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Uber CEO takes indefinite leave, top executives will run company

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The move coincided with the release of former Attorney General Eric Holder's report on allegations of harassment throughout Uber's ranks. Uber released the list of recommendations provided by Holder's law firm, saying the company's board of directors will adopt all of the changes. The leadership team will run Uber's day-to-day operations while Kalanick is away. The investigations began after a former Uber employee wrote a blog post in February accusing managers of dismissing her complaints of sexual harassment.


Apple unveils the HOMEPOD

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The HomePod speaker was unveiled at a conference for software programmers on Monday, and will go head-to-head-to-head with Amazon and Google's popular digital home assistants. It's Apple's first new device since the company released the Apple Watch in April 2015. Amazon sells the main version of the Echo for $180 and Google sells its Home speaker for $130. The Echo, released in 2015, and Google Home, released last year, have helped plant the seeds for a promising market.


Now Siri sounds like a dude

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Apple's approach protects privacy, but might make the service less useful when switching devices. The Siri updates are expected in September with iOS 11, the next version of Apple's mobile Other features coming to iPhones and iPads include messages syncing in the cloud. Apple is also bringing the ability to pay back a friend or other individual through its payment service, Apple Pay. The free software update for mobile devices, iOS 11, is expected in September when Apple typically releases new iPhones.


Google Photos gets upgrade

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With Suggested Sharing, Google Photos will tell you which photos it thinks you should share and who might want to see them. When your friends receive them, Google Photos will also remind them to add their pics, too. For an old-school throwback, meanwhile, Google also announced Photo Books, which are exactly what they sound like. Also at I/O today, Google announced upgrades for Google Home and launched the Google Assistant on iOS.


New iPhone voice assistant

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First reported by Android Police and confirmed by Bloomberg, Google is slated to bring its Assistant voice-powered assistant to the iPhone, as well as the company's existing Photos app and GE home appliances. Microsoft's Cortana is available via the App Store and Amazon's Alexa assistant was recently added to Amazon's main app, one of the most heavily downloaded apps. As part of the new Photos app, users will be able to create physical photo books. In recent months, Amazon has expanded the presence of its own voice assistant, Alexa, bringing Alexa to LG refrigerators as well as televisions made by other device makers.


Alexa, Siri, head to hotels

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Intelligent personal assistants are being tested at Marriott hotels, pointing to a future of automated hotel rooms. Marriott International, one of the world's largest hotel chains, is testing iPads running Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo at its Aloft hotel in Boston's Seaport district, according to a report in Bloomberg. "As home automation becomes more mainstream, people will begin to expect those same comforts when they travel," John Clancy, VP of Residential Systems at Crestron, a company that builds home and building automation systems, told Fox News in an email. Marriott's move follows an annoucement from Wynn Las Vegas and Amazon in December to equip all 4,748 hotel rooms at Wynn Las Vegas with Amazon's Echo.


Is President Trump racist? Google Assistant has an answer for that

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Concise, loaded questions tend to yield loaded results when querying Google Assistant, the voice-activated AI technology that comes with Google Pixel phones and Google Home – the latter a voice-activated speaker. If, for example, you ask a loaded question about President Obama, "Is [former President] Barack Obama a communist?" Pose slightly less loaded queries – posed as statements, as you would type into a Google search box – such as "President Trump scandals" or "President Obama scandals" I got results like "The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet" and "Obama Says He's Had A Scandal-Free Administration. And Siri seems to like queries posed as you would type them into a search box on Google, such as "President Obama controversies" or "President Trump controversies."


Google Homes turn on en masse

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Something odd happened around the country while the Super Bowl commercial for the Google Home speaker ran on TVs everywhere. These users had no recourse but to let this happen, as Google's speaker offers no option to set a different wake phrase. A Fox News report explains this happened when CW6 news anchor Jim Patton described a 6-year-old in Dallas who accidentally ordered a dollhouse and cookies via the speaker, saying "I love the little girl, saying'Alexa ordered me a dollhouse.'" Do not play this Google Home ad near a Google Home.