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Apple has added support for speech recognition technology into a version of its Safari web browser the company is testing with the release of MacOS 11.3 Big Sur for developers. The speech recognition interface lets websites and web apps listen to spoken words and use the resulting text.

Apple released the developer beta version of MacOS 11.3 on Tuesday. The speech recognition interface is still experimental , but browsers including Google's Chrome and Microsoft's Edge support it . It's the kind of technology useful for tasks like dictating messages into a chat app or online word processor.

Speech recognition is one of the triumphs of modern neural network technology, which processes data in a way inspired by the human brain. Neural networks are trained on real-world data -- in this case countless hours of spoken words -- until an artificial intelligence model can reliably turn speech into text. Related AI technology can turn text into speech.

Together, it's profoundly transformed how we use smartphones , made technology more accessible to people with vision problems, opened up an entirely new market for smart speakers, and surmounted some language barriers.

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Another change in the upcoming version of Safari is an ability to let extensions programmers control the new tab page -- the screen you see when you open a blank new tab. That should bring Safari a step closer to Chrome, which dominates usage of the web today. Safari is embracing Chrome's style of extensions programming with Big Sur, a move that should make life easier for extension developers and for Safari users who need those extensions.

The new Safari version also lets you customize the new tab page by rearranging what the browser shows there -- frequently visited websites, Siri suggestions, browser tabs from Safari running on other devices, and Apple's privacy report.

If you want a taste of what's to come with Safari , you can try the Safari Technology Preview designed to help developers test new versions of the browser with their websites.

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New WebKit Features in Safari 14.1

Apr 29, 2021

by Jon Davis

Safari 14.1 for macOS Big Sur, iPadOS 14.5, and iOS 14.5 brings new WebKit features, APIs, performance improvements, and improved compatibility for web developers. Take a look.

Flexbox Gap Support

Safari 14.1 now supports the gap property inside Flexbox containers, along with row-gap and column-gap . Gaps in Flexbox make it possible for web developers to create space between Flex items without resorting to annoying margin hacks.

The gap property, of course, has worked inside Grid containers since Safari 12. Because gap is supported for Grid, testing support for the property in a Flexbox formatting context wasn’t possible by using feature queries ( @supports ). By adding support for gap in Flexbox, Safari brings the web closer to widespread compatibility.

For more information, see the “flex containers” definition in the “Row and Column Gutters” section of the CSS Box Alignment specification .

Date & Time Inputs on macOS

In HTML, the date , time , datetime-local attributes for the input element prompt the browser to create date and/or time controls — an interface that’s designed to let the user easily enter a time or a date, usually with a calendar. Safari has supported these input fields on iOS since 2012. Now with Safari 14.1, these fields are supported on macOS as well.

Date picker interface for date input field with time and date-time inputs

CSS Individual Transform Properties

With WebKit support of Individual Transform Properties, web developers can write CSS rules and keyframe animations in a more straightforward way.

For years , the transform property has provided the ability to scale, rotate, and translate. You could access this power through code like this:

Now, if you wish, you can instead write:

This is a syntactical and conceptual difference — the result is the same. You might find it easier to understand and remember.

This syntax also avoids unintentional overrides of other transform-related properties and eliminates pre-computing intermediate values when using keyframe animations.

You can learn more by reading “ CSS Individual Transform Properties ” on the WebKit blog.

Paint Timing API

A valuable metric to improving the performance of web content is the time it takes for the user-agent to show something to the user. WebKit added the Paint Timing API to its suite of performance APIs to provide this measurement. Developers can measure:

  • first-paint for the time it takes to show pixels of anything that is not the user-agent’s default background
  • first-contentful-paint to get the time for the user to see content such as text or an image

To learn more about the API, see the Paint Timing specification .

Web Speech API

The Web Speech API in WebKit has supported speech synthesis for some time. Now, Safari supports speech recognition powered by the same speech engine as Siri. That means web developers can enjoy the benefits of high-quality transcription for over 50 languages and dialects. Note that users will need Siri enabled in System Preferences on macOS or Settings in iOS or iPadOS for the API to be available to be used.

For more information on speech recognition and speech synthesis on the web, see the Web Speech API specification .

Web Audio API

As a continuing area of focus, Safari compatibility improvements are ongoing. Updates to the Web Audio API bring it to standards compliance. It is now available unprefixed with support for advanced audio processing via Audio Worklets.

You can learn more about web audio from the Web Audio API specification .

Interoperability Improvements

There are several new interoperability improvements in WebKit:

  • Web Animations now work on 122 more properties
  • Animation of pseudo-elements beyond ::before and ::after .
  • Improved mouse support on iPadOS and in Catalyst apps, including wheel events and hover/pointer media queries

Updated wheel Event handling improves performance and interoperability with other browsers. Wheel handlers registered on root objects (window/document/body) with default arguments will be treated as passive. Pages that want to prevent the default handling of Wheel Events which result from gestures like trackpad swipes on macOS, must now call preventDefault() on the first Wheel Event in the sequence.

MediaRecorder API

WebKit added support for MediaStream Recording, also known as the MediaRecorder API. It allows websites to record audio and video, then encode them using the platform’s available set of default encodings.

Learn more in the MediaStream Recording specification .

WebM Support

WebKit added improved support for WebM media. With Safari 14, WebKit added support for WebM via MSE on iPadOS and macOS. Now, WebKit on macOS supports WebM files containing VP8 or VP9 video tracks and Vorbis audio tracks. Developers can now offer WebM content to users, though users will enjoy the best quality and power efficiency with h.264 or HEVC.

See the WebM Project for details.

JavaScript Improvements

Class fields.

Updates to the JavaScript engine in WebKit adds new support for private class fields to enforce restrictions for static and instance fields in ES6 classes. Developers that used conventions before can switch to built-in support to manage access to properties. Public static class fields are also available, adding to the previously supported public instance class fields.

To learn more, see the public and private instance field proposal .

