Researchers developing new systems to improve voice recognition
Graduate students and researchers at UT Dallas have developed novel systems that can identify speaking voices despite conditions that can make it harder to make out a voice, such as whispering, speaking through various emotions, ...
Wandering through his university's library in São Paulo one day in 2002, Rafael Nonato noticed a book titled "Language." Curious, he pulled it off the shelf.
New speaker system for cars creates separate 'audio zones' for front and rear
Ever wish that your car's interior cabin could have separate audio zones for the front and rear seats? It soon may.
Review: HTC One's interface sullies a great-looking phone
HTC's new One is a smartphone I like to hold but don't like to use. I love its design and some of its top features. But I found other key features disappointing, including the One's revamped interface, which ...
To save endangered languages, tribes turn to tech
In a conference room in a Las Vegas casino, about three dozen people are swishing their fingers across iPads, trying out test versions of new apps.
International team of students explores how working memory may help us learn second languages
Learning a new language can be a challenge, as new vocabulary and grammatical rules can be hard for some people to grasp. To address this issue, a group of linguistics graduate students are examining how a person's working ...
US team using Twitter, Facebook to fight militants
(AP)—The U.S. official who oversees American efforts to counter al-Qaida and other militants in the online battlefield keeps a quote on his desk from a "Most Wanted" jihadi from America's South. The Alabama ...
Immigrants who live, work together less apt to learn English, study finds
Adult immigrants living and working in places where they are surrounded by others who share their ethnic backgrounds are less likely to learn or be proficient in the English language, say two Purdue University researchers.
Review: HTC One impresses but software disappoints
Ready for the battle of the phones? This year's crop of high-end smartphones is starting to emerge, like bear cubs crawling out of their burrows, sniffing the spring air. First out is the HTC One, a handsome, ...
Language by mouth and by hand
Humans favor speech as the primary means of linguistic communication. Spoken languages are so common many think language and speech are one and the same. But the prevalence of sign languages suggests otherwise. Not only can ...
School policies, biased teachers hamper immigrant children's learning
(Phys.org) —U.S. high school "sink or swim" placement policies that propel immigrant students into courses that they're linguistically and academically unprepared for – or conversely, that funnel all newcomers into remedial ...
Taiwan's HTC unveils new flagship smartphone
Taiwan's HTC unveiled a new flagship smartphone in its domestic market Thursday with revamped designs which analysts said may boost the company's sluggish sales against rivals Apple and Samsung.
Fujifilm shows off bendable 'Beat' diaphragm speaker
Softbank offers staff one mn yen to learn good English
Japanese mobile carrier Softbank, which made headlines over a $20 billion takeover of US-based Sprint Nextel, is offering employees an incentive to master English—one million yen.