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If you have an XBox 360, you may want to fire it up and connect it to the Internet to get the latest update.
The new dashboard not only looks drastically different from the old one, this one actually closely resembles what you'll find on Windows Mobile phones. It also takes a big step in its continuing effort to be more than just a video game console.
For starters, just like phones, all the software like Netflix, Facebook and Twitter comes in the form of apps that have to be re-downloaded. Among the slew of apps, there’s a lot more opportunity to listen to music, watch movies and TV, though not much live TV.
Bing search is also integrated, and for those who have the motion sensing Kinect system, you have more control over everything using just gestures and your voice.
Thanks in no small part to the iPhone 4S virtual assistant, Siri, voice-enabled software has become increasingly popular. If you're an Android user, there’s no need to have Siri-envy. There are a handful of similar apps for your device that perform in similar ways. There's Iris (Siri spelled backwards), SpeakToItAssistant and VoiceActions.
The two apps that seem to do just about anything and everything in a nice, elegant way are Vlingo and Cluzee. All you do is speak casually and say "I'm hungry." They'll go out and find you restaurants. They'll also help you with emails, Facebook and even go into an all speech mode for you if you're in the car.
Again, there are a few of these out there and they're mostly free so it might be best to download a few and then whittle them down to one based on which performs best for your particular needs.