originally appeared on Quora: the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.This is an excellent question to start off an automatic speech recognition ASR interview.The reasons are plenty and here is my take on the topic:An ASR is just like any other machine learning ML problem, where the objective is to classify a sound wave into one of the basic units of speech also called a class in ML terminology , such as a word.The signal is assigned to represent the word, which has the highest probability value.In the English language and many Indian languages , there are approximately fifty phones that can be combined to make up any word.
How Hooked on Phonics found a quality traffic source with mobile video adsA recognizable marketing slogan does not automatically translate to the long-term success of a company.While the slogan may remind consumers of the products, it is ultimately up to those in charge to entice them to return — a task that's becoming harder and harder in a modern crowded market.The brand used systematic phonics and scaffolded stories to teach letter-sound correlations (phonics) as part of children's literacy.The target audience for Hooked on Phonics was and still is primarily individuals and homeschool parents.The product was advertised extensively on television and radio throughout the 1990s with the slogan, “Hooked on Phonics worked for me.” The marketing motto became so ubiquitous in U.S. culture, it was referenced in television programs, stand-up comedy routines, and more.
Rick Grimes is coming to Harry Potter.The 2001 book Quidditch Through The Ages, written by “Kennilworthy Whisp” (aka JK Rowling, you’re not fooling anyone around here), is an exploration of the rich fictional history of everyone’s favourite broom-related sporting event.Now, sixteen years late, it’s getting the fancy audiobook treatment, with Andrew Lincoln stepping in to do the vocal honour, with part of the book’s proceeds going to charity.Lincoln has spent the better part of the past decade playing the sheriff’s deputy turned survivor Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead, experiencing the terrible parade of horrors of a world overrun by zombies and terrible memes about his son, Carl.“The Wizarding world is one that I always wanted to step into,” Lincoln said in a statement.“What makes this project so special is not only that it allows me opportunities to create something my kids love and enjoy, but it also supports great causes, like Comic Relief and Lumos.”
After years of rapid growth, global smartphone shipments are slowing down.Combined, these two examples offer key insights into why the smartphone market is no longer the momentous investment opportunity it was just a few years ago.When the latest top tier models from Apple and Samsung go for more than $999, it’s clear that annual, 18-month, or even 24-month upgrades aren’t always feasible on a typical income.There’s actually a growing appetite for aspirational high-end phones.While Apple and Samsung are pushing into the $999+ bracket in the West, home-grown Chinese brands like Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi are continuing to focus on value for money and price innovation.Although some regional trends are moving towards unlocked and online purchases, carrier store sales and prepaid plans are still the most popular method of purchase in the U.S., and are essential for many to spread the costs of high-end purchases in other Western markets.
The best part of Amazon’s US-exclusive Prime Exclusive phones program?It’s the cheapest way to get your hands on a wide array of excellent Android smartphones, like the LG G6, Moto X4 and more – fully unlocked.The worst part of it, though, is the baked-in lock screen offers and ads.But starting tomorrow, it’s going to be a lot harder to complain since Amazon will be issuing a software update to all phones that it sells to remove those advertisements.Why the change of course?Well, it just wants consumers to get more use and enjoyment out of their smartphones.
To give or not to give, that is Samsung's question.The electronics giant has donated some 4,000 Galaxy Note 8 phones to help athletes and officials at the Olympics shoot, share and post their experiences during sporting event starting this week.But it's unclear whether giving these $1,000 phones to athletes from North Korea would violate UN sanctions rules, reports CBS News.(CBS News is owned by CBS, which also owns CNET.)Additionally, CBS says it's not sure whether the phones would work on networks inside North Korea after the games.The Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea begin on Friday.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is the small, but powerful chipset expected to be at the heart of some of the best Android phones in 2018 – and now we know how powerful it will be.We tested the performance of the Snapdragon 845 inside a reference device at Qualcomm’s San Diego headquarters last week and we were able to run several independent benchmarking tests.This gives us an idea how how far the chipmaker will be able to push Android phones.While we could also see the new 845 chip inside tablets, laptops and IoT devices in the future, it’ll get its start the next set of flagship smartphones.It managed to carve out a multi-score of 8,427 in Geekbench 4.0, the highest we've seen yet on an Android phone.It’s over 30% faster than last year’s best Android phones with the Snapdragon 835 and over 27% faster than the new Huawei Mate 10 Pro running Huawei’s own Kirin 970 chipset, we discovered in our tests.
Verizon has had a long-standing policy of selling unlocked phones.International travelers love unlocked Verizon phones as they can swap SIMs easily in any country.Due to smartphone theft, Verizon will change its policy this year, which will put it more in line with its competitors’ policies.If you’ve been enjoying Big Red’s lax policy on locked phones, we’ve got some bad news for you: starting in Spring 2018, Verizon will temporarily lock the phones it sells, just like its rivals AT, Sprint, and T-Mobile.It's Like eBay, But Everything Sells in 90 Seconds.Smartphone theft is a major issue, and to thieves, unlocked phones are worth their weight in gold; locked phones are much harder to sell.
