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Google Assistant can now play Spotify podcasts on your Nest speakers

Engadget

Users around the world can now use Google's Assistant to play and control Spotify podcasts in English, Spotify has confirmed to Engadget. Until now, the voice assistant has only supported its own Google Podcasts, with third-party services limited to music streaming only. However, recent rumors suggested that the third-party podcast support was coming, starting with Spotify. You can enable the feature by heading to your Assistant device's settings in the Google Home app (on a smartphone or tablet) and choosing Spotify as the default podcast provider. You'll be able to find more information here from Spotify once the news post goes live.


OpenAI releases Jukebox, a machine learning framework that generates music

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OpenAI recently launched Jukebox, a model that generates music with singing in the raw audio domain. As a generative model for music, Jukebox can handle the long context of raw audio using an autoencoder. Jukebox's autoencoder processes the audio files using a multiscale VQ-VAE to compress it to discrete codes and modeling those using autoregressive Transformers. Provided with a genre, artist, and lyrics as input, Jukebox can output a new music sample produced from scratch. This is a type of innovation that expands the boundaries of generative models to a new level.


Google Assistant will play podcasts from third-party services like Spotify

Engadget

You might not have to depend on Google Podcasts if you're asking Assistant to play your favorite serialized audio show. Android Police and its readers have discovered that Google is adding support for third-party podcast services, starting with Spotify. You just have to visit podcast settings in Assistant to choose your provider. We've asked Google if it can comment on the feature's rollout. AP's writer had trouble getting it to work, though it may be due to regional issues.


New Google Assistant feature lets you identify a track by simply HUMMING the tune

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Google has launched a new feature for its smart voice'Assistant' that lets you identify a song by simply humming, whistling or singing the tune. The feature, which is available on smartphones and smart speakers that use Google Assistant, uses machine learning to identify potential song matches. Users just need to tap the microphone on the search bar on the Google Assistant app and say'what's this song' or address their smart speakers by saying'Hey Google, what's this song?' before reciting it to the best of their ability. Without lyrics or even a perfect-pitch performance, the new tool will return potential matches and help the user identify the song that's been stuck in their head. In MailOnline's tests, the technology successfully identified 60 per cent of the songs hummed, sang or whistled into the Google Assistant mobile app.


Learning AI If You Suck at Math - Part Eight - The Musician in the Machine

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"Attention takes two sentences, turns them into a matrix where the words of one sentence form the columns, and the words of another sentence form the rows, and then it makes matches, identifying relevant context." Check out the graphic from the Attention is All You Need paper below. It's two sentences, in different languages (French and English), translated by a professional human translator. The attention mechanism can generate a heat map, showing what French words the model focused on to generate the translated English words in the output.


The HomePod Mini fail: How Apple got almost everything wrong

ZDNet

If you sat in on the October Apple event yesterday, you probably noticed that Cupertino kicked off the event not with iPhone but with HomePod, which was introduced initially in February 2018, nearly three years ago. At $299, the original HomePod, which is still on sale at its original price from Apple, didn't really resonate with customers. Amazon's Echo intelligent speaker vastly outperformed it, with every single model in their lineup. It's estimated that Apple's global market share with HomePod in 2020 is only about 5 percent, far behind Amazon, which occupies a 23 percent share, with Google in second place with a 19 percent share, according to a recent market analysis by Strategy Analytics. At $99, the new HomePod Mini is substantially cheaper than the original model.


How new smart speakers from Apple, Amazon, Google stack up

Mashable

The HomePod mini, announced Tuesday at Apple's tech event, is the newest smart speaker out there. It joins refreshed models from the competition, Amazon and Google; the speakers all feature shiny new homes and let you play music, ask questions, and control your smart home and other devices. Here's the latest on which you should use for all your Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant needs. Apple's smart speaker, HomePod, went small with a "mini" version that also shrunk its price. At just under $100, it will run you a fraction of the HomePod's $349 launch price (which eventually dropped to $299). With an Apple processor and a 360-degree audio experience, the device will play Apple Music (and other apps like Pandora and Amazon Music, but not Spotify) and use Siri to control your connected phones and other smart home controls.


Apple unveils $99 HomePod Mini smart speaker launching next month

ZDNet

Want a speaker for your office that pumps out premium sound and offers Bluetooth streaming or voice control? Here are your best options from all the big players, including Sonos, Bose, Google, Apple, and Amazon. The smaller speaker is more affordable, with a $99 price tag, and smaller than the original HomePod. It goes on sale Nov. 6 and will start shipping Nov. 16. Apple still leverages Siri, along with several new software updates and improvements, including the ability to play music from third-party services like Spotify, instead of being limited to Apple Music as has been the case since its launch in 2018.


The BEST Amazon own device deals to buy this Prime Day 2020

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Prime Day 2020 is now underway, with thousands of deals available across the site, and as always, some of the best discounts can be found on Amazon own devices. The mega-site is kicking off the shopping extravaganza with a host of incredible deals, including top savings on the popular Echo Dot 3rd Gen, Echo Show 5 and Kindle. Whether you're shopping for Christmas or treating yourself, now is a great time to buy. Discounts will continue for just 48 hours up until October 14, so to ensure you don't miss a deal we've scoured the site and selected the very best savings on Amazon devices right now. Now £39.99 (that's a saving of £40), the Echo Show 5 is its lowest price in this Prime Day deal.


"Hot'n'Pop Song Machine": end-to-end Machine Learning classificator project

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My idea for this project started when I found out about the existence since 2010 of the Million Song Dataset, a freely-available collection of audio features and metadata for a million contemporary popular music tracks. Since music is one of my passions, it seemed appropriate to base one of my first Data Science projects on this subject. The core of the dataset was provided by the company The Echo Nest. Its creators intended it to perform music identification, recommendation, playlist creation, audio fingerprinting, and analysis for consumers and developers. In 2014 The Echo Nest was acquired by Spotify, which incorporated that song information into their systems.