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WhatsApp Tests out New Feature to Convert Voice Messages into TextSCZone Signs Agreement To Establish Training Center With Chinese Gov’t

WhatsApp is currently testing a new feature that will convert voice messages into text.

This new feature was spotted in the source code of the latest beta version of the app for Android systems.

According to the code, activating the voice message-to-text feature will require downloading approximately 150 MB of additional data for the app, likely related to voice recognition software within the system.

The source code indicates that WhatsApp will convert audio into text on the device itself without relying on external servers to maintain user privacy.

Furthermore, the written texts will be encrypted with end-to-end encryption, just like messages and calls within the app.

This feature will be particularly useful as it allows users to know the content of voice messages when they are unable to play sound and listen and for those with hearing impairments.

WhatsApp has already been testing this feature on the beta version for iPhone since the end of last year.

Source: Oman News Agency

The General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) announced, in its statement ,on Wednesday 20/3/2024 that it had signed a contract to establish a vocational training center in cooperation with the Chinese government, represented by the General Authority for International Economic Cooperation Affairs at the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.

Following the signing, the initial designs and construction drawings will be finalized in preparation for the start of construction. The area of the training center to be established is 40,000 square meters, while the cost of establishing the center is about 128 million Chinese Yuan as a grant provided by the Chinese government under the cooperation agreement signed between the two countries at a previous stage.

SCZone Chairman Walid Gamal el-Din stated that the training complex consists of a training center equipped with the latest technology laboratories for various industries, most notably the energy, automotive, robotics, electronics and communications tech
nology industries, as well as language education.

The center features an exercise simulation with an interactive system between the trainee and the trainer. It also contains a residential complex for trainees, sports and recreational facilities, which aims to train and qualify workers, enhance their skills and prepare them for the labor market.

Source: State Information Service Egypt