text-to-speech

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

    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 generation of voice-powered services. Samsung has acquired Innoetics, a startup out of Greece that has developed text-to-speech and voice-to-speech technology that can, among other things, listen to… Read More

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

    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 University and partners aims to fix that with a free, easily extensible Android app that can be quickly trained to read texts aloud in local languages. Read More

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

    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 resume  play right where you left off after putting the console into Rest Mode  and then waking it up again. The Suspend/Resume function means you won’t have to save to stop the action… Read More

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

    Infingement. That’s what Blount called Amazon’s text-to-speech feature. Roy Blount, Jr., president of the Authors Guild, wrote an op-ed in the NYT today about the Kindle 2’s text-to-speech feature. Heavens to Betsy – we’re still talking about this? I’m a writer. I’m writing a book. I want lots of sales and money. But I understand that technology is… Read More

  • 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 text-to-speech, which basically reads out your directions, restaurants, etc. out to you so you can spend more time concentrating on the road rather than your GPS unit. You’ll also be able to… Read More