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Gadget boys and girls eager to try something new-ish could be in for a pleasant surprise following the release of a free Web streaming voice mail (VM) service. The nattily-named VoizMail from California-based MediaRing lets Net users send VM over the Web just like email. Although this is nothing new, MediaRing claims that what makes the service different is that there is no need for special plug-ins. Anyone with an email account can send a VM to anyone else with an email account without the need to download specialist software. All they need to do is hit the VoizMail Web site and access the message there. Of course, if the early adopters think this is the best thing since the talking potty, then they can always download it onto their own desktops for regular econversations. "Email has revolutionised international communication, but I think everyone who uses it would agree that sometimes talking is still the best way for getting a message across," said Ede Phang Ng, CEO of MediaRing. "VoizMail combines the best of the Internet and the spoken word, making life easier and cheaper for everyone," he was quoted as saying in a paper press release rather than a VM. ®

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