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Google has announced updates to the Cloud Text-to-Speech API that will provide developers with 12 new languages/variants as well as 76 new voices. The API now includes 95 WaveNet voices, which the company claims are far more natural-sounding.
Are all CPaaSes (Communications Platform as a Service) created alike? Telesign's director of product management Vince Oh thinks not. In this interview with ProgrammableWeb.com editor-in-chief David Berlind, Oh explains how Telesign's parent company gives it a unique competitive advantage.
Slack has recently announced several upgrades to it’s messaging platform, these upgrades aim to improve communication inside larger organizations. These new enhancements include a new API for creating templated workspaces and a new announcement channel for communicating key information.
Twilio has released a beta version of its Conversations API. The unified API allows developers to aggregate messages across channels (SMS, MMS, Chat, and WhatsApp) into a single conversation. Additionally, administrators can control the conversation and supplement with experiential features.
Google has added some code to Android that suggests support for RCS may be expanded, though to what extent no one truly knows. For now, it’s clear that phone makers will gain access to a new API and, by extension, improved RCS compatibility. Third-party app writers, however, may be out of luck.
Akamai has announced the release of Akamai Edge Cloud and an accompanying IoT Edge Connect service. With the announcement of these new tools the company is hoping to “streamline and secure the delivery of data to connected devices and in-application messaging at scale.”
Eighteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Data, Blockchain, and Voice. Highlights include the Lyrebird API which allows developers to integrate a user's artificial voice into an application. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Don't let the name fool you: VoiceSell will not sell your voice data to third-party entities. In fact, quite the opposite. The company, which emerged from stealth today, offers e-commerce vendors a secure way to add voice support to their web sites. The idea is to improve accessibility and security.
Many of us have a love/hate relationship with appointment reminders. Maybe the least annoying notification is a text message, and it's also the easiest. The Twilio REST API lets you create intelligent reminders, and you can also benefit from simple integration with your CRM and reservation systems.
Vonage is bolstering its cloud communication suite with the APIs it purchased through its Nexmo acquisition. A new feature for its Vonage Business Cloud platform, called Number Programmability, leverages the Nexmo API suite to empower Vonage numbers with a host of new features.
RingCentral further integrated its communications features within enterprise systems. RingCentral Embeddable uses RingCentral's core voice and SMS features and allows access to such features within third party apps. The new e-Discovery and message retention APIs allows better compliance reporting.
The Linux Foundation's Automotive Grade Linux project is an open source project aiming to build an industry standard for infotainment and telematics. The project has released its latest version, Unified Code Base 7.0. The new release moves the project closer to speech-enabling all vehicle apps.
This week Microsoft announced its updates for the month of February to its Cognitive Services Speech SDK, currently in version 1.3. Included in the update is the selection of the desired input microphone by using the AudioConfig class, beta support for Unity and new sample code.
Google has apparently backtracked on the idea of allowing third-party messaging apps to access RCS on Android phones. Though RCS is a public specification, APIs are needed to connect messaging apps to the RCS protocols employed by wireless network operators. No API means no RCS for outside apps.
Google has announced updates to its Cloud Speech to Text and Text to Speech APIs that include additional languages, voices, and more affordable pricing models. The goal of these updates is to help developers build better intelligent voice applications and make the products more widely available.
Nineteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including DevOps, Verification, and Mail. Highlights include an API that returns data about Board Games, an API for building connected car apps, and an API for contextual messaging. Here's a look at what's new.
Earlier this week, Blockchain technology company Blockstream launched the beta version of its Blockstream Satellite API. The API allows users a way to create applications that broadcast private data messages worldwide using the Blockstream Satellite network to anyone with a satellite receiver.
The Cognitive Computing section of our Most Interesting APIs in 2018 series includes APIs from categories such as AI, ML, Recognition, Predictions, Sentiment and more that aim to make computers think like computers. Dozens of APIs were added in these areas this past year, here are some highlights.
Recent development plans have signaled the potential end of Android Beam. Beam is Android's NFC feature for sharing small files via the tap of two phones. Developer notes show the Android Beam API is being deprecated. Further, Android Beam will be turned off by default starting with Android Q.
Fitbit has launched version 3.0 of its SDK, and it includes a lot of new developer tools. The SDK includes four new APIs that developers can use to build new experiences and better collect, distribute, and use data created by Fitbit smartwatches. 3.0 supports Versa and Ionic models.