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Hearing Voices - Issue #26, or "Nobody said that running a feudal fiefdom would be easy..."

"Podcasting might be thought of as a form of academic gift."- Les Back, author of Academic Diary "For

Hearing Voices

July 23 · Issue #26 · View online
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“Podcasting might be thought of as a form of academic gift.”
- Les Back, author of Academic Diary
“Forwarding this email to a friend might be thought of as a form of academic gift. Or a prank. Probably a prank.”
- Matt Hartman, author of This Newsletter

Hi All,
I’ve been a bit quiet with the newsletter, apologies for the lack of…frequency (audio pun?!). Here are highlights in the voice space from the past week+
To Try:
> Blinkist Minute Alexa Skill - If you’re a fan of Blinkist, you should check out their Alexa skill. It’s a daily audio brief with insights and tips from nonfiction books. I usually feel smarter after listening to Blinkist.
> Speaking.Email - listen to email content without the clutter. Some of you know I’m obsessed with the idea of listening to my email. This app, “” (great domain name btw, regardless if they meant it to seem 90’s-esq) I’ve had a bit of trouble getting this UI to function well in the actual workflow of walking but worth giving it a try.
> Yes, Sire - A new popular Alexa game with a description that gives you a sense of their humor: “Needy peasants. A backstabbing nobility. A king who is never satisfied. Nobody said that running a feudal fiefdom would be easy…”
> Spelling Bee - The talented team from “Yes, Sire” also created Spelling Bee. This seems especially great for families to use the Echo together.
Anchor Launches one-touch podcast publishing - This is pretty awesome. If you’re a regular anchor broadcaster, you can turn your stations into podcasts directly from the anchor app, and they’ll show up in the apple podcasting store. (FYI you can follow me on Anchor here:
For Developerz:
Run Google Assistant on Your Amazon Echo - a fun hack. “This is an implementation of the Google Assistant API wrapped as an Alexa skill.” Very rudimentary (“Playing music, news, or podcasts is not supported.”) but still fun that people are playing around with this 
To Read:
> Inflections & Reflections on Voicecamp - great post by @pmontee on
> The Voice Enabled Revolution and The Network Effect of Voice - both pieces by @thejerrylu. He opens the first by pointing out that “most English speakers type only about 40 words per minute…We can speak at about 3x that rate (130 wpm), read at about 6x that rate (250 wpm), and listen at 10x that rate (450 wpm).” I didn’t realize that average listening speeds were faster than average reading speeds (I also haven’t checked) but interesting if true.
Thanks for reading and have a great week!
- Matt

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