Google Assistant gets new voice options in nine more languages

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Google Assistant users outside the US haven’t had much choice when it comes to voice options — until now, as Google launches a second voice for Assistant in French, German, Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian, Korean, Italian and English for India and the UK…

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Google’s Translatotron can translate speech in the speaker’s voice

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Speaking another language may be getting easier. Google is showing off Translatotron, a first-of-its-kind translation model that can directly convert speech from one language into another while maintaining a speaker’s voice and cadence. The tool forg…

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‘Bingeable,’ ‘biohacking’ and ‘fintech’ are now officially words

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To say that the internet has played a massive role in the shaping of global society is a bit of an understatement, really, but one area that often gets overlooked is its influence on language. Thanks to teh interwebz (bear with me), we’re all exposed…

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Major League Baseball is going crypto

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By Daniel Roberts

Later this summer, Major League Baseball digital collectibles are coming to the Ethereum blockchain. Lucid Sight, a blockchain gaming company, is launching MLB Crypto Baseball, through a licensing deal with MLB.

Baseball fa…

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Your old video games could be worth serious cash

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By Daniel Howley

E3 2018 is in the rearview mirror. And while the biggest game show of the year brought us plenty of new games to look forward to, they’re still months from hitting the market. For some gamers, though, the latest and greatest tit…

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The real story behind MoviePass’s location-tracking controversy

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By David Pogue

MoviePass, a company only seven months old, seems to be on fire. It’s like Netflix (NFLX), but for movie theaters: You pay $10 a month, and go out to see all the movies you want. (3D and Imax not included.)

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Pandora’s CEO is doubling down on podcasts

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By JP Mangalindan

Pandora CEO Roger Lynch wants to offer listeners an easier way to discover new podcasts as the company adds more podcasts to its service and beefs up advertising.

Indeed, podcasts will become a more significant aspect in th…

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Richard Branson: Government regulation of Facebook ‘makes sense’

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By JP Mangalindan

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson is joining the growing chorus of top executives calling for government regulation to restrict Facebook (FB) and other companies’ ability to use customer data.

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‘Far Cry 5’ review: Destruction and doomsday in America

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By Daniel Howley The Far Cry series is known for dropping players into huge, open-world settings and letting them sew chaos and destruction as they take on each title’s menacing villain. But those settings and enemies have always been based in large…

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Google Assistant for Android now supports Spanish and Italian

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Google announced today that its virtual assistant will now support two new languages — Spanish for users in the US, Mexico and Spain as well as Italian for those in Italy. These languages will be rolling out over the next few weeks, according…

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Facebook’s new AI aims to destroy the language barrier

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Is there anything AI can’t make better? Artificial intelligence can recognize musical genres better than humans, improve our running performance and may soon become standard issue for the mobile devices in our pockets. Facebook, in fact, has found so…

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Google automatically translates local reviews when you travel

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We all use user-generated reviews to figure out what points of interest are worth checking out. If you’re traveling in a country where you don’t speak the language, however, the reviews you rely on are usually in the local tongue. Google has a new fe…

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