Internationalization API

New Internationalization API features include Intl.DisplayNames , Intl.ListFormat , and Intl.Segmenter . Intl.DateTimeFormat was updated to support dateStyle and timeStyle options. The Intl.NumberFormat method was updated with support to display measurement units, notation formats, sign display, and narrow symbol currency formatting.

For more information on these formatting methods, see the proposals for Intl.DisplayNames , Intl.ListFormat , Intl.Segmenter , Intl.DateTimeFormat , and Intl.NumberFormat .

WeakRef and FinalizationRegistry

WeakRef supports holding an object that can be garbage collected when there are no strong references to it. The FinalizationRegistry object compliments WeakRef to manage cleanup tasks when a target object is garbage collected.

Read more details in the WeakRefs proposal .

WebAssembly

WebAssembly support, introduced with Safari 11 , is a low-level binary format used as a compilation target for existing languages.

WebAssembly support for the atomic instructions in the Threading specification, are enabled in Safari 14.1. Note, that until Safari supports the COEP/COOP headers, shared memory is not enabled as it could expose users to cross-origin Specter data leaks.

For more information, see the WebAssembly Specification for WASM Threads .

WebAssembly Sign Extension Operator

New sign-extension operator support preserves the number’s sign while extending the number of bits of an integer.

Learn more in the Sign-extension Ops proposal.

JavaScript BigInt Integration

Support for a new JavaScript API allows bidirectional conversion of a JavaScript BigInt value to a WASM 64-bit integer.

See the WebAssembly Specification for toJSValue .

Private Click Measurement

This release features Private Click Measurement – a proposed web standard that enables advertisers to measure the effectiveness of click-through ad campaigns in a privacy-preserving way. This new technology is part of a larger effort to remove cross-site tracking from the web and provide privacy-preserving alternatives where needed.

See “ Introducing Private Click Measurement, PCM ” on the WebKit blog.

Storage Access API Updates

WebKit has improved the Storage Access API to allow per-page storage access and allow nested iframes to request storage access. These interoperability changes are from the ongoing standardization of the Storage Access API together with Mozilla, Microsoft, and the web community. This API has shipped in Safari since 2018 and is part of a larger effort to remove cross-site tracking from the web and provide privacy-preserving alternatives where needed.

For details, see “ Updates to the Storage Access API ” on the WebKit blog.

Web Inspector Updates

The updates to Web Inspector available in these releases include:

  • A new three-panel layout in the Elements Tab brings the Styles sidebar into an independent panel alongside the existing details sidebar.
  • The new Font panel gives content authors visibility into details of the fonts used on the page.
  • Breakpoints in the Sources Tab can now be configured with conditions or actions, reducing the need for stray console.log statements left in production code.

To learn more about Web Inspector features, see the Web Inspector Reference documentation.

Availability

These improvements are available to users running Safari on iPadOS 14.5, iOS 14.5, or Safari 14.1 on macOS Big Sur (11.3), macOS Catalina, or macOS Mojave. These features were also available to web developers in Safari Technology Preview releases. Changes in this release of Safari were included in the following Safari Technology Preview releases: 110 , 111 , 112 , 113 , 114 , 115 , 116 , 117 , 118 , 119 , 120 , 121 , 122 .

Download the latest Safari Technology Preview release to stay at the forefront of future web platform and Web Inspector features. You can also use the WebKit Feature Status page to watch for changes to web platform features you’re interested in.

If you run into any issues, we welcome your bug reports for Safari or WebKit bugs for web content issues. Send us a tweet @webkit to share your thoughts on this release.

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Safari Enables ‘SpeechRecognition’ by Default in Tech Preview Release

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Safari Speech

The release notes for the Safari tech preview fit the speech recognition updates among changes in scrolling, media, and other facets of the browser. At the top of the list is setting SpeechRecognition on by default. The SpeechRecognition interface is what allows the browser to discern someone speaking from other audio, understand what is being said, and formulate a response. It’s a crucial step toward adding voice controls and interactions for any voice assistant. The update also puts the prefix ‘webkit’ in front of SpeechRecognition and changes speech recognition in Safari to adjust when it responds, turning it off in instances when a page’s audio capture is muted or if the page becomes invisible.

The technical update suggests Safari is laying the groundwork to supporting the Web Speech API created by Mozilla, which allows web apps to process voice data and make voice controls feasible. The Web Speech API uses speech recognition to detect and integrate the voice data, while its speech synthesis aspect handles text-to-speech, which lets programs read text on websites and talk back to the user. Web Speech is already supported by Google Chrome on Android and desktop, as well as Microsoft Edge and Samsung’s browser. Safari does not yet support it in either desktop or mobile forms. If Safari does make a move to adding more voice options, it would presumably give that access to Siri, making the voice assistant more useful for web browsing, especially on mobile devices. That may not come about until the next big update with iOS 15.

Mozilla Silence

Apple’s test of speech recognition for Safari and the possible inclusion of Mozilla’s Web Speech API comes just as Mozilla has officially set the end date for Firefox Voice the voice control browser extension it has been beta testing for a year. The extension operated like a voice assistant within the browser awakened by clicking on a microphone icon. It could answer questions via a search engine and open specific web pages if it understood the name of the website. Like Voice Fill, it managed browser tabs and media playback on videos, including YouTube. The extension used the Google Cloud Speech Service, routing voice commands through Google’s servers. Now, the code will be open-source, but Mozilla won’t be supporting it. Whatever voice control Safari adds, it will still be behind Google, which has been introducing Google Assistant as a way to do searches by voice on Android devices.

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How to use voice search in Safari on iPhone and iPad

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In Apple's iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 , you can use your voice to search in mobile Safari using Siri. It's available on the best iPhones and best iPads .

Here's more about the feature and how it works. (Hint: You use your voice!)

Using your voice with Safari on iPhone and iPad

Instead of your fingers, you can now do searches on Safari using your voice. To do so:

  • Open the Safari app on your device's Home screen.
  • Choose the Tab Bar at the bottom of the screen.
  • Tap the microphone icon at the far right of the text field.
  • Voice your search .

To do a search on Safari using your voice, open the Safari app, choose the Tab Bar, then tap the microphone icon. Voice your search.

