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Sonos will launch its own voice assistant on June 1st for no good reason other than it can

Admit it, you’ve dreamed that instead of being locked down to using Siri, Bixby, Alexa, and the Google Assistant that there could be another option limited to being used on Sonos products running its S2 software. You haven’t? Well, Sonos is launching its own voice assistant anyway as an alternative to other services, with compatible […]

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Garmin’s new D2 Air X10 adds voice controls for $550

In an upgrade to its critically well-received Garmin D2 Air, the new D2 Air X10 lets pilots control Siri or the Google Assistant from their wrists.
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WhatsApp is working on a new interface for voice calls

WhatsApp is working on several developments at the end of the year, including changes to the interface for placing voice calls.
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How to set up Google Voice on your smartphone or computer

Google Voice lets you call anyone via the internet while maintaining your privacy. Use this handy guide to set up Google Voice on a phone or computer.
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Google Assistant Snapshot can now be summoned with a voice command

You can now summon Google Assistant’s Snapshot by saying “Hey Google, show me my day.” The tech giant introduced the feature as a way to view your tasks for the day in one place back in 2018, and up until recently, you can only access it by tapping o…
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Samsung’s old S Voice assistant will shut down in June

Back in 2012, Samsung introduced its S Voice assistant as it sought to keep up after Apple went all-in on Siri. It was a notable addition for the Galaxy S III, along with the phone’s massive 4.8-inch display, powerful quad-core CPU and TouchWiz inter…
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Can anyone match Freddie Mercury’s legendary voice? Queen and YouTube Music are challenging fans to find out!

Bohemian Rhapsody” is considered one of the greatest rock songs of all time, so it’s no wonder the music video recently hit 1 billion views on YouTube. For decades, fans have belted out the song’s iconic lyrics alongside Freddie Mercury’s one-of-a-kind vocals, but how many can really sing it just like Freddie? YouTube, Google Creative Lab, and Google Research — working in partnership with Queen, Universal Music Group and Hollywood Records — have built a new AI experiment called FreddieMeter to find out!

Released in support of Mercury Phoenix Trust, a charity founded by Brian May, Roger Taylor and Jim Beach to raise awareness and funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS, and in honor of the 44th anniversary of the band’s first-ever live performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” at the Empire Theater, Liverpool, U.K in November 1975; FreddieMeter was created to let fans around the world determine how closely their singing matches the voice of Queen’s legendary frontman, Freddie Mercury.

FreddieMeter shows users how closely their voice matches Freddie Mercury’s legendary range by analyzing the singer’s pitch, timbre, and melody to assign them a score of 0 to 100. Queen fans, killer impressionists, and anyone who enjoys a little karaoke and are ready to step up to the challenge can get started by doing the following:

  • SING: Pick one of four QUEEN songs on the microsite (“Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Somebody to Love” or “We Are the Champions”) and sing your heart out!
  • SHARE: Get your score and share! Download the custom scorecard asset directly to your device, then share it on YouTube Stories, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
  • CHALLENGE: Using the hashtag #FreddieChallenge on social channels, challenge three friends to see how they measure up.

Google Creative Lab and Google Research created FreddieMeter using new on-device machine learning models, and it’s been trained on Freddie’s isolated vocals, as well as samples of people trying to sing like Freddie. FreddieMeter is trained on and optimized for individual singers and works on desktop, Android and iPhone devices, and the audio doesn’t get uploaded to any servers to be analyzed, so all vocals stay totally private unless shared by the user.

FreddieMeter continues YouTube’s celebration of Queen’s music and “Bohemian Rhapsody’s” 1 billion views milestone, which coincided with the release of a newly remastered HD version of the video. The achievement made history with the anthem being the first pre-1990s video to reach one billion views on the platform.

In partnership with Universal Music Group and Hollywood Records, YouTube also recently launched ‘You Are The Champions,’ a unique campaign that gave fans an exclusive chance to become a part of Queen history with a starring role in brand-new, user-generated videos for three of the band’s most celebrated tracks: “A Kind of Magic,” “Don’t Stop Me Now” and the iconic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The results were pulled from more than 10,000 submissions from more than 120 countries around the world, showing the depth and love for Queen and Freddie amongst their loyal global fanbase.

To take on the #FreddieChallenge now or find out more about FreddieMeter, visit freddiemeter.withyoutube.com.


