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How Spotify uses Machine Learning?


Spotify is the largest on-demand music services in the world and has 299 million monthly users, including 138 million paying subscribers. One of the exciting features of the Spotify is Discover Weekly. It's a custom mixtape of 30 songs they've never listened to before but will probably love, and it's pretty much magic. Songza used to curate playlists manually in the early 2000s which was not able to fulfil the music needs of the consumers as it was developed as on specific interest of the curator. Pandora used tagging the songs manually with attributes like'folk', 'rock' and curating playlist with similar tags using the code. Collaborative filtering: It works by comparing people with similar tastes.

Understanding Salsa

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Latin America, with its rich and varied cultural heritage, is a region widely known by its diverse musical rhythms. Indeed, music and dance constitute an important part of Latin American cultural assets and identity.2 Some of these rhythms, although famous worldwide, belong to specific regions; for example, samba is from Brazil, tango is from Argentina, merengue is from the Dominican Republic, corrido is from Mexico and vallenato is from Colombia, among many other examples. Most of them were created by the cultural interaction between people from African, Native American, and European cultures that shared their music and instruments. Those heterogeneous cultural characteristics made these music styles appealing to an international audience.

Podcast: Juniper CTO on creating an AI-driven enterprise


Juniper CTO Raj Yavatkar joins the Light Reading podcast to discuss Juniper's strategy to use machine learning and AI to help customers build "self-driving" enterprise networks. The acquisition of Mist Systems brought that capability to Wi-Fi access points, he explains. Once Juniper completes its acquisition of 128 Technology, it can improve on its AI-driven approach to its SD-WAN and WAN assurance offerings, too. You can find all of Light Reading's editorial and custom audio programs on Apple Podcasts, Google, SoundCloud or Spotify.

Watch early testers try Tesla's Full Self-Driving mode for the first time


On Friday, we finally got a glimpse at a long-awaited feature that Elon Musk rolled out this week for a select group of Tesla owners: Full Self-Driving mode. Only a small group of Tesla-chosen drivers with safe driving records were given the software update to test the new autonomous feature, known as FSD, which goes beyond what's currently available on Tesla's advanced driving system, Autopilot. As longtime Tesla vlogger Tesla Raj showed in the video above, FSD now lets his electric Model X navigate itself on city roads. Previously Autopilot, which featured abilities like autosteering, braking, and lane changing, only worked on highways and major thoroughfares with clear lane markings. Now with the beta update, the car can maintain the speed limit and its position in the lane, stop at stop signs, make turns, and even more on its own.

Amazon Echo Dot (2020) review: Well-rounded in every sense


Amazon's smallest Echo has evolved quite a bit over the years. The first Amazon Echo Dot was small and puck-like but didn't have very good audio. In 2018, the company upgraded the Dot's speakers to a new 1.6-inch driver that gave it a lot more bass and overall better performance, plus it had a much more stylish fabric-clad exterior. Last year, Amazon added a new model called the Echo Dot with Clock, which is basically the same thing but with a digital clock on the front. In 2020, however, the company has decided to go… round.

America Has a New No. 1 Song, and For Once the Reason Isn't TikTok


In the fall of 1988, when Billboard launched its Modern Rock Tracks chart, it was more diverse than what came to be known later as "alternative rock." In that first Modern Rock top 30, there were hits by guitar-wielding women of color Tracy Chapman and Joan Armatrading, as well as Black U.K. vocalist Ranking Roger, formerly of the (English) Beat. Two of the top five tracks were by biracial bands UB40 and Big Audio Dynamite, and BAD's music incorporated hip-hop elements. Perhaps most notably, that week's No. 5 Modern Rock song, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers' "Tumblin' Down"--produced by Talking Heads' Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth--would, about three months later, cross over at R&B radio and top the chart Billboard then called Hot Black Singles. But in the subsequent three decades, there wouldn't be much crossover between alternative and Black radio, as alt-rock grew steadily whiter. I offer this slice of chart history as a backdrop to the remarkable coup this week by a fiendishly catchy, hard-to-categorize song by a pair of rappers just out of their teen years.

Machine Learning case study: GOOGLE


Machine learning is a sub-field of artificial intelligence (AI) that provides systems the ability to automatically learn and improve from experience without being explicitly programmed. Machine learning algorithms are usually categorized as supervised or unsupervised. Artificial Intelligence is a branch of computer science that endeavors to replicate or simulate human intelligence in a machine, so machines can perform tasks that typically require human intelligence. Some programmable functions of AI systems include planning, learning, reasoning, problem-solving, and decision making. My social, promotional, and primary mails might be different than what you have in your mailbox.

The best smart speakers of 2020

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The Bose Home 300's sleek design fits in well with most decor. We weren't sure what to expect upon opening the Bose Home 300 for testing, but we were pleasantly surprised on almost every level. While the sound quality can't quite compete with the (much larger) Echo Studio, the Bose Home 300 allows users to choose between Alexa or Google Assistant; it has handy preset buttons on the top of the speaker; and it can stream audio over Bluetooth, AirPlay, WiFi, or via an old-school auxiliary cable. Through its app and smart assistants, the Bose Home 300 can play music from a large number of streaming services, such as Spotify, TuneIn, Amazon Music, Tidal, Pandora, and even Apple Music via Airplay or Bluetooth. The compatible music and podcast sources will vary a bit depending on which smart assistant you choose (you can only use one assistant at a time, however it is very easy to switch in the Bose app). Though not any larger, this speaker is much louder than most of the other smart speakers we included in this roundup.

Amazon Echo (2020) review: Small in stature, mighty in sound


It's been over five years since the first Amazon Echo arrived, showing people how useful a virtual assistant in your home could be. Amazon has added tons of new features to Alexa, its virtual assistant, over those years -- and as such, new Echo hardware isn't quite as exciting. Of course, that hasn't stopped Amazon from updating its devices on a more-or-less annual basis, as well as launching tons of Echo variants. Last year's Echo was one of the best smart speakers we'd used, adding the improved speakers first found in 2018's $150 Echo Plus at a lower $100 price point. This year, however, Amazon has made some of the most significant hardware updates to the Echo yet, including a fresh design and some high-end features brought over from the more expensive Echo Plus. Even so, Amazon's pedigree in the category might give it the advantage here.

Amazon Echo Dot (4th gen) review: The new Dot delivers a revamped look and (slightly) better sound


The revamped, fourth-generation Echo Dot has arrived, and it comes with a spherical design that sets it well apart from its smaller, flatter predecessors. But while it boasts an all-new look, the latest Echo Dot is essentially the same speaker as the (now steeply discounted) third-gen Dot, complete with onboard Alexa, stellar smart home capabilities, impressive communication features, and the ability to keep an ear on your home via Alexa Guard. And while we're pleased with how the new Dot sounds, its front-firing driver doesn't deliver a quantum leap over the older Dot's audio quality. So yes, the fourth-gen Echo Dot is technically the best Dot yet, but only by a narrow margin. Available in charcoal, glacier white, and twilight blue flavors, the fourth-gen Echo Dot marks a major departure in terms of the speaker's look and feel.