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Verzo outs teased Kinzo Android smartphone

11/11, 10:50am

Verzo ships Kinzo phone with Android 2.2 for $459

Czech and American company Verzo has now officially outed its Kinzo smartphone after teasing it this summer. The luxury handset was designed by Novague, also based in the Czech Republic. As is commonly the case with such devices, the phone gives up technical power compared to most modern smartphones, which often carry smaller price tags, although not by as much as others.

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Microsoft just starting gesture-controlled push: executives

12/02, 1:10pm

Microsoft turns focus to natural user interfaces

Microsoft plans to bring touch-, gesture- and voice-activated technology to products that include video games and in-vehicle entertainment systems, say executives. In an interview with eWeek yesterday, senior director of marketing for Microsoft Tellme Ilya Bukshteyn said speech will be a key project at the software giant. Thus far, Xbox gamers can use their voice to control characters in some games, with about 20 percent of Bing Mobile searches also voice-activated.

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