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Spotify unveils a voice-controlled smart device, dubbed 'Car Thing'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Spotify has launched a new voice-controlled smart device, marking a debut in the hardware industry. Dubbed'Car Thing,' it plugs into a vehicle's cigarette lighter and allows users to turn on their favorite playlist hands-free while they're driving. The device is being rolled out among a small group of test users in the coming weeks, according to the Verge. Spotify has launched a new voice-controlled smart device, marking a debut in the hardware industry. It allows users to turn on their favorite playlist hands-free while they're driving Users plug it into their car's 12-volt outlet, or cigarette lighter.


Smart speakers like Alexa and Google are 'SEXIST'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Smart home devices understand men better than women, according to a new YouGov survey. It found 67 per cent of female owners say that their device fails to respond to a voice command at least'sometimes', compared to 54 per cent of male owners. It also revealed men are ruder to their devices but experience fewer problems being understood. Men are more likely to take an brusque tone with theirs than women yet women have more problems with getting a response to their commands. The smart devices seem to respond less well to women than men, based on the survey results.


Amazon is keeping your Alexa data in text form even AFTER you delete the audio recordings

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Voice recordings captured by Amazon's Alexa can be deleted but the automatically produced transcriptions remain in the company's cloud, according to reports. After Alexa hears its'wake' word, the smart assistant starts listening and transcribing everything it hears. All the voice commands said to the virtual assistant can be deleted from the central system, but the company still has the the text logs, according to CNET. This data is kept on its cloud servers, with no option for users to delete it, but the company claims it is working on ways to make the data inaccessible. Amazon workers are listening to private and sometimes disturbing voice recordings to improve the voice-assistants understanding of human speech.


Ford's 'Wall-E' style self-driving robot that can avoid obstacles to ferry parts around a factory

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A self-driving robot is being trialled in a Ford manufacturing plant in Spain that can overcome obstructions and carry cargo. The robot, similar in appearance to the Wall-E trash-crushing robot from Pixar, has been nicknamed'Survival' and was developed by Ford's own engineers. It uses Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology to visualise its surroundings and guides itself autonomously. Survival's body includes an automated shelf with 17 drawers of different sizes that holds various materials and tools. A self-driving robot'Survival' (pictured) is being trialled in a Ford manufacturing plant in Spain to overcome obstructions and move cargo around Its makers say that the robot is designed to work alongside human employees and not replace them.


Microsoft launches AI tool that will recommend ways to make your writing more politically correct

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Microsoft Word is getting an AI-powered editor that can recommend when users might want to make their writing more grammatically and politically correct. The tool, called Ideas in Word, uses machine learning and Microsoft's Graph developer platform to make suggestions when it senses users might want to'refine their writing.' Ideas in Word, which is slated to launch this fall, was unveiled this week at Microsoft's annual Build developer conference in Seattle. A video preview of the tool shows how it works. Users will see a tab in the Microsoft Word toolbar called'Ideas,' where its AI systems might suggest users make improvements to their writing.


BBC develops a voice-activated assistant in a bid to rival Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The BBC is developing a voice-activated electronic assistant in an attempt to rival Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri. It will similarly be styled as a character – currently dubbed'Auntie' by insiders in a nod to the BBC's longstanding nickname – but will be renamed before launch to make it more'modern-sounding'. The assistant would be available to download free on smartphones and smart TVs in the UK. It would allow users to seek information across the internet by issuing a verbal instruction. The BBC is developing a voice-activated electronic assistant in an attempt to rival Amazon's Alexa (pictured) For example, users could ask the app to get weather reports, play the most recent episode of The Archers or work out the quickest route to work.


McDonald's rolls out menus that use AI to guess your order to 700 restaurants across the U.S.

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Soon, you won't have to struggle to decide what to eat from the McDonald's menu. The fast food giant is rolling out high-tech menus at 700 restaurants across the country that use artificial intelligence to suggest items. It comes after McDonald's acquired Israeli digital startup Dynamic Yield in March. McDonald's is launching high-tech kiosks at 700 restaurants across the country that use AI to suggest items. McDonald's purchased Dynamic Yield, an Israeli company which employs data and analytics to increase sales.


Spotify tests new voice-controlled advertisements that launch podcasts or playlists

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Spotify is jumping into the voice technology game. The streaming platform is testing voice-controlled advertisements for some users in the U.S., it revealed on a call with investors this week, according to TechCrunch. Currently, the promotions are only for services inside its own app, but that could change over time. Spotify is jumping into the voice technology game. The firm is testing voice-controlled advertisements for some users in the U.S., it revealed on a call with investors this week Here's how the technology works: When non-Premium users are listening to a song, they'll hear an advertisement for a playlist.


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

Daily Mail

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.


Owners of Apple gadgets reveal the amusing responses they've received when talking to Siri

Daily Mail

From suggesting the meaning of life is'chocolate' to stating that having a boyfriend just ends in heartbreak and loneliness, these conversations show just how sassy Apple's Siri can be. A hilarious gallery, collated by Bored Panda, shows the amusing automated responses owners of Apple gadgets have received when trying to communicate with their virtual assistant. Many people from around the world have contributed conversations in which Siri struggled to understand what they were trying to say. One person was asked by their virtual assistant if they have'anything better to do' after they sent it a tongue-twister. Another was informed by Siri that a reminder was set to tell them they're dumb.