Getting a jump on CES in Las Vegas, MSI today announced a couple of new products, one of which is a do-everything front panel and the other is Voice Genie, the world's first voice control technology with system startup support without the need for a keyboard or mouse, MSI claims. Using just your vocal cords, MSI's Voice Genie allows you to start and shutdown your system, enable and disable OC Genie, open a Web browser, put your system to sleep, and wake it back up.
The iPhone 4S may not have been the iPhone 5 that tech pundits were looking for, but that single little S – Siri – has turned the phone business on its ear. Voice capabilities, once relegated to the “neat little distraction” category, are now having buckets full of R&D dollars chucked at them as Apple competitors try to develop a Siri-killer. Today Nuance, the maker of Dragon Naturally Speaking, announced that it is buying Vlingo, maker of, well, the Vlingo voice control app, in a blatant bid to knock off Apple’s sweet talker.
Get ready for a big update to your Xbox 360 console, one that Microsoft claims will transform how you enjoy TV entertainment. This is the biggest update yet for the Xbox 360. It will begin being rolled out tomorrow and among its biggest feature additions is voice control, which will integrate with an all-new Xbox 360 experience, including custom applications from content providers.