Tech: Listen Up

PHONES THAT TAKE ORDERS

Almost every cell phone on the market today includes voice- dialing software that will, for example, dial Jenny's phone number when you say, "Call Jenny." The trouble is most phones can dial only numbers you've already matched to a voiceprint, and if you don't say it exactly the same way every time, the phone can get confused. Now Microsoft Voice Command ($40; available for download at handango.com brings genuine voice recognition--the kind used by customer-service hot lines and in-car navigation systems--to Pocket PC phones (and also PDAs). After installing the software, you can use your voice to dial any...

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