Monday, 16 May, 2022

Topic: Alexa

With ‘Amit ji’, Amazon Alexa users can now interact with Amitabh Bachchan’s voice

Amitabh Bachchan is the first Indian celebrity to lend his voice to Amazon's Alexa. American actors like Samuel L. Jackson and Melissa McCarthy have also done so in the past.

Alexa voice commands can help MSMEs get back on their feet after lockdown

The MSME sector has been impacted badly by the Covid-19 pandemic, but e-commerce has shown resilience. It’s time for MSMEs to embrace voice commands.

Hey Alexa, will Amitabh Bachchan be Uncle Anushashan or Silsila’s romantic rebel?

It will be a treat to have the most powerful man in Bollywood do your household chores. As long as Amitabh Bachchan doesn’t make Alexa spout superstitious mumbo-jumbos.

Move over Siri, Google Assistant, Amitabh Bachchan is coming to Alexa

Amitabh Bachchan’s baritone will soon deliver a unique voice experience to the many Indian customers who use Alexa, Amazon announced.

Siri & Alexa under fire in EU’s antitrust inquiry into ‘Internet of things’

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said voice assistants change how we 'interact with things' & may present users with limited options and not an array of choices.

Google claims over 500 million people use its digital assistant monthly

The number is far ahead of rival Amazon which was used in 100 million gadgets last year and gives a glimpse into the war between tech giants including Apple and Facebook.

Amazon comes up with new tools to address Alexa privacy woes

The e-commerce giant introduced an opt-in feature that lets Alexa users automatically delete their verbal recordings regularly, on a rolling three-month or 18-month basis.

Amazon’s Alexa masters Hindi and Hinglish in time for Diwali

The new Amazon Echo will speak English, Hindi & Hinglish and switch automatically between all three. It will hit the market in time for Diwali shopping.

Facebook paid contractors to transcribe user audio files

The transcription work has rattled contract employees as they listen to conversations of Facebook users, sometimes with vulgar content.

Amazon gives option to disable human review of Alexa recordings

The new policy allows Amazon customers to opt out of human review of their voice recordings amid criticism it violated customers’ privacy.

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Pakistan Prime Minister-elect Shehbaz Sharif on 7 April | Photographer: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images via Bloomberg

The four-point plan to revive Pakistan’s economy—from land reform to real estate

Pakistan must reduce non-productive expenditures like defence. The country's political economy has been overdetermined by the imperative of 'national security'.

Bad timing could hamper LIC IPO

Most early public enterprise IPOs have been trading 75% below their original price, small investors concerned.


Representational image of army personnel in Ladakh | ANI

India ‘doesn’t foresee’ border fighting with China, but ‘won’t back down’ if tensions reignite

Aim is to ensure not just disengagement of troops, but overall de-escalation. Govt in favour of solving tensions through talks as it wants peace with all neighbours including China.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.