Facebook's Voice Transcripts Were More Invasive Than Amazon's

Facebook's Voice Transcripts Were More Invasive Than Amazon's

Researchers from the security firm Pen Test Partners published findings this week that an attacker would just need a person's username to track them.A new vulnerability and corresponding exploit of Bluetooth could allow an attacker to determine the encryption keys used during device pairing and let themselves in on the party.

Who’s Listening When You Talk to Your Google Assistant?

Who’s Listening When You Talk to Your Google Assistant?

Verheyden says he gained access to the file and more than 1,000 others from a Google contractor who is part of a worldwide workforce paid to review some audio captured by the assistant from devices including smart speakers, phones, and security cameras.

Tame Your Picture Overload With These Google Photos Hacks

Tame Your Picture Overload With These Google Photos Hacks

A Tour of How We clean stuff .The advanced features inside Google Photos leverage Google's computer-vision and machine-learning algorithms to automatically organize your photos, bridling the never-ending torrent of images like Kahleesi taming the Dothraki horde.

Hey Alexa, Why Is Voice Shopping So Lousy?

Hey Alexa, Why Is Voice Shopping So Lousy?

Market research firm Forrester recently tested the commercial capabilities of voice assistants from Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft. The researchers asked each voice assistant 180 questions about products and services, like "what brands sell liquid laundry detergent?"

Dinner and a Movie? Amazon Alexa Makes It Easier to Do Both

Dinner and a Movie? Amazon Alexa Makes It Easier to Do Both

Wednesday, Amazon demonstrated a new model, in which Alexa completes multiple tasks in a single conversation that combines services previously isolated in separate skills. The movie-night planning service will be limited to the US, and to English, but Prasad says Amazon will soon give Alexa the power to multitask in other, unspecified, ways.

Don’t Overestimate the ‘Semi’ in Semiautonomous Cars

Don’t Overestimate the ‘Semi’ in Semiautonomous Cars

Features like Tesla Autopilot count as Level 2 (out of five) on SAE’s scale of automation features, meaning the car works the steering wheel and pedals, but the driver must actively monitor the system and remain ready to retake control.

Everything Big Google Announced at I/O Today

Everything Big Google Announced at I/O Today

A few other on-phone features: Personal References lets Google Assistant better understand what you mean when you say “What’s the weather like at Mom’s house” or “Show me pictures of my son.” And Driving Mode pulls up a personalized dashboard designed for when you’re in the car.

FAO - News Article: After worst harvest in ten years, 10 million people in North Korea face imminent food shortages

FAO - News Article: After worst harvest in ten years, 10 million people in North Korea face imminent food shortages

"Our programme of specially-designed fortified foods has filled an important nutritional gap among young children and pregnant and breastfeeding women at a crucial period of their lives," said Praveen Agrawal, WFP's Country Director in North Korea.

One of Our Favorite Google Speakers Is Half Off Right Now

One of Our Favorite Google Speakers Is Half Off Right Now

It's a Google Home speaker that lets you speak to a voice assistant hands-free, like all of the best smart speakers these days. WIRED: The Link 20 is merges the convenience and portability of the best Bluetooth speakers and the new generation of smart speakers for the home.

John Legend Is Your New Google Assistant—Listen for Yourself

John Legend Is Your New Google Assistant—Listen for Yourself

DeepMind says blind listening tests found the new technology reduced the perceived gap between real and fake voices by more than half, compared with prior methods like synthesizing sentences piecemeal from a library of speech sounds.

How To Make Your Amazon Echo and Google Home as Private as Possible

How To Make Your Amazon Echo and Google Home as Private as Possible

To delete en masse, go to Alexa Privacy Settings on Amazon's website and then choose Review Voice History .For Google Assistant, go to and click the three dots in the upper-right corner.

Google Will Now Require Suppliers to Give Benefits to Workers

Google Will Now Require Suppliers to Give Benefits to Workers

But after sustained protest from contractors and employees, Google said Tuesday it will require outside companies that supply it labor to offer better working conditions, including comprehensive health care, 12 weeks of parental leave, and a $15-per-hour minimum wage.

Microsoft Wants Cortana to Play Nicely With Amazon and Google

Microsoft Wants Cortana to Play Nicely With Amazon and Google

Microsoft Wants Cortana to Play Nicely With Amazon and Google Would it be better to make Cortana a skill on Amazon's Alexa, asks Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

The Rise of the Swiss Army Gadget

The Rise of the Swiss Army Gadget

“We already know that 80 percent of consumers are bringing a phone or a tablet into the bathroom to do something,” says Kohler project lead Jonathan Bradley.

Google's New Interpreter Mode Translates Your Conversation

Google's New Interpreter Mode Translates Your Conversation

A new feature in Google Assistant, called Interpreter Mode, turns the virtual assistant into a real-time language translator between two people who are trying to chat in the same physical space.

How Does a 'Martian'-Style Gravity Assist Actually Work?

How Does a 'Martian'-Style Gravity Assist Actually Work?

The first question is easy—a gravity assist (also called a gravity slingshot) is a space maneuver in which a spacecraft gets a speed boost by moving past a planet.

Your Voice Assistant May Be Getting Smarter, But It's Still Awkward

Your Voice Assistant May Be Getting Smarter, But It's Still Awkward

In September of this year, a report published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research rang the warning bell on virtual assistants, saying that they frequently didn’t understand health-related queries and that nearly 30 percent of the answers provided by the assistants “could cause harm if acted on.” And of course, voice control getting good presents just as many ethical problems as it does moments of ease.

How Amazon Alexa Uses Machine Learning to Get Smarter

How Amazon Alexa Uses Machine Learning to Get Smarter

Alexa has gotten smarter, in ways so subtle you might not yet have even noticed.Machine HeadSo-called active learning, in which the system identifies areas in which it needs help from a human expert, has helped substantially cut down on Alexa’s error rates.Those may sound like small tweaks, but cumulatively they represent major progress toward a more conversational voice assistant, one that solves problems rather than introducing new frustrations.

8 Best Smart Speakers (2018): Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana

8 Best Smart Speakers (2018): Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana

You can easily connect two other Sonos speakers for surround sound, or add a Sonos Sub to the mix to deepen those explosions.The Beam isn't the absolute best soundbar on the market, but it's good enough for most living rooms and its compact size makes it usable for many size TVs. If you own a Fire TV, the Beam can play movies and TV shows with voice requests, and will likely gain new abilities when Google Assistant is added.Buy the Beam for $399 from Amazon or Sonos(The Polk Command Bar ($250) is a workable, cheaper alternative)4.

Rising seas will displace millions of people – and Australia must be ready

Rising seas will displace millions of people – and Australia must be ready

As well as causing seas to rise, climate change may also increase the severity of events like cyclones and rainfall, which may force people from their homes in many regions.