A Safari search acts differently depending on the results. If Siri can identify a specific website based on the search (for example, iMore, it will open it immediately (iMore.com). If, however, your search is more generic ("spinach salad"), you'll see different results as you can see below:

Safari voice search website example

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Safari has seen significant changes come it's way on iOS/iPad 15. And these changes are one of the seven features you might have missed on the latest update.

Besides voice search, there's Share with You , making it easier to find content sent to you through Messages and new privacy protections. Mobile Safari also includes a bottom tab bar, customizable start page, Tab Groups with syncing, web extensions , and more.

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Find out how to enable text to speech on Safari and improve your overall browser reading experience.

Enhance Your Reading Experience with the Speechify Safari Extension

In today’s digital age, the way we consume information is constantly evolving. Whether you’re a student, a professional, or someone with learning disabilities like dyslexia, having access to tools that make reading easier and more accessible is invaluable. One such tool that has gained prominence is Speechify, a versatile text-to-speech app that offers an exceptional reading experience. While Speechify is available on various platforms, this article will focus on how you can harness its power with Safari, Apple’s web browser, to streamline your reading, improve comprehension, and enhance your overall productivity.

Why Speechify?

Before delving into how to use Speechify with Safari, let’s understand why Speechify has become a preferred choice for individuals with dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning disabilities, as well as anyone looking to multitask and optimize their reading experience.

  • High-Quality Text-to-Speech: Speechify’s standout feature is its high-quality text-to-speech ( TTS ) conversion. It offers natural-sounding voices that make it feel like you’re listening to a real person reading to you. This functionality significantly improves comprehension, especially for those with reading difficulties. With access to the full Speechify library of diverse speech voices, users can choose audio that best assists them.
  • Versatile Formats: Speechify supports a wide range of formats, from web pages and documents to audiobooks. This versatility means you can use it across various platforms and for different types of content.
  • Multitasking Abilities: Speechify’s ability to read aloud while you perform other tasks is a game-changer. Whether you’re cooking, commuting, or working on other assignments, Speechify enables you to maximize your productivity by turning reading into a multitasking opportunity.
  • Dyslexia-Friendly: The dyslexia-friendly features of Speechify, such as adjusting reading speed and using natural-sounding voices, make it an essential tool for individuals with learning disabilities.

Using Speechify Text to Speech with Safari

Now, let’s dive into how you can integrate Speechify with Safari to revolutionize your reading experience.

  • Installation: To get started, make sure you have the Speechify app installed on your iOS device (iPhone or iPad) from the App Store. Once installed, open Safari.
  • Enabling the Safari Extension: In Safari, tap the “Share” icon (represented by a square with an arrow pointing up) located at the bottom of the screen (iPhone) or the top of the screen (iPad). Scroll to the right on the bottom row of icons and tap “More.” Here, you’ll find Speechify; toggle it on to enable the extension.
  • Using Speechify: With the Speechify extension enabled, you can now use it to read text from web pages in Safari. Whenever you come across an article or content you’d like to listen to instead of reading, tap the “Share” icon, and select “Speechify” from the available options. Speechify will immediately start reading the content aloud in its high-quality, natural-sounding voices.
  • Adjusting Settings: Speechify offers various settings to customize your reading experience. You can adjust the reading speed, choose different voices, and even switch to dark mode for a more comfortable reading experience at night.
  • Bookmarking: Suppose you want to continue listening to an article later. In that case, you can easily bookmark it within the Speechify app, ensuring you can pick up where you left off at any time.
  • Multitasking: One of Speechify’s strengths is its ability to multitask. While it reads content to you, you can switch between apps, check emails, or perform any other task on your device, making it incredibly versatile.

To provide a comprehensive guide to using Speechify with Safari, here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

Can I use Speechify with Safari on my Mac?

Unfortunately, Speechify’s Safari extension is currently only available for iOS devices. However, you can use Speechify on your Mac as a standalone application.

Are there any additional costs associated with using the Speechify extension with Safari?

The Speechify extension for Safari is part of the standard Speechify app and doesn’t require any additional purchases or subscriptions.

Can I use Speechify with Safari’s Reading List feature?

While Speechify primarily functions through the “Share” menu in Safari, you can add web pages to your Reading List and then access them through the Speechify app for reading.

Is Speechify compatible with iOS 15?

Yes, Speechify is compatible with iOS 15, ensuring you can enjoy its functionality on the latest Apple devices.

Speechify has undoubtedly revolutionized the way we approach reading, making it more accessible and efficient for everyone, including those with learning disabilities like dyslexia and ADHD. By seamlessly integrating Speechify with Safari on your iOS device, you can access high-quality text-to-speech conversion, adjust settings to your preferences, and multitask while listening to content. This powerful combination of Speechify and Safari offers a versatile and dyslexia-friendly solution for improving your reading experience and boosting your productivity, whether you’re a student, a professional, or someone simply looking to enhance their reading habits by pairing docs with audio.

Speechify is an incredibly versatile text-to-speech tool that extends its functionality not only to Safari but also to various other platforms. While the integration with Safari on iOS devices provides a seamless reading experience, Speechify’s capabilities expand across multiple browsers like Chrome and Microsoft Edge, catering to Android users as well. Additionally, it offers a Mac app for macOS users, ensuring accessibility across different devices and operating systems. Whether you’re using Safari on your iPhone using the iOS app, enjoying the convenience of the Chrome extension, or exploring Speechify on your Mac, you can easily access its high-quality AI voices, adjust settings, and even use it for voiceovers, making it a valuable tool for enhancing your reading and multitasking abilities. Cliff Weitzman, the brain behind Speechify, has developed a powerful solution that is compatible with a range of applications, from grammar checkers like Grammarly to voice assistants like Siri, offering an all-encompassing experience for users across various platforms.

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Using the Web Speech API

Speech recognition.

Speech recognition involves receiving speech through a device's microphone, which is then checked by a speech recognition service against a list of grammar (basically, the vocabulary you want to have recognized in a particular app.) When a word or phrase is successfully recognized, it is returned as a result (or list of results) as a text string, and further actions can be initiated as a result.

