with computers just by speaking to them. We've come a way from humble beginnings in voice recognition, when cinema information lines kept messing up Brighton and Birmingham,…

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ShinyJessSay a command: The future of data is the spoken word, judging from Google and Autonomy

MWC 2010: Day 2 Round Up

Day two of Barcelona's Mobile World Congress is drawing to a close. Here's the round up of today's biggest stories, including HTC's latest range of smartphones and Orange's plans for crystal-clear mobile calls. HTC Legend gets UK release date, but…

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Blue Microphones unveil the Snowball USB mic

Blue Microphones have today announced the release of their Snowball USB mic. Ideal for podcasts, Skype conversations or home recording, the microphone costs £89.95, available from Solutions-Inc. Thanks to a dual capsule design and three-pattern switch (cardioid, cardioid with -10db…

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Gerald LynchBlue Microphones unveil the Snowball USB mic

GMail adds voice and video chat

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Yet more new features for everyone’s favourite webmail client, Google Mail. This time, the team has enabled video and voice chatting on the service, which joins SMS, OpenID, Calendar and Doc gadgets and emoticon support on the feature list.

Google’s going to be rolling out the new functionality over the course of today, so if you can’t get it yet, then try again a little later. To get to it, you’ll need to install a small plugin, which you can pick up here, and then it’ll appear in the bottom of your chat windows.

Let us know in the comments how it performs on your broadband connection, and how you think it compares to similar services, like Skype.

Google Video Chat (via Official GMail Blog)

Related things Google has added to Gmail recently: SMS | OpenID | Calendar and Doc gadgets | Emoticon support

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Duncan GeereGMail adds voice and video chat

Shiny Video Preview: BT's Go!Messenger for the Sony PSP


This morning I had the opportunity to go up the BT Tower to look at a new service available from Friday for the Sony PSP – Go!Messenger.

Made in collaboration with BT and Sony, the free service offers video and voice calls, plus IM to PSP users worldwide. The video above explains the service in more detail, and also shows you just how easy it is to use. Enjoy the first few seconds of the beautiful London views, too….

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Katherine HannafordShiny Video Preview: BT's Go!Messenger for the Sony PSP