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A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology that can change the accents of call center workers in real time. The company, Sanas, told the BBC his technology could overcome bias based on accent and reduce racist abuse faced by staff. But some critics have called it a step in the wrong direction and say linguistic diversity should be celebrated. News site SFGATE accused Sanas of making the officers, many of whom are from the South, “sound white.” Sanas, which has reportedly received $32 million in funding since June 2022, describes its technology as an accent translation tool. BBC

A little less than three months after his first announced in China, Honor has launched its mid-range Honor 70 smartphone in the UK. The phone is expected to start at £480 for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, rising to £530 for 256GB of storage. Both versions go on general sale on September 2, with pre-orders opening tomorrow. Stay tuned for our full review next week. Compared to Honor 50 from last year, the Honor 70’s camera specs are much better balanced this time around. Rather than pairing an incredibly high-resolution 108-megapixel camera with three additional sensors totaling just 12-megapixels of resolution between them, the Honor 70 balances a 54-megapixel main sensor with an ultra-wide 50-megapixel (which also handles still shots). macro view) and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The edge

Sony raises the price of PlayStation 5 up to 20%, according to the company, in all major markets except the United States. The UK price of the games console, which has suffered supply shortages since its November 2020 release, will rise by 6% (£30) from £449.99 to £479.99. A cheaper, discless version of the console will get the same price increase, from £359.99 to £389.99. Australian prices increase from AU$749.95 to AU$799.95 and AU$599.95 to AU$649.95, respectively. There are even bigger increases in other markets. In Europe, a price increase of €50 will bump the price of the console by 10% to €549.99 (£467), while in Japan a price increase of ¥10,498, or more than 20% , brings the console to ¥60,478 (£373.74). Guardian

Amazon Prime members can pick up a bunch of free PC games this month, including an Assassin’s Creed title. Continued from last month StarCraft: Remastered Gift, Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to claim Origins of Assassin’s Creed as part of the September Prime Gaming lineup. The 2017 release marked a significant change of pace for the series, reigning in its stealth gameplay in favor of more RPG elements. He established a new formula which has since been followed in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Embodying the desert nomad Bayek, you will travel through ancient Egypt on the eve of a Roman invasion. Expect the usual open-world exploration and melee combat that Assassin’s Creed is known for, along with a character leveling system, crafting mechanics, and a whole heap of historic Easter eggs. technical radar

Astronomers discovered a relative exoplanet which may turn out to be the first such world covered in the water. TOI-1452 b is a slightly larger and more massive exoplanet than Earth about 100 light-years from our planet in the constellation Draco. In a document published Wednesday in The Astronomical Journal, University of Montreal researchers determine that the planet’s mass suggests it is largely made up of something less dense than rock, but denser than gas – a potential sign of a global ocean . “TOI-1452 b is one of the best candidates for an ocean planet that we have found to date”, doctoral student in astrophysics at the University of Montreal Charles Cadieux said in a statement. “Its radius and mass suggest a much lower density than would be expected for a planet composed mostly of metal and rock, like Earth.” Independent

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