The SpeechJammer will silence you
The SpeechJammer will silence you
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The SpeechJammer will silence you

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It's Monday, March 5th, 2012, I'm Mark Licea on cnet.com, and it's time to get loaded. Android's mobile browser is now the most popular in the smart phone market. According to stat counter, last month, Android robot had 22.67% market share, Opera was in 2nd place at 21.7%, and the iPhone's Safari came in 3rd at 21.06%. Not a surprise considering all the Android smart phone out there, not to mention the handsets announced at Mobile Road Congress this year. In other Android news, how about some Key Lime Pie with that new OS. That's what Google is rumored to call the newest version of Android after Jelly Bean. Google's OS updates have been named in alphabetical order and follow a dessert theme. Apple's app store had its 25 billionth download last week. In 2009, the company awarded a 13-year-old with a $10,000 iTunes gift card and a bunch of new Hardware for downloading the 1 billionth app. This time around, the lucky winner will get another $10,000 gift card, but no free hardware. Apple says it will announce the winner of the prize next week. In other Apple news, the folks over at M.I.C. Gadget claimed to have their hands on a genuine rear shell of the next gen iPad 3. From what we see in the video, it looks similar to its predecessor, the rear edges look a bit more tapered, but for those who can't wait until Thursday's announcement, there you go. There's a few ways to get someone to stop talking, but the folks over in Japan have a new invention for just that. The device dubbed the speech jammer will jam someone's speech when fired from long range. It works by sending back a delayed echo of their speech, confusing the speaker, and making it difficult to continue talking. The device is just a prototype, but there are probably better ways to shut someone up. If you can't describe something in a search using words, how about sketching it? Google already has a feature that let's you search by image, by Microsoft is taking it a step further to let you search by sketch report GeekWire. The company is seeking a patent for this technology that they are calling Mind Finder, and it's already been incorporated into a Windows phone app called Sketch Match. Microsoft's patent application went public last week, and we can expect to see more of this with future apps. In other rumors, Google is said to be working on a voice assistance similar to Siri for the iPhone. TechCrunch is reporting that the new system is simply dubbed Assistant and let's people complete tasks using voice. Google's has tried out this type of voice activated technology before, but this new project would utilize speech technology to accomplish specific goals, rather than just deliver search results. Reports say that this technology could surface at the end of the year. Those are your headlines for today, I'm Mark Licea for cnet.com, and you've just been loaded.

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