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Facebook adds text-to-speech feature for reading stories out loud on the platform/digital information world

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Facebook is working on a new text-to-speech (TTS) feature, which will allow users to write stories on the platform without having to use one at all.

Making a platform accessible to the average disabled user and member of a community of people with different disabilities is rarely seen online. To be fair, the installation of certain art figures and the like cannot support braille either, as adding it to a virtual screen would result in literally no one being helped. The person in question was a neighbor of my relatives at one point and received almost no major rehabilitation help for their poor to non-existent eyesight. It shows that our community in general is taking little to no figurative steps in an effort to improve conditions for affected individuals.

Text to speech is a feature that takes full advantage of currently available technology in both microphones and social media. Facebook, and by extension parent company Meta, believes its user base of people with different disabilities might benefit from the addition of a feature that actively assists the blind. If nothing else, TTS can be used by users who are already engaged in other activities. To be fair, listening to Stories on Facebook is an activity that shouldn’t really be attempted with full hands in the first place. Take your time, complete your tasks, then roll over to social media, don’t you? However, TTS has made Stories accessible and is a fun feature to play with.

The feature itself is currently being tested. It was revealed via a couple of leaked screenshots uploaded to the Twitter profile of a social media serial leaker, Alessandro Paluzzi. Along with the two screenshots, Paluzzi also uploaded a very short screencap video showing that there are currently only two voice actors for the position, one being male and the other female. You might expect other voice actors to join the ranks as well, but for now let’s wait for this feature itself to leave beta testing and make it to Facebook.

And when can we expect that? Well, the feature appears to be currently undergoing A/B beta testing in specific regions, meaning TTS is essentially a completed project. Therefore, Facebook would need no more than two or so months to gauge the public reception of the new feature and then properly integrate it into the social network’s interface.

Read next: Meta delays end-to-end message encryption on Facebook and Instagram until 2023

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Clap for the lottery operator’s bid to switch software provider

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Clap for the lottery operator's bid to switch software provider

National lottery operator Ithuba has been dealt a blow in its attempt to switch software providers without the approval of the regulator, the National Lotteries Commission (NLC).

ITWeb recently reported that NLC filed an urgent injunction request in the courts in October to prevent Ithuba from being replaced IGT, a global company that has been providing software services to the lottery provider since 2015.

In a statement released today, the NLC says it “welcomes and endorses the decision taken by the Gauteng Supreme Court on Friday, December 3, 2021, to ban and prevent the national lottery operator Ithuba from changing their technology partner and gaming platform for the South African national lottery without authorization from the National Lotteries Commission, the regulator of lotteries and sports pools in South Africa, and that of the Minister for Trade, Industry and Competition”.

Everything was ready for Ithuba to migrate its software platform to local software service provider Paytronix.

ITWeb understands that a €250 million deal with Paytronix was made before the injunction was launched by the NLC at 11am.

It was the NLC’s argument that by designating Paytronix as a service provider, Ithuba acted illegally and violated the lottery technology supply and support agreement.

In court documents, the regulator said it wanted to ban and ban Ithuba from installing Paytronix from December 2021 and going “live” with its Paytronix lottery system.

It also wanted the lottery operator to abide by the license agreement by reverting to the terms of its pre-existing agreement with IGT. The NCL also wanted Ithuba to pay the costs of the lawsuit.

However, Ithuba believed that IGT is holding the national lottery operator to pay ransom while crowding out local players.

Since 2015, Paytronix has been the ICT solutions provider for SA’s third national lottery operator, Ithuba.

Within the first three years of his appointment, Paytronix Systems managed the data operations of more than 1.6 billion transactions on behalf of Ithuba, with a transaction value of more than R19.5 billion.

The company designed and operates Ithuba’s mobile e-commerce platform, which allows lottery players to enjoy the online player experience.

The NLC states in its statement that it has a legal duty to maintain, protect, monitor and support the integrity of the state lottery.

This means that the transactions related to the state lottery are constantly assessed and revised, so that the interests of stakeholders are not harmed, it notes.

