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AISpeech is the API behind a Chinese language and pronunciation learning website, AIChinese. You may know that Chinese is a tonal language. Where tones and inflection are used in English to convey emotion or differentiate between a declarative statement and a question, in tonal languages like Chinese, different tones on the same syllable can be altogether different words. The AISpeech API gives you access to a language processing engine which is capable of detecting spoken words and evaluating if the appropriate tone is used.
Microsoft announced availability of the ORTC API preview for Edge. ORTC API support is not yet available in other browsers which may pose some difficulties for app developers.
Next gen telecommunications company Twilio is taking its first step into Europe. The company chose London as its landing site and will begin selling phone numbers in 50 of the most populous area codes in the UK immediately. Application developers can now use the Twilio API to build innovative applications for the London market while enabling the first Twilio to Twilio international calling capabilities. Along with the UK, Twilio is testing its service in a handful of other European countries.