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FBI: We can’t listen to Facebook Messenger voice calls. Judge: Tough luck
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Enlarge (credit: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images) A federal judge in Fresno, California recently denied prosecutors’ request to force Facebook to wiretap voice calls by suspected gang members conducted over Messenger. According to a Friday report by Reuters, despite already having substantive traditional wiretaps and intercepting Messenger texts between alleged MS-13 gangsters, the government wanted […]

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Voice Control for Connected Entertainment: Challenges and Opportunities
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Smart speakers are becoming a more common platform for controlling connected entertainment due to a rapid increase in popularity and ease of use. Household penetration of smart speakers is expected to reach 47 percent among U.S. broadband households by 2022, based on Parks Associates estimates. New entrants in the connected consumer electronics market, including Samsung, […]

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Researchers show Alexa “skill squatting” could hijack voice commands
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Enlarge (credit: Amazon) The success of Internet of Things devices such as Amazon’s Echo and Google Home have created an opportunity for developers to build voice-activated applications that connect ever deeper—into customers’ homes and personal lives. And—according to research by a team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)—the potential to exploit some of […]

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Stephen Hawking's Voice Beamed Into Space as His Ashes Are Interred
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The ashes of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking were interred at Westminster Abbey in London on Friday in a memorial ceremony attended by a mixture of celebrities and members of the public. From a report: Astronaut Tim Peake and British actor Benedict Cumberbatch and both gave readings, and Astronomer Royal Martin Rees paid tribute to the […]

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Echo for Kids, Retro Voice Assistants, and a Second Snap
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Amazon is trying to rope in younger members of the family to use its Alexa voice assistant with the release of a smart speaker for kids. The Echo Dot Kids Edition has a rubber case protecting a standard Echo Dot and a two-year, no-questions-asked replacement policy. It includes a one-year membership for FreeTime Unlimited, Amazon’s […]

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Snips brings its privacy-focused voice assistant to cars
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 French startup Snips is announcing two things for its voice assistant SDK. First, the company is showing off an interesting use case in Nuremberg with a Snips-powered voice assistant in a car. Second, you can now build voice assistants in German. Read More

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Optoma 4K projector responds to Alexa voice commands     – CNET
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The UHD51A is the first Alexa-controlled projector, and I take it for a spin with my voice at CES 2018.

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Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror Release Date, Price and Specs     – CNET
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Kohler is smartening nearly every fixture in the bathroom, starting with the new Alexa-enabled Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror.

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Voice interfaces beginning to find their way into business
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 Imagine attending a business meeting with an Amazon Echo (or any voice-driven device) sitting on the conference table. A question arises about the month’s sales numbers in the Southeast region. Instead of opening a laptop, opening a program like Excel and finding the numbers, you simply ask the device and get the answer instantly. That […]

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