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The best deals on Google and Nest gadgets during Prime Day

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These Hue and iRobot products both work with Google Assistant, and they're deeply discounted for Prime Day. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today's newsroom and any business incentives. If you've got an Android phone, you've got Google Assistant. That means you can control all manner of smart home devices with your voice, whether you have a Google Assistant smart speaker or not.

Google admits to listening in on private conversations via Assistant


Google has reportedly admitted that Google employees listen to private recordings of customer conversations via Google Assistant. Moreover, employees are able to access conversations which were not meant to be recorded. Leak of 1,000 private conversations in Dutch language by some of Google's partners to a Belgian news site further proved that third-party contractors working for Google were also able to access these multiple sensitive user conversations, that were reportedly recorded unintentionally. Usually, users with Google Assistant on their phones and smart speakers have to say "Ok, Google" to start a conversation with the AI-powered virtual assistant. But even when users didn't call up the virtual assistant, various user conversations that were personal and sensitive in nature were recorded.

How to QA Test Software That Uses AI and Machine Learning - DZone AI


Smartphones, smart speakers, smart cars, smart coffee makers...the list goes on. It seems like everything around us is coming to life and becoming intelligent. And though the sci-fi genre thrives on our ever-present fear of a hostile robot takeover, smart devices are anything but dystopian -- they're actually here to make our lives easier so we can spend more time on the important stuff instead of tedious busywork. Tech companies know that increased automation is the way of the future, just like it was when Ford pioneered the assembly line. Advanced technology like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) is fueling the most exciting innovations in recent history -- think self-driving cars, virtual and augmented reality, automated investing, improved medical imaging, and more.

Amazon is developing a home robot called Vesta that stands waist-high as well as new Echo next year

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Amazon is inching closer to making a wheeled robotic assistant that can be controlled via its Echo smart speakers. In a report from Bloomberg, sources from Amazon say the company has pulled engineers off of other projects to develop the bot -- a show of faith that indicates Amazon may soon look to bring the wheeled-assistant to market. The robot, called'Vesta', is controlled by Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, and measures about waist-high according to Bloomberg. Amazon is inching closer to making a wheeled robotic assistant that can be controlled via its Echo smart speakers. It's unclear exactly what the intended purpose of the device would be, though speculation is that the bot would be a kind of mobile Echo, bringing the Alexa capabilities with users around their home.

The 7 best deals you can get this Friday

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These great deals are the perfect way to jumpstart your weekend. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today's newsroom and any business incentives. There are so many reasons to get pumped that the weekend has finally arrived. All the great deals you can grab on everything from the latest fashion and beauty products to meat thermometers and more.

Google workers are eavesdropping on your private conversations via its smart speakers

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Not all voice assistants can handle the same requests. We put Siri, Alexa and Google to the test. As privacy concerns loom large over smart speakers, a new investigation has found that Google's smart speakers might infringe on individual privacy more than buyers realize. Even when Google Home smart speakers aren't activated, the speakers are eavesdropping closely, often to private, intimate conversations, a report by Dutch broadcaster VRT has uncovered. Recordings found by VRT contain startling content: Couples' quarrels that may have potentially resulted in domestic violence, explicit conversations in the bedroom, men searching for pornography, confidential business calls, and talks with children.

Apple announces summer launch for HomePod in Japan

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Apple Inc. will launch its HomePod smart speakers in Japan this summer at a retail price of ¥32,800, according to its website, although the exact date has yet to be announced. On sale since February 2018 in the United States and a number of other countries, the artificial intelligence-enabled speakers have attracted interest for their sound quality and integration with Siri, Apple's voice-controlled personal assistant that responds to simple questions and commands. The tube-shaped speakers are 17 centimeters high and 14 cm wide. Inc. and Google LLC have also each developed smart speakers.


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If you've taken the leap and added this cute little button of a machine to your smart home arsenal, congratulations! The Google Home Mini is about to revolutionize your life in ways you probably haven't realized it was even capable of yet. While you won't ever get the same sound quality out of the Google Home Mini as you could expect from it's OG sibling (the Google Home), it is comparable in pretty much every other way. Fun fact: If you've got multiple Google devices within earshot (your phone, the Google Home, a few Google Home Minis…) and they all hear you call out an "OK, Google," or "Hey, Google," at once, they'll sync up to ensure only one replies. And that's just the beginning of what this mini smart speaker is capable of.

A Contactless Artificial Intelligence System for Smart Devices Can Identify a Sign of Cardiac Arrest


Researchers at the University of Washington created a tool, which could potentially be developed into an application for smart speakers and smartphones, that uses algorithms and machine learning to identify instances of agonal breathing, a sign of cardiac arrest, with an accuracy of 97% at distances of up to 6 meters away. A contactless support vector machine (SVM), an artificial intelligence system that uses algorithms and machine learning, could be used by smart speakers and similar devices to detect agonal breathing, a symptom of potential cardiac arrest. The machine performs with 97% accuracy from a distance of up to 6 meters away, according to a study in Nature Partner Journals Digital Medicine. "A lot of people have smart speakers in their homes, and these devices have amazing capabilities that we can take advantage of," said sudy co-author Shyam Gollakota, PhD, associate professor at the University of Washington's Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, in a statement.

Alexa Has Been Saving You Time: Now She Can Save Your Life


As we know by now, Alexa can play a song, order a pizza or do a quick online search. But now it can do something much more valuable: save your life. According to the results of a new proof-of-concept study, Alexa can accurately identify a specific pattern of breathing known as agonal breathing or gasping for air, that develops in the setting of an impending cardiac arrest, or when your heart stops beating. The research was published yesterday in the npj Digital Medicine. The implications for this novel form of contactless AI monitoring to detect cardiac arrest are broad, and offer the unique possibility to dispatch an ambulance to a victim who may be alone at home.