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Turn your iPhone into a full-featured document scanner with this $40 deal


TL;DR: As of June 14, you can get a lifetime subscription to the iScanner App(opens in a new tab) for just $39.99. Snapping a shadowy photo is hardly the most effective way of sending critical work documents, financial information, or schoolwork. And yet, it's become the norm since the death of the scanner. If you're seeking a more professional solution, consider a subscription to iScanner. With iScanner, you can turn your iPhone into a fully-featured, powerful, and fast document scanner(opens in a new tab).

Alexa, why have you charged me £2 to say the Hail Mary?

The Guardian

When my 87-year-old mother, Patricia Collinson, was given an Alexa speaker by my sister, she was delighted to find she could ask it to say the Hail Mary. Every morning for a week the devout Catholic asked Alexa to recite the prayer. What she was less delighted to learn was that she had unwittingly ordered a premium subscription payable through Amazon to a private company called Catholic Prayers. Patricia, a retired district nurse in Hastings, does not own a computer, and does not know how to use one. She had signed up by voice command, without being presented with the kind of outline or terms and conditions that now comes as standard when you pay for things online.

16 Great Deals on Video Games, Outdoor Gear, and Tech


The weekend means it's time to relax, however you see fit. We've found plenty of deals to aid in your quest for some quality downtime. Want to spend 12 hours with a new video game? REI's Anniversary Sale is going on right now, and we've rounded up our favorite deals right here. Earlier this week, we also collected a few discounts on robot vacuums we've tested and liked, and they're still on sale.

How To Structure Intent In Chatbots And Gather Useful Feedback


I recently collaborated on several projects involving chatbots and had the opportunity to discuss with industry experts about the main difficulties that are often encountered in this type of project. While it is becoming easier and easier to build conversational assistants, it looks like there are some problems that emerge systematically as the chatbot grows, as a consequence of not having a proper intent architecture. In this article, I propose a way of designing intents with the goal of avoiding these bad symptoms. I'll deal primarily with chatbots whose input may be both free text or voice (and so intent classification is involved), and from multiple choice. The good news is that we can use both input modes in the same chatbot, using the best one on the right occasion.

7 deals on language-learning apps and subscriptions


It's definitely not too late to master a new language. And with modern apps and subscriptions, it can actually be pretty freaking fun to do it as a fully-fledged adult. From games to stories to AI conversations, here are seven different language learning apps and subscriptions that can make your journey to fluency more fun. Plus, you can save up to 95% for a limited time. If you haven't come up with a Mother's Day gift yet, these deals also require zero shipping.

The 7 best photo editing apps of 2022


A great photo editing app offers a way to improve upon what you have already captured, from live to stationary objects. Bring a culinary delight to life, capture your child's first graduation, or document the ins and outs of high-end real estate. With our picks for the best photo editing apps, you can perfect your photos and create vivid imagery with exclusive enhancements to handle a variety of imagery. Our picks for the best photo editing apps are suitable for both budding beginners and the more established professional photographers. Whatever you may photograph, our picks can handle it with endless features and competitive pricing that makes enlisting a little help a no-brainer.

Best home security camera (2022)


Security is imperative for companies to deter trespassers and would-be thieves and to protect valuable equipment crucial for businesses to operate successfully. A robust setup with cameras, sensors, and night vision can take the pressure off security teams and give business owners peace of mind out-of-hours. Luckily for organizations, the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) technology, mobile connectivity, apps, and cloud technologies has radically changed the security landscape and made it easier than ever to set up multi-room and on-premise systems. The possibilities are endless: cloud or local feed storage, customizable or automatic alerts and alarms, smartphones and tablet connectivity, wired or wireless, battery-powered or mains options, video capture, night vision, audio feeds of varying quality, and the ability to check-in, in real-time, are all on offer and can be tailored depending on the requirements of your business. To make navigating the variety of hardware and vendor ecosystems available to today's company owners less of a challenge, we have assembled our top ten picks for businesses.

Workshop: Azure AI


Azure Machine Learning, Azure Synapse Analytics and Spark using Azure Databricks are cloud services that you can use to train, deploy, automate, and manage machine learning models, all at the broad scale that the cloud provides. Azure Cognitive Services are APIs/SDKs/services available to help developers build intelligent applications without the need for AI or data science skills/knowledge. Azure Cognitive Services enable developers to easily add cognitive features such as emotion and video detection; facial, speech, and vision recognition; and speech and language understanding – into their applications. The goal of Azure Cognitive Services is to help developers create applications that can see, hear, speak, understand, and even begin to reason. The event will be held in English.

Best video doorbell (2022)


The home security industry has been revolutionized with new technology, ranging from smart home sensors to smart locks to security video cameras. But one of the most subtle and effective security measures you can add to your home is a video camera doorbell. These doorbells serve two purposes: they record footage of people who approach your front door, and they alert you with a pleasant chime or jingle when they're pressed -- just like a regular doorbell -- and have a video recording of everything just in case. Although these devices can be very useful and increase your home's security, it can be tough to determine which video doorbell you should pick. Luckily for you, we've put together a selection of the top video doorbells in 2022.

Pushing Buttons: Is the PlayStation Plus revamp actually good for gamers?

The Guardian

Welcome to Pushing Buttons, the Guardian's gaming newsletter. If you'd like to receive it in your inbox every week, just pop your email in below – and check your inbox (and spam) for the confirmation email. It is now becoming a running joke that massive games-industry news keeps dropping in the hours after this newsletter gets sent out on a Tuesday. A few months back it was Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard; then the New York Times bought Wordle. Last week it was Sony's rumoured revamp of the PlayStation Plus subscription service, and then the not entirely unexpected news that E3 – the annual games industry showcase in LA – has been completely cancelled, having previously shifted to a digital-only event.