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A Microsoft Teams smart speaker moves Cortana to the conference room

PCWorld

Microsoft's Cortana-powered consumer speakers are dead. Long live...Cortana powered Teams speakers? During a Microsoft Ignite keynote by Jared Spataro, the vice president of Microsoft 365, Microsoft showed off a demonstration room powered by some of its latest hardware, including the 85-inch Surface Hub 2S, plus companion devices like Teams Rooms, which are third-party bundles of cameras and small displays for facilitating meetings. Microsoft's idea is that the Teams Rooms devices will manage the meetings, with voice assistance using Cortana, and capabilities like Teams casting and the Room remote app for facilitating conferences. One of the key capabilities of the Microsoft Teams software is its ability to listen to, record, and transcribe the conversation.


Understanding AI's capabilities, drawbacks needed for wise use: Yomiuri Shimbun

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TOKYO (THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Products and services equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) are increasingly being used in our daily lives. They must be used wisely, by understanding the nature of AI. In AI, computers process large amounts of information to analyse them and make decisions. While conventional products operate within a range that was set beforehand, AI products can increase the accuracy of their operations by continuously accumulating user data and learning from that. A user has only to talk to smart speakers that use AI voice recognition for the speakers to perform such tasks as operating home appliances, or searching for necessary information and conveying that information to the user.


This digital 'nose' could make your coffee smell better and improve your cooking

ZDNet

How do you measure a smell? It's a question that you probably haven't given much thought to, and frankly, you wouldn't be alone. Aryballe, a digital olfaction startup based in Grenoble, France, has spent the past six years trying to answer that question. In that time, the company has developed what is effectively a digital nose capable of detecting odours and characterising them in a way that can be mapped, visualised, and compared. AI techniques are becoming part of every day computing: here's how they're being used to help online retailers keep up with the competition.


Home appliances to hep with chores and housework – IAM Network

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Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Our colleague Marc Saltzman from USA TODAY is here to share some insight into how smart robots can help do your housework and make your life easier. Now that society is cautiously opening up ahead of the fall season, the last thing you want to do is more work around the house. Not to mention, you might be busy getting the kids ready for another school year – at home, in class, or a bit of both. Fortunately, technology can help, so you can focus on what matters.


Save up to $140 on Harman Kardon and Bose smart speakers

Mashable

TL;DR: Get a compact Harman Kardon Citation One with Google Assistant smart speaker for only $89.99 at Best Buy as of Sept. 8. You can also buy the Bose Home Speaker 500 for $100 off at Amazon if you prefer Alexa voice controls. Smart speakers are ubiquitous in many homes, but you have more options than your standard Amazon Echo. Just because you want advanced voice controls doesn't mean you have to sacrifice audio quality. So if you prefer a more dynamic listening experience, you have a few options to pick from at both Best Buy and Amazon.


Why the Roborock S6 robot vacuum cleaner banishes pet hair, dust and dirt

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Vacuuming can feel like a never ending chore, especially if you have a dog or cat that sheds a lot of pet hair. The task can also be pretty exhausting if you own a heavy vacuum cleaner. Enter the new Roborock S6 vacuum cleaner, which takes all the hassle out of keeping your floors clean and banishes dust, dirt and pet hair. You no longer need to lug a standard vacuum around your house or get tangled in wires to have a clean home. Not only can it mop and vacuum at the same time, but you can program dates and times for the device to clean whenever you want, meaning you can go about your day without the worry of cleaning.


Need a break from chores and cleaning? These robots can do your housework for you.

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Our colleague Marc Saltzman from USA TODAY is here to share some insight into how smart robots can help do your housework and make your life easier. Now that society is cautiously opening up ahead of the fall season, the last thing you want to do is more work around the house. Not to mention, you might be busy getting the kids ready for another school year – at home, in class, or a bit of both. Fortunately, technology can help, so you can focus on what matters.


Enjoy this monster list of the best Labor Day sales to shop this weekend

Mashable

Marking the unofficial divide between summer and fall, Labor Day isn't just a free Monday off (for some) in honor of the U.S. labor movement. Unlike Prime Day and Black Friday, this year's Labor Day deals look to be panning out as (mostly) normal. The main difference that we're seeing is (unsurprisingly) an increase in offers related to people's quarantine shopping habits -- i.e., more deals on loungewear, camping equipment, gaming gear, and yes, even some face masks. In fact, video games are getting so much attention sale-wise this year that we've decided to give them their own category instead of lumping them in under "Tech" -- more on that in a sec. Trying to catch up on Selling Sunset?


How to create a great home theater on any budget

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

We're all spending a lot more time at home these days, and for many of us, that means a lot more time in front of the TV. Whether for gaming, family movie night, or simply vegging out in front of our favorite streaming service, if you're staring into an antiquated TV or listening to weak and tinny sound, you probably already know what we're going to say: It's time for an upgrade. Movie theaters are not an option for most of us at the moment, so the only way to get some cinematic wow factor in your life is to bring the theater to you. Luckily, you don't have to dip into that college fund to upgrade to features like 4K, HDR, or spine-tingling sound. Our guide will show you how to spend light--or go large--on a new home theater without ever leaving the house.


Save $50 on this popular smart speaker and personal assistant

Mashable

TL;DR: As of Aug. 27, you can get the popular Echo Plus (2nd Gen) smart speaker for $50 off, bringing the total cost down to $99.99. We have gone ahead and found a personal assistant that you don't have to stay 6 feet away from, or even pay. The Echo Plus can't help you cook dinner or pick up your dry cleaning, but it can help with everyday tasks like setting up reminders and alarms. It can even help you control your house using just your voice. Depending on what compatible devices you have, you could potentially turn on lights, adjust thermostats, lock doors, and much more.