Feeds

Openstream implores you: Talk to your mobile browser

Swearing won't make that page load any faster, you know

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Feel a pressing need to shout at your phone even when no one's listening? Openstream's Cue-me browser, launched yesterday, implements the latest draft of the W3C Multimodal Interaction Activity, allowing you to do just that.

The browser runs on Windows Mobile, Symbian and BlackBerry devices, with the inevitable iPhone version promised real soon now, and the company provides a useful Flash presentation showing how much better web browsing is when used in a multimodal fashion.

Multimodal interaction, where voice supplements key presses, has been around for a long time. Companies such as Voice Signal have demonstrated impressive recognition of commands and control on low-end handsets. Openstream's product conforms to the latest W3C standard that's intended to make web browsing an audio experience, but beyond voice-dialling in the car punters have proved remarkably reluctant to talk to their mobile phones.

The same thing applies to the desktop, where multimodel interaction with Microsoft Office works very well - style commands can be spoken without breaking the typing flow, but even those with their own office find the experience too strange, and it's hard to imagine we're all going to start talking to our mobile phones any time soon.

Of course the first people using headsets looked like nutters, so it's not beyond imagination, but in many ways this looks like a technology solution searching for a problem. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease
Hey, c'mon Choc Factory, it's our 'right to be forgotten'
Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author
'Google did have some unique propositions for Nokia'
FCC, Google cast eye over millimetre wireless
The smaller the wave, the bigger 5G's chances of success
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)
A bit late, but company says 1Gbps Austin network almost ready to compete with AT&T
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.