An Amazon.com Inc. team auditing Alexa users' commands has access to location data and can, in some cases, easily find a customer's home address, according to five employees familiar with the program. The team, spread across three continents, transcribes, annotates and analyzes a portion of the voice recordings picked up by Alexa. The program, whose existence Bloomberg revealed earlier this month, was set up to help Amazon's digital voice assistant get better at understanding and responding to commands. Team members with access to Alexa users' geographic coordinates can easily type them into third-party mapping software and find home residences, according to the employees, who signed nondisclosure agreements barring them from speaking publicly about the program.While there's no indication Amazon employees with access to the data have attempted to track down individual users, two members of the Alexa team expressed concern to Bloomberg that Amazon was granting unnecessarily broad … [Read more...] about Amazon’s Alexa reviewers can access customers’ home addresses
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Google has unveiled a wealth of changes now being introduced for its Google Earth Timelapse feature, now allowing satellite image-based time-lapse viewing that extends as far as from 1984 to 2018. That's an extra two years from the previous iteration of the tool but the biggest change may be that users on either Chrome or Firefox on mobile or tablets can access the web applet too. The change is made possible thanks to both Google and Mozilla's recent decision to turn back on now-muted auto-playing video features Google Earth Timelapse depends on in the mobile version of their respective browsers. To better suit the Android platform and for improved consistency across the search giant's services, the tool has been redesigned in a decidedly "Material" direction too. On mobile devices, that means a bright top bar showcasing the site title next to a three-dash menu. Just below that is a search bar for entering longitude and latitude coordinates, hovering over a carousel that demonstrates … [Read more...] about Explore Google’s Timelapse On Mobile With Improved Navigation
Machine learning (ML) can help you create innovative, compelling and unique experiences for your mobile users.Once you’ve mastered ML, you can use it to create a wide range of applications, including apps that automatically organize photos based on their subject matter, identify and track a person’s face across a livestream, extract text from an image, and much more.But ML isn’t exactly beginner friendly! If you want to enhance your Android apps with powerful machine learning capabilities, then where exactly do you start? In this article, I’ll provide an overview of an SDK (Software Development Kit) that promises to put the power of ML at your fingertips, even if you have zero ML experience. By the end of this article, you’ll have the foundation you need to start creating intelligent, ML-powered apps that are capable of labelling images, scanning barcodes, recognizing faces and famous landmarks, and performing many other powerful ML tasks. Meet … [Read more...] about Recognize text, faces and landmarks: Adding Machine Learning to your Android apps
Sony has invested in What3words, a startup with digital addressing technology helpful to drivers, tourists, friends meeting at festivals and anyone else trying to make their way around the surface of the planet.What3words' technology, available through its app and website, divides Earth into 57 trillion 10x10-foot squares, each with a unique three-word label. That can be useful for finding sites without addresses, like a picnic table at a park or a tourist tent in a Mongolian forest. "What3words have solved the considerable problem of entering a precise location into a machine by voice," said Toshimoto Mitomo, a Sony senior vice president, in a statement. "The dramatic rise in voice-activated systems calls for a simple voice geocoder that works across all digital platforms and channels, can be written down and spoken easily." Now playing: Watch this: This startup gives an easy-to-remember name to each spot... 1:21 Smartphones, Google Maps and turn-by-turn directions have … [Read more...] about What3words says it’s got a better way to give addresses to every patch on Earth. Now Sony agrees.
I had a busy day in Manhattan last week. For my first appointment, I entered the building at ///rated.clients.guitar. After that, it was a relatively short trip to ///sings.nodded.fits. My afternoon travels then took me to ///advice.bonus.mental.What on Earth am I talking about? A more appropriate question would be, "Where on Earth am I talking about?" The three-word codes are a few of the unfathomably many that have been developed by a company called What3words. The company has parceled our home world into 57 trillion 10-foot squares. And as it happens, that's about the same number of unique three-word permutations one can create from a 40,000-word vocabulary in a language such as English. If you'd like to know the three-word code of your favorite destinations, you can look it up in the company's free mobile app.ZDNet: Black Friday 2018 deals: Business Bargain Hunter's top picks | Cyber Monday 2018 deals: Business Bargain Hunter's top picksGiles Rhys Hones, the company's CMO, notes … [Read more...] about What3words divides the world into trillions of 10-foot location squares