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JBL Live 300TWS review: Feature-rich earbuds for the not-so-rich

PCWorld

Considering the JBL Live 300TWS's price and relatively simple design, I expected an equally simple experience--but I shouldn't have judged a pair of true wireless earbuds on its subdued looks. A couple of weeks on, the Live 300TWS's features still dazzle me, and the music quality is far better than I expected from buds in this price range. The 2.7-inch-wide case alone looks as if it could come from a premium set of earbuds. Smooth, compact, and pocketable, its notification lights have a chic air reminiscent of luxury goods: A ring around the USB-C port along the bottom pulses white while the earbuds charge inside--the better to see where to stick the plug in low light--and it shifts to red once the cable is in. The act of opening the case could be more elegant, though; eventually, I fumbled far less with the lid after learning to pull it up from the sides.


6 common tech myths and misbeliefs debunked

FOX News

We once believed that Macs would never get a virus, closing apps would save battery life, and private mode was really private. For the record, switching to incognito in your browser probably doesn't do what you think. Tap or click for six practical reasons to use it, from keeping your search autofill clean to shopping without spoiling the surprise. And I'm sorry to break it to you, but like a Windows PC, your Mac is certainly at risk. Tap or click for five free downloads that will keep your Mac or PC secure.


A New Gadget Stops Voice Assistants From Snooping on You

WIRED

As the popularity of Amazon Alexa and other voice assistants grows, so too does the number of ways those assistants both do and can intrude on users' privacy. Examples include hacks that use lasers to surreptitiously unlock connected-doors and start cars, malicious assistant apps that eavesdrop and phish passwords, and discussions that are surreptitiously and routinely monitored by provider employees or are subpoenaed for use in criminal trials. Now, researchers have developed a device that may one day allow users to take back their privacy by warning when these devices are mistakenly or intentionally snooping on nearby people. This story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, reviews, and more. Ars is owned by WIRED's parent company, Condé Nast.


Artificial Intelligence Drives This Brand New Bluetooth Headset From EPOS

#artificialintelligence

The EPOS Adapt 660 wireless headset has active noise canceling to cut out surrounding noise. AI mics ... [ ] mean that when you use the headset to make phone calls, everything sounds much clearer than a regular headset. If I were to ask you to imagine a headset for making voice and video calls, I'm fairly confident you would think of something that looks like a pair of headphones with a microphone on a boom that sits in front of your mouth to pick up speech clearly. But if I were to ask you the same question in five years, I'd probably get a different answer. The reason for this is all down to progress being made thanks to AI or artificial intelligence.


How To Build A Speech Recognition Bot With Python

#artificialintelligence

You may have realized something now. The overwhelming success of speech-enabled products like Amazon Alexa has proven that some degree of speech support will be an essential aspect of household technology for the foreseeable future. In other words, speech-enabled products would be a game changer as that offer a level of interactivity and accessibility that few technologies can match. Check out what books helped 20 successful data scientists grow in their career. Speed is a big reason voice is poised to become the next major user interface.


The Seven Sins of Machine Learning

#artificialintelligence

Machine learning is a great tool that is revolutionizing our world right now. There are lots of great applications in which machine and in particular deep learning has shown to be way superior to traditional methods. Beginning from Alex-Net for Image Classification to U-Net for Image Segmentation, we see great successes in computer vision and medical image processing. Still, I see machine learning methods fail every day. In many of these situations, people fell for one of the seven sins of machine learning.


Amazon Echo Auto launches in the UK and Ireland

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The first Amazon Echo device designed for use in a car has finally been launched in the UK and Ireland, after being first revealed by the tech giant back in 2018. Amazon Echo Auto allows drivers to play music, check the news, make calls and check their schedule without taking hands off the wheel or eyes off the road. The £49.99 device, which clips to car air vent mounts, is powered by Alexa, the company's digital assistant, just like the rest of the Echo smart speaker range. Drivers can use Alexa voice commands such as'Alexa, start my road trip playlist' to enjoy their journey safely without being distracted by their phone. The three-inch-long black box gets internet connectivity by connecting to a user's smartphone and the Alexa app, and using its existing data plan.


Q&A: research into sound-collecting app to aid respiratory disease diagnosis

AIHub

A recording of a cough, the noise of a person's breathing or even the sound of their voice could be used to help diagnose patients with Covid-19 in the future, according to Professor Cecilia Mascolo, co-director of the centre for mobile, wearable systems and augmented intelligence at the University of Cambridge, UK. Prof. Mascolo has developed a sound-collecting app to help train machine learning algorithms to detect the tell-tale sounds of coronavirus infection. Created as part of a project called EAR, she hopes it might eventually lead to new ways of diagnosing respiratory diseases and help in the global fight against coronavirus. The human body makes noises all of the time. Our heart, lungs and digestive system all make noises and they can tell us a lot.


CIMON-2 makes its successful debut on the ISS

#artificialintelligence

Friedrichshafen, 15 April 2020 – CIMON-2, the updated version of the CIMON astronaut assistant, developed and built by Airbus for the German Aerospace Center Space Administration (DLR), has now demonstrated its capabilities during initial tests on the International Space Station (ISS). The free-flying, spherical technology demonstrator with artificial intelligence (AI) showed off a number of its features during interactions with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano. CIMON-2 started its journey to the ISS on 05 December 2019, launching with the CRS-19 supply mission from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It is scheduled to stay on the ISS for up to three years. Just shy of two months after the successful first use of CIMON-2, the project team has now received the analysis.


Alexa, Google could be listening to your work calls. Here's what to do.

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

A reminder to those who are working at home: You might want to turn your Amazon or Google smart home speaker them off, or at the very least, mute the microphone. What most people forget is that Alexa and the Google Assistant are always listening. Sure, they only come to life after you utter "Alexa" or "Hey, Google," but what happens when you slip those words in the middle of sentences? Amazon and Google record every interaction, even if you don't ask a specific question, and the recordings are stored on Amazon and Google servers. Sometimes the speakers are awakened with words that they mistake for the wake words.