It never hurts to have a voice recorder at the ready. These compact, lightweight little gadgets can store hundreds of hours of digital audio. Whether you get your best ideas in the car and need a way to record them before they're long gone from your brain, or you need to keep a complete log of meetings, lectures, or interviews, these convenient recording devices can get the job done effortlessly. For a limited time, you can get six of the best voice recorders from Atto Digital on sale for up to 20% off as of Oct. 22. About the size of a quarter at just 1.2 inches wide, the Atto Voice Recorder still packs a powerful punch, with an automatic voice sensor, four different recording qualities, 24 hours of battery life, and 8GB of built-in memory.
John Glenn became the first man to orbit the Earth on February 20, 1962. MELBOURNE, Fla. -- John Glenn's history-making flight into orbit on Feb. 20, 1962, was one of the most dangerous manned missions ever flown, longtime NBC correspondent Jay Barbree recalled Thursday. "That was a really risky flight," said Barbree, of Merritt Island, who covered every launch of astronauts from the Space Coast. "Of course, John had the coolness and the guts and all to do it." Glenn, who went on to become a U.S. senator from Ohio, died Thursday at age 95. In an effort to match Yuri Gagarin's orbital flight the previous year, NASA had rushed work to convert Atlas intercontinental ballistic missiles to fly astronauts, Barbree, 83, said. "They only had a couple of flights under their belts, and they'd had a couple of blow-ups," he said.
Google's Pixel phones are the company's preferred way of showcasing its AI chops to consumers. Pixel phones consistently set the phone camera bar thanks to Google's AI prowess. But many of the AI features have nothing to do with the camera. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL unveiled this week at the Made by Google hardware event in New York City continue this tradition. Camera improvements aside, the Pixel 4 makes a play for a new arena that Google clearly wants to rule: offline natural language processing.
One of the benefits of investing in a new flagship handset such as the Pixel 4, is that it gives you access to exclusive apps and features. Just as the likes of Samsung and OnePlus do, Google gives owners of its latest Pixel devices new toys to play with, and with the Pixel 4 this included the Recorder app. More than just a simple audio recording tool, Recorder also uses AI and voice recognition to automatically transcribe and label recordings in real time to make them far more useful. Now there's good news for anyone packing a Pixel 2, Pixel 3 or Pixel 3a: the Recorder app is no longer exclusive to the Pixel 4. The automatic transcription offered by the Recorder app is great for taking minutes of meetings, dictating documents and much more. The app is now being opened up to a wider range of users, giving many more people the chance to avoid the laborious task of transcribing recordings by hand.