Microsoft is ending support for mobile push notifications on its Windows Phone 7 and 8 software by February 20th.Devices on Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.0 will no longer receive notifications.They will also lose the useful live tile updates that displayed information at a glance, and users will no longer be able to locate devices with the “find my phone” feature.Those phones were initially released to the public in 2011 and 2012, respectively.It’s yet another nail in the coffin for Windows Phone.Microsoft announced in October that it would stop developing new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile.
A few years ago the Windows Phone was on the verge of what it “could be”.Although the system wasn’t strong enough to catch up with iOS and Android, it was considered something for a lot of enthusiasts.Sadly, the years passed and Microsoft started to show zero interest in keeping the development of its own mobile OS.The small number of users were left with problematic apps in a lacking eco-system.New reports, shows that the US company is about to put one more nail in the Windows Phone coffin.From February 20, all the Windows Mobile handsets considered old, will stop receiving notifications and it will no longer be possible to localize those handsets through the “Find my Phone” feature.
A new augmented reality (AR) game from Sony Pictures and publisher 4:33 promises to unleash “specters, poltergeists, full-roaming vapors, and more” on your iOS and Android phones later this year.Following in the footsteps of successful AR games like Pokémon Go, the new game sends you on a quest to capture hundreds of ghosts from the Ghostbusters universe.Ivan Reitman of Ghost Corps, who directed the original movie, said in a release announcing the new game, “The Ghostbusters Universe is rich in characters and Ghostbusters World is the perfect medium to get to know these characters in a whole new dimension.”More information, including a hands-on demo, will be revealed at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona.Google is emphasizing AR technology with the announcement of its ARCore mobile AR platform ahead of the MWC, as an exclusive report in Variety detailed.ARCore allows third-party developers to create AR apps for Android phones.
Huawei is said to be gearing up to launch the next iteration of its P series phone line, which is rumored to include the Huawei P20, P20 Pro and P20 Lite.And while we'll have to wait to see if these phones can reach the popularity of the iPhone X, there is speculation that the phones may at least resemble it.That's because the Huawei P20, P20 Pro and P20 Lite are reported to feature a 18:9 display with thin bezels and an iPhone X-style notch running across the top of the screen, according to VentureBeat.The notched phones were shown in supposedly leaked images of the P20 and P20 Lite tweeted by mobile tipster Evan Blass.When Apple released the iPhone X last year, the phone's notched design was the subject of much debate.But the iPhone is not the only one to include it, and whether you like it or not, the notch may start popping up on more phones.
Just days shy of Pi day, Google released the first developer preview for what will most likely be Android 9.0, a.k.a.Android P. But while we scramble to discover the treasures both hidden and laid out for eyes to see, the arrival of the latest version of Android also heralds the end of an era.When the Android 9.0 P, whatever its name may be, launches later this year, it will not be made available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C, which practically puts an end to the Nexus line of phones as well as to Google’s last remaining Android tablet.It’s not unexpected unless you haven’t been keeping tabs on Google’s devices.All Nexus devices are guaranteed only two years of major version updates, practically just two new versions.That actually ended for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P last year with Android 8.0 Oreo.
As part of its overhaul of user privacy, Facebook has announced a raft of changes to how it handles user data, including removing the ability to find other Facebook users by searching for their phone number.This function made it easier for people to find one another in countries where many people share the same name (it makes up 7% of all searches in Bangladesh, for example), but in a blog post, Facebook explained that criminals have "abused these features to scrape public profile information by submitting phone numbers or email addresses they already have through search and account recovery".Facebook has also taken steps to limit the data available to third-party apps.It's tightening the review process for apps that request your photos and posts, and apps are no longer allowed to request sensitive data including marital status, religious views, education and work history – the type of data that enabled organizations like Cambridge Analytica to deliver precisely targeted ads to voters in the 2016 US presidential election.In the same blog post, Facebook admitted that its Messenger and Facebook Lite Android apps gather users' call and text history on an opt-in basis.The site reiterated its earlier claim that it doesn't access the content of any messages, but said it was necessary to review the feature to make sure that was the case, and has cut down the amount of information it records.
