SpinVox is a service that automatically converts incoming voicemails to text messages and delivers them to your handset. It's an interesting Web service that I've spent the evening testing. It's not very transparent about the payment plan for the different elements of the service (so keep an eye on your phone bill) but at least the first week is a free trial and certainly worth a go.
After a signing-up process that will leave some people confused, you select which of the different services you would like to use. In addition to the voicemail to sms text service, you can also opt to phone your blog, update your facebook status or twitter over the phone. You receive a unique phone number for each of these services which you can store and access as easy as calling Mum.
It worked pretty well in my trial, I called over a dozen times and spoke in various accents (it only recognises English, but not Yorkshirish) and I even mumbled at times. I'd give it 8 out of 10 for voice recognition (particulary when you consider that it is over a phone line) compared with 9 out of 10 for the Dragon Naturally Speaking desktop software which is also lots of fun to use - in a Trekkie sort of way!
For the most part Spinvox recognised the general gist of what I was saying, although missing out the odd verb can completely change the meaning of your message so be careful when calling the girlfriend... "Of course your bum did _ look big in that dress last night"
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6.1M Viewers, 26% Audience Share
(Average for Monday 21.00 = 5.62M, 23%)
In tonight's final dispatch from the world of the reptiles one scene stands out. We see a male marine turtle in the throes of what David Attenborough likes to call "making love" or "union" with a female. The mating couple are enjoying an undersea embrace that looks tender and beautiful - until a rival male turns up and starts trying to get in on the act, biting the first male's flippers, swatting him in the head and so on. Then more interlopers arrive and they all try to butt in. The tussle that ensues is astounding - a mixture of brutal and touching. For that matter, so is the moment when an alligator lunges at Sir D, and not forgetting the postscript about the world's loneliest creature, the Pinta Island tortoise, who is about the same age as Attenborough and, perhaps also like him, one of a kind.
Attenborough's Life in Cold Blood concluded with 6.1 million viewers and a 26% share on BBC1 in the 9pm hour last night - up 500,000 viewers and two share points on last week's outing, according to unofficial overnights.
The audience for the fifth and final episode of Life in Cold Blood increased throughout the hour, peaking at 6.4 million and a 28% share in the final quarter hour between 9.45pm and 10pm. The series launched with 6.7 million viewers and a 28% share in early February.
Life in Cold Blood will be Attenborough's last major full-scale natural history series - the 82-year-old has vowed to film one-off programmes from now on, including one on evolution.
Attenborough's examination of the reptilian world continued to easily win its slot against the final episode of ITV1's drama series about a fictional British royal family.
This cooperative feeding behaviour has only recently been discovered - saltwater crocodiles are usually highly territorial creatures.
The animals were filmed with the help of infrared cameras because the spectacle took place during the night.
Mullet migrate in spring; they wait for the high-tide so they can swim up-river to breed.
The crocodiles knew when to gather at the river. The BBC crew filmed them picking the mullet off one by one as the fish swam past.
The footage was recorded for BBC One's Life in Cold Blood.