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Someone, somewhere is getting paid to listen to your voice interactions with your smart speaker

In a bit of news that should surprise absolutely no one, there’s a chance that some of your voice interactions with your smart speaker will be reviewed by a human at some company. Whether you’re rocking an Echo Dot, Google Home Max, or some other third-party device with one of the aforementioned assistants built in, […]

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Android Auto now works with Google Voice (sort of)

Android Auto is designed to minimize your distractions while driving, and it blocks a good chunk of notifications from your phone, excluding notifications from whitelisted apps. That whitelist is a pretty short list, and usually just covers things like SMS messages, navigation alerts, and other similar notifications relevant to driving. Google Voice was not included […]

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GBoard receiving offline voice typing on Pixels

Google‘s latest update to their ‘GBoard‘ digital keyboard has enabled on-device processing of speech-to-text writing, but only on their own Pixel devices. Google initially released its updated and rebranded ‘GBoard’ digital keyboard for iOS in May 2016, and curiously for the company’s own Android OS seven months later in December 2016. GBoard was Google’s answer […]

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NVIDIA Shield TV update 7.1 brings voice chat, mouse and keyboard support, and a companion app

NVIDIA has announced their 20th software update to the Shield TV, and it’s a pretty big incremental update hot on the heels of the latest 7.0 update.There’s plenty to talk about here, including a bunch of features to make the Shield TV a better primary gaming console, plus a few quality of life changes for […]

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YouTube TV finally getting voice remote feature

Google has been updating a lot of their apps and services recently, but one that has not received much attention is YouTube TV. However, users of the service may notice a new pop-up message the next time they launch the app on their smartphone letting them know that a new “voice remote” feature is available. […]

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Sprint and Google Voice will go their separate ways this June

Way back in Android’s lifespan (seriously, 2011 kind of wayback) Sprint and Google teamed up to integrate the carrier’s service with Google Voice services. It was a pretty nifty partnership and really the only one of its kind, but up until now, it’s worked without a hitch. Sprint users could take advantage of all the […]

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[TA Deals] Learn to build apps with the Voice, Chat, and Vision Bundle

Apps are transitioning beyond just using touch-based interfaces, especially with the rise of smart assistants and smart speakers. If you’re interested in starting to build apps and services that take advantage of these new trends, you’ll want to grab our Voice, Chat, and Vision bundle. As the name implies, this bundle includes tons of content […]

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Amazon Fire TV owners can now use voice commands to control Hulu and other third-party apps

Amazon has just announced that you can now use voice commands to control third-party apps on its Fire TV and Fire Stick devices. Previously, you could only use voice commands on Amazon Video but now you can use Alexa to control the Hulu app and more.  It isn’t just Hulu that you can control with […]

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Source claims Bixby Voice U.S. launch next week

The delays related to Samsung’s release of the voice-activated portion of the their digital assistant platform, Bixby, are well known and seem to continue with no end in sight. Until now that is if a tipster on Reddit is to be believed. According to this source, the official release date is set as next Tuesday, […]

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Use Alexa to control Sony 4K TVs with your voice

Another day, another Alexa skill, right? Well the latest set is pretty useful if you feel like talking to your TV actually responding when you yell at it. With Sony's 2017 4K models with HDR and Android TV you can turn them on and off, adjust volume,…
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Control your Roomba with just your voice via this new Alexa integration

Everyone’s favorite self-driving vacuum cleaner, the Roomba, just added an Amazon Alexa integration, allowing you to communicate with your cleaning assistant with nothing more than your voice.

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Deep-learning algorithm can mimic any voice based on just 60 seconds of speech

Do you remember the cool Mission Impossible tech that lets Tom Cruise’s character mimic the voice of any other character? Well, a Montreal-based startup called Lyrebird just invented it for real.

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Google Voice to get VOIP support, Hangouts getting encryption

Just this week Google took the unusual step of rolling out some updates to the oft-forgotten Google Voice app. Voice has been lurking in the proverbial shadows of Google’s portfolio of communication tools, so seeing improvements roll out was unexpected. The bulk of the changes that hit this week were interface updates. New reports indicate […]

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Sonos wants to integrate voice assistants into its speaker lineup

Sonos was previously the king of a pretty uncontested market. They made premium WiFi speaker systems that were a little more efficient than Bluetooth speakers, and they made their equipment compatible with as many things as possible. So far that’s been a pretty successful strategy, but with the rise of other “smart” speakers like Alexa, […]

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Facebook is testing group voice calls on desktop

It looks like Facebook is considering the possibility of making group voice calling available on desktop. According to TechCrunch, the social network has given a small number of users access to the feature to test it out — if you want to know if you…
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Alexa gives voice control to Logitech’s Harmony Hub remote

Alexa now (officially) works with Logitech's Harmony Hub, meaning it's a lot easier to get voice control over your home entertainment and automation devices. After you enable the Alexa skill on an Amazon Echo, Dot or other supported device, you'll be…
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Voice Bridge now lets you make calls with your landline from any Wi-Fi network

Invoxia’s Voice Bridge will soon be receiving an update that lets users make calls with their landline number on any Wi-Fi network. Previously it was restricted to making calls on your home Wi-Fi.

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Pebble’s clip-on Core will tap into Amazon Alexa for voice assistance smarts

Pebble’s new clip-on Core wearable is gaining a new feature ahead of its 2017 launch: voice-assistance chops courtesy of Amazon’s Alexa. It’ll be able to use many of the same skills and features as Amazon’s Echo hardware.

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