How to Donate Your Voice to Someone Who Can't Speak

Here's a good deed you can do without parting with a single thing. Synthetic voices for people who have lost the ability to speak only come in generic types—think of Stephen Hawking's voice—but one fascinating project wants to build custom voices for each person. To do that they need your help: specifically, a recording of your voice. Read More >>

"OK Google, Make a Boat Go. NO! Take a PHOTO."

Google thinks fumbling for the voice input button and talking to your phone is somehow easier than fumbling for and pressing the camera icon. Hmm. In a G+ post, Google reveals that saying "OK Google, take a photo" is the new, exciting and easier way to make your phone take pictures via the search box. It's not. Even boss Larry Page thinks speech input is rubbish. [Google] Read More >>

NSA Can Record EVERY Phone Call Made in One Mystery Non-US Country

The NSA revelations are getting crazier by the week, with new leaks from Edward Snowden's Dropbox Folder of Doom revealing that the US security service claims it can RECORD every call made in one unnamed overseas country. Read More >>

Rumoured Samsung Gear 2.5 May Also be a Sci-Fi Wrist Phone

Korean news sources are suggesting a reworked version of Samsung's Tizen-powered Gear 2 smartwatch may appear soon, with the hardware upgraded to feature an internal USIM module that'll let wearers place voice calls via their wrists alone. Read More >>

Wikipedia's Adding Voice Recordings of Famous People

Imagine being able to hear the sound of a great historical figure's voice. It would add such richness to the facts and dates about her or his life. Starting today, Wikipedia will make that possible with the Wikipedia Voice Intro Project, adding short voice recordings to the online encyclopedia. And that's truly awesome. Read More >>

As Siri Exits Beta For iOS 7, We've Got to Ask: Who Actually Uses It?

Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant that every tech company copied but no one seems to ever use, is now no longer a beta product. All references to "beta" status have disappeared from Apple's Siri pages. It's finished. But is it any good? Read More >>

Why Does Your Voice Sound Different When It's Recorded?

You see, when you speak, you hear your voice as other people do, but you also hear a contribution which comes from vibrations passing through your skull. In this video, Greg Foot explains how that changes what you hear—and why, sadly, the recording of your voice is actually how you sound to everyone but you. [YouTube] Read More >>

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You'll Sound a Bit More Human With Xbox One's Voice Chat

Microsoft's in-house geisha man Major Nelson has published some sample recordings of Xbox One's voice chat output, revealing that the console's chit-chat sounds markedly better than on Xbox 360. You'll be able to enjoy hearing strangers calling you a ***** **** in more clarity than ever. Read More >>

How to Control Your Android Without Looking at It

It's getting dangerous (and illegal) just to walk and text at the same time, much less do so behind the wheel of a car. But with Siri being just slightly less helpful than HAL, how are you supposed to surf the web and simultaneously travel safely? All you have to do is ask. Read More >>

The First Piece of Google Chrome's Conversational Future Is in Place

Like Google demoed at I/O, the search engine can now basically keep track of pronouns. So if you search. "Who is Daniel Craig?" and then ask "How tall is he?" it'll still know who you're talking about with help from the Knowledge Graph. All you have to do is have Chrome up to date. If you've opted in to Google's Search Trial, there are other goodies awaiting to. For instance, you can just ask Google "What's going on today" and get a list of calendar events. Read More >>

Is WhatsApp Looking at Adding Voice Messaging?

Here's an interesting tidbit. 9to5Mac got hold of a supposed leaked email from WhatsApp sent to a developer in Hong Kong asking for the Chinese translation of "push-to-talk". Is WhatsApp going to add walkie-talkie-like voice blips soon? Read More >>

How Google Makes Android Understand You

It's the future, and that being the case, you're going to want to talk to your smartphone and have it make heads or tails of what you're saying. Getting that to work can be a pretty tough job however, unless your phone can learn like a human. And as Wired explains, that's exactly what Google's Jelly Bean operating system does. Read More >>

Apparently You'll Just Be Able to Shout at Your Xbox to Turn It On

The Xbox rumours are flowing thick and fast at the moment, with the latest report stating that Microsoft's going all-in with voice recognition, allowing you to simply walk in the room and shout "Xbox on" to fire the thing up. It's even going to go all Siri-like on us too, let's just hope it's a tad more useful in the UK than Apple's poor-excuse-for-butler. Read More >>

Looks Like Siri Really Is Coming to the Mac, Maybe

Apple's rather annoying personal butler is coming to the Mac, if Apple's latest job posting is any indication anyway. Sounds like Siri's going to be able to interact with and control pretty much any app on a Mac. But would that really be a good thing? Read More >>

Say Hi to The New Google Chrome Beta, It's Listening

Voice control has been the trend in phones for a while now, but it's not content to just stay there. The newest Chrome Beta 25 is introducing a Web Speech API, which means a talk-y future is on the horizon, hopefully. Read More >>

Facebook Messenger Now Allows You to Send Voice Messages

The Facebook Messenger application is getting an update for Android and iOS so that users can now send voice messages up to one-minute long to their friends. Just a few weeks after Facebook went after Snapchat with a clone app, it's modified Messenger to be a clone for Apple's iMessage. Read More >>


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