The Web Speech API has a main controller interface for this — SpeechRecognition — plus a number of closely-related interfaces for representing grammar, results, etc. Generally, the default speech recognition system available on the device will be used for the speech recognition — most modern OSes have a speech recognition system for issuing voice commands. Think about Dictation on macOS, Siri on iOS, Cortana on Windows 10, Android Speech, etc.

Note: On some browsers, such as Chrome, using Speech Recognition on a web page involves a server-based recognition engine. Your audio is sent to a web service for recognition processing, so it won't work offline.

To show simple usage of Web speech recognition, we've written a demo called Speech color changer . When the screen is tapped/clicked, you can say an HTML color keyword, and the app's background color will change to that color.

The UI of an app titled Speech Color changer. It invites the user to tap the screen and say a color, and then it turns the background of the app that color. In this case it has turned the background red.

To run the demo, navigate to the live demo URL in a supporting mobile browser (such as Chrome).

HTML and CSS

The HTML and CSS for the app is really trivial. We have a title, instructions paragraph, and a div into which we output diagnostic messages.

The CSS provides a very simple responsive styling so that it looks OK across devices.

Let's look at the JavaScript in a bit more detail.

Prefixed properties

Browsers currently support speech recognition with prefixed properties. Therefore at the start of our code we include these lines to allow for both prefixed properties and unprefixed versions that may be supported in future:

The grammar

The next part of our code defines the grammar we want our app to recognize. The following variable is defined to hold our grammar:

The grammar format used is JSpeech Grammar Format ( JSGF ) — you can find a lot more about it at the previous link to its spec. However, for now let's just run through it quickly:

  • The lines are separated by semicolons, just like in JavaScript.
  • The first line — #JSGF V1.0; — states the format and version used. This always needs to be included first.
  • The second line indicates a type of term that we want to recognize. public declares that it is a public rule, the string in angle brackets defines the recognized name for this term ( color ), and the list of items that follow the equals sign are the alternative values that will be recognized and accepted as appropriate values for the term. Note how each is separated by a pipe character.
  • You can have as many terms defined as you want on separate lines following the above structure, and include fairly complex grammar definitions. For this basic demo, we are just keeping things simple.

Plugging the grammar into our speech recognition

The next thing to do is define a speech recognition instance to control the recognition for our application. This is done using the SpeechRecognition() constructor. We also create a new speech grammar list to contain our grammar, using the SpeechGrammarList() constructor.

We add our grammar to the list using the SpeechGrammarList.addFromString() method. This accepts as parameters the string we want to add, plus optionally a weight value that specifies the importance of this grammar in relation of other grammars available in the list (can be from 0 to 1 inclusive.) The added grammar is available in the list as a SpeechGrammar object instance.

We then add the SpeechGrammarList to the speech recognition instance by setting it to the value of the SpeechRecognition.grammars property. We also set a few other properties of the recognition instance before we move on:

  • SpeechRecognition.continuous : Controls whether continuous results are captured ( true ), or just a single result each time recognition is started ( false ).
  • SpeechRecognition.lang : Sets the language of the recognition. Setting this is good practice, and therefore recommended.
  • SpeechRecognition.interimResults : Defines whether the speech recognition system should return interim results, or just final results. Final results are good enough for this simple demo.
  • SpeechRecognition.maxAlternatives : Sets the number of alternative potential matches that should be returned per result. This can sometimes be useful, say if a result is not completely clear and you want to display a list if alternatives for the user to choose the correct one from. But it is not needed for this simple demo, so we are just specifying one (which is actually the default anyway.)

Starting the speech recognition

After grabbing references to the output <div> and the HTML element (so we can output diagnostic messages and update the app background color later on), we implement an onclick handler so that when the screen is tapped/clicked, the speech recognition service will start. This is achieved by calling SpeechRecognition.start() . The forEach() method is used to output colored indicators showing what colors to try saying.

Receiving and handling results

Once the speech recognition is started, there are many event handlers that can be used to retrieve results, and other pieces of surrounding information (see the SpeechRecognition events .) The most common one you'll probably use is the result event, which is fired once a successful result is received:

The second line here is a bit complex-looking, so let's explain it step by step. The SpeechRecognitionEvent.results property returns a SpeechRecognitionResultList object containing SpeechRecognitionResult objects. It has a getter so it can be accessed like an array — so the first [0] returns the SpeechRecognitionResult at position 0. Each SpeechRecognitionResult object contains SpeechRecognitionAlternative objects that contain individual recognized words. These also have getters so they can be accessed like arrays — the second [0] therefore returns the SpeechRecognitionAlternative at position 0. We then return its transcript property to get a string containing the individual recognized result as a string, set the background color to that color, and report the color recognized as a diagnostic message in the UI.

We also use the speechend event to stop the speech recognition service from running (using SpeechRecognition.stop() ) once a single word has been recognized and it has finished being spoken:

Handling errors and unrecognized speech

The last two handlers are there to handle cases where speech was recognized that wasn't in the defined grammar, or an error occurred. The nomatch event seems to be supposed to handle the first case mentioned, although note that at the moment it doesn't seem to fire correctly; it just returns whatever was recognized anyway:

The error event handles cases where there is an actual error with the recognition successfully — the SpeechRecognitionErrorEvent.error property contains the actual error returned:

Speech synthesis

Speech synthesis (aka text-to-speech, or TTS) involves receiving synthesizing text contained within an app to speech, and playing it out of a device's speaker or audio output connection.

The Web Speech API has a main controller interface for this — SpeechSynthesis — plus a number of closely-related interfaces for representing text to be synthesized (known as utterances), voices to be used for the utterance, etc. Again, most OSes have some kind of speech synthesis system, which will be used by the API for this task as available.

To show simple usage of Web speech synthesis, we've provided a demo called Speak easy synthesis . This includes a set of form controls for entering text to be synthesized, and setting the pitch, rate, and voice to use when the text is uttered. After you have entered your text, you can press Enter / Return to hear it spoken.

