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New TomTom GPS Listens When You TalkTalk

TomTom unveiled a new top of the line in its GPS product set Thursday featuring the addition of voice recognition. The TomTom GO 920 T global positioning system comes preinstalled with complete maps of Europe, the United States and Canada on 4 GB of internal memory, and it includes new enhanced posi...

RIM Spikes BlackBerry’s Punch With WiFi

The newest -- and thinnest -- BlackBerry smartphone from Research In Motion includes GPS, new media player enhancements, an expandable memory slot and the ability to connect to the Internet via WiFi. The BlackBerry 8820's multiple methods of connectivity are "unprecedented," for a RIM smartphone, sa...

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With Biometrics, It’s All About You

If one were to conduct a survey of technology publications over the past decade or so, it's a good bet there would be at least one instance in each of those years in which someone declared that "this is the year of biometrics." Full of promise but long constrained by a diverse set of obstacles, biom...

Tiny Transistors: Better Things Come in Small Packages

Now that IBM and Intel have both created chips using 45nm process technology, it's clear chip technology will continue at least a little longer on the path predicted by Moore's Law, with ever-tinier creations coming out every two years or so. High-k metals, in particular, appear to help solve one o...

Microsoft Scoops Up Tellme

Microsoft confirmed that it plans to acquire Tellme, a privately held speech recognition vendor. The deal gives Microsoft functionality in Tellme's core competencies: voice-activated nationwide directory assistance, enterprise customer service and voice-enabled mobile search. Founded in 1999, Tellme...

Biometrics: It’s All About You

If one were to conduct a survey of technology publications over the past decade or so, it's a good bet there would be at least one instance in each of those years in which someone declared that "this is the year of biometrics." Full of promise but long constrained by a diverse set of obstacles, biom...

Microsoft: Vista Voice Recognition Attack No Big Deal

Microsoft has acknowledged a clever person might be able to remotely exploit the voice recognition features of the new Vista operating system to gain access to a PC, but a company representative downplayed the seriousness of the problem. The company's response was posted on the Microsoft Security Re...

Text Mining: The Power of Words

Service centers get a lot more calls with complaints and criticisms than they get showers of praise. All telecom companies experience churn rates way above those of many other industries -- it isn't unheard of for 30 percent of an average telecom company's customers to switch providers in the course...

Bluetooth to Proliferate in Vehicles

Carmakers are rapidly incorporating wireless Bluetooth technology into their new vehicles, moving at such a pace that nearly a third of all new cars will feature the equipment within five years. That's a dramatic increase, up from 3 percent last year. "Automotive pricing, promotion, and product pos...

OPINION

Technology: A Look Into the Future

It's fun to think about how far we've come with technology and what the future might look like. For example, consider the Mark series of computers created at Harvard University in 1944 and you'll get some sense of how miniaturized computers have become. The MARK series was 55 feet long and 8 feet h...

Cisco Releases Next-Gen Connector to Microsoft CRM

Cisco Systems has released the next version of its Unified CRM Connector. Like previous versions, it links into the Microsoft CRM application to provide integrated contact center-CRM functionality. Version 3.0 of the Unified CRM Connector, however, is much more appealing to users than its predecesso...

Nintendo Targets Senior Crowd With Brain Game

Nintendo this week released an American version of Japan's No. 1 brain training game, "Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day," for the Nintendo DS. Japanese neurologist Ryuta Kawashima, who maintains that regularly doing easy and fast-paced mental activities can keep brains young, strong and ...

Nintendo Calls on Opera for DS Browser

Opera Software on Wednesday announced an agreement with Nintendo to provide a browser that will allow video game lovers to surf the full Internet from their handheld systems. "The incredibly popular Nintendo DS is already WiFi enabled to support real time gaming, so adding Web browsing capabilities ...

Nintendo Puts Handwriting on DS Wall

Zi Corporation yesterday said it has signed a licensing agreement with Nintendo to provide the video game giant's developers the ability to employ its handwriting recognition technology. Zi Corp., a Canadian intelligent interface software provider, said Nintendo plans to use its Decuma technology to...

News Corp. Reportedly Eyeing Blinkx Buy

Fresh off a social-networking buy, traditional media giant News Corp. may be looking to further extend its online reach and has reportedly moved to acquire search engine Blinkx, which has specialized in helping users find music, video and other media online. Neither company would comment, but severa...

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