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Google Home can now speak in Spanish dialects from US, Mexico, and Spain

One of the most impressive aspects of Google Home and Assistant is the realistic speech that the company achieves. Regardless of language, things sound really natural for the most part. Now, Google is enhancing that for Spanish speakers with support for three new dialects.<p>Google has offered support …

Dialects

AI Made a Movie—and the Results Are Horrifyingly Encouraging

There’s really no nice way to put this: In his new film, <i>Zone Out</i>, <i>Silicon Valley</i> star Thomas Middleditch makes you want to do just that. It’s not …

Artificial Intelligence

Page Flows

Page Flows - User flow design patterns to help you get unstuck. (Design Tools and User Experience) Read the opinion of 22 influencers. Discover 8 …

Product Hunt

A Hot Wheels car with a GoPro mount? Yes, please!

Hot Wheels has some pretty creative fans, and its latest creation gives them a new way to express that creativity. Hot Wheels Zoom In is a toy car …

Hot Wheels

Facebook’s AI can translate music from one style into another

Facebook’s AI Research (FAIR) division has created <b>the neural network capable of hearing, for example, a jazz band</b> <b>play a song, and then is able to output that exact song in a completely different style of music, say, as if played by a punk rock band,</b> reports <i>TNW</i>. The result is nothing short of …

Artificial Intelligence

Snips announces an ICO and its own voice assistant device

French startup Snips has been working on voice assistant technology that respects your privacy. And the company is going to use its own voice assistant for a set of consumer devices. As part of this consumer push, the company is also announcing an initial coin offering.<p>Yes, it sounds a bit like …

Amazon Echo

In pursuit of the perfect AI voice

The virtual personal assistant is romanticized in utopian portrayals of the future from <i>The Jetsons</i> to Star Trek. It's the cultured, disembodied voice at humanity's beck and call, eager and willing to do any number of menial tasks.<p>In its early real-world implementations, a virtual receptionist …

Now Cortana for Android beta can read your texts out loud

Cortana for Android has just made it easier to use your phone hands-free -- so long as you're a beta tester for the voice assistant on the platform, that is. Microsoft has given Cortana's beta version the power to read text messages aloud, less than a month after the stable version of the app got …

Microsoft's digital ink tool makes sense of your chickenscratch

During its Build conference today, Microsoft introduced Project Ink Analysis, which does exactly what you'd think: Make sense of digital writing. The toolkit both understands words and provides features typically found in text editors, like alignment and bulleting.<p>While Project Ink Analysis is …

Microsoft's AI cone recognizes faces and voices during meetings

Microsoft has a new tool for making meetings easier. It recognizes speech patterns, automatically transcribing them for remote participants (capable of "multiple" simultaneous translations) in addition to visually recognizing meeting participants as they walk into the room. And because the black, …

Alexa and Cortana finally team up in limited beta

Last year, Amazon and Microsoft announced that their digital assistants would soon be able to communicate and work each other. Initially, the companies said users would have access to these more integrated assistants by the end of 2017. That didn't happen, but today during Build 2018, Microsoft …

How to Record Your iPhone Screen

<b>Q.</b> <i>I know it’s possible to take a still photo of what is on the iPhone 7 screen, but is it possible to record a video of what you are doing?</i><p><b>A.</b> Apple includes a Screen Recording tool with its iOS 11 system to record the action on your iPhone screen, but you may need to enable it first. To do that, go …

Apps

Why Adobe is giving designers its UX design software for free – Quartz

Starting today, Adobe is making its interface design software free to anyone in the world. The XD CC Starter kit includes desktop and mobile versions of Adobe XD, a program that enables designers to create and share prototypes of websites, apps, and other user interfaces.<p>Since moving to a …

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Microsoft’s New AI Creates Fake Photos From Your Words

The groundbreaking software takes AI one step closer to achieving humanlike intelligence, according to its creator.<p>To my eye, the birds look entirely real. One features a fluffy yellow belly of feathers. Another, a forest green tail, with a long beak that looks perfect for hooking bugs out of tree …

Amazon patent describes mirror for trying on virtual clothes

Amazon's next move in the fashion world could be a mirror that shows how outfits will look on you without you having to actually put them on. <i>GeekWir</i>e reports that the company has been granted a patent describing just that sort of technology. Using mirrors, screens, displays, projectors and cameras, …

Blender Tutorial: How to model a Glazed Cruller Doughnut

JoshuaAutumn writes: In this tutorial, you'll learn how to model and create a glazed cruller doughnut (donut) in Blender. We'll first go over how to …

From American Cockroaches to Zebras, New Book Answers 'Does It Fart?'

Dani Rabaiotti didn't expect to become something of an expert on animal farts. It all started on a family vacation when the zoologist's brother asked …

Google’s Voice AI Is Now Virtually Impossible To Tell Apart From Human Speech

Screenshot via Google<p><b>Robots can</b> finally have their say, much to the terror of humankind.<p><b>Researchers at</b> Google have developed a text-to-speech tool …

This is how much debt your country has per person

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be,” Shakespeare’s Polonius warns his son Laertes.<p>Today, however, many governments are getting by on borrowed money. …

China Has Launched World's First Electric Zero-Emissions Cargo Ship

But we're surprised about their choice of payload.<p>China is now the proud owner of the world's first all-electric cargo ship and has already put the …

Inside the village where Viagra is made: 'Even the dogs are in a state of sexual excitement'

<b>Forget love: apparently viagra is in the air in this coastal village.</b><p>You might assume Ringakiddy in County Cork is a typically tranquil rural Irish …

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WebAssembly Will Finally Let You Run High-Performance Applications in Your Browser

Online applications could work as smoothly as the programs you install on your machine Photo: Gabriela Hasbun Photo: Gabriela HasbunThe author, Luke …

There's a metal that conducts electricity but not heat

Vanadium Dioxide<p>In science, there exists a law known as the Wiedemann-Franz Law that states, simply, that most metals that are good conductors of …

Real life detectorists made nearly 1,000 treasure finds last year: is your county a hotspot?

Notable finds might be scarce for the fictional Danebury Metal Detecting Club in the BBC's Detectorists series, but in real life it turns out that treasure discoveries are on the up.<p>The Department for Culture, Media and Sport reports that 1,120 finds of treasure were reported to them in 2016 - up …

Archaeology

Airbnb built an AI that turns design sketches into product source code

Airbnb is betting big on automation. The company is currently developing a new AI system that will empower its designers and product engineers to literally take ideas from the drawing board and turn them into actual products almost instantaneously.<p>The AI-powered solution aims to simplify the …

UX Design

Elgato's Cam Link turns your DSLR into a souped-up webcam

Most of the time, I buy cameras for specific purposes. My DSLR exists to capture vacation photos and product shots for Engadget reviews. When I go on hikes or long bike rides, I pull out a GoPro Hero4. For some reason, however, I just can't bring myself to buy a dedicated webcam for Twitch …

30,000 Works of Art by Edvard Munch & Other Artists Put Online by Norway’s National Museum of Art

Next time I make it to Oslo, the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design ranks high on my to-do list. The next time I make it to Oslo will …

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