Steam finally adds voice chat and flexible friend lists in new beta

Steam’s chat hasn’t been updated in ages, leaving its embedded communication functionality to lag behind competitors. Today, the platform introduced new features that users can access today in a beta program, which adds sorely-needed options like voice and group chat. The new features basically mirror a lot of Discord’s functionality in a blatant attempt to […]

Ep. 470 – American Animals and Solo Post-Mortem (GUEST: Alan Scherstuhl from The Village Voice)

David, Jeff, Kristy and Alan Scherstuhl discuss writer-director Bart Layton’s latest film American Animals starring Evan Peters, Blake Jenner, Ann Dowd and Barry Keoghan. Make sure to check out Alan’s review of American Animals at Village Voice as well as Kristy’s review at Riot Material. Lastly, David and Jeff conclude this episode with an ‘After […]

Britain’s Got Talent WINNER 2018: Lost Voice Guy WINS grand final show

The final line-up for tonight’s Britain’s Got Talent episode included B-Positive Choir, Lost Voice Guy, D-Day Darlings, Donchez Dacres, Calum Courtney, Gruffudd Wyn Roberts, Robert White, Tim and Jack Goodacre, DVJ, Giang Brothers and Micky P Kerr. Ahead of the show, Lost Voice Guy was the Britain’s Got Talent favourite, having taken over the betting […]

The Voice Isn't Making Its Alumni Stars, But It Still Matters — Here's Why

Often I’ve read in the comments that follow TVLine’s recaps of The Voice that the show has never produced a star on the same level as American Idol. And I can’t argue that NBC’s sing-off has started any success stories on par with those of Carrie Underwood or Adam Lambert. (Can you imagine Idol poaching […]

Qualcomm claims its on-device voice recognition is 95% accurate

At the Re-Work Deep Learning Summit in Boston, Chris Lott, an artificial intelligence researcher at Qualcomm, gave a glimpse into his team’s work on a state-of-the-air voice recognition program. The system, which works locally on a smartphone or other portable device, comprises two kinds of neural networks: a recurrent neural network (RNN) wh…Read More

The Voice Finale Recap: Was the Right Singer Named the Winner of Season 14?

Going into Tuesday’s Season 14 finale of The Voice, the question seemed to be less “Who’s going to win?” and more “Was Kyla Jade or Brynn Cartelli going to win?” (Which was still more suspenseful than the ending of Season 13, since a victory by Team Blake’s Chloe Kohanski had been a foregone conclusion well […]

The Voice Top 8 Performance Recap: Who Sang Like Season 14's Winner?

Ahead of Monday’s Season 14 Semi-Finals of The Voice, I was feeling pretty confident that I already knew which singers would be making up the Final Four: Team Blake’s Pryor Baird and Kyla Jade, Team Alicia’s Britton Buchanan and Team Kelly’s Brynn Cartelli. (If they really do go to the Finals, that isn’t half bad, […]

The Voice Top 10 Performance Recap: Which Singers Slayed Challenge Week?

Technically, every week is Challenge Week for The Voice’s contestants, right? From the Blind Auditions all the way through to the Finals, they’ve got to deal with everything from conquering their stage fright to remembering their lyrics. But Monday’s episode threw extra obstacles in the path of the Top 10, tasking them with tackling numbers […]

The Voice: Five Singers Who Ought to Still Be Competing in Season 14

Coulda, shoulda, woulda. How often The Voice’s Season 14 coaches must be muttering those three words as the remaining members of their teams prepare to perform again on Monday (NBC, 9/8c). RELATEDCancellation Countdown! Which 7 Shows Do You Most Want Saved? It isn’t that there’s not tremendous talent in the Top 10 — there is. […]