Mashable: How to create an audio version of any too-long-to-read article

Mashable: How to create an audio version of any too-long-to-read article. “If you find reading long articles and features challenging, why not convert them to audio so you can listen to the content at a time and pace that suits you? Whether you’re researching something for work or study, or you just want to read for pleasure, converting the text to audio and then to an MP3 file that you can listen to on your computer or a mobile device is a great option to have. We’ve tried and tested a very simple-to-use, free online tool that can help you create an audio version of any too-long-to-read (we’ll let you be the judge of that!) article in a matter of minutes.”

Liam O’Dell: Twitter Spaces’ Voice Effects are hellish and inaccessible – they have to go

Liam O’Dell: Twitter Spaces’ Voice Effects are hellish and inaccessible – they have to go. “After an unintended break from the social audio feature for a few weeks, I returned to test out the collection of new ‘transformers’ designed to make things a little bit easier for those who may find using their own voices in Spaces a tad uncomfortable. Yet, what may be more comfortable for them, is in fact completely inaccessible – and even painful – for disabled people, such as autistic people and others who identify as neurodivergent.”

POGO: Over 75 Organizations Urge Supreme Court to Make Live Audio Streaming Permanent and Accessible

POGO: Over 75 Organizations Urge Supreme Court to Make Live Audio Streaming Permanent and Accessible. “Providing live audio access to cases during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has convincingly demonstrated the public’s appetite to observe the operations of the Court. It has also shown that the Court can balance increased public access with the integrity of its proceedings. Equitable access to the Court as an institution is imperative for all Americans.”

TechCrunch: TikTok and Snap alums launch mayk.it, a social music creation app, with $4M in seed funding

TechCrunch: TikTok and Snap alums launch mayk.it, a social music creation app, with $4M in seed funding. “Mayk.it wants to help people easily produce, own and share music that they can create using just their phone. Users can upload their own beat or select an existing beat from another user, then add vocals (voice effects and somewhat corny lyric generators are available if you’re shy), and then add a visual from Giphy. Once you make (or, ‘mayk’) something, you can post it on the app, where other users can see it via a discovery page, which categorizes music by feeling or theme, rather than genre.”

PR Newswire: Callin Launches the First App for “Social Podcasting” (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Callin Launches the First App for “Social Podcasting” (PRESS RELEASE). “Callin is the first ‘Social Podcasting’ platform where users can create, discover, and consume live and recorded audio content in one place. It combines the best aspects of social audio – live conversations and social discoverability – with the best of podcasting – a library of quality, episodic content that users can listen to anytime.”

Hypebeast: Roblox Introduces Voice Chat With ‘Spatial Voice’ Beta

Hypebeast: Roblox Introduces Voice Chat With ‘Spatial Voice’ Beta. “Roblox is introducing a new voice chat feature called “Spatial Voice,” starting with an invitation-only beta for select developers, the gaming platform announced on Thursday.” Interesting, comes very soon after Clubhouse announced its own spatial audio feature. I’m not trying to imply they’re copying, just that audio seems like a new focus of social networks.

TechCrunch: Callin, David Sacks’ ‘social podcasting’ app, launches and announces a $12M Series A round

TechCrunch: Callin, David Sacks’ ‘social podcasting’ app, launches and announces a $12M Series A round. “As live audio becomes more and more popular, co-founders David Sacks (former COO of PayPal and CEO of Yammer) and Axel Ericsson sought to combine social audio and podcasting into one seamless app. The resulting app — Callin — launches today on iOS with an announcement of $12 million in Series A funding co-led by Sequoia, Goldcrest and Craft Ventures, where Sacks is a founder and partner.”

CNET: Amazon reportedly building live audio business

CNET: Amazon reportedly building live audio business. “Amazon is reportedly building a live audio service for use with Alexa. The online retail giant is investing heavily in an effort led by its music division that would include paying podcast networks, musicians and celebrities to use the feature for live conversations, shows and events, according to a Tuesday report from Axios.”

TechCrunch: Clubhouse is adding spatial audio effects to make users feel like they’re really in the room

TechCrunch: Clubhouse is adding spatial audio effects to make users feel like they’re really in the room. “It’s been a busy summer for Clubhouse. The hit social audio app rolled out new messaging features and an Android app over the last few months and now the company is turning its attention to enhancing its core audio experience. Clubhouse announced Sunday that its rooms will now be infused with spatial audio to give the app’s listeners a richer sense of hanging out live with a group of other people.”

Motherboard: This Tool Lets You Program an Entire App With One Voice Command

Motherboard: This Tool Lets You Program an Entire App With One Voice Command. “A new tool for generating lines of code from natural speech can churn out programming language from just the sound of your voice. In a video demonstrating the application, Andrew Mayne, who works for OpenAI, says it’s a ‘voice and natural language code creation tool’ that works with Python and Javascript. When you’re done speaking to it, it runs a terminal to test that the code works.”

Mashable: 10 free audiobook sites for discovering your next literary obsession

Mashable: 10 free audiobook sites for discovering your next literary obsession. “Great literature is closer than you think, and you don’t even need to visit a bookstore or pick up your e-reader to find it. If you haven’t got time to sit down with a book — or if you just like being read to — check out one of these sites, which allow access to thousands of free audiobooks. There’s the perfect one for you in the mix!”

CNET: How to improve your TV’s speech and get rid of muffled dialog

CNET: How to improve your TV’s speech and get rid of muffled dialog. “If you’re struggling to understand the dialog in your new favorite show, it’s most likely the TV’s tiny speakers that are to blame. However, there could be other causes — for example, if you find that people’s lips are moving but speech isn’t correlating, you may need help with a lip-sync issue. If your main problem is that dialog sounds muffled and incomprehensible, whether you’re using a TV speaker or a separate sound system, here are three things you can do to fix it.”