It’s annoying when a book you want to read doesn’t have an audiobook version — they’re great while you’re driving, doing dishes or folding laundry. Apple is now offering authors AI-generated audiobooks of their work. Novels you otherwise wouldn’t be able to hear, you can now find in the Apple Books app. Let me show you how you can find and listen to them if you’re curious.
Apple uses AI to voice its latest audiobook catalog
Apple’s latest catalog of books uses artificial intelligence as a narrator instead of a human voice. This is the first time the Cupertino giant has used AI for audiobook narration.
The move could have a wide-reaching effect in the audiobook space and mark the beginning of the end of human narrators.
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iBooks revamp could bring App Store’s traffic-boosting ‘Today’ tab
Apple’s impending iBooks revamp will feature a new “Today” tab to showcase its hottest titles, according to a new report.
Sources have claimed that the new “Books” app will rollout with iOS 11.3 this spring, but recent changes in the developer betas suggest it could be on hold.
Apple confirms supported audio sources for HomePod
With HomePod just over one week away from making its debut, Apple has confirmed which audio sources are officially supported. Apple Music and AirPlay are obviously on the list, but there are some big omissions.
How to pair your AirPods with your Kindle Oasis
Amazon is rolling out an update to the Kindle Oasis which activates a hitherto-dormant Bluetooth chip, allowing you to connect it to speakers and headphones. That includes your Apple AirPods, if you have some. Today we’ll see how to connect and use your AirPods with your Kindle Oasis, and take a look at the other new features in this recent update.
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When we download music from iTunes, or audiobooks from Audible, the files that get onto our devices are DRM-protected. That means they can’t be played on “unauthorized” devices. This, let’s face it, is pretty inconvenient.
Stuck in traffic? Audiobooks app adds 1,600 free titles
Free public domain audiobooks app Audiobooks (kind of like Audible for the poor-dible) has just received a notable upgrade.
Coinciding with the app’s fifth anniversary, Audiobooks 6.0 features a redesigned interface — improving significantly on the iOS 7 overhaul which arrived last September. The improved interfaces adds book covers for easier searching, along with a better library and file management system.
The upgrade also sees the addition of around 1,600 new audiobooks to the app’s free catalog, along with the addition of podcast support.