Best Tech Stories around the web #198

This week: Google Offers a Pair of Apps to Help the Deaf Community, Huawei’s A.I. has finished Schubert’s unfinished symphony, rotating LEDs reveal the moon as art subject & inspiration and a robot that can play Jenga!


Google Offers a Pair of Apps to Help the Deaf Community by

Two new mobile apps being rolled out today, Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier, are aimed at the 466 million people—more than 5 percent of the world’s population—who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Live Transcribe app uses Google’s cloud-based, speech-to-text intelligence to offer text representations of spoken conversations as they’re happening, while Sound Amplifier relies on an Android-based dynamic audio processing effect to make speech and other sounds easier to hear. Read more

Huawei’s A.I. has finished Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, and we’ve heard it by

Franz Schubert composed his Symphony No.8 in 1822, but never completed it, making only two movements along with an outline of a third. Nearly 200 years later, Huawei, Emmy-awarding composer Lucas Cantor, and artificial intelligence (A.I.) inside the Mate 20 Pro smartphone have done what the renowned composer didn’t. They’ve finished the unfinished symphony. Read more


Rotating LEDs reveal the moon as art subject and inspiration by

he moon has always been there for us, providing illumination and marking time while inspiring mankind in art, science and space exploration. Taipei-based studio Whyixd is presenting a new way of looking at it with an installation called #define Moon. It consists of nine rotating LED installations that emulate the full, waxing, waning and seasonal phases of our satellite.
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Block party: scientists celebrate robot that can play Jenga by

MIT researchers develop machine with physical skills needed to master children’s game. Read more