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IBM has improved its ViaVoice Millennium family speech recognition software enabling users to `more easily' command a PC and surf the Web, the vendor announced recently. IBM claims it has improved the accuracy and enhanced the editing function of the software ViaVoice Standard, ViaVoice Web and ViaVoice Pro.

The voice recognition improvements allow users to `tell' a computer to switch between applications or send e-mail. The software `learns' the way a person speaks so the more the product is used the more accurate ViaVoice becomes.

Improvements to the editing function means users can correct words and phrases either by voice, keyboard or mouse.

ViaVoice Web and ViaVoice Pro permit users to talk directly to the browsers Internet Explorer, Netscape and the Internet service provider AOL.

All three products are available in Australia now through Tech Pacific and major retail chains. ViaVoice Standard sells for $129, ViaVoice Web for $169 and ViaVoice Pro for $369. www.ibm.com.auDragonSystemsDragon Systems announced recently it has shipped the next-generation NaturallySpeaking Mobile Organiser Version 4. The multi-language handheld digital recorder and organiser has an updated system for analysing more natural language and speech patterns by learning the voice of its user in around five minutes, the company said.

The recorder stores information digitally in a compressed format which Dragon claims provides accurate transcriptions. It can hold up to 40 minutes of dictation and through removable cards the memory can be upgraded to 8MB. Dragon said the cards are similar to those used in digital cameras and are available at camera and consumer electronic stores.

Dragon points out that to download files a user simply instructs the software and the recording is placed into a special window or a Windows application. The recorder and software sell for $499 and can be purchased through:

Voice Perfect Systems (03) 9866 5733

Marketing Results (02) 9899 5888

Auscript (02) 9238 6500

http://www.dragonsys.com


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