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Alexa claims to be 'too scared' when asked who H is in Line of Duty

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Line of Duty fans have asked Amazon's Alexa voice assistant about the identity of the mysterious'H' so many times that the devices are now quipping back. Videos have emerged online of fans asking Alexa to unmask the corrupt cop atthe centre of the show's plot but the device refuses, saying she's'too scared' or'can't be bothered'. The identity of'H' has plagued viewers throughout the series but the big reveal will identify the corrupt police officer at the top of the organised crime chain who has been pulling the strings. Social media user, Daniel Smith, was among those who could not bear to wait. he filmed himself asking his Alexa: 'Who is H?' The exasperated device replied: 'Honestly, I can't be bothered to talk about this anymore. 'Too many people are asking me who H is.' Gareth Evans, from Aberdare, Helen England, from North Tipperary, Teresa Rodmell, from Milton Keynes and Ollie Charles, from London, all asked the same question but got a more sinister response.


Smart speakers can analyze a baby's breathing and monitor for infant sleep apnea

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Researchers at the University of Washington have devised a new app for smart speakers like Amazon's Echo to help parents monitor their baby's breathing. Called BreathJunior, the experimental app will be able to measure the rate of a baby's breathing and detect symptoms of sleep apnea. The team initially conducted a test of the device with five babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at a hospital in Washington. BreathJunior (pictured above) is an experimental app that monitors a baby's breathing using a smart speaker According to a report from MIT Tech Review, the team plans to eventually release the app as a commercial product via the company Sound Life Sciences. But first, they'll present the results of the trial at the upcoming MobiCom, a yearly conference on mobile computing in Los Cabos, Mexico.


Amazon rolls out 'Answer Update' feature that lets Alexa get back to you later with responses

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Your questions will never go unanswered again by Alexa. Amazon is rolling out a feature called'Answer Update' that notifies users when Alexa learns the answer to a question that it didn't know right away. The feature, which was first spotted by Voicebot, should start appearing for users in the coming days. Amazon is launching a feature called'Answer Update' that notifies users when Alexa learns the answer to a question it didn't know right away. Users can opt in to the feature by asking their Echo device to'turn on Answer Update.' Alexa will then respond by explaining what the feature is.


Samsung unveils its Galaxy Home smart speaker with Bixby voice assistant

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Samsung has finally unveiled its own smart speaker in a bid to take on Amazon, Apple, and Google. At the firm's Unpacked event in Brooklyn, New York today, Samsung teased a look at its Galaxy Home speaker, equipped with the Bixby voice assistant. But, Samsung remained tight-lipped on most of the details. The firm hasn't yet revealed how much it will cost or when it will officially launch, but promised more information is to come at the developer conference in November. At the firm's Unpacked event in Brooklyn, New York today, Samsung teased a look at its sleek Galaxy Home speaker, equipped with the Bixby voice assistant.


How first-time mothers can develop a deeper tone after giving birth

Daily Mail - Science & tech

First-time mothers can develop a deeper voice after giving birth, a study has found. Their voices can drop by almost a sixth of an octave, says Dr Kasia Pisanski, of Sussex University, where researchers studied the tones of 40 women over a ten-year period. First-time mothers' voices can drop by almost a sixth of an octave, says Dr Kasia Pisanski, of Sussex University She said: 'Women's voices became relatively lower-pitched and more monotonous after giving birth than during pregnancy or before.' But the huskier voices reverted within five years to pre-pregnancy levels. The changes may be due to hormones or tiredness, said the study in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior.