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At the IBM Speech Technology Innovation Conference this week in New York City, IBM and Avoca Semiconductor, a developer of voice user interface solutions, announced a partnership with All Media Guide, a provider of music and entertainment content, to support voice control and search on digital entertainment devices, using IBM Embedded ViaVoice speech recognition technology. Beginning with digital music, Avoca and AMG will co-create and design products that make voice an intuitive and easy way to interact with personal media collections. The companies predict that using speech to control a media center or portable media player will become a more natural and

By David DristasNEW ORLEANS—Moving product isn't enough. An engaging store presentation, eye catching products and a knowledgeable staff are important factors in running a successful store. These were some important points presented in Nationwide TV and Appliance's Prime Time Live! event that took place here last month. At the show, eMachines made its first offering to a buying group. Greg Smith, a representative of the company, said eMachines felt it had reached a plateau in its growth at the big-box retail level and wanted to expand into the smaller chain and retail stores, but it lacked the resources to court dealers individually. Buying groups,

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