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Coming soon: TVs that take voice commands

LAS VEGAS - Most smart TVs are pretty stupid. Sure, they give you access to a variety of Internet services, but only through a dumb push-button remote control.

It was Microsoft Corp. that gave television a brain transplant. Its Kinect accessory for the Xbox 360 game console, which allows users to browse online content by voice and gesture, blazed a trail toward truly smart TV systems.

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