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January 15, 2013

Google adds voice support to Chrome beta browser

The new feature aims to allow users to enjoy new, interactive experiences with web apps

By CBR Staff Writer

Google has added an update to the Chrome’s beta browser that allows PCs to run web applications through user voice commands.

The new Web Speech application programming interface (API) allows developers to incorporate speech recognition features in their applications.

"In the near future you’ll be able to talk apps into doing all sorts of things," said Google software engineer and speech specialist Glen Shires.

The new feature can be installed via a Windows registry mechanism which could allow users to add third-party Chrome extensions.

Chrome 25 beta features security enhancements for developers allowing them to define a list of trusted content sources through the use of an unprefixed Content Security Policy (CSP) HTTP header.

"The browser will only execute or render resources from those sources," said Google Chrome developer advocate Eric Bidelman.

The improvement through CSP is aimed at decreasing user risk of suffering cross-site scripting and content injection attacks.

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