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.
IBM continues to push the boundaries of human-machine interaction with its Watson, machine-learning platform. A new set up APIs allow third party software and hardware to leverage the platform. Tone Analyzer, Emotion Analysis, Visual Recognition, and Expressive TTS arrive as the new Watson APIs.