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Amazon Fire 7 tablet review: still a lot of tablet for just £50

The Guardian

It looks quite different to the traditional Android experience from Google, lacks Google apps and only has access to the Amazon App Store, not the Google Play Store. Navigating it is easy with clearly marked panes filled with either apps, games, books, video, music, magazines, audio books etc. The jewel in the crown for Fire OS 5.4 is Alexa – Amazon's voice-enabled smart digital assistant. It's the same Alexa that's found in the company's Fire TV and Echo smart speaker devices, and has access to the same information.


Why Net Neutrality Matters

WIRED

Under the current net neutrality rules, broadband providers like Comcast and Charter, and wireless providers like AT&T and Verizon, can't block or slow down your access to lawful content, nor can they create so-called "fast lanes" for content providers who are will to pay extra. In other words, your internet provider can't slow your Amazon Prime Video stream to a crawl so you'll keep your Comcast cable plan, and your mobile carrier can't stop you from using Microsoft's Skype instead of your own Verizon cell phone minutes. Amazon, Netflix, YouTube, and a handful of other services may dominate the online video market, but without net neutrality, broadband providers might try to make it more expensive to access popular streaming sites in an attempt to keep customers paying for expensive television packages. Lewis also points out that there are a few other consumer friendly protections in the FCC's net neutrality rules.


Siri storm caused by economist's comments

BBC News

Nobel prize laureate Sir Christopher Pissarides's comments at a conference in Norway attracted fierce criticism. The gender and accent of Apple's voice assistant across iPhone, iPad, Mac and other Apple devices has historically been dependent on regional settings. "The comments made do reflect consistent results that people make social judgements about computer speech outputs, and those seem to relate to gender stereotypes that exist in the wider world," Dr Kate Hone, a computer science academic at Brunel University, told the BBC. Out of the 15 male and 17 female participants interviewed, the participants mainly preferred male voices because they found the voices to be more reassuring.


iOS 11: New Siri icon hints at rumoured iPhone 8 virtual home button redesign

The Independent

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Google Announces Tensorflow Lite: A Neural Network Library for Mobile Phones

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Dave Burke, VP of engineering at Google, announced a new version of Tensorflow optimised for mobile phones. This new library, called Tensorflow Lite, would enable developers to run their artificial intelligence applications in real time on the phones of users. At the moment, most artificial intelligence processing happens on servers of software as a service providers. This framework has been used for real time style-transfer: adding art-like filters to your mobile phone.


Lenovo's Bendable Yoga-Style Laptop Revealed: 5 Features Including Voice-Control, Stylus

International Business Times

Voice-input: The device will work with voice command instead of a traditional track pad. Voice commands on smartphones, despite being highly developed in the form of voice assistants such as the Google Assistants and Siri are not considered the primary way of input. Flexibility: This is the part that makes Lenovo's announcement special -- a foldable, rollable PC is something that hasn't been attempted before and not without reason -- there are many working parts of a PC including a large battery and mostly a fan-based cooling system that will be difficult to put into this kind of a form factor, even if you have a PC-size flexible display. "This is more than just design or look and feel…it's how you can speak to it… or how its speaks to you," the company's presentation stated.


31 Must Know Stats About Mobile Voice Usage Trends

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We included in the survey a block of 10 questions focused on understanding how perceived social pressure impacts people's willingness to use voice commands with their smartphones. It is also interesting to see the impact of the respondent's age on their propensity to use voice commands: In most venues, there doesn't appear to be much difference, but when you get to more public areas, such as at a restaurant with friends, at the gym, in a public restroom, or in a theater, there is a definite tendency for those under 24 to use voice commands quite a bit more than the other age groups (51.6% vs. 38.6% The willingness of those with an income over $100K to use voice commands with their devices in public places, as compared to other income categories is startling! Single males also skew high for using voice commands to play music at 54% vs. 38.6% Those with high income are more likely to get annoyed by people using voice commands with their phone in public (50.8% vs. 41.8% for all responses), but in stark contrast they're also far more likely to do it (42.5% vs. 26.9% Note that 65.9% of women use spoken commands to text, where 54.6% of men do so. Most people agree or strongly agree that voice commands make their smartphone easier to use, with men coming in at 63.8% and women at 56%.


Build17 - Azure rising as Microsoft preps Windows Fall

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One of the most telling moments, therefore, came when Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Microsoft AI and Research Group, finished his day one keynote presentation with a demonstration of smart assistant technology from Tact, a startup that Microsoft recently invested in. It's also interesting to note that Tact started out working with Salesforce and was also seen demonstrating its technology at Oracle's recent customer experience show. The Microsoft demonstration showed how Tact connects into the Microsoft Graph API and other services such as LinkedIn and Dynamics 365 to bring information and suggestions to a user via the Cortana voice or messaging interface. In his day two keynote, Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President, Windows and Devices Group emphasized new features in the forthcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators release that will allow users to move from one device to another and continue whatever they were doing without skipping a beat -- across Windows, iOS, Android and AI interfaces.


OCBC's new HR app includes AI-powered chatbot

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OCBC Bank has launched a comprehensive human resource mobile application, HR In Your Pocket, which includes an artificial intelligence-powered chatbot that is integrated with the bank's HR information system to provide immediate and personalised responses. The app will benefit the bank's employees in Singapore by giving them access to a holistic HR resource centre for leave applications, tracking of employee medical and lifestyle expense reimbursement claims, internal job postings and OCBC Bank's people directory. Being fully integrated with the bank's HR system, "Buddy" can respond to individualised questions – for example, annual leave balance or expense claim status – with personalised answers. Jason Ho, head of group human resources, OCBC Bank, said: "We are always exploring new initiatives that make employee experience and engagement superior.


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The Independent

The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art ...