With voice recognition.
If you are in a mood to talk to your PC then we have some great news for you: the latest stable build of Google’s Chrome web browser includes a support for Web Speech API, which allows you to have a conversation with web apps.
Prior the Data Privacy Day (January 28th), Microsoft has conducted a study whose goal was to learn more about people’s online privacy perceptions. As it turns out, 45% of all the respondents felt like they had little to no control over their personal information with only 10% saying that know how to protect their online privacy.
Well, in an effort to educate the average consumer (who will never visit nor know about such initiative anyway), Microsoft has launched a new portal, which aims to demonstrate how the software giant uses various tools (such as IE’s DNT header) to protect you from the “evil corporations”.
Now here is a shocker, after seeing tons of bland and idiotic ads from Microsoft (mostly promoting Windows 7, Vista and the likes), it looks like the software giant can actually produce a couple of decent ones in markets where they are failing and/or haven’t established their foothold yet.
The latest example comes from Microsoft’s ad agency for the IE Team, which produced the ad so good that it kind of makes you wanna use their product (that in case you are using something else right now).
Android and iOS only.
Now here is something you won’t see every single day. In an effort to stay relevant in the mobile space, it looks like Opera is open to all kinds of crazy ideas and one of them was just revealed. As learned by Pocket-lint, Norwegian browser maker has dropped their own rendering engine (codenamed Presto), which powers a wide range of products (Opera Mobile, Opera Desktop, Opera Mini, Opera Wii Browser and their TV Web Browser), in favor of WebKit, which since became a standard among developers.
Provides a glimpse into the future.
If you thought that talking to your phone and/or tablet is a bad idea, wait till you read this. As of now, the latest beta build of Google Chrome 25 includes a support for the Web Speech API, which allows developers to integrate voice controls into their web applications.
For example, assuming that voice recognition isn’t that bad, you could “write” an email to your boss without touching a finger.
With all kinds of news flooding the channels, thanks to the CES 2013, TheVerge had a chance to play with a demo unit running what presumably is the latest build of the Firefox OS.
As far as hardware goes, it’s a low end phone with ARMv6 CPU and 256MB of RAM. Interestingly enough, it looks like FF OS will be restricted to the single core 800MHz processors at launch.
And here is the video:
Now here is something to get you excited, a major browser release from something other than Microsoft or Google. As the name implies, the following build is all about the cloud. In fact, that’s where the majority of new features come from.
In addition to a much needed user interface redesign (although it still needs some work) and a new logo, Maxthon 4 focuses on three new things: