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The BBC is developing a voice assistant, code named ‘Beeb’

The BBC is developing a voice assistant, code named ‘Beeb’ The BBC — aka, the British Broadcasting Corporation, aka the Beeb, aka Auntie — is getting into the voice assistant game. The Guardian reports the plan to launch an Alexa rival, which has been given the working title ‘Beeb’, and will apparently […]

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Bose’s new portable home speaker sports Alexa and Google Assistant

Bose’s new portable home speaker sports Alexa and Google Assistant Bose’s portable speaker offerings have tended toward the cheaper end of the spectrum — bringing colorful competition for companies like JBL. With the dryly named Portable Home Speaker, however, the company looks to split the difference between portable and premium. And it’s […]

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Amazon’s lead EU data regulator is asking questions about Alexa privacy

Amazon’s lead EU data regulator is asking questions about Alexa privacy Amazon’s lead data regulator in Europe, Luxembourg’s National Commission for Data Protection, has raised privacy concerns about its use of manual human reviews of Alexa AI voice assistant recordings. A spokesman for the regulator confirmed in an email to TechCrunch it […]

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Amazon quietly adds ‘no human review’ option to Alexa settings as voice AIs face privacy scrutiny

Amazon quietly adds ‘no human review’ option to Alexa settings as voice AIs face privacy scrutiny Amazon has tweaked the settings for its Alexa voice AI to allow users to opt out of their voice recordings being manually reviewed by the company’s human workers. The policy shift took effect Friday, according to […]

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Amazon says U.S. government demands for customer data went up

Amazon says U.S. government demands for customer data went up Amazon said the U.S. government asked more data from the company during the first-half of 2019 than on the previous six-month period. The latest figures landed in the company’s transparency report, published quietly on its website late Wednesday, said the number of […]

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Amazon adds Hindi to the Alexa Skills Kit

Amazon adds Hindi to the Alexa Skills Kit Users of Amazon’s voice assistant will soon be able to talk to Alexa in Hindi. Amazon announced today that it has added a Hindi voice model to its Alexa Skills Kit for developers. Alexa developers can also update their existing published skills in India […]

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An optimistic view of deepfakes

An optimistic view of deepfakes Sunny Dhillon Contributor Sunny Dhillon is a partner at Signia Venture Partners. More posts by this contributor Digital influencers and the dollars that follow them Security tokens will be coming soon to an exchange near you Deepfakes are having a moment. Their dangers are becoming more known […]

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Echo Show 5 review

Echo Show 5 review The Echo team must have started sweating when the Lenovo Smart Clock was announced during CES. Deep inside Seattle’s Day One building, Amazon was reading the release of the Echo Show 5, a pint-sized version of the company’s smart screen that bore more than a passing resemblance to […]

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Amazon will soon make having a chat with Alexa feel more natural

Amazon will soon make having a chat with Alexa feel more natural At its re:Mars conference, Amazon today announced that it is working on making interacting with its Alexa personal assistant more natural by enabling more fluid conversations that can move from topic to topic — and without having to constantly say […]

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Startups net more than capital with NBA players as investors

Startups net more than capital with NBA players as investors Mary Ann Azevedo Contributor Share on Twitter Mary Ann Azevedo covers startups and tech at Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor It’s not so obvious that this VC firm is focused on impact With these numbers, it’s no surprise SoftBank is […]

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