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Why should smart­phones have all the fun? PC users on Win­dows 7 can head over to Start > Con­trol Panel > Ease of Ac­cess > Speech Recog­ni­tion, and click on "Start Speech Recog­ni­tion”. Go through the wizard to de­tect your mi­cro­phone and then take the highly rec­om­mended tu­to­rial – it’s a lit­tle lengthy, but will help you learn how to use speech recog­ni­tion, while train­ing your com­puter to learn the way you speak. Once done, you can use Speech Recog­ni­tion to do a num­ber of things, like open or switch to pro­grams, min­imise or close win­dows and more. On a Mac, head over to Sys­tem Pref­er­ences, then click on the Speech op­tions to en­able the fea­ture. Once cal­i­brated, the Speak­able Items fea­ture on the Mac lets you do a ton of things with­out lift­ing a fin­ger. Granted, it doesn’t have the con­ver­sa­tion value of Siri, but if you’re in the mood for truly aw­ful knock-knock jokes, you can even com­mand your Mac to tell you one!

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