New linguistic tools can predict your dialect characteristics
A new linguistic study may make it possible to more accurately predict the dialect features people use based on their demographic characteristics and where they live. In a new article published in the September 2014 issue ...
Fujifilm shows off bendable 'Beat' diaphragm speaker
Automatic speaker tracking in audio recordings
A central topic in spoken-language-systems research is what's called speaker diarization, or computationally determining how many speakers feature in a recording and which of them speaks when. Speaker diarization ...
Review: Sonos Play:1 packs big sound in small unit
I've been looking around for a while for a way to wire up my home for sound, without all the wires. I hadn't been satisfied with the options, partly because of the high prices. Then I met Sonos' Play:1.
Review: Kindle Fire HD screen is a big improvement (Update)
(AP)—Buying movies and TV shows to watch on the Kindle Fire will be a lot more appealing now that Amazon's tablet computer sports a much more vibrant screen.
Grammatical habits in written English reveal linguistic features of non-native speakers' languages
Computer scientists at MIT and Israel's Technion have discovered an unexpected source of information about the world's languages: the habits of native speakers of those languages when writing in English.
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, ...
Researchers use 3D printing to produce interactive speakers of any shape
Forget everything you know about what a loudspeaker should look like. Scientists at Disney Research, Pittsburgh have developed methods using a 3D printer to produce electrostatic loudspeakers that can take ...
The sound of silence: an end to noisy communications
It has happened to almost everyone. You are sitting on a train or a bus and someone right next to you is annoyingly shouting into his or her mobile phone.
Japanese company develops world's first ultra-thin piezoelectric waterproof speaker
New translator app makes sense of foreign-language food menus
Researchers have created an application that enables cell phones and other portable devices to translate foreign-language food menus for English speakers and could be used for people who must follow restricted ...
Robots learn to create language
Review: Nexus 10 tablet showcases Google media play
(AP)—When I first turned on Google's new tablet computer, I immediately thought of it as a mere conduit to Google services.