We all know the saying “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” We are going through one of the toughest times of our generation and the situation requires us to toughen up too. Businesses took a hit when the pandemic struck and had to improvise drastically to cope. Some had to scale down their operations while many others resumed with an almost entirely remote workforce. Only a small fraction of businesses are in a position to say they are highly prepared to deal with the impact according to Gartner’s recent Business Continuity Survey.(more…)
Times are changing for iOS application developers. Yes, I’m referring to Apple’s newly announced declarative User Interface (UI) framework, SwiftUI, which will make way for faster, interactive app development.
Generating natural speech remains the holy grail of text-to-speech (TTS) synthesis systems. While intelligible TTS systems are well-developed, the quest for the perfect-sounding one is still on. Remember Duplex that debuted at Google I/O 2018? This AI-powered Google Assistant famously dialed up a salon, negotiated an appointment with the staff in an intelligent back-and-forth communication, without giving away the fact that it was a machine.