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Google smart speakers secretly updated to listen for more than wake words

Mashable

Google Home smart speakers, the company dryly warns in a note buried deep on a support page, can "incorrectly" record their users even when they haven't first said an activating wake phrase like "hey, Google." It just so happens that, at least for a brief period of time this summer, those microphone-enabled devices were doing exactly that. The company admitted Monday, following a report by Protocol, that it had updated an unspecified number of Google Assistant-enabled devices to respond to auditory cues beyond the user-specified wake phrase. Google told Protocol this was a mistake that was quickly fixed, but did not appear to address the larger privacy concerns that such a mistake signifies. After all, how are users supposed to trust a live microphone in their home if someone can remotely update it to be even more invasive without their knowledge?


5 reasons why Microsoft is even entertaining a Tik Tok purchase

ZDNet

Microsoft's talks to acquire Tik Tok don't make a whole lot of sense on the surface. In fact, nothing about this deal makes sense given you have a tech giant that is known for the enterprise, President Trump tweeting about Tik Tok, legislators chiming in and a 45-day deal deadline. Sure, I've read a few Wall Street analysts do some mental gymnastics to argue for the Microsoft purchase of Tik Tok. Depending on price ($10 billion too good to pass up and $50 billion crazy), Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is going to have some explaining to do. With all that said, here is a bit of informed speculation about why this Microsoft-Tik Tok lunacy is happening. The Department of Defense's JEDI cloud contract is to be announced soon.


Building Jarvis, the Generative Chatbot With an Attitude

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Carsales.com, the company I work for, is holding a hackathon event. This is an annual event where everyone (tech or non tech) comes together to form a team and build anything -- anything at all. Well, preferably you would build something that has a business purpose, but it is really up to you. This idea for this chatbot actually came from Jason Blackman, our Chief Information Officer at carsales.com. Given that our next hackathon is an online event, thanks to COVID-19, wouldn't it be cool if we could host a Zoom webinar, where any carsales.com After tossing around ideas, I came up with a high-level scope. Jarvis would need to have a visual presence, just as would a human webinar participant. He needs to be able to listen to what you say and respond contextually with a voice.


Apple Faces $1.4 Billion Lawsuit by Chinese AI Firm in Siri Patent Fight

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

An artificial-intelligence company recently awarded a Chinese patent for a voice assistant similar to Apple Inc.'s Siri has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple that, if successful, could prevent the American tech giant from selling many of its products in the world's second-largest economy. Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co. said in a statement on Monday it was suing Apple for an estimated 10 billion yuan ($1.43 billion) in damages in a Shanghai court, alleging the iPhone- and iPad-maker's products violated...


Build your First A.I chatbot in 30 minutes

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Step1: Make sure you have that Microsoft VC compiler, Anaconda navigator is properly installed in your system. I hope you have python and Microsoft VC then skip the below process and go to step 2. Otherwise, you can download those from the given links. After Microsoft VC compiler, you have to download Anaconda Navigator. To download anaconda navigator click here and then scroll down where you can see Anaconda Installers and click on (python 3.7) 64-bit graphical installer or 32-bit graphical installer depends on your system version then save. Depends on internet speed it will download in 5 to 10 minutes and then install.


Microsoft's Cortana is saying goodbye to Android and iOS in 2021

Mashable

In an announcement posted on July 31, the company said it would pull the Cortana mobile app from both iOS and Android devices in early 2021. While this is new for American users, Microsoft did a similar scrubbing of mobile Cortana in regions like Canada, Australia, and the U.K back in Jan. 2020. As Mashable tech reporter Alex Perry explained back then, this means that, "your reminders and lists won't work through [mobile Cortana] anymore. They'll still be synced to the Microsoft To Do app, as a minor consolation prize. It's also being integrated into Microsoft 365 apps."


Pros And Cons Of AI Chatbots: All You Must Know

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The advancement in artificial intelligence and machine learning has led to the introduction of chatbots. Chatbots can respond instantly and are available 24*7. Chatbots can provide fast personalized service to several clients simultaneously. AI chatbots can take client experience to the next level. Python language plays a major role in chatbot programming.


Chatbots and SEO: How Can Chatbots Improve Your SEO Ranking?

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A chatbot is an application that holds a natural-seeming chat dialogue with a website visitor. The exchanges with these bots and humans are very realistic and save companies time, provides a better user experience, and uses an improved user interface. To get a better idea of the capabilities of this technology, see some chatbot examples for different B2B sales. Giving your chatbot a personality helps capture and hold the visitor's attention. The personality of the chatbot is a direct representation of the company's brand and ideology.


The best smart speakers for all budgets

The Guardian

After almost six years on the market, smart speakers now come in a variety of sizes, shapes, capabilities and prices. Whether you want a cheap speaker to keep the kids entertained, one that doubles as a digital photo frame or one that sounds so good you'll want to yell "turn it up to 11", here's a quick guide to the best on the market. Google's Assistant is the best voice system on the market. It has better understanding than rivals, an enormous range of knowledge and – importantly – the ability to choose between male and female voices, even on a user-by-user basis as Google can distinguish between the individuals giving instructions. The Nest Mini is the second generation of Google's smallest and cheapest smart speaker.


Understanding and Meeting the Risks of AI Adoption - The Chatbot

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You wouldn't install a network without a firewall, you wouldn't let staff work remotely without a VPN and you really shouldn't adopt AI tools without thinking of the risks and consequences. See what the latest research says your business should think about before bringing AI services to power the company. Many businesses adopt them or build their own tools around them, without really considering what the risks are. We have lived with 99% uptime SLAs for years now, so what's wrong with a 99% accurate AI when it comes to translation, offering advice or form processing? Quite a lot, it could transpire. Deloitte has been asking those thorny questions of enterprise executives when it comes to the company's third annual AI adoption survey.