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Why Amazon, Google and Apple want to record you

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Every person who brings a new Echo speaker from Amazon into their home gets automatically recorded every time they utter the "Alexa" wake word. That is, unless they mute the microphone on the device itself. Or diligently go to the Alexa smartphone app, to manually delete the recordings. Amazon could offer the option of not recording us, but it doesn't. And it will tell you every way but Tuesday how important the recordings are to "improve" the Alexa experience.


All Hands on Tech podcast: Putting HR at the heart of AI decision making

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Fear-mongering commentary on AI is abundant. But daunting statistics on the extent of upheaval can often feel unhelpful for HR, as they seem so far removed from the job role today. What's more, research published earlier this year by the CIPD suggests that AI and automation causes as much hiring as firing in UK businesses. To give you a more realistic perspective on the future of work, our fourth episode of HRZone's All Hand on Tech podcast features a discussion between Dr Max Blumberg and David D'Souza on the impact of AI and automation, and how HR professionals should be approaching the evolution of this technology. Towards the end of the discussion, David speaks about the upcoming CIPD Annual Conference which will be taking place on 6-7 November in Manchester.


iPhones today, Alexa Wednesday and more to come this holiday

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The new iPhones are in stores now. With their release, the 2019 tech buying season has officially begun. Facebook released its fall hardware lineup on Wednesday, and Roku updated its streaming player offeringsThursday. Meanwhile, Amazon is set for this upcoming Wednesday, and Google and Microsoft have October events lined up. The e-tailer will host press next week at its Seattle headquarters, where the company is expected to introduce several new Amazon Echo speakers and other products.


'Alexa, play Talking Tech flash briefing'

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LOS ANGELES--Here's a new way to get the daily Talking Tech podcast delivered to you first thing every morning, via an Alexa Flash Briefing. The "skill" to bring Talking Tech directly to you went live Tuesday, and it's easy to add. However, it will take a few steps. In the smartphone app (which you use to control the Amazon Echo speakers), you enable the Talking Tech Flash Briefing skill. Open the app, go to Settings, and click on Flash Briefings.


CES 2019: "Alexa, I'm still waiting for you to flush the potty"

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This year's Consumer Electronics Show is bringing the latest in tech including self-driving suitcases and motorcycles. The Numi toilet from Kohler was impossible to ignore. Announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, 2018, the new $8,000 toilet was not just touted to "bring you the finest in personal comfort and cleansing," but it also had voice commands via Alexa. Ready to flush or want to heat up the seat? Just ask Amazon's Alexa personal assistant to do it for you.


Listen to the Talking Tech podcast

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Jefferson Graham offers tips on how to listen to the Talking Tech podcast via apps, speakers, TVs and the car. The Talking Tech podcast is available for you every day with a quick hit on the latest tech news, gadget reviews, opinion on tech trends and interviews with insiders. On this page, you'll find quick links to all of our shows. In October so far, we've covered everything from the latest on Google's new video speaker to Talking Tech's recent visit to Tokyo and all the cool tech gear we saw in Japan. Between the commuters is the giant Yodobashi-Akiba camera store.


Your daily Talking Tech podcasts right here

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Jefferson Graham offers tips on how to listen to the Talking Tech podcast via apps, speakers, TVs and the car. The Talking Tech podcast is available for you every day with a quick hit on the latest tech news, gadget reviews, opinion on tech trends and interviews with insiders. On this page, you'll find quick links to all of our shows. In September so far, we've covered everything from how to watch NFL football games on streaming, new tools added to Amazon's Echo to offer voice-activated concert and touring information and our tips on why you shouldn't buy a new or older iPhone until after September 21st. We had comedian Norm MacDonald visit Talking Tech to tell about the new dating app he created with a friend.


Tune in now: your daily Talking Tech podcast

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Jefferson Graham offers tips on how to listen to the Talking Tech podcast via apps, speakers, TVs and the car. On this page, you'll find quick links to all of our shows. In August, so far, we've covered everything from how to stop Spotify from snooping on you, a preview of a pricey new $800 Samsung tablet to thoughts on how Apple got toa Wall Street valuation of one billion dollars. We've got some special guests coming in August and other surprises as well. Please rate and review the show on Apple Podcasts and "Favorite" us on Stitcher to help Talking Tech reach a wider audience.


Listen up! Take Talking Tech on the road with these daily podcasts

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Jefferson Graham shows the many options for finding audio podcasts to listen to, from apps to connected speakers, TV and the car, on #TalkingTech. In July, we've covered everything from how to get the beat deals on Amazon Prime Day to tips on creating and publishing an e-book and we previewed the new website with Netflix's Phil Rosenthall on Talking Tech, USA TODAY's daily, seven-days-a-week podcast. You can listen to Talking Tech on Stitcher, Apple or Google Podcasts or wherever you enjoy online audio. Talking Tech offers the latest tech news updates, gadget reviews, opinion on tech trends and interviews with insiders. Here are the July Talking Tech episodes.


Podcast: What Food Tech Startups Should Know About AI

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With more than 66 millions workers around the world projected to have their jobs automated, the time is right to understand our robot-filled future. Each week in the Automat, we'll talk with a different expert using robots or artificial intelligence to change the way we grow, cook and shop for food. But first, we should level set. Before we can delve into intelligent robots and AI, we need to know what AI actually is–and isn't. Which is why I was excited to have Derrick Harris as my first guest.