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[Oct 23, 2019] Google's New Voice Recorder App Transcribes in Real Time, Even When Offline

Oct 23, 2019 |

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Posted by msmash on Tuesday October 15, 2019 @06:10PM from the pushing-the-limits dept.

At Google's hardware event this morning , the company introduced a new voice recorder app for Android devices , which will tap into advances in real-time speech processing, speech recognition and AI to automatically transcribe recordings in real time as the person is speaking. From a report:

The improvements will allow users to take better advantage of the phone's voice recording functionality, as it will be able to turn the recordings into text even when there's no internet connectivity. This presents a new competitor to others in voice transcriptions that are leveraging similar AI advances, like, Reason8, Trint and others, for example.

As Google explained, all the recorder functionality happens directly on the device -- meaning you can use the phone while in airplane mode and still have accurate recordings.

"This means you can transcribe meetings, lectures, interviews, or anything you want to save," said Sabrina Ellis, VP of Product Management at Google.

The Recorder app was demonstrated onstage during the event, live, and was offering -- from what was shown -- an error-free transcription.

[Nov 09, 2017] How To Convert Youtube Videos To MP3 Audio Files by Gary Newell

Oct 25, 2017 |

There is a Linux command line application called youtube-dl, which stands for Youtube downloader. This can be used to download youtube videos .

It may be the case that you want to download just the audio from the video file to be played on your portable music devices such as an MP3 player or smartphone.

This article will show you how to download just the audio from a Youtube video.

Copyright should be adhered to when downloading and extracting the audio from videos but that doesn't make the practice illegal.

For instance, there are lots of how-to guides that are created in video format and certain video bloggers create content that is just as accessible in pure audio format. An example would be something like the Linux Action Show podcast although they do actually provide an MP3 download link from their site.

The best tool for converting Youtube videos to MP3 is youtube-dl.

How To Install The Youtube Downloader

You can download and install youtube-dl using the following commands:

Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Zorin and Other Derivatives

sudo apt-get install youtube-dl

Note that sudo may or may not be required. Read this guide to find out more about the sudo command .

Red Hat, Fedora, CentOS and Other Derivatives

sudo yum install youtube-dl


sudo zypper install youtube-dl

Arch, Manjaro and Other Derivatives

sudo pacman -S youtube-dl

How To Download And Extract Audio From A Youtube Video

Find the video you want to download by visiting Youtube and searching for it.

Underneath the video, there will be a share link.

Click on the share link and select the link that appears with the mouse.

Open a terminal window and type the following command replacing the text paste_link_here with the link to the share link:

youtube-dl --extract-audio --audio-format mp3 -l paste_link_here

To paste into a Linux terminal right click and select paste from the menu or press shift and insert at the same time.

The text in the terminal should look something like this:

youtube-dl --extract-audio --audio-format mp3 -l

What this does is download the video from Youtube as a video and then extract just the audio part to MP3.

You are left with just the MP3 file and the video is discarded.

If you want to keep the video, as well as the MP3 file, add a -k to the command as follows:

youtube-dl --extract-audio --audio-format mp3 -k -l

You will now be left with an MP3 and an MP4 file.

There are other ways to download and convert videos from Youtube to MP3.

For instance, there are a number of Chrome plugins which can be used. The upside to using an add-on is that it is generally a one-click process with no command line knowledge required.

One such add-on is called Youtube To MP3. This will place a little icon in the address bar when you can convert a video to MP3.

Simply find the video you wish to convert and then press the icon. This takes you to which performs the conversion. When the conversion has completed you can download the MP3 file.

There are similar add-ons available for Firefox .

Personally, I think the youtube-dl tool is the cleanest solution. Not all of the add-ons in the Chrome store and within Firefox are safe and many of the add-ons are supported by adverts.

If you like the youtube-dl command, here are another 15 Linux terminal commands that will rock your world . Learn how to run commands in the background, run commands at a certain time and how to download files from the web from the command line.

When you have enough MP3 files you might want to read this guide to get the best out of Rhythmbox .

[Dec 26, 2016] Google and Amazon Will Let You Rent a Movie for $0.99 During the Holiday

Dec 26, 2016 |
( 61 Posted by msmash on Friday December 23, 2016 @01:00PM from the movie-time dept. Holidays are the time when many of us get some extra time to catch up on all the good movies and TV shows that our friends wanted us to watch, but we never did. To make things enticing for people, Amazon and Google are prepping for lowering the rent this holiday season. From a report on Fortune: Google and Amazon -- which have been jostling to compete with Netflix in video streaming -- have announced a new online promotion for the holidays. Google Play will allow viewers to select any movie available on the streaming service to rent for $0.99. Amazon Video will allow viewers the same using the promo code "MOVIE99." The catch: Users can only get one movie per account. Both services offer an extensive list of titles, including this year's Suicide Squad, Bridge Jones's Baby, and Finding Dory among others.

