The Weekly Roundup: Google's latest Pixel 4 app impresses, praise for Nobel Prize winner and a feel-good video to brighten your week
Exciting news for content creators this week at Instagram's IGTV releases features that will allow videos to viewed as a series. Google is releasing an on-device transcribing app that may be a game-changer, plus just because we loved it so; a video showing a deaf father signing to his newborn daughter, that has really hit us with all the feels.
1. Pixel 4’s live transcription goes up against “real-life” challenges
Google is a releasing a new built in app in their Pixel 4 and honestly, it's very impressive. The app is able to transcribe audio in real time and without the need to be connected to wifi or data. It's completely “on-device”. To test the capabilities of Recorder, The Wall Street Journal set it up against a stenographer as they listened and transcribed people with different accents and a Guinness World Record holder for fastest talker. We won't ruin the results for you, so you'll have to find out for yourself.
2. IGTV Rolls Out Tools Enabling Creators To Publish Videos As An Episodic Series
Instagram's IGTV just upped it's game as it rolled out features that will give creators the opportunity to release their videos in series form. “The update includes: the ability to turn on notifications for clips within an IGTV series; an organisational tool that will allow creators to add a series title badge to videos (so that they’re differentiated from standalone IGTV videos); and a ‘continued viewing’ feature, which will automatically play the next episode in a series after the previous instalment concludes.”
3. Abhijit Banerjee delivers speech in Shuddh Bangla at MIT. Viral video is a blockbuster on Internet
Nobel Prize winner, Abhijit Banerjee has delivered an acceptance speech partly in Shuddh Bangla at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Sharing it on his Facebook page radio announcer, Mirchi Agni has expressed his pride in seeing Shuddh Bangla being spoken amongst predominantly English speakers. Agni wrote, “Nobel laureate is addressing MIT in Bengali. Goosebumps, teary eyes and people whistling in the hall.” The video has gone viral in India as many others share in Agni's pride for Banerjee and the language.
4. Mozilla Adding Privacy-Focused Translation to Firefox
Mozilla is joining the translation game as it announces it will be “adding an automatic page translation feature to its browser.” Unlike Chrome however, which sends the translated text to the cloud, Firefox will be keeping it client-side; which means it's completely private. In a society that is now quite concerned when it comes to privacy (or lack thereof), this could be the upper hand that Mozilla is after. At the time of writing, there is no confirmed date of the release, but rest assured it is on its way.
5. Love doesn't need sound: Deaf man uses signs to talk with daughter, video warms hearts online
This one proves that love is the universal language! A video has gone viral that shows a deaf father signing to his newborn daughter. She has his full attention as he signs to her, “Daddy. I’m your daddy. I love you. You’re a beautiful girl. Your eyes are such a beautiful colour, bright green! Just beautiful! What a cute smile! I love you. You’re a cutie. That’s a warm blanket. I love you. I love you. You’re beautiful. Cute.” If you haven't seen it already, do yourself a favour and check it out. Meanwhile, we'll be over here trying to figure out who's cutting onions in the office…
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