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Writing is tricky. It can be tough to find the right sequence of words to convey your thoughts and ideas. A sentence might make sense as you type it out, but reading it out loud can be a different story. To improve your writing, make sure it sounds good when read aloud.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Recently I'm in the necessity of reading a lot of stuff and sometimes I don't have enough time due to other tasks (exercising, making lunch, etc.) I would love to try a text-to-speech app (for iOS preferably) and see the results. Which is the best (non-robotic) text to speech app for this matter?

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Google has released its text-to-speech engine to the Play Store, which means you can now download it on any supported device. The primary benefit is that if you weren't particularly fond of the robotic-sounding voice on devices like Samsung's Galaxy lineup, you can install and replace the default engine.

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Web/iOS: If your feed reader never seems to drop below 1000+ unread items, it's probably because you're reading with just your eyes. SoundGecko -- the brainchild of three guys based in Melbourne -- uses text-to-speech to let you read online articles with your ears. And its iOS app has just been updated with a big list of new features, including a freshened-up interface, categorised stations and push notifications.

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Mac: My roommate recently lost her voice, which has been challenging since we talk a lot to each other. We came up with a solution to get her Mac to talk for her. This is easy enough if you just use the TextEdit app included with OS X, but there are a couple of more convenient solutions.

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The web provides tons of great written content, but that can get a little overwhelming when you're not in the mood to read all day long. Announcify is a browser extension for those times when you'd rather just listen. All you have to do is browse to any article and click the Announcify button.

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Free webapp Hearwho converts text you enter into an MP3 audio file you can download. Select from a male or female voice, English or Spanish text conversion, and choose the quality of the resulting file at Hearwho. Similar to previously covered VozMe, the results are no substitute for a professional actor hired to read an audio book, but if you've got text you'd like to listen to while commuting or working out the results aren't bad at all.

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