text-to-speech

Microsoft launches a unified API for all of its AI speech services

At its Build developer conference in Seattle this week, Microsoft is putting a lot of emphasis on its AI and machine learning services. For the most part, that means launching new services and bringin

Google Cloud launches a new text-to-speech engine for developers

Text-to-speech synthesis has made great strides over the course of the last few years, up to the point where many modern systems almost sound like a real person is reading a text. Google has been amon

Get the latest TC stories read to you over the phone with BrailleVoice

It can be a pain for the visually impaired to keep up with your favorite publications the way sighted app users do. BrailleVoice is a project that puts the news in a touch-tone phone interface, readin

Google’s Tacotron 2 simplifies the process of teaching an AI to speak

Creating convincing artificial speech is a hot pursuit right now, with Google arguably in the lead. The company may have leapt ahead again with the announcement today of Tacotron 2, a new method for t

Does Siri sound different today? Here’s why

Did you notice that Siri sounds a little more sprightly today? Apple's ubiquitous virtual assistant has had a little virtual work done on her virtual vocal cords, and her newly dulcet-ized tones went

Samsung quietly acquires Greek text-to-speech startup Innoetics for under $50M

With the launch of Bixby and reports that Samsung is building its own competitor to Amazon’s Echo, the consumer electronics giant has now made an acquisition that could help power its next gener

App lets visually impaired in India hear books in their native language

For the millions upon millions of visually impaired people in India, it can be difficult getting hold of the audiobook they want in the language they need it in. A project from Carnegie Mellon Univers

PlayStation 4 Gets Suspend And Resume, External HD Backups On March 26

Sony’s upcoming “Yukimura” update for PlayStation 4 brings the console one magic power that many players have been eager to get their hands on: The ability to suspend game play and r

Authors Guild, Roy Blount Jr. still fighting against robo-speech

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/bushreading.jpg"> <blockquote>Infingement. That's what Blount called Amazon's text-to-speech feature.</blockquote> <a HREF="http://www.

TomTom ONE XL-S brings the talk

Yet another GPS unit will now be available to consumers; this time from TomTom . Its new ONE XL-S mapping unit is feature rich with a beautiful 4.3-inch for viewing. One of the standout features is te