VOICE

  • WhatsApp voice calling coming to iPhones in 'a couple of weeks': Co-founder Brian Acton Yesterday

    New Delhi: In what could be good news for iPhone users, WhatsApp is planning to soon roll out its free voice calling feature for iOS. WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, at the Facebook f8 conference, said that the company will launch the voice calling feature for iOS devices in a couple...
  • Free WhatsApp voice calling: How to get it on your phone in 2 easy steps March 14, 2015

    New Delhi: The voice calling feature that WhatsApp had been teasing and testing for some time now is finally going mainstream. The WhatsApp voice calling feature is enabled in the latest build of the WhatsApp Messenger that is now available for download for Android devices on Google Play (version 2.11.561)....
  • Will.i.am wishes to have a home in England March 1, 2015

    London: Rapper Will.i.am is reportedly searching for a property in Britain while serving as a mentor on the singing based reality show "The Voice". According to a source, the 39-year-old has seen a four million pounds mansion with eight bedrooms and five living rooms in Essex, reports mirror.co.uk. "Will has been looking...
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop lets you change some device settings with 'OK, Google' voice command February 22, 2015

    New Delhi: Those who love to instruct voice commands to their Android phones but have to provide manual input to tweak system settings now have a reason to smile. Android Lollipop lets you change some of the phone's settings based on voice inputs. Saying aloud "OK, Google. Turn on WiFi" can...
  • Be careful in what you say in your living room. Samsung's smart TV could be listening and sharing February 10, 2015

    Seoul: South Korean electronics giant Samsung has revealed its potential for smart television sets that can capture your drawing room conversations and share them without your knowledge. Voice-recognition technology in Samsung's Internet connected TVs can capture and transmit nearby conversations. The potential for TVs to eavesdrop is revealed in Samsung's smart...
  • WhatsApp reportedly starts rolling out voice calling feature February 2, 2015

    New Delhi: It seems that WhatsApp has started to roll out its much-awaited voice calling feature to users. While there is no official word on the availability of the free voice calling feature on WhatsApp from the company, reports are doing the rounds claiming that a Reddit user pradnesh07 found...
  • Here's how voice calls on messaging apps can open new revenue stream for mobile companies February 1, 2015

    New Delhi: With mobile operators getting wary about messaging apps eating into their voice call earnings, Hike messenger says such services in fact can open a new 'fat revenue stream' for the full-fledged telecom firms. Incidentally, Hike is run by Kavin Mittal, son of telecom czar Sunil Mittal, and is a...
  • Hike Messenger rolls out free voice calling for Android January 28, 2015

    New Delhi: Home-grown chat application firm Hike Messenger has rolled out free voice-calling Hike Calls, a company statement said Wednesday. The introduction of this feature will allow its users to call each other for free, over 2G, 3G and Wi-Fi and across the globe in over 200 countries. The introduction of...
  • Facebook Messenger gets voice-to-text conversion feature January 20, 2015

    New York: Social networking site Facebook has launched a new feature for its messenger app that automatically transcribes any file sent as a voice recording and lets the people send voice clips to each other. To send an audio clip, just tap the microphone icon, record the message and send. The tool...
  • Cockpit voice recorder recovered from crashed AirAsia jet, says official January 13, 2015

    Jakarta: Divers retrieved the cockpit voice recorder from the wreck of an AirAsia passenger jet on Tuesday, MetroTV said quoting a transport official, a key piece of evidence for investigators to determine the cause of the crash that killed 162 people. The cockpit voice recorder, which records conversations between the pilots...
  • Rita Ora promises a fun show on 'The Voice' January 3, 2015

    Los Angeles: Singer Rita Ora, who is set to replace Kylie Minogue on 'The Voice', says she's keen to spice things up when she takes her place on the reality show's panel. The 24-year-old has been drafted in as the new female panelist alongside regulars will.i.am, Tom Jones and Ricky Wilson. And...
  • Airtel drops plans to charge extra for VoIP calls following outrage December 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Buckling under pressure, leading telecom player Bharti Airtel has dropped its plans to charge extra for internet voice calls or VoIP service available through apps like Skype and Viber. "In view of the news reports that a consultation paper will be issued shortly by TRAI on issues...
  • Airtel announces VoIP calling pack for prepaid customers; stands by its decision to charge extra for calls on Skype, Viber December 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Standing by its decision to charge extra for services like Skype and Viber, telecom major Bharti Airtel today said allowing VoIP calls on mobiles without additional charges was not a tenable business. The company defended its position despite Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad saying that the government would look...
  • Google launches Indian Language Internet Alliance; showcases Hindi voice search November 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Google has announced the creation of Indian Language Internet Alliance (ILIA), in partnership with leading Indian technology and content companies, to promote the growth of of Indic-language content on the Internet. Network 18 is one of the founding members of this initiative and is represented by IBN Khabar...
  • Voiceprints: A look at how your voice is being used to ID you October 14, 2014