Duolingo has begun rolling out a new update that will add more advanced lessons to each component of a language course.Called Crown Levels, users now have the option of sticking to a skill to “level up” before they move on to the next skill or finish all the courses then come back to a particular skill for more difficult sessions.Previously, users could see how far they got through a skill via a bar graph, but with Crown Levels, Duolingo now offers five levels of difficulty for those who want to learn harder words and phrases.Skills are ranked from Crown Levels 1 to 5, and each level may contain anywhere between four to 40 sessions before progressing to the next.Duolingo says the goal is to add more content for those who feel like they may have plateaued on the app, so they can further challenge themselves, while keeping all the basics for users who are just getting started and want to just casually pick up a new language skill.There are also new skill types with this update, including phonetics, reading, and listening comprehension.
There seems to be a new trend looming over the horizon and, unsurprisingly, Apple is the trend setter.With smartphone screens almost fully flushed to the edges and with no room for buttons, it seems like the perfect time to reintroduce a new but not really new convention: gesture controls.Although it’s not really certain Google will adopt it in Android P, some OEMs, like OnePlus, seem to be headed in that direction regardless.Even when capacitive buttons became an endangered specie, the standard navigation bar stepped in to save the day.Without any physical buttons at all, Android phones are still easy to use and not confusing because of that standard UI.So when OEMs, and maybe even Google, start to switch to such gesture controls, they’re really applying a solution to a non-existent problem.
As a big thank you to fans for their love and support, Chinese phone brand Ulefone starts up a fan festival and there are quite some very interesting and tempting offers laid out for the Ulefone fans.Besides that, you will have a chance get free gifts and free phones, so no matter if you are a real fan or not, it’s worth checking it out.For starters, the event has the offers for their two new handsets.Subscribe to the upcoming Power 5 or rugged Ulefone Armor X, and you will have a chance to get coupons and free wireless chargers.The subscription will be valid up until April 25 th , so we can assume the presale for the Power 5 should start on April 25th too .Main selling points of the Power 5 include massive 13000mAh battery, 5V/5A super fast charge, 10W wireless charge support, MTK6763 octa-core processor paired with 6GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, Sony 21MP+5MP dual rear camera, 6.0-inch 18:9 all screen display, facial recognition system, side-mounted fingerprint sensor and Android 8.1 Oreo.
They’re not the only two smartphone brands out there, and no matter what their rabid fan bases or grouchy reviewers say, they’re equally as flawed as the brands that are being unfairly ignored.We’re already dangerously close to only having the choice of these two brands in stores, and no-one is going to benefit from that duopoly, except Samsung and Apple.If you’re buying a smartphone this year, then it’s time to take a good, long, hard look at yourself and what you really want from the device that’s going to at your side for the foreseeable future.This week, we’re hearing about how the new LG G7 ThinQ doesn’t have an obvious major selling point, and that it’s evidence of a company that’s lost.We’re not deluded here, LG’s definitely lost in the smartphone wilderness, unsure of the direction it needs to take to find its way back to civilization.When you’ve looked at a phone with a notch for more than a few hours, you forget it’s there.
The new research reveals that the brain's speech centers are organized more according to the physical needs of the vocal tract as it produces speech than by how the speech sounds (its "phonetics").Linguists divide speech into abstract units of sound called "phonemes" and consider the /k/ sound in "keep" the same as the /k/ in "coop."But in reality, your mouth forms the sound differently in these two words to prepare for the different vowels that follow, and this physical distinction now appears to be more important to the brain regions responsible for producing speech than the theoretical sameness of the phoneme.The findings, which extend previous studies on how the brain interprets the sounds of spoken language, could help guide the creation of new generation of prosthetic devices for those who are unable to speak: brain implants could monitor neural activity related to speech production and rapidly and directly translate those signals into synthetic spoken language.The new study, published on May 17, 2018, in Neuron, was conducted by Josh Chartier and Gopala K. Anumanchipalli, PhD, both researchers in the laboratory of senior author Edward Chang, MD, professor of neurological surgery, Bowes Biomedical Investigator, and member of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences.A neural code for vocal tract movements
The famous Xiaomi Redmi line is without the question one of the most popular series in the whole world and the phones are selling exceptionally well.And today we have for you a trio of the new Redmi phones from the wares of the Gearvita e-shop coming with a 10% discount thanks to the coupon MISALE10.But keep in mind these versions are the English ones without the multilanguage and sometimes even without the Google Play installed.First comes the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro with 5,84-inch FHD+ 19:9 noteched display, Snapdragon 625 processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, dual rear 12MP+5MP AI camera with f/2.2, 5MP selfie front cam, dual SIM slot and independent microSD slot, 4000 mAh battery capacity and Android 8.1 with MIUI 10 over it.You can find it in here.Next one is a bit smaller Xiaomi Redmi 6 with 5,45-inch HD+ 18:9 screen, this time without the modern notched design, Helio P22 octa-core processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, 12MP+5MP rear dual AI camera, 5MP selfie cam, rear fingerprint scanner, AI face unlock tech, 3000 mAh battery capacity and MIUI 9 system based on Android 8.1 Oreo.