speech

Wed
28
Mar
John Lister's picture

Google Speech Synthesis Gets More Realistic

Google says it's made the most realistic computer speech simulation ever. It uses artificial intelligence to reproduce the way humans put words together. The idea of Google's "Cloud Text-to-Speech" is to go beyond the traditional approach when ... dealing with speech synthesis. That effectively boils down to recording a batch of sound files of different syllables, then patching them together to form words. That works well for some languages such as Japanese, where speech patterns are very regular, but not so well for language such as English that have more complexity with pronunciation. Full ... (view more)

Wed
07
Dec
John Lister's picture

Tech Giants Unite to Take Down Terrorist Posts

Some of the biggest Internet firms say they'll work together to remove images and videos that promote the message of terrorists. The announcement comes in the same week that European officials have criticized companies for failing to live up to a ... promise to tackle hate-based speech online. The agreement involves Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube. They'll build a joint database of images and videos that they have removed from their site after human moderators have flagged them as being either violent imagery produced by terrorists, or imagery specifically designed to recruit ... (view more)

Tue
08
Sep
John Lister's picture

How To Switch Off Windows 10 'Keylogger'

Some media outlets have accused Microsoft of building creepy keylogger spyware into Windows 10. That's a somewhat overblown interpretation, but some users may want to take the option to turn off the relevant setting. Traditionally references to " ... keyloggers " are about unauthorized programs installed on computers, often without the owner's knowledge and often through trickery. Such programs are designed to track everything the user types, then relay the data over the Internet to criminals who then look for passwords, credit card numbers, and bank account information. In this ... (view more)

Mon
11
May
Dennis Faas's picture

Facebook Erupts Controversy, Allows Holocaust Denial Groups

An American lawyer is demanding that Facebook executives explain why the site decided to allow users to set-up groups promoting the denial of the Holocaust. Brian Cuban wants CEO Mark Zuckerberg to detail his personal involvement in the decision. ... Cuban, whose brother Mark is the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has previously complained that such groups violate national laws in countries which ban the act of denying the Holocaust, and are thus inherently against Facebook's terms and conditions. However, perhaps recognizing that this logic could be stretched too far (for example, ... (view more)

Thu
29
May
Dennis Faas's picture

'Windows Speech Recognition Macros', and 'Techlogica Ie Customizer'

Windows Speech Recognition Macros Windows Speech Recognition Macros extend the speech recognition capabilities in Windows Vista. Users can create powerful macros that are triggered by voice command to interact with applications. ... http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=fad62198-220c-4717-b044-829ae4f7c125&displaylang=en Techlogica Ie Customizer Allows you to personalize and customize Internet Explorer 6.0. This software allows you to enhance the browser's function by giving the user access to over 75 hidden features in an easy-to-use interface. http://www.techlogica.us/ (view more)

Mon
24
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

'Jarnal', and 'Rapid Speech'

Jarnal Jarnal is an open-source application for note taking, sketching, keeping a journal, making a presentation, annotating a document -- including .pdf -- or collaborating using a stylus, mouse or keyboard. It is similar to Microsoft Windows ... Journal and to the earlier Mimeo whiteboarding and Palm notepad applications. http://www.dklevine.com/ Rapid Speech Rapid Speech is a very different, free text-to-speech (TTS) program. Instead of using synthetic voices, Rapid Speech converts text to speech/sounds by combining audio clips (MP3). http://www.hollmen.dk/content/view/87/31/ (view more)

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