Wednesday, 28 September, 2022

Topic: Alexa

Why netizens are ‘creeped out’ & concerned over Alexa’s mimicry of ‘grandma’s reading’

One worry was the potential for employing the technology to create deepfakes — using a legitimate recording to impersonate people saying something they haven’t actually done.

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.

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Mohan Bhagwat’s mosque trip left BJP clueless. Only Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is smiling

BJP ministers have been told to keep handy a list of their ministries' work. Used to praising Modi, they are worried what they will say if the PM asks them about their work.
The logo of the Adani Group is seen on the facade of one of its buildings on the outskirts of Ahmedabad | Reuters file photo

From ports to energy transition — Adani Group to invest over $100 billion in next decade

Speaking at Forbes Global CEO Conference in Singapore, Adani said the group intends to do more as a solar player & has earmarked 70% of the investment for the energy transition space.


Parts of Iranian made 'suicide' drone Shahed-136 after being shot down by the Ukrainian military | Reuters

All about Shahed-136, Iran’s ‘kamikaze’ drone that Russia is using to strike Ukraine

Over the past few days, Russia has hit multiple targets using these Iranian-supplied drones—including civilian structures and amenities—leading to the death of several Ukrainians.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

AAP’s filling a big vacuum in Indian politics. Question is how long it can sustain without ideology

If you find admiration for AAP qualified, if not muted among many of the Modi-BJP’s critics, it is because they question it for its lack of ideological clarity. Especially on secularism.