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Skype 8 gets call captioning with live captions and subtitles

Skype 8 gets call captioning with live captions and subtitles

Microsoft has launched live call captioning with live captions and subtitles in the latest version of Skype. The new feature was announced on the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, giving users who are deaf or hard of hearing an important accessibility feature. The captions and subtitles appear as people are talking.

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Lineage Android Pie update: What is it, and should I use it?

Lineage Android Pie update: What is it, and should I use it?

Today we're having a peek at the latest update to Lineage - but before that, we're going to go over what it is and why it exists. Lineage is a bit of software that replaces the version of Android your smartphone manufacturing brand originally installed before purchase. Once you purchase the phone, you have the ability to run the software already installed, or you can go through a series of steps that'll lead to expanded abilities and a custom build - made by Lineage.

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Windows 10 update makes Windows Media Player almost unusable

Windows 10 update makes Windows Media Player almost unusable

Windows 10’s October update, a.k.a. version 1809, is turning out to be, by far, the worst Windows 10 update in its three-year history as a rolling release. While Windows as a Service definitely has many benefits on paper, Microsoft’s execution is souring users’ perception of what should have been a very positive change. The latest in a growing litany of errors is an update that fixes a few security issues but also breaks Microsoft’s own Media Player and Windows 10 OS features in the process.

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Microsoft needs to clean up its Windows update act ASAP

Microsoft needs to clean up its Windows update act ASAP

Almost everyone has a smartphone these days,perhaps more than a PC. That means almost everyone uses Android or iOS. Linux runs the tech world behind the scenes and macOS still enjoys the prestige of being the creatives' OS. But like it or not, Windows is still the operating system on computers, from desktops to laptops to hybrids to even some PoS and ATMs, regrettably. With that many users and installs, you’d think Microsoft would exercise great care and caution to ensure its updates don’t break computers terribly. Unfortunately, as it turns out, that isn’t the case lately.

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Chrome OS might soon let Linux apps dip into Android folders

Chrome OS might soon let Linux apps dip into Android folders

Google seems to grooming Chrome OS to be the one OS that runs them all. Well, almost all since, at the moment, it can only run Chrome apps, Android apps via Google Play Store, and Linux apps via the Debian GNU/Linux distro. But while that arrangement might seem like the perfect setup, at least for users who prefer Linux over, say, Windows or macOS, reality isn’t all sunshine and roses. It might be, soon, if Linux programs will finally be able to access Android files and folders.

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Windows 10 October update breaks iCloud shared album syncing

Windows 10 October update breaks iCloud shared album syncing

Windows 10’s October 2018 major update, a.k.a. version 1809, is turning out to be quite the nightmare, most especially for users. It was rolled out early lost month with a nefarious file-deleting bug that allegedly affected only a small number of users. Microsoft has since pulled out the update and re-released it but the nightmare is far from over. The latest is a still unfixed bug that is causing problems for iCloud users trying to sync their shared albums.

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Microsoft Emoji8 uses machine learning to judge emoji imitation

Microsoft Emoji8 uses machine learning to judge emoji imitation

Microsoft has unveiled a fun new app that utilizes its machine learning technology to judge facial expressions imitating emoji. The Emoji8 tool is a sample UWP application, according to Microsoft, that uses a device's webcam to monitor users imitating randomly selected emoji expressions. Emoji8 is provided both through the Windows Store and on GitHub.

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Final Cut Pro X gets third-party extensions and better noise reduction

Final Cut Pro X gets third-party extensions and better noise reduction

Final Cut Pro X has received an update that brings workflow extensions for popular third-party services and apps, including Shutterstock and Frame.io. The new support brings the extensions to the editing interface with a design that matches, the end result being a tight integration for rapid access to popular tools. In addition, the update adds new features targeted at professional users.

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Windows 10 October 2018 update re-released as Microsoft promises big changes

Windows 10 October 2018 update re-released as Microsoft promises big changes

Microsoft is re-releasing its Windows 10 October 2018 update for all users following the limited rollout to Windows Insiders last month. The re-release fixes what Microsoft calls a "small but serious" problem that had resulted in some users losing files after updating their system. Last month, the company detailed the source of that problem and now it is back with a vow to do better in the future.

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Voicera EVA meeting AI assistant gets a gender-neutral makeover

Voicera EVA meeting AI assistant gets a gender-neutral makeover

There is a growing number of smart virtual assistants in the digital world today and almost all of them have one thing in common. Most have female-sounding or even unambiguously female names. Some, like Google Assistant, have a non-human name but, while you can change the voice, its still defaults to female. Many have decried this perpetuation of gender roles in the tech industry and Voicera, the startup that’s making one of the most advanced in-meeting assistants in the market, is taking steps to break away from that culture.

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Firefox Price Wise, Email Tabs want to make holidays less stressful

Firefox Price Wise, Email Tabs want to make holidays less stressful

They call it the holidays but for some people, those days are even more nerve-wracking than regular days. From the travel accommodations that have to be made to the presents that have to be bought, people are flooded with more information than they would normally get during any other day. And since most of that information is coming from the Web, Mozilla is trying out some new tricks to let Firefox help rather than add to the problem, like keeping track of prices for you or helping you email links to yourself.

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PlayStation Classic relies on open source emulator for its 20 games

PlayStation Classic relies on open source emulator for its 20 games

Following in the footsteps of Nintendo and their recent NES and SNES Classic mini consoles, Sony will releasing a similar take on the PS1 next month: the PlayStation Classic, a plug-and-play replica of the 32-bit console, loaded with 20 of the platform's most memorable games. Like Nintendo's Classic systems, the PlayStation Classic will use an emulator to run its games, but in Sony's case it's relying on a piece of open source software.

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