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Amazon workers get to hear some of what you tell Alexa, and they have a chat room to talk about ‘amusing’ recordings

AP Images Amazon has thousands of workers around the world listening to recordings of conversations between users and the Alexa voice assistant, in the name of improving its ability to understand human speech, according to Bloomberg. Amazon tells Bloomberg that it only tasks humans with reviewing “an extremely small sample of Alexa voice recordings.” The […]

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‘Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree’: Mark Zuckerberg calls for more outside regulation over the internet

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, arrives to meet France’s President Emmanuel Macron after the &quotTech for Good” Summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Wednesday, May 23, 2018.Associated Press/Francois Mori Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urged in a Washington Post op-ed for more regulation over the internet. He said Facebook has run into problems in four main […]

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How to tell if your Google Pixel phone is waterproof or water-resistant, and to what extent

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider While the original Google Pixel was not waterproof or water-resistant, subsequent versions of the phone are varying degrees of water-resistant. Google has improved the Pixel‘s water-resistant rating with each subsequent model. The Google Pixel 3 has a rating on par with those of other new phones, like the iPhone XS and Galaxy […]

Gears & Gadgets

Amazon patents Alexa tech to tell if you’re sick, depressed and sell you meds

An Amazon Echo. Adam Bowie Amazon has patented technology that could let Alexa analyze your voice to determine whether you are sick or depressed and sell you products based on your physical or emotional condition. The patent, titled “Voice-based determination of physical and emotional characteristics of users,” was issued on Tuesday this week; Amazon filed […]

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The Lyft app will now tell you the fastest way to get anywhere – even if it means taking public transit instead of a Lyft ride

Carlos Jasso/Reuters Lyft and a company called Trafi are partnering to add additional transportation methods like public transit to Lyft’s in-app routing system. Riders will be able to choose different combinations of transit – like taking a subway or bus before or after hopping in a Lyft vehicle. The move is meant to give Lyft […]

Emerging Tech

UV-tracking ‘tattoo’ will tell you when to get out of the sun

[embedded content] Regular, everyday tattoos might tell other people about yourself, but they don’t give you any additional information about your surroundings. That’s where a new programmable tattoo breaks the mold. Called LogicInk, it’s a temporary tattoo-style device which gathers information about your UV exposure, and provides you with at-a-glance information concerning whether or not you’ve […]