    London: Businesses and governments around the world are increasingly turning to voice biometrics, which sometimes are described as voiceprints, to replace passwords and fight fraud. A look at this fast-growing technology: Talk your way past security Canada's TD Bank Group, the National Australia Bank and the Bank of New Zealand are among...
  • Voiceprints being used to pay pensions, collect taxes, track criminals, replace passwords October 14, 2014

    London: Over the telephone, in jail and online, a new digital bounty is being harvested: the human voice. Businesses and governments around the world increasingly are turning to voice biometrics, or voiceprints, to pay pensions, collect taxes, track criminals and replace passwords. "We sometimes call it the invisible biometric," said Mike Goldgof,...
  • Apple's Siri could crash your car October 8, 2014

    Washington: Just because you can talk to your car doesn't mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better. The systems let drivers do things like tune the radio, send a text message, or make...
  • Skype to bar calls to mobile, landline numbers within India from November 10 October 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Over the top telecom player Skype today said it will stop calling facility from its application on mobile and landline within India from November 10. "As of November 10, 2014 Skype will end support for calling within India, meaning calls to mobiles and landlines from Skype within India will...
  • Google Voice integrated into Hangouts messaging app; allows users to make free voice calls September 11, 2014

    San Francisco: Google began letting people use its Hangouts message application for mobile devices to make free or lowcost voice calls over the Internet. "Hangouts already makes it easy to send a quick message, or start a group video chat," Google product manager Amit Fulay said in a blog post. "But, sometimes...
  • WB: Woman held for faking CM Mamata Banerjee's voice to demand money from 2 TMC leaders September 6, 2014

    Barasat: A woman has been arrested for impersonating West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over phone in North 24Parganas district. Deputy Commissioner (Detective Department) Barrackpore Commisionerate C Sudhakar said Ananya Biswas, a resident of Khardah, was arrested two days ago on a charge of faking Banerjee's voice demanding cash from...
  • 50 pc students lack skills for their current grades: Survey September 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Fifty per cent of students entering any class lack the requisite skills like academic, cognitive and vocational for that level, said teachers in a survey. A majority of the teachers also believed that India's assessment system primarily focuses on exam results, the survey conducted Pearson, an organisation involved...
  • WhatsApp to soon launch free voice calling feature: Reports September 1, 2014

    New York: If media reports are to be believed, mobile messaging service WhatsApp is set to launch a free voice calling feature for its 600 million active users. Recent changes in the interface of the app suggests the feature is coming soon. "The leaked images of the upcoming user interface shows that...
  • Ooloo tries to be different from Siri, Google Now, gets real humans to answer your queries August 4, 2014

    New Delhi: If you are tired of explaining to voicebased search apps what you are searching for, then here is a solution for you. A new humanpowered search solution Ooloo has made its way to both Google Play Store and Apple's App Store. Unlike popular virtual assistants like...
  • Malaysian Airliner's voice recorder in good condition, says UN Civil Aviation body July 24, 2014

    Ottawa: The cockpit voice recorder of the Malaysian airliner downed over Ukraine is in good condition, the United Nations civil aviation body said on Wednesday, adding that it was holding talks with airlines and states on how to assess the danger posed by conflicts. Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down...
  • Google aims to roll out voicebased search services in Indian regional languages June 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Driven by increasing penetration of affordable smartphones and cheaper data plans, voicebased search is expected to witness manifold growth in the next few years in India, search giant Google said today. Google, which offers voicebased search in 47 languages globally, also expects to roll out services in Indian regional...
  • Domino's now lets you order pizza using voice commands, adds Sirilike virtual assistant to its Android, iPhone apps June 17, 2014

    New York: The Domino's pizza delivery chain on Monday plans to introduce a function on its mobile app that lets customers place orders by speaking with a computergenerated voice named "Dom," part of an ongoing to take business away from rivals and smaller pizza shops by offering more convenient ways...
  • Modi says his inner voice made him choose Bhutan June 16, 2014

    Thimphu: "My inner voice said I should visit Bhutan first." This is what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday while explaining why he chose Bhutan as his first foreign destination. "After such a big mandate, there is usually a temptation to visit some big powerful nation so that there is...
  • Young women, husky voice may kill your job chances May 30, 2014

    Good work experience and a charming personality fine but a deep, husky voice could be a deterrent for a young woman to land a good job. According to a significant study, recruiters view women with husky voices as less educated and competent, among other undesirable traits. "The results show that 'croaky' voice...
  • On strict voice rest, tweets Sophie Choudry April 28, 2014

    Sophie on voice rest Actresssinger Sophie Choudry is enjoying playing dumb charades, thanks to voice rest advise. "Wow! 46 hours since I last spoke. On strict voice rest! On the plus side, my dumb charades technique is improving," she posted on Twitter Monday. The "Shaadi No. 1" actress is also planning to have...
  • Gwen Stefani likely to join 'The Voice' as judge April 20, 2014

    Los Angeles: Singer Gwen Stefani is reportedly in talks to join the singing reality show 'The Voice' and may fill in for current judge Christian Aguilera when she goes on a maternity leave. Stefani may join 'The Voice' as a judge for the upcoming seventh season. Reports suggest Stefani is close...