[Dec 26, 2016] British Film Institute To Digitize 100,000 Old TV Shows Before They Disappear

Dec 26, 2016 |
( 124 Posted by BeauHD on Wednesday November 30, 2016 @08:40PM from the quick-before-it's-too-late dept. An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Thousands of British TV programs are to be digitized before they are lost forever , the British Film Institute says. Anarchic children's show Tiswas and The Basil Brush Show are among the programs in line for preservation. The initiative was announced as part of the BFI's five-year strategy for 2017-2022. "Material from the 70s and early 80s is at risk," said Heather Stewart, the BFI's creative director. "It has a five or six-year shelf life and if we don't do something about it will just go, no matter how great the environment is we keep it in. "Our job is make sure that things are there in 200 years' time." The BFI has budgeted $14.3 million of Lottery funding towards its goal of making the UK's entire screen heritage digitally accessible. This includes an estimated 100,000 of the "most at-risk" British TV episodes and clips held on obsolete video formats. The list includes "early children's programming, little-seen dramas, regional programs and the beginnings of breakfast television." The issue for the BFI, Ms Stewart added, was also to do with freeing up storage space. "We have a whole vault which is wall-to-wall video. If we digitized it, it would be in a robot about the size of a wardrobe," she said.

[Dec 23, 2016]

Dec 23, 2016 |

The video sites that are currently supported are: YouTube , MegaVideo , Dailymotion , Metacafe , Veoh , Myspace , Break , iFilm , Bolt , ClipJunkie , ClipShack , CollegeHumor , FunnyJunk , Glumbert , GoFish , Grouper , Hallpass , MilkandCookies , Putfile , SantaBanta , Sevenload , Sharkle , Shoutfile , Vimeo , vSocial , Yikers , ZippyVideos ... and loads more coming soon!

[Jul 15, 2016] Why everyone is crazy for Prisma, the app that turns photos into works of art

People across the world are turning amateur photos into elaborate works of art with a new viral app that relies on AI technology to let users instantly transform mundane images into Picasso paintings.

Prisma, an app that has attracted 1 million daily users as of Thursday, is reinventing the concept of filtering photos with technology. While the concept of adding filters to photos has been around for years, the Prisma iOS app is unique in the way that it relies on a "combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence" to remake the image.

What that means is the Prisma tools aren't the kind of art filters that Instagram uses where the filters overlay the original photo. Instead, Prisma goes through different layers and recreates the photo from scratch, according to the app makers, who are based in Moscow.

"We do the image fresh," Prisma co-founder Alexey Moiseenkov said in an interview Thursday. "It's not similar to the Instagram filter where you just layer over We draw something like a real artist would."

Moiseenkov, 25, is part of a team of four founders who built the app. It was first released in June, but has skyrocketed in popularity over the last week, with Prisma-altered photos spreading on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The app is easy to use and functions similarly to Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app that has more than 400 million users.

Users can take photos through the app or pick one from their camera roll. After cropping your image, you then choose one of 33 filters, such as impression, mosaic and gothic, along with filters modeled after specific iconic paintings, like the Great Wave or The Scream. Prisma will continue to add new filters in the coming weeks, Moiseenkov added.

An artistic take on the now famous photo of a demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge. Photograph: Reuters

After the app adds the filter, you can adjust the intensity and then post to Instagram or Facebook.

Since Prisma has spread, some have complained that the app could devalue the work of real artists and take away work from painters who make art by hand not within seconds on a smartphone.

But for now, the app remains hugely popular, and Moiseenkov said he expects its user base to continue its rapid growth.

Moiseenkov's background is computer science and he's not an artist himself. But he said he grew up loving painting and that his favorite artist is Camille Pissarro, the Danish-French impressionist.

"People want to create something, and we allow them to experiment," he said.

A still from Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in West's music video for Famous.

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A still from Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in West's music video for Famous. Photograph: Tidal

The developers are also working on expanding its filter technology to video, with an innovation that hasn't been done before in any sophisticated manner.

Moiseenkov published a 360-degree image on Facebook, which offers a glimpse of how Prisma video filters may work in the future.

While there have long been apps that allow users to add filters to footage, such as basic color changes through iMovie, the Prisma technology could dramatically expand this concept through videos that create an entire world that appears intricately painted in every shot.

"Video is an easier way to express yourself," Moiseenkov said. "It's dynamic. It's not just a photo or static picture It's really cool that you can create something in motion."

The co-founder said he wasn't ready yet to offer details on when the video feature would be released or how exactly it would function, but he said he expects it to be very popular. Moiseenkov said he also hoped to eventually expand the technology to virtual reality.

Donald Trump and Indiana governor Mike Pence addressing the crowd during a campaign stop in Indiana.

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Donald Trump and Indiana governor Mike Pence addressing the crowd during a campaign stop in Indiana. Photograph: Reuters

[Dec 07, 2015] How to produce a YouTube series with open source tools

A look behind the scenes of Dototot's The Hello World Program, a YouTube channel aimed at computer science education.

sharing websites

Jan 20, 2009

SUSE & openSUSE: "ClipGrab is a free GUI Video downloader from the famous online video sharing websites like youtube, veoh, Dailymotion, MyVideo and many other. ClipGrab is very simple (basically just one window to work on)"

Audio Rippers and Encoders in Ubuntu Linux

Choose the DVD Ripper That's Right for You

11 Video Players for Linux - A Review

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Echoes: "SMPlayer is a fully featured video player built using the Qt 4 libraries. It basically plays anything, including DVDs and ISO images, but it skipped the menus when reading DVD ISOs. It's complete and it offers plenty configuration options, including for subtitles and the interface itself, allowing to choose the icon set and the style used. You can also configure the language SMPlayer uses for its interface, including English, Romanian, Polish, German and many other."


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