UI of an app called speak easy synthesis. It has an input field in which to input text to be synthesized, slider controls to change the rate and pitch of the speech, and a drop down menu to choose between different voices.

To run the demo, navigate to the live demo URL in a supporting mobile browser.

The HTML and CSS are again pretty trivial, containing a title, some instructions for use, and a form with some simple controls. The <select> element is initially empty, but is populated with <option> s via JavaScript (see later on.)

Let's investigate the JavaScript that powers this app.

Setting variables

First of all, we capture references to all the DOM elements involved in the UI, but more interestingly, we capture a reference to Window.speechSynthesis . This is API's entry point — it returns an instance of SpeechSynthesis , the controller interface for web speech synthesis.

Populating the select element

To populate the <select> element with the different voice options the device has available, we've written a populateVoiceList() function. We first invoke SpeechSynthesis.getVoices() , which returns a list of all the available voices, represented by SpeechSynthesisVoice objects. We then loop through this list — for each voice we create an <option> element, set its text content to display the name of the voice (grabbed from SpeechSynthesisVoice.name ), the language of the voice (grabbed from SpeechSynthesisVoice.lang ), and -- DEFAULT if the voice is the default voice for the synthesis engine (checked by seeing if SpeechSynthesisVoice.default returns true .)

We also create data- attributes for each option, containing the name and language of the associated voice, so we can grab them easily later on, and then append the options as children of the select.

Older browser don't support the voiceschanged event, and just return a list of voices when SpeechSynthesis.getVoices() is fired. While on others, such as Chrome, you have to wait for the event to fire before populating the list. To allow for both cases, we run the function as shown below:

Speaking the entered text

Next, we create an event handler to start speaking the text entered into the text field. We are using an onsubmit handler on the form so that the action happens when Enter / Return is pressed. We first create a new SpeechSynthesisUtterance() instance using its constructor — this is passed the text input's value as a parameter.

Next, we need to figure out which voice to use. We use the HTMLSelectElement selectedOptions property to return the currently selected <option> element. We then use this element's data-name attribute, finding the SpeechSynthesisVoice object whose name matches this attribute's value. We set the matching voice object to be the value of the SpeechSynthesisUtterance.voice property.

Finally, we set the SpeechSynthesisUtterance.pitch and SpeechSynthesisUtterance.rate to the values of the relevant range form elements. Then, with all necessary preparations made, we start the utterance being spoken by invoking SpeechSynthesis.speak() , passing it the SpeechSynthesisUtterance instance as a parameter.

In the final part of the handler, we include an pause event to demonstrate how SpeechSynthesisEvent can be put to good use. When SpeechSynthesis.pause() is invoked, this returns a message reporting the character number and name that the speech was paused at.

Finally, we call blur() on the text input. This is mainly to hide the keyboard on Firefox OS.

Updating the displayed pitch and rate values

The last part of the code updates the pitch / rate values displayed in the UI, each time the slider positions are moved.

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Mattias Sandstrom

Turn off iOS 15 Safari Address Bar dictation?

Since upgrading to iOS 15 I have been constantly annoyed by the dictation mic in the Safari Address Bar. Several times per day I hit that by accident on the small screen of my iPhone 8 and Safari starts listening for a dictated search or web address. Very annoying! I use dictation daily but with the mic button on the keyboard so I'm not happy to turn it off completely.

Is there a setting for Safari to remove this or do I have to wait for next release...?

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Posted on Sep 28, 2021 5:36 AM

Posted on Mar 13, 2022 8:14 AM

You can’t. It’s just there for no reason. It’s stupid and I can’t believe that people on here say that they have fixed the issue. I’ve tried everything and for a short while it will go away but comes back after a reboot or closing the safari app. Nobody on here has actually figured it out.

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Mar 13, 2022 8:14 AM in response to Skelly54

Camino fan 2010

Jan 19, 2022 12:07 AM in response to Mattias Sandstrom

i’ve accidentally tapped this icon many times. it is a complete nuissance.

it seems to provoke another bug where typing into the search box no longer provides suggestions. Have to do a full reboot (home and power button simultaneously until apple logo reappears).

i’ve also seen the search box break such that the keyboard stops appearing when tapping on the search box.

(iPadOS 15.2.1)

guess it’s time to post the bugs to https://www.apple.com/feedback/

rk911

Oct 20, 2021 10:42 AM in response to Mattias Sandstrom

in ios15...SETTINGS:SAFARI:MICROPHONE:DENY

however when i open safari the mic icon is NOT displayed but as soon as i touch the search bar (in public OR private mode) the mic icon returns. how do I COMPLETELY tell safari to not display the mic icon in the search bar?

Jargendas

Oct 29, 2021 11:39 AM in response to rustymchicken

Works, but then dictation is fully disabled, also in the places where you do want to use it.

voice recognition in safari

Edit: Tried with my GFs phone (13 Pro), same behavior. So probably not a bug but a feature -.-

Oct 18, 2021 3:23 PM in response to Mattias Sandstrom

This bugs me too and it’s seemingly not related to the dictation option under keyboard settings, as I disabled dictation and still have that bothersome icon.

Dec 26, 2021 6:46 PM in response to ojnabieoot

I most certainly restated safari. I tried to power off and restart even did a soft reset… this did absolutely nothing. If it worked for you. You mean at have done something different. Because mine still is there.

Steve Poulton

Dec 26, 2021 8:47 PM in response to Someguy49

I think it’s one of those bugs where you toggle something off then on and then restart, it might be the API or the dictation settings. Either way I no longer have the mic in the address bar, but I have left dictation off in the keyboard setting.

Jan 16, 2022 9:17 PM in response to Briancoat

This got me really stoked. However, it came back after doing all this and restarting safari one final time.

It seems like Apple’s UI experience has been degrading over the last few months. I have a handful of unrelated gripes.

Oct 27, 2021 6:40 PM in response to Mattias Sandstrom

go to keyboard and enable dictation then disable it solved my problem

Dec 16, 2021 4:57 AM in response to Mattias Sandstrom

Go to Safari settings>advanced>experimental features and turn off Speech Recognition API

close and reopen Safari.

