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Richard Adhikari
Burger King Ad Creates Whopper of a Mess for Google Home
04/13/17 2:57 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 724 Words

... King on Wednesday in essence hijacked the voice-activated Google Home speakers in some consumers' homes. In a 15-second television ad, the camera zooms in on a young man wearing the company uniform who says, "OK Google, what is the Whopper burger?"


Richard Adhikari
Google's Fact Check Labeling System Goes Global
04/08/17 10:40 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 620 Words

... Google on Friday announced the extension of the Fact Check feature it introduced last fall in partnership with Jigsaw. Publishers now can display a Fact Check tag in news stories everywhere that Google News is available. The company also has introduced the...

Kris Holt
Prank Responsibly: April Fools' Gags That Missed the Mark
04/01/17 10:40 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 847 Words

Gmail Tracks Back
Last year, Google added a new button to Gmail that could append an animated GIF to an outgoing message. It depicted a Minion character dropping a microphone to signal the classic boast, "I'm out of this conversation...

John P. Mello Jr.
Data Watchdog Cautions Google and UK Health Partner
05/19/17 8:41 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 723 Words

... British data watchdog has raised questions about whether it was appropriate for a healthcare trust to share data on 1.6 million patients with DeepMind Health, an artificial intelligence company owned by Google . The trust shared the data in connection with the...

Peter Suciu
Millions May Have Picked Up FalseGuide Malware at Google Play Store
04/26/17 1:41 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 917 Words

The oldest of the infected apps could have been uploaded to Google Play as long ago as last November, having successfully remained hidden for five months, while the newest may have been uploaded as recently as the beginning of this month.


David Jones
Google Mulls Ways to Banish Bad Ads
04/22/17 10:40 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 688 Words

... Google has been working on a plan to install an ad blocker onto its Chrome browser for both desktop and mobile versions, The Wall Street Journal reported this week. It also has been considering a collaboration with Microsoft, Facebook and other firms...

David Jones
Labor Official Skewers Google Over Gender Pay Discrimination
04/11/17 10:56 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 541 Words

... Google has made a practice of paying female employees less than their male counterparts, a Department of Labor official alleged in court testimony last week. The agency found "systemic compensation disparities," regional director Janette Wipper said at a hearing in San Francisco,...

David Jones
Microsoft Aims to School Google With Education Onslaught
05/03/17 1:46 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 819 Words

... on Tuesday launched a major effort to bulldoze its way into the educational computing space carved out by Google , with the introduction of a streamlined operating system called "Windows 10 S," a range of new collaborative programs for K-12 schools, and...

Kris Holt
Gadget Ogling: Samsung Swings, Plus Live 360 Cameras and Smart Tuners
04/07/17 9:39 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 797 Words

The eventual goal is to let you completely control your phone with your voice, something that SIri and Google Assistant can't pull off.

That target is apparently a while away, though Bixby will have a few tricks up its sleeves by launch...

John P. Mello Jr.
Internet Giants Ramp Up Fake News Defenses
04/27/17 10:26 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 992 Words

... high-profile Internet brands this week announced initiatives to combat "fake news" online. Google on Tuesday revealed that it had tweaked its search processes to help bring high-quality content to the top of search result pages.

Wikipedia also took a shot at...

Richard Adhikari
Raspberry Pi Fans Can Build Their Own AI Voice Assistant
05/09/17 12:01 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 602 Words

... Google and AIY Projects last week launched an open source do-it-yourself artificial intelligence Voice Kit for Raspberry Pi hobbyists. The AIY Voice Kit includes hardware for audio capture and playback, connectors for the dual mike daughterboard and speaker, GPIO pins to connect...

John P. Mello Jr.
Apple May Be Prepping Siri for Smart Home Duty
05/03/17 10:31 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 731 Words

... appear good that Apple will be joining Amazon and Google in the smart speaker competition with a Siri-powered device it plans to introduce at its World Wide Developers Conference next month, according to MacRumors, which cited a report by Ming-Chi Kuo of...

Jack M. Germain
Kingsoft Adds Cloud Support to WPS Office
04/11/17 1:52 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1015 Words

Providing cloud support with WPS Office will provide a good alternative to the likes of Microsoft's OneDrive offering and Google's Drive, which is part of its G Suite ecosystem, noted Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT .

"It will allow...

Jonathan Terrasi
Take Command of Your Linux System's Processes
04/05/17 10:16 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1142 Words

I have had to resort to process killing (though, thankfully, rarely with "-9") more than once when Google Chrome has crashed while trying to display an unwieldy flash video. However, once I execute the kill, the process terminates cleanly, and I can...

Richard Adhikari
House Votes to Kill Privacy Rules Binding ISPs
03/30/17 5:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 561 Words

The Business Side of the Issue
Supporters of the CRA argue that it puts ISPs on a level playing field with Google , which was exempted from the FCC restrictions even though it collects a considerable amount of customer data.

Peter Suciu
BlackBerry KEYone's Success Hinges on Physical Keyboard Longing
05/06/17 10:38 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 976 Words

... first reviews of the new KEYone BlackBerry handset appeared this week, and the early consensus is that this device will appeal to BlackBerry fans who want its familiar physical QWERTY keyboard coupled with the functionality of Google's Android operating system. This...

David Jones
Shuttleworth Gives Up Hope for Convergence Breakthrough
04/07/17 11:38 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 535 Words

Google would have fallen behind in mobile without Pixel and previous Nexus phones and tablets, Teich said, noting that Apple "uses vertical integration of both their own OS and hardware to pioneer new user experiences."

The same arguments can used to...

Richard Adhikari
AI Confusion Widespread Among Consumers
04/04/17 11:33 AM PT | CRM Buyer | 675 Words

However, 84 percent actually had come into contact with AI, based on the devices or services they actually used, such as virtual home assistants, intelligent chatbots, or systems that incorporate predictive suggestions, including Google search and spam filters.

Perception vs. Reality...

Richard Adhikari
Verizon Aims to Help Firms Get Up Close and Personal With Customers
05/22/17 4:41 PM PT | CRM Buyer | 647 Words

Businesses would want to use the SDK to develop their own apps instead of leveraging Apple's FaceTime and Google's Duo apps, which "don't offer the queuing, routing and blending that's needed for a best-practice call center," said Holger Mueller, also a...

Jeff Kagan
Charter's Wireless Play
05/15/17 1:49 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 474 Words

Even Google is still struggling in wireless. Android is a hit, but Google's Pixel phone and its Project Fi service are not.

Charter, Comcast and Verizon
It will be interesting to see what strategy Comcast and Charter use to...

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What do you think of today's voice recognition technology?
It's great -- the tech has improved vastly in recent years.
It's the wave of the future, but quality is still hit or miss.
I like it for texting, especially when I'm driving.
I only use it when I have to, like with IVR systems.
I avoid using it, because most voice systems are still terrible.
It's an unnecessary frill that I can easily live without.