Cyberland, just north-east of Tumbridge Wells - The age of electronic commerce is jumping forward again, much like a Mexican Jumping Bean on a trampoline.
First of all there was Web 1.0, then there was Web 2.0, and recently Steve Jobs has been talking about Web 4.0 and Web 5.0. But all these technological eras crumble in the face of the remarkable discovery made by Microsoft's engineers last Thursday.
Normally, a human being would use instant messenger (MSN) or some sort of social networking site (such as facebook) to communicate his or hers primal human desires such as food, sleep, relationships etc. This was the old way of doing things, and most likely the way you are reading this newspaper article now.
As we know, Apple recently launched their 'iMorse'; an remarkable discovery allowing the user to make lots of simple monotone bleeps to communicate. Critics hailed this as the discovery of the century, but the technology market is moving forward at a remarkable pace, and Microsoft has come up with a response.
It's called, the 'Windows Live Tall Hawk', and is a new form of clear, expressive communication. No doubt the use of the bird imagery is to communicate the speed and efficiency of this new era of technology. People in the industry are already nicknaming this development 'Talwking'.
Not much is known about the physics of this product, but online sources have described it as 'To converse by means of spoken language' (Dictionary.com).
It is not sure what kind of 'language' this new technology will take, perhaps CNET or Java, but either way, when the product is released it will be coming with a hefty price tag of about $600.
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