Amazon’s Alexa gets a new longform speaking style

Amazon’s Alexa gets a new longform speaking style

Amazon is introducing a new speaking style for Alexa and adding some speaking styles for other AI voices, the company said today. The longform speaking style is available for US developers who want a reading voice that sounds more natural when reading long pieces of content, like articles or podcasts. Amazon says the longform style…

The Next Grand Theft Auto Is On the Way

The Next Grand Theft Auto Is On the Way

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Hospitals Quickly Reshape to Treat Covid-19 Patients

Hospitals Quickly Reshape to Treat Covid-19 Patients

Until mid-March, the emergency room entrance at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, looked much like the entrance to other ERs: an illuminated red “EMERGENCY” sign mounted on a brick facade, above an open space where cars and ambulances could unload patients.By the end of the month, part of that once-open space had been enclosed…

What Does Covid-19 Do to Your Brain?

What Does Covid-19 Do to Your Brain?

During the third week of March, as the pandemic coronavirus that causes Covid-19 was beginning to grip the city of Detroit, an ambulance sped through its streets to Henry Ford Hospital. Inside, a 58-year-old airline worker struggled to understand what was happening to her. Like hundreds of other Covid-19 patients flooding the city’s emergency rooms,…

Venture-Backed Startups Debate the Ethics of Taking US Loans

Venture-Backed Startups Debate the Ethics of Taking US Loans

The novel coronavirus pandemic is punishing some venture-backed startups, as lockdown orders jeopardize business plans years in the making. Revenue streams have evaporated overnight, leaving young companies desperate to cut expenses and attract more funding as investors tighten their wallets.The federal government’s $350 billion small-business loan program could be a lifeline, offering low-interest loans that…