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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Would it be better to make Cortana a skill on Amazon's Alexa, asks Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
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.
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.
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.
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.