“In accordance with Lottery Act No. 57 of 1997, as amended, and the National Lottery Operating License, NLC receives proposals from the operator for changes such as new games, play channels and changes to game rules and prize payout structures. These proposals are assessed and recommended to the board, which advises the minister on approval.”

In November 2021, following a series of agreements with Ithuba, the NLC filed an urgent injunction against Ithuba due to the validity of changes made to the Lottery Technology Supply and Support Agreement, the authority says.

It adds that the Supreme Court ruling affirms the regulator’s authority and responsibilities in ensuring the fair and transparent operation of the national lottery as follows:

  • Prohibit and prevent Ithuba from implementing the Lottery Technology Supply and Support Agreement amendment and installing a new system from December 1, 2021.
  • Instruct Ithuba to comply with the license agreement by reverting to the terms of the pre-existing agreement with the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition.

“The NLC remains committed to ensuring that South Africa’s national lottery is a safe and trusted marketplace, by ensuring that existing systems have the necessary safeguards in place to ensure the interests of participants and the general public be protected,” it concludes.

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Is Die Hard on Amazon Prime Video for Christmas 2021?

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Is Die Hard on Amazon Prime Video for Christmas 2021?

The holidays are upon us and now it’s time to get your movie options in order. Where can you stream? die hard at Christmas 2021?

Yes, die hard is a Christmas movie and you can’t convince me otherwise. It has become a tradition to put it on while I wrap the Christmas presents for the kids, and it certainly will be this year.

Although it is not a movie about Christmas, it is set at Christmas. That makes it a Christmas movie. It’s also just a great action movie, even if the graphics aren’t up to today’s standards.

Now all you need to know is where to stream the movie for Christmas 2021. What are your options? Is Amazon Prime Video one of them?

Stream Die Hard online

There is bad news. die hard does not stream on Amazon Prime Video for free with your Prime membership.

That doesn’t mean you can’t watch through an Amazon streaming service, though. The film is now available on IMDb TV. This is Amazon’s free streaming platform, which means you don’t have to spend more money on another streaming service.

You can also stream the movie through Peacock if you want to avoid the ads. The ads are the downside of IMDb TV.

Buy Die Hard on Amazon Video

If you don’t want to keep watching where to stream the movies every Christmas, you’ll want to buy them. you can get everything die hard movies on Digital through Amazon Video. Once you pay, you can keep the movies in your Amazon library as long as you have the account. This is the perfect way to have your favorite Christmas movies.

You can also get the movies on DVD and Blu-ray. If you prefer an option when the wifi isn’t working, the DVDs are perfect.

die hard is available to stream on IMDb TV before Christmas 2021.

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Dec 8 2021 afternoon, evening forecast

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Dec 8  2021 afternoon, evening forecast

DETROIT – Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit for December 8, 2021, afternoon and evening.

Local forecast

Few flakes rest of Wednesday

  • There’s still some snow in the west and center of the state, and it’s coming this way. Everything that falls must be completed by around 7 or 8 p.m.

  • It will not be much, but dust or light accumulation is possible.

Winter mix later Thursday

  • It still looks like we’ll get a rain/snow mix later Thursday afternoon and evening.

  • Snow will fall north of 59, with rain elsewhere.

Rain Friday evening/Saturday morning

  • A stronger system will bring rain later Friday into Saturday morning.

  • Given the setup, we can’t rule out a few thunders, mainly in the southern zone.

  • With this system, up to one centimeter of rain is possible.

  • It is also going to get very windy during this time, with gusts exceeding 45 mph.

Few snowflakes rest of Saturday

  • On the back of the rain, which stops Saturday morning, a few snowflakes will try to take over for the rest of Saturday.

Warming up on the go (2 pieces)

  • The first warm-up will come later on Friday/beginning of Saturday. The high Friday falls just before midnight and the high Saturday early in the morning.

  • The second warm-up comes next week, as we go back to the mid-1950s on Wednesday.

Earliest sunset

  • The earliest sunset we see all year round is Wednesday.

  • The sun sets at 5:01 PM



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