speech

  • Alexa learns to talk like a human with whispers, pauses & emotion

    Alexa learns to talk like a human with whispers, pauses & emotion

    Amazon’s Alexa is going to sound more human. The company announced this week the addition of a new set of speaking skills for the virtual assistant, which will allow her to do things like whisper, take a breath to pause for emphasis, adjust the rate, pitch and volume of her speech, and more. She’ll even be able to “bleep” out words – which may not be all that… Read More

  • Microsoft strives to give computers common sense with Concept Graph

    Microsoft strives to give computers common sense with Concept Graph

    Today, Microsoft Research is publicly releasing its effort to tackle just one of the problems plaguing natural language understanding — knowledge. The company believes that background knowledge is one of the key separators between the way humans and machines understand language. Probase, a knowledge database Microsoft has been working on for quite some time, is serving as the base for… Read More

  • What’s Peter Thiel going to say at the Republican National Convention?

    What’s Peter Thiel going to say at the Republican National Convention?

    Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley’s own wild card, is slated to speak at the Republican National Convention next Thursday, according to the New York Times. Though Thiel has previously voiced support for the presumptive nominee, his views have historically not fully aligned with the Republican Party. Thiel is a known Libertarian. He donated to Ron Paul in the past who straddles the lines between… Read More

  • Microsoft Invests In 24/7 For Customer Service Software

    Microsoft Invests In 24/7 For Customer Service Software

    Microsoft announced this morning a new agreement with 24/7 Inc. , a company that designs intuitive customer experiences. As a part of the deal, Microsoft will merge its interactive self-service assets (meaning people, clients and technologies), into 24/7 Inc. The deal also includes an R&D partnership, long-term IP licensing and Microsoft taking an equity stake in 24/7, Inc. Read More

  • New Virus Makes Fun Of You While It Creates Chaos

    Trojan virii have been around for years now, yet fools with Outlook still think that they can see Jessica Simpson nude by downloading an attachment. One of the latest Trojans, BotVoice-A, is now taking the concept of a virus one step further. Not only is it going to erase your files, it’s also going to taunt you through your speakers while it destroys your PC. The virus uses Windows… Read More

  • Steve Jobs to Address Apple Employees Today on iPhone Launch

    Steve Jobs will give the whole Apple team a pep talk later today in preparation for the iPhone’s launch. Apple employees will gather at “Town Hall,” which reeks of Big Brotherness, where they will hear Jobs give his last speech before the big launch. Since the iPhone’s launch, right or wrong, is probably the biggest launch in electronics in quite some time, I imagine… Read More

  • Opie & Anthony Fans Cancel XM and Destroy Their Radios in Response to Suspension

    XM Satellite Radio is finding out first hand that Opie & Anthony have quite a few dedicated fans, fans who are now canceling the service en masse in response to the duo’s recent 30-day suspension. XM suspended the pair in response to so-called outrage stemming from a segment that aired on the program last week. (Well, really because, supposedly, there was an agreement in place that… Read More

  • Mac Talk Pretty One Day: How to Make Speech Recognition Useful

    Lifehacker has an excellent how-to on creating custom voice commands for OS X. I’ve always wanted to use my Mac’s voice recognition but saying “open Word” wasn’t my idea of a red-hot time. In this article, we learn how to make cute little Applescripts to do tiny little things like change brushes in Photoshop. I should make a bunch to write blog posts: tell… Read More