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Text to Speech Technology: How Voice Computing is Building a More Accessible World

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In a world where new technology emerges at exponential rates, and our daily lives are increasingly mediated by speakers and sound waves, text to speech technology is the latest force evolving the way we communicate. Text to speech technology refers to a field of computer science that enables the conversion of language text into audible speech. Also known as voice computing, text to speech (TTS) often involves building a database of recorded human speech to train a computer to produce sound waves that resemble the natural sound of a human speaking. This process is called speech synthesis. The technology is trailblazing and major breakthroughs in the field occur regularly.


Are YOU a kinesthetic or auditory learner?

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Whether you're studying for an exam or revising for a presentation, a quiz on identifying different learning methods promises to help you maximise the amount of information you can retain. Formed of ten questions, the quick quiz by Tutor House asks participants to consider how they would respond in a series of scenarios. This technique reveals if they would benefit most from visual, auditory, read and write or kinesthetic (interactive) learning methods. Created by Tutor House in partnership with educational experts, the quiz considers the widely used VARK (Visual, Aural, Read/write, and Kinesthetic) learning styles developed by Fleming's in 1987. Visual learners are likely to respond to visual stimuli like photos and videos to remember things.


There is NO such thing as different learning styles scientists say

Daily Mail - Science & tech

It can be an easy excuse to explain away poor grades. But a new study claims that having a'different learning style' isn't a legitimate reason for failing to learn. In fact, scientists believe it's a myth that some people learn better using different methods, such as'visual learning.' Despite this, as many as 96 per cent of teachers subscribe to the idea of learning styles. Using different'learning styles' to get the most out of pupils is a fruitless endeavour, according to a new study which suggests people have no preferred way of learning.


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Jenny Morris – a disabled feminist and scholar – has argued that the term "disability" shouldn't refer directly to a person's impairment. Rather, it should be used to identify someone who is disadvantaged by the disabling external factors of a world designed by and for those without disabilities.


Google makes its screen reader easier to use on Chromebooks

Engadget

To improve the Chromebook experience for users with visual impairments, Google announced a new version of its ChromeVox tool this week. First, the screen reading feature is now the default option on all Chromebooks running Chrome OS 56 and newer. All you have to do to turn it on is hit Ctrl Alt Z. As part of this update, Google says it made the ChromeVox keyboard controls easier to use. These commands are what help you navigate websites and other apps without a mouse.