Can we talk? The answer is yes

Using Onlive's Talker browser plug-in, which was announced last month and is used on six other Web sites as well, users can speak to other visitors to a given Web site.

Onlive Technologies has announced two new Web sites which let people use their voices to communicate over the Internet. Using Onlive's Talker browser plug-in, which was announced last month and is used on six other Web sites as well, users can speak to other visitors to a given Web site, Onlive officials says.

The two new sites are a chat site called Talk City at http://www.talkcity.com and movie maker MGM's site at http://mgmua.com, according to Neha Mirchandani, an Onlive spokeswoman.

Talker is "making Web sites more interactive," Mirchandani says. It provides full-duplex voice communication, meaning that speakers can "speak over" one another as occurs in normal conversation, Mirchandani says.

Upon logging into a Talker-enabled site, visitors see a list of names of those present, with the current speaker's name highlighted, Mirchandani says. Visitors can click on a given name to view profile information which can include a person's company, email address, hobbies and other information. Providing profile information is optional, and users can select which categories of information they choose to fill out, she says.

The plug-in works with both Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Netscape's Navigator, Mirchandani says. Existing Web sites can be Talker-enabled by adding approximately 14 lines of HTML code and using an Onlive Community Server, officials say.

User system requirements include a multimedia Pentium PC running Windows 95, a 14.4Kbit/s modem or higher, a 16-bit sound card, speakers and a microphone, officials say.

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