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Apple fixes Siri's robotic voice with deep learning - hear the difference

Ahead of the launch of iOS 11 this fall, Apple has published a research paper detailing its methods for improving Siri to make the voice assistant sound more natural, with the help of machine learning.<p>Beyond capturing several hours of high-quality audio that can be sliced and diced to create voice …

Google is sharing its management tools with the world

Speaking at his alma mater in January, Sundar Pichai, Google’s low-profile CEO, revealed his key to effective management: “Let others succeed.”<p>Enacting Pichai’s advice is easier said than done. But Google is sharing some tools that might help. Its Re:Work blog is offering a series of instructive …

Goal Setting

Mercedes uses art deco inspiration for electric car concept

Luxury vehicles from the 1930s were nearly aircraft carrier-long. It was the art deco era dominated by seemingly never ending clean lines. So it's no surprise that the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is over six meters long (about 20 feet) and has a single line that runs the length of the …

Google and MIT built software that dramatically improves smartphone photos before you take them

Their system uses machine learning algorithms to make photos look like they've been taken by a professional photographer.<p>The idea is to transform a picture by tweaking specific aspects of it, like brightness or saturation, using settings that are specific to the image in frame.<p>That is nothing …

Jet Blast Kills Tourist at Seaside Airport in the Caribbean

A New Zealand woman died after she was slammed by a jet blast on the small Caribbean island of St. Maarten, the first time anyone has been killed in what authorities said Thursday is a popular but dangerous tourist draw.<p>The 57-year-old woman, whose identity wasn't made public, died Wednesday in the …

Aliens from another dimension might have created our universe, according to a speculative new study

Does humanity exist to serve some ultimate, transcendent purpose?<p>Conventional scientific wisdom says no. As physicist Lawrence Krauss puts it in his latest book, our evolution on this planet is just a "cosmic accident". If you believe otherwise, many would accuse you of suffering from some kind of …

The Asteroid That Almost Grazed Earth Is Nothing Compared to the 40-Million-Ton Asteroid That Could Collide With Earth Soon

ICYMI: A small asteroid almost grazed Earth early Thursday (October 12th), in a close flyby that scientists had been looking forward to for months… …

15 Most Photogenic Places In the World You Must Visit

Travel photography is such an integral part of our experience – whether you’re an amateur or a pro, memories captured are priceless. Here are some …

New Zealand

Salma Hayek Reveals That Donald Trump Once Asked Her Out on a Date

.@SalmaHayek explains what it's like to be hit on by Donald Trump. https://t.co/8I78qVzVSP pic.twitter.com/O4h2h1c5qX<p>— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) …

Salma Hayek

The Handmaid’s Tale review – the best thing you’ll watch all year

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel gets the chilling and brilliant TV adaptation it deserves, including a standout performace from Elisabeth Moss<p>‘Blessed are the meek, dear,” says Aunt Lydia to a young woman called Janine in the extraordinary, affecting new TV adaptation of <b>The Handmaid’s Tale</b> …

Qantas is charging Australians up to third more than UK customers

“Where does a pom keep his wallet?” goes an old Australian joke.<p>“Under the soap.”<p>Those who believe that British travellers are as careful with their …

12 Food Writers Share Their Favorite Safety Drink

When you go to a great bar, you know what to order. Whether it's a vintage Champagne, locally brewed beer, or the joint's signature molecular …

Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity

The theory of special relativity explains how space and time are linked for objects that are moving at a consistent speed in a straight line. One of …

Physics

Need a mood lift? Try visiting the happiest countries on Earth

If you’re looking for a mood lift and a change of scenery, travellers should consider visiting the Nordic countries, a new survey reveals.<p>March 20 is the UN’s International Day of Happiness and to mark the occasion, the World Happiness Report is released every year since 2012. Since the survey …

Costa Rica

A huge mouth and no anus – this could be our earliest known ancestor

Thought to have lived 540 million years ago, the discovery of <i>Saccorhytus coronarious</i> fossils sheds light on the early stages of evolution<p>You won’t find it in your family album, but a tiny prehistoric creature with a bag-like body, a huge mouth and no anus has become the best candidate yet for our …

Prehistory