Let's reveals six free ways to perform online tasks through speech rather than touch.
Search the web with GoogleGoogle's Voice Search feature lets you speed up web searches by speaking your search terms rather than typing them. Just click the microphone icon in the search box and start talking to view instant results. You'll need to use Chrome and have a built-in or PC connected mic.
Voice Search is available for smartphones as an option in the Google Search app for Android, iPhone and BlackBerry, and also as a separate app for Android devices. Note that both the web and mobile versions of Voice Search are currently only available in US English, but this shouldn't cause problems for British users.
Google Translate now lets you speak the words you want to translate to and from dozens of foreign languages. Select input and output languages from the drop-down menus, click the microphone icon in the bottom-left corner of the text box and then say the phrase to translate. With some languages, including Chinese, Japanese and Hindi, you can click the Listen (speaker) button to have the translation read back to you.
Send text messages and emailsThe Voice Search app for Android features Voice Actions, which lets you perform various tasks without needing to touch your phone. For example, you can send a text message or email by saying aloud 'send text/email to [recipient] [message]'. For example 'send text to Daniel. Injured in car crash. Might be late'.
Open and search websites using FiresayThe browser add-on Firesay lets you perform several common web tasks using your voice. You can open websites by simply saying, for example, 'Browser go to Facebook', and use other voice commands to search for videos on YouTube and visit random sites through StumbleUpon.
Firesay currently only works with Chrome on Windows 7 and Vista, but there are plans to expand it to more browsers and platforms soon.