Alexa Voice Controls Likely Coming To Sonos Smart Speakers


Smart speaker manufacturer Sonos is likely working on adding Alexa voice controls to its line of Internet of Things-connected products, as suggested by the company’s announcement for the upcoming updates to its privacy statement. The fact that the Santa Barbara, California-based company plans to introduce Alexa skills to its smart speakers is nothing new: Sonos Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Patrick Spence said in February this year that the company intends to release a set of new smart speakers integrated with Alexa by the end of 2017, with further plans to bake the artificial intelligence (AI) assistant into its other products.

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Have I been wrong about voice recognition?

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Has voice control finally come of age? While I’ve been barking voice commands at my Amazon Echo for a while now, and using voice-activated assistants such as Siri on my smartphone for even longer, I hadn’t really considered how far voice recognition has come in recent years.

What really got me thinking about this was talking to one of our regular writers, who mentioned that they use voice recognition software to write all of their articles.  

What astonished me about this revelation was that when reading their work I had no idea – as it was as accurate (both in spelling and grammar) as work written traditionally using a keyboard – sometime…
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Snapchat Now Lets You Share Links, Voice Filters And More


Snap Inc. has rolled out a handful of new updates that allow users to insert links to their snaps, add backdrops to photos, and modify their voice with filters. The image messaging app now lets users add hyperlinks to their Stories and snaps before sharing them with friends using the new Paperclip feature. The tool is perhaps the most significant in this latest update as it essentially unchains users from Snap Inc.’s long history of detachment from other apps. Users can include a website to their snaps by just tapping the Paperclip button. Your friends can then view the links from within the app by swiping up on your message.

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These are the 8 best voice changing software for Windows users


You can’t deny that at least once you’ve dreamed of having a different voice. There are many reasons for which people might want to sound different, even if it’s just for a little bit. Some want to be able to play pranks on their friends or even on strangers while others want to protect their […]

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New MediaTek Chipset To Enable Smart Voice Devices

New MediaTek Chipset To Enable Smart Voice Devices

Executive Vice President and Co-COO of MediaTek. MT8516 is equipped with a quad-core, 64-bit ARM Cortex-A35 MPCore operating at up to 1.3GHz. The chipset also pre-integrates “WiFi 802.11 b/g/n” and Bluetooth 4.0. “Our dedicated Android support will help …
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Scream Flying released for iOS Devices – The Ultimate Voice Control Game


G-Power GameinLife today introduces Scream Flying 1.0, their all-new voice control game for iOS devices. The first-ever sensation in crazy voice control and fun, Scream Flying is entirely controlled by the pitch of a human voice – there are no buttons or touchpad involved. In addition to the voice command feature, the game also detects faces and records video of the players as they proceed with game play. Players can also collect notes to add special effects to the colorful characters….
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Steve Jobs Once Asked Jeff Goldblum to Be ‘the Voice of Apple’


Steve Jobs once tried to convince Hollywood actor Jeff Goldblum to become “the voice of Apple”, it emerged yesterday.

Goldblum disclosed his contact with the late Apple co-founder during an interview on the Today Show in Australia, according to CNet.

“Steve Jobs called me up a few decades ago to be the voice of Apple,” said Goldblum. “That was early on, and I did not know it was Steve Jobs.”

The star of movies like Jurassic Park and
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Siri Voice Actress Susan Bennett Reveals More Details About the Origins of Apple’s Virtual Assistant


It’s been over three years since voice actress Susan Bennett came forward and revealed that she was the original female voice of Siri on iOS, which first debuted on the iPhone 4s in 2011. In a recent interview with Typeform, Bennett delved even deeper into her history with Apple and the early days of its virtual assistant.

In the interview, which is dotted with audio playback of Bennett’s voice so readers can compare her normal voice to that of Siri, the voice actress remembers recording a new project in July of 2005 for a text-to-speech company called ScanSoft. The project was said to be for a phone-messaging system, but it turns out it was the basis for what would bec…
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