Nov 14, 2021 7:12 AM in response to Mattias Sandstrom

voice recognition in safari

Mar 13, 2022 2:43 PM in response to Blank101_

voice recognition in safari

Oct 5, 2021 8:55 PM in response to Mattias Sandstrom

Oct 27, 2021 7:02 PM in response to rustymchicken

thanks! that did it.

Dec 16, 2021 6:41 AM in response to Steve Poulton

Turning off API speech recognition did not work

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Speechly enables full browser compatibility for Web Speech API

James Brill

May 29, 2021

Speechly enables full browser compatibility for Web Speech API using a polyfill.

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What is the Web Speech API?

The Web Speech API is an experimental browser standard that enables web developers to effortlessly process voice input from their users. Its simple API can turn on the device's microphone and apply a speech-to-text algorithm to convert whatever the user says into text that the web app can process. At first glance, it seems to open the door to voice-enabled web apps.

The problem

However, browser support for this API is limited. At the time of writing, the majority of its support is centralised in browsers made by Google, who authored much of the API's specification . Indeed, the only browsers that do support it are owned by big tech companies that have the scale to afford to include a free speech-to-text service. Apple has recently joined Google in offering a Siri-based equivalent in Safari.

This has a couple of consequences. Firstly, web apps that use this API have a fragmented experience across browsers. One example is Duolingo, which only offers its voice exercises on Chrome. Indeed, even amongst the browsers that do offer the API, the speech-to-text algorithm differs between them, resulting in different transcriptions and different user experiences between browsers. For example, these are some ways different implementations of the API could yield different results:

  • A word may be transcribed correctly by some implementations and incorrectly by others.
  • A word may be transcribed incorrectly in different ways.
  • A word that is recognised correctly may still be formatted differently. A typical point of contention is how to format units, dates, numbers, times, etc. For example, "1cm", "1 cm", "1 centimetre", "1 centimeter", "8 December 2019", "8 Dec 2019", "08/12/2019", "08.12.19", "one million", "1000000", "1 000 000", "1,000,000", and so on.
  • Implementations across browsers are upgraded in a different cadence and something that worked previously in one browser might not work in the next upgrade.

Secondly, there is a trust factor. Developers using the API probably don't realise that they are sending their users' voice data to a service owned by a big tech company like Google. They may assume that the transcription algorithm runs on the device when it is in fact performed in the cloud. Owning the browser and the speech recognition service also gives these companies the power to make arbitrary changes to the API, including turning it off, as well as lock out other browser vendors. An example is Brave, a browser based on Chromium, which is unable to use Google's speech recognition service due to restrictions imposed by Google. Such restrictions widen the feature gap between browsers like Chrome and the rest of the field.

The solution

Browsers do not have to be limited to using the speech recognition services owned by Google and Apple. There are more widely supported browser standards like the Media Streams API that can enable developers to stream audio data from a microphone to any service. The Web Speech API can be replicated by building code on top of these APIs, escaping the vendor lock-in imposed by the browser's native choice of speech recognition service. Indeed, it can be replicated on browsers that don't support it in the first place.

Code that implements missing browser functionality like this is called a polyfill . The good news is that there exists a polyfill for the Web Speech API that uses Speechly’s speech recognition service under the hood. Any web app using this polyfill would be able to provide a consistent voice-enabled user experience across all browsers, using an API that the developer has chosen, can configure, and can trust.

The code for the polyfill can be found here . It can be used in isolation, but if you are using React to build your web app, we recommend you combine it with react-speech-recognition for the simplest set-up.

An example using React

The repositories both include examples of the two libraries working together and full API documentation, but we'll repeat the basic example here to give you a taste.

First, Start developing with Speechly and get an app ID. You can find a quick guide for that here .

Next, install the two libraries in your React app:

We're going to make a simple push-to-talk button component. When held down, it will display a transcript from the microphone. When the button is released, transcription will end. Using your Speechly app ID, create a React component like the following:

Run your web app, hold down the button and speak into your microphone (you may need to give the browser permission to use the microphone first). You should see your speech transcribed like this:

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Give it a try and let us know how you get on! If you have any feedback on either library, raise a GitHub issue on the polyfill repository or react-speech-recognition .

About Speechly

Speechly is a YC backed company building tools for speech recognition and natural language understanding. Speechly offers flexible deployment options (cloud, on-premise, and on-device), super accurate custom models for any domain, privacy and scalability for hundreds of thousands of hours of audio.

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Is this AI? See if you can spot the technology in your everyday life.

Tell us what is ai and see how your answers compare to the experts.

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Artificial intelligence is suddenly everywhere. Fueled by huge technological advances in recent years and gobs of venture capitalist money , AI has become one of the hottest corporate buzzwords.

Roughly 1 in 7 public companies mentioned “artificial intelligence” in their annual filings last year, according to a Washington Post analysis . But the term is fuzzy.

“AI is purposefully ill-defined from a marketing perspective,” said Alex Hanna, director of research at Distributed AI Research Institute. It “has been composed of wishful thinking and hype from the beginning.”

So what is AI, really? To cut through the hype, we asked 16 experts to judge 10 everyday technologies. Try to spot the AI for yourself and see how you compare to readers and the experts.

Is this AI?

Chatbots like ChatGPT

Could be AI

Definitely AI

Experts said

Readers said

We’ll start with an easy one. The viral chatbot responds to a user’s prompt by systematically churning out words, producing a surprisingly coherent but not always accurate reply.

Most experts said that the tool is definitely AI, Things are about to get even murkier.

Auto-correct on mobile phones

Most experts said auto-correct could be considered artificial intelligence, and many said it definitely is AI.

Earlier versions of auto-correct guessed what you meant to type by comparing the locations of the keys you pressed with a dictionary of popular words. But the latest versions also consider the context surrounding a word to better predict what you meant, using the same technique at the core of chatbots. Hint: You’ll see this technology again.

Tap-to-pay credit cards

Not quite. No expert considered tap-to-pay credit cards to be AI. The system uses radio waves to transmit payment information. It sure seems fancy, but it’s not AI.

