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Old Jan 4, 2013, 02:37 PM   #1
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Google's Text-to-Speech Engine Praises Apple's iPad




A bug in Google's text-to-speech engine is causing Google Now and Google Translate to interject the phrase "he now praises the iPad" into sentences that end using phrases such as "end with," "enraged with," and "filled with."

The mysterious phrasing, which first came about in October 2012 on the Android support page, was publicized by Hacker News last night, resulting in some hilarious sentences.

One altered spoken sentence, for example reads, "Larry Page used to use an Android. But that is now at an end, he now praises the iPad."

This bug can be easily reproduced using Google Translate. Type any sentence, end it with one of the key words, and the text-to-speech option on the site will add "he now praises the iPad" to the sentence.

There's no word on why this phrasing exists in the code, but Hacker News speculates that it is an error in the algorithm. The original sentence came from a MacNN article posted in 2011, quoting Hearst Magazine president David Carey: "Describing the negotiations last spring as being filled with 'so much drama,' he now praises the iPad."

Theoretically, Google's algorithm improperly incorporated this sentence, causing the bug. Thus far, Google has not resolved the problem, so for the time being, Google Now and Google Translate can still be used to create humorous sentences.

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Old Jan 4, 2013, 02:44 PM   #2
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I don't want this to be resolved cause it is hilarious!
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 02:46 PM   #3
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 02:48 PM   #4
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Cue in Samsung ad.

Edit: Use "hard with" to activate the bug

Edit2: ok, it is with combination, you got to play around with the words.
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 02:55 PM   #5
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 02:56 PM   #6
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 02:57 PM   #7
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Haha, how entertaining.
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 03:00 PM   #8
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Google is fast..

They removed text to speech already.
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 03:08 PM   #9
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 03:16 PM   #11
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Translategate... Lets see if fandroids demand an apology from Google because Google isn't praising an Android product!
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 03:16 PM   #12
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They removed text to speech already.
Still working for me.
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 03:16 PM   #13
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No way it's a bug. It's an intentional dig against Apple

EDIT: I think it was supposed to be an intentional dig against Apple in some key phrases (e.g. Larry Page fell and hit his head so hard, he now praises the iPad), but it got out of hand
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No way it's a bug. It's an intentional dig against Apple
sounds more like a free advertising :-)
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sounds more like a free advertising :-)
Considering the volume of people using Google's services daily, it may be the most effective advertisement.

I kind-of wish it happened before the holidays
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A mole is working at Google.
Pretty darn funny.
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Too awesome. A bug you're in no hurry to have fixed.
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That's not a bug, thats a feature to remind Android users that the iPad rules LOL
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lmao still unbelievable.
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 04:43 PM   #22
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So weird. I just tried it and it added "so much drama, he now praises the ipad".

If text to speech is not working, it may be because of Click2Flash or some other flash blocker.
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So weird. I just tried it and it added "so much drama, he now praises the ipad".

If text to speech is not working, it may be because of Click2Flash or some other flash blocker.
Aha! Thanks
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Interesting that none notice the .com.mx topdomain and that you are not logged in to google at that site. It's just all fake.
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