Hearing Voices - Issue #18, or "WTF is a Speechcon (spoiler: it'semoticon for speech)"

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"The major advances in speed of communication and ability to interact took place more than a century
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Hearing Voices

March 31 - Issue #18 - View online
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The major advances in speed of communication and ability to interact took place more than a century ago. The shift from sailing ships to telegraph was far more radical than that from telephone to email!”
- Chomsky
“Srsly, forward this to friends”
- Hartman

Appz To Try:
> Breaker - the (self-proclaimed) “best app for listening to podcasts.” I happen to agree. it’s got a social layer on top so you can follow people, see what they’re listening to, “heart” episodes, and – wait for it – comment on them. It’s become my default podcast app of choice. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
For Developerz:
> New Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) Feature: SSML Speechcons in Alexa Skills. Think “emoticon” – “speechcons” are special words and phrases that are pronounced more expressively by Alexa.
<say-as interpret-as=“interjection”>Bazinga.</say-as>
The Matrix Voice is an Alexa for your Raspberry Pi - “Matrix Labs just completed a successful crowdfunding campaign for what amounts to an AI voice recognition system for the Raspberry Pi which allows you, a mere mortal, to make your own Alexa in your basement. ”
making an Alexa powered device is easy as raspberry pi
Newz:
> Amazon wants you to play more games. Games were a huge category to drive revenue for iPhone Apps, will it work the same way in games? (fyi this is from The Information, which has a pay wall. but also fyi, it quotes me, so you should probably just subscribe & share it out…) 
> Time to hang up on voice (2014). Since I included the bull case from The Information above, I dug this up from 2014, where @lessin argues “voice is not the future of interface design” and “speaking is not a great way to interact with the world” …about a year before building an app whose UI incorporates voice as a primary input. JUST JOKING SAM. I know you can take it. Sam’s posts are always a fascinating read and this one does not disappoint. And of course it features one of his signature charts (source: The Information):
also, amt of data presented is inversely proportional to amt of info communicated
> Talk to cortana even when your android phone is locked. I’m pretty surprised you couldn’t do this before. When I use Siri, which is admittedly pretty rare in a post-Alexa world, it’s usually because my phone is plugged in across the bedroom and I want to know the weather. Having to unlock it is a deal-breaker.
> Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri are waging war over the hotel room. “Bloomberg reports that Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri are vying for a spot in Marriott International’s Aloft chain of hotel rooms…” Will be interesting to see how this plays out. Thanks @peterrojas for this tip
guess it's awkward to say "listen" to the news so they said "read"
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!
Matt

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