Monday, 16 May, 2022

Topic: Siri

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.

Apple to loosen reins on outside messaging, phone apps via Siri

The iOS update will get Siri to default to apps people use frequently to communicate with their contacts, including WhatsApp and Skype.

Apple apologises for privacy mishaps with Siri, won’t retain audio recordings now

Apple’s move comes after criticism for employing hundreds of contractors to listen to Siri in a process called 'grading'.

Siri, Cortana, Alexa: Why our AIs have personalities and a female voice

Conversation designers widely report that people flirt with, sexually proposition, and even harass bots.

Thousands of Amazon workers are listening to what you tell Alexa

Amazon's team comprises employees under non-disclosure contracts working in outposts like Boston, Costa Rica, India and Romania and processing as many as 1,000 audio clips per shift.

Siri and Alexa are helping the world become a more literate place

Lessons from history tell us literacy has always emerged from oral traditions.

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Pedestrians walk over plastic bags scattered on the pavement along Geeta Colony Setu over the River Yamuna, in New Delhi

Delhi’s ‘lifeline’ Yamuna is drying up. Here’s how govt can combat water crisis

Rather than lurching from one water crisis to another, Jal Board should insure Delhi against water shortages with a policy-based approach. Here’s a model.

Adani forges $10.5-billion deal with Holcim India to buy Ambuja Cement, ACC

Holcim’s sale of its Indian business is expected to close in second half of 2022. Adani Group beat other firms, including JSW Group, to become India's 2nd biggest cement manufacturer.


Ambassador of France to India Emmanuel Lenain says Paris will work with New Delhi to get over some of the strategic “constraints” it is facing today. | Photo: Pooja Kher | ThePrint

We won’t lecture, but want to boost India’s strategic autonomy, says French ambassador

In an exclusive interview to ThePrint, Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India, said the Rafale fighter jet deal, and the Scorpene submarines programme have been outstanding achievements in the bilateral ties.

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.