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Software engineers are in high demand for machine learning, data sciences: Study

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The nation's more than 1.8 million software engineers are in high demand. SAN FRANCISCO -- Demand for the nation's more than 1.8 million software engineers has hundreds of companies scrambling for talent in machine learning and data sciences. Machine learning and data science skills rank as the most in-demand, though both specialties have the least experienced workforces -- at less than five years -- because they are emerging fields. Yet hundreds of thousands of jobs remain unfilled, and demand is tightening due to the need for highly skilled workers in non-tech industries such as banking and healthcare.


Samsung scraps calling female assistant 'chipper,' male 'confident'

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Samsung's Bixby used descriptions male and female voices that users considered sexist. Samsung hastily scrubbed the descriptions of male and female voices for its newly launched Bixby voice assistant Wednesday after users pointed out describing a woman's voice as "chipper" and "cheerful" and a male voice as "assertive" "confident" played into well-worn gender stereotypes. We have removed the hashtag descriptions from the Bixby service," Samsung said in a statement to USA Today. The male voice was described as "#assertive #confident #clear" while the female voice was described as "#chipper #clear #cheerful".


Everything you need to know to set up an Amazon Echo for your parents

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To change the wake word on an Echo device, go into Settings on the Alexa app, select the device, and choose "Wake Word." Get a Logitech Harmony Hub on Amazon for $88.99 Alexa has also been recently updated to remotely control your Amazon Fire TV, which itself comes with an Alexa Voice Remote. Get an Amazon Fire TV for $89.99 Find and install specific Alexa skills that your parents will enjoy. For instance, if your father is a big fan of Fox News, install the Fox News skill so he can ask, "Alexa, what's in the news?"


Our favorite affordable smart plug is at a new low price right now

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Smart home devices can make everyday tasks easier, leaving more time and energy for other more important aspects of your life. If you're looking for ways to enjoy a slice of the smart home pie without parting with all of your hard-earned money, I highly recommend a smart plug like the TP-Link Smart WiFi Plug. You can control this smart plug from your phone, making it a breeze to fire up your a/c on the way home or turn on lights while you're on vacation (and it's much cheaper than a smart air conditioner or smart light setup). But if you're more concerned with the aesthetics of controlling a device from your phone or home assistant than with reducing your energy consumption, there's a version without the green feature for only $25.


How to use Alexa and Siri for emergencies

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You can't call 911 on Alexa, but there is an app to call a buddy for help. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. You can't call 911 on Alexa, but there is an app to call a buddy for help.


'Alexa, call 911' won't work. Here's what will

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Recently, a New Mexico sheriff thanked Amazon's connected Echo speaker for getting his staff to the scene of the crime and ending a domestic violence incident. The Amazon Echo connected speaker isn't set up to make emergency phone calls due to regulatory rules that insist that devices must have the ability to receive incoming calls. Apple's Siri touts how you can call 911 hands free (Photo: Apple) Then there's Siri, Apple's voice assistant that is the most widely used since it's been on iPhones since 2011. So what happens if someone falls to the ground, can't reach the phone, but is somehow able to direct Siri to call 911 hands free, yet can't get to the phone to actually talk to the police?


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A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.


Musk: Government needs to regulate artificial intelligence

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"By the time we're reactive in AI regulation, it's too late." "There will certainly be a lot of job disruption because what's going to happen is robots will be able to do everything better than us," he said. This is not the first time Musk has voiced concerns about the potential impact of AI. In a documentary from German filmmaker Werner Herzog, Musk warned of the significant threat AI could pose to humanity.


Hey Siri - where are the apps?

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Apple in 2016 opened up Siri to bring the personal assistant to apps, but few developers have signed on. Jefferson Graham explains why, on #TalkingTech. Apple in 2016 opened up Siri to bring the personal assistant to apps, but few developers have signed on. Jefferson Graham explains why, on #TalkingTech.


Hey Siri, why can't I use you on more apps?

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Last summer, Apple was busy advertising its latest move to beef up Siri, the personal digital assistant for the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers. While Apple says Siri works with YouTube, the results are wanting: Ask Siri to play a specific YouTube playlist, it tells you it can't find that playlist in your Apple Music. Slow uptake by app developers risks further denting Siri's credibility, already bruised by the growth of Alexa and ambitious advance of rival Google Assistant on Android phones and the Google Home speaker. On Apple's Siri webpage, the company lists under 100 possibilities to use Siri, from setting calendar appointments, searching photos on Pinterest and booking rides on Lyft.