The interactive capabilities of Microsoft's Xbox 720

Microsoft's upcoming Xbox 720 (Next) console will reportedly support wake-on-voice, natural language controls and speech-to-text.

Emotional intelligence for smartphones?

Engineers have developed a new computer program that gauges human feelings through speech, bringing the prospect of a phone that can pick up on your mood and, say, play you music to match.

Leonard Nimoy returns for one more cameo

Last year was definitely a sad time for Trekkies as Leonard Nimoy announced he was retiring from acting. 



Computer system can tell when it's boring you

A Spanish team says it's developed a system that allows a machine to recognize a person’s emotional state and take it into account during conversation.

Old tech lets Egyptians' voices be heard

Google and Twitter have come up with a way to let Egyptians tweet despite the country's internet shut-down.

Android Gingerbread details hit the 'Net

Yes, the awesome Froyo may rule our smartphones for now. But Android Gingerbread seems like it is shaping up to be a tricked-out, must-have mobile OS.

Apple relents, eyes approval of Google Voice-enabled app

Apple - which recently relaxed its draconian iOS restrictions - is poised to re-approve a banned Google Voice-enabled app. But does the latest decision indicate a true change of attitude towards developers and a sudden affinity for openness?

Google wants everyone to have a Voice

Google has ended a long-standing "invitation only" policy for its Voice platform. However, the service is still only available to users within the United States.

Ballmer: Natal to impact the "rest of our lives"

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been busy pumping up the inevitable hype over Natal, which is expected to be unveiled at E3 in June.