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Software surfs by voice

IBM releases a beta version of new speech recognition software that lets people navigate the Internet by talking.

IBM (IBM) has released a beta version of new speech recognition software that lets people navigate the Internet by talking.

VoiceType Connection NS Edition, works with the 32-bit Windows 95 version of Netscape Navigator 3.0. A beta version is available as a free download from the company's software Web site.

With VoiceType Connection NS Edition, voices can control Netscape Navigator 3.0/3.01 to call up Web sites without speaking or typing an entire URL, IBM said. People can surf by speaking only a few of the words in a hotlink, creating voice-enabled shortcuts to their favorite sites, according to IBM.

The product works on most Pentium processor-based computers available today that are equipped with a microphone and an industry-standard sound card, such as Sound Blaster or IBM's Mwave media processor.

VoiceType Connection NS Edition requires a 90-MHz Pentium-compatible PC running Windows 95 with 11MB additional hard disk space, an L2 cache of 256 KB, and an additional 5MB of RAM beyond baseline memory requirements.