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Android N preview 2 lets you change the pitch of Google’s text-to-speech voice

The second developer preview of Android N, the next big release of Google’s mobile operating system, comes with a neat update to the settings for Google’s core text-to-speech engine. There are now sliders that allow you to fine-tune the speech rate and pitch of the voice.<p>They let you make the …

iPhone 7 camera module maker hit by Japan earthquake

The recent earthquakes which struck Japan may have affected the iPhone 7 supply chain — particularly related to the next-gen handset’s camera module.<p>On Saturday, a powerful earthquake hit Japan’s manufacturing Kumamoto prefecture, which is known as the country’s “Silicon Island.”<p>Most relevant to …

GameStop is launching a new game publishing venture

Insomniac, Ready at Dawn, and more are already on board<p>Retailer GameStop is getting into game publishing in a big way. Back in January the company announced its first publishing project, a collaboration with <i>Ratchet & Clank</i> developer Insomniac Games called <i>Song of the Deep</i>. But that wasn't just a …

Google’s Android facing greater scrutiny from EU antitrust chief

<i>(By Foo Yun Chee, Reuters) —</i> The European competition commission is gearing up to charge Google with giving unfair prominence to its own apps like search and maps in supplementary software licensing deals it strikes with mobile phone makers running its Android operating system, four sources …

Australia tests mail delivery drones

If you needed any further proof that drones can be mail couriers, you just got it. Australia Post has successfully field-tested a drone system that would deliver small packages, particularly time-sensitive goods like medication. It was only a closed test this time around, but the move clears a path …