Google Translate

Eleven of 16 experts surveyed said Google Translate is definitely AI.

Modern translation services don’t simply look up words in a dictionary and return the foreign language match. Rather, the system uses terabytes of multilingual data to build a model of connections between words and their context.

Sound familiar? This technique, called a transformer model , also underlies chatbots and recent auto-correct systems. It provides a more natural, though not always accurate, translation.

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A majority of experts felt it could be AI.

The defining feature of artificial intelligence is that “behavior is learned from data rather than explicitly programmed,” said Matthew Carrigan, a machine-learning engineer at Hugging Face.

For a non-AI approach, a programmer might write specific rules, like, “If a user is a 30-year-old male, show them sports ads.” But AI uses machine learning to create its own rules by analyzing large amounts of data. This enables incredibly specific connections, but it can be difficult to understand how a program drew its conclusions.

Computer opponents in video games

You’re not alone. Few experts today definitely consider video game opponents to be AI.

Chess has long been a proving ground for AI research. AI researchers often test programs through games because they have well-defined rules with clear victors and losers.

In 1980, a Carnegie Mellon professor offered a $100,000 prize for the first computer program to defeat a world chess champion. Seventeen years later, IBM’s Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov, cementing its place in the history of artificial intelligence.

Beating a world chess champion is no longer impressive. Today’s chess engines dominate all human players.

GPS directions

Turn-by-turn navigation uses a defined set of instructions to search though a database of road networks to quickly find the best route.

How much that route-finding technique just carries out preset rules left experts divided on whether GPS could be considered AI. You said

Facial recognition software, like Apple Face ID

The majority of experts consider facial recognition software to definitely be AI, but you said

The technology maps the precise geometry of people’s facial features. Facial recognition has prompted concern from privacy experts as its use is adopted by governments, especially because the technology is less accurate at identifying people with darker skin.

Apple’s Face ID feature, which lets users unlock their devices by looking at them, projects infrared dots on a face and uses a neural network — a mathematical system that acts like a computerized brain — to determine whether the face matches.

Microsoft's Clippy

You’re in the minority on this one. Most experts said Clippy is not AI, although 1 in 4 said it could at least be considered AI.

The animated paper clip assistant, launched with Microsoft Office 97, offered tips based on what the user was doing, like offering to help format a letter after “Dear Kevin,” was typed. But the widely panned feature was a far cry from intelligence. Microsoft turned it off by default in 2001 and launched a self-aware ad campaign that Clippy was out of work.

Virtual voice assistants, like Alexa or Siri

Just over half of experts consider a virtual voice assistant to definitely be AI.

It can process words as they’re said and handle requests using machine learning and neural networks, which many experts say have become synonymous with artificial intelligence.

Even among experts, what counts as artificial intelligence is fuzzy.

“The term ‘AI’ has become so broadly used in practice that … it’s almost always better to use a more specific term,” said Nicholas Vincent, an assistant professor at Simon Fraser University.

Nothing was unanimously deemed AI by experts, and few products were definitely declared not AI. Most landed somewhere in the middle.

What readers and experts consider to be AI

Some experts don’t think anything we use today is AI. Current technology is “capable of specific tasks they are trained for but dysfunctional at unforeseen events,” said Pruthuvi Maheshakya Wijewardena, a data and applied scientist at Microsoft, who identified no product as definitely AI.

The “capabilities of an AI is a spectrum, and we are still at the lower end,” said Maheshakya Wijewardena.

For Emily M. Bender, a professor of linguistics at the University of Washington, calling anything AI is “a way to dodge accountability” for its creators.

What artificial intelligence generates, whether it’s auto-correct, chatbots or photos, is trained from large amounts of data, often pulled off the internet . When that data is flawed, inaccurate or offensive, the results can reflect — and even amplify — those flaws.

The term AI makes “the machines sound like autonomous thinking entities rather than tools that are created and used by people and companies,” said Bender.

About this story

Emma Kumer contributed to this story.

The experts surveyed were Emily M. Bender, professor, University of Washington; Matthew Carrigan, machine-learning engineer, Hugging Face; Yali Du, lecturer, King’s College London; Hany Farid, professor, UC Berkeley; Florent Gbelidji, machine-learning engineer, Hugging Face; Alex Hanna, director of research, Distributed AI Research Institute; Nathan Lambert, research scientist, Allen Institute for AI; Pablo Montalvo, machine-learning engineer, Hugging Face; Alvaro Moran, machine-learning engineer, Hugging Face; Chinasa T. Okolo, fellow, Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution; Giada Pistilli, principal ethicist, Hugging Face; Daniela Rus, director, MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; Mahesh Sathiamoorthy, formerly of Google DeepMind; Luca Soldaini, senior applied research scientist, Allen Institute for AI; Nicholas Vincent, assistant professor, Simon Fraser University; and Pruthuvi Maheshakya Wijewardena, data and applied scientist, Microsoft.

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The Trump camp and the White House clash over Biden’s recognition of ‘Transgender Day of Visibility’

President Joe Biden waves as he arrives Air Force One, Tuesday, March 29, 2024, in Hagerstown, Md. Biden is en route to Camp David.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is facing criticism from Donald Trump’s campaign and religious conservatives for proclaiming March 31 — which corresponds with Easter Sunday this year — as “Transgender Day of Visibility.”

The Democratic president issued the proclamation on Friday, calling on “all Americans to join us in lifting up the lives and voices of transgender people throughout our Nation and to work toward eliminating violence and discrimination based on gender identity.”

But in 2024, the March 31 designation overlaps with Easter, one of Christianity’s holiest celebrations. Trump’s campaign accused Biden, a Roman Catholic, of being insensitive to religion, and fellow Republicans piled on.

“We call on Joe Biden’s failing campaign and White House to issue an apology to the millions of Catholics and Christians across America who believe tomorrow is for one celebration only — the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” said Karoline Leavitt, the Trump campaign’s press secretary. She assailed what she called the Biden administration’s “years-long assault on the Christian faith.”

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House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., said on social media that the “Biden White House has betrayed the central tenet of Easter” and called the decision “outrageous and abhorrent.”

White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said the Republicans criticizing Biden “are seeking to divide and weaken our country with cruel, hateful and dishonest rhetoric.”

“As a Christian who celebrates Easter with family, President Biden stands for bringing people together and upholding the dignity and freedoms of every American,” Bates said. “President Biden will never abuse his faith for political purposes or for profit.”

The advocacy group GLAAD said in a statement that people can both celebrate Easter and show their support for the trans community.

“The date of Easter moves each year, while Trans Day of Visibility is always recognized on March 31, but this year right-wing politicians and talking heads are using the coincidental timing to overshadow the hope and joy that Easter represents,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD president and CEO.

Biden first issued a proclamation on transgender visibility in 2021 . Proclamations are generally statements about public policy by the president. But this year’s overlap with Easter and the heated tensions from the presidential campaign made the latest transgender proclamation a way for many Republicans to question the Democrat’s religious faith.

Biden devoutly attends Mass and considers his Catholic upbringing to be a core part of his morality and identity. In 2021, he met with Pope Francis at the Vatican and afterward told reporters that the pontiff said he was a “good Catholic” who should keep receiving Communion.

But Biden’s political stances on gay marriage and support for women having the right to abortion have put him at odds with many conservative Christians.

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Change the voice your Mac uses to speak text

You can change the voice your Mac uses to speak text in a window or in alert messages.

Choose a voice

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Click Spoken Content on the right.

Open Spoken Content settings for me

Click the “System voice” pop-up menu, then choose a voice.

To adjust how fast the voice speaks, drag the “Speaking rate” slider.

Click Play Sample to test the voice and speaking rate.

Add a new voice

You can add voices to the “System voice” pop-up menu. If you add a voice that’s not on your Mac, it’s automatically downloaded from Apple (you must be connected to the internet).

Click the “System voice” pop-up menu, then choose Manage Voices.

Do any of the following:

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Find a voice for another language: Click the name of the language in the sidebar. (You may need to scroll down on the left.)

To show more voices for the current language, such as for another country or region, you may need to scroll down on the right.

When you’re done adding voices, click OK.

Click the “System voice” pop-up menu, then choose a voice you added.

Voices that are downloaded aren’t available until the download is complete.

Delete a downloaded voice

You can delete a voice that you downloaded to your Mac.

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If your computer is speaking and you want it to stop, try one of these solutions:

In the menu bar of the app you’re using, choose Edit > Speech > Stop Speaking.

If VoiceOver (the built-in screen reader) is speaking, press Command-F5 to turn it off. If your Mac or Magic Keyboard has Touch ID , you can also press and hold the Command key while you quickly press Touch ID three times.

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Rajnath Singh, India’s defence minister, attends Horse Guards Parade in London on 9 January 2024.

India appears to confirm extrajudicial killings in Pakistan

Defence minister’s comments after Guardian report are first time India has acknowledged any assassinations on foreign soil

India’s defence minister has appeared to confirm that the government carried out extrajudicial killings in neighbouring Pakistan , after a Guardian report on the alleged assassinations.

Intelligence officials from India and Pakistan who spoke to the Guardian had alleged that India’s foreign intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (Raw), had been involved in up to 20 killings of individuals in Pakistan since 2020, as part of a wider policy to target terrorists living on foreign soil.

Most of those targeted in Pakistan were convicted terrorists and militants known to be associated with Islamist militant groups that had carried out deadly attacks in India.

India has previously denied all involvement in the assassinations. But after the publication of the Guardian’s report, Rajnath Singh, the Indian defence minister, seemed to confirm that India did target terrorists hiding out in Pakistan.

“If any terrorist from a neighbouring country tries to disturb India or carry out terrorist activities here, he will be given a fitting reply. If he escapes to Pakistan we will go to Pakistan and kill him there,” Singh said in an interview to Indian TV news network News18 on Friday.

Singh said that India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi , had made it clear this policy was “right” and that “India has the capability to do so. Pakistan has also started understanding this.”

Singh’s comments are the first time that India has acknowledged any assassinations by its operatives on foreign soil.

Modi, who is running for a third term as prime minister in elections that will begin in two weeks, also alluded to operations abroad in a campaign speech on Thursday, stating that “today’s India goes inside enemy territory to strike”.

Indian intelligence operatives told the Guardian that the alleged shift in policy to targeting terrorists in Pakistan came in 2019, after the Pulwama attack when militants from the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed killed 40 paramilitary personnel in Kashmir . Modi was in power at the time, running for a second term in office.

The Indian intelligence officials claimed that India had drawn inspiration from intelligence agencies such as the Mossad in Israel and from incidents such as the killing of the Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul.

Officials from two separate Pakistani intelligence agencies showed the Guardian detailed evidence from investigations into seven of these killings allegedly carried out by Raw, but said they suspected India’s involvement in up to 20 deaths.

The documents appeared to show that several of the killings were orchestrated by Raw sleeper cells mostly operating out of the United Arab Emirates, where impoverished Pakistani workers were recruited and paid millions of rupees to carry out the assassinations.

In other cases, Raw operatives are alleged to have recruited aspiring jihadists through radical Islamist networks and told them they were carrying out “sacred killings” of “infidels”.

The Indian intelligence operatives also confirmed that Sikh activists living in western countries such as the US, UK and Canada, who were vocal advocates of the separatist Khalistan movement, had become a focus of Raw’s foreign operations after 2020.

India has been accused publicly by Washington and Ottawa of involvement in the murder of the Khalistani Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada and of a botched assassination attempt on another Sikh, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun , in the US last year. India has denied involvement in the killing of Nijjar and, according to reports, an internal investigation blamed the failed assassination attempt of Pannun on a “rogue agent”.

Pakistan’s foreign office also responded to the Guardian’s report. “These cases exposed the increasing sophistication and brazenness of Indian-sponsored terrorist acts inside Pakistan, with striking similarities to the pattern observed in other countries, including Canada and the United States,” it said.

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