Google is moving ahead with Duplex, the stunningly human-sounding artificial intelligence software behind its new automated system that places phone calls on your behalf with a natural-sounding voice instead of a robotic one.The search giant said Wednesday it's beginning public testing of the software, which debuted in May and which is designed to make calls to businesses and book appointments. Duplex instantly raised questions over the ethics and privacy implications of using an AI assistant to hold lifelike conversations for you.Google says its plan is to start its public trial with a small group of "trusted testers" and businesses that have opted into receiving calls from Duplex. Over the "coming weeks," the software will only call businesses to confirm business and holiday hours, such as open and close times for the Fourth of July. People will be able to start booking reservations at restaurants and hair salons starting "later this summer." Now Playing: Watch … [Read more...] about Google’s controversial Duplex AI is going into early public testing
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There's an abundance of speakers out there in 2018 to fit practically any need you have — top-end options from Sonos, smart assistant speakers from Amazon and Google, and a ton of Bluetooth speakers at practically every conceivable price point. It can be hard to stand out from the pack — but Studio 19's Solo speakers do not have that problem. From the design and sound quality to its portability, the Solo E500X-EQ is a cut above in the premium speaker market. It's a top-end speaker for all your home entertainment needs that you can also take with you anywhere because it's also a portable Bluetooth speaker — the best of both worlds. Studio 19 Solo E500X-EQ See at Amazon UK Price: £399.00 / $524 USDBottom line: The Solo is simply one of the most compelling Bluetooth speaker I've ever tested, and is by far the coolest piece of tech I've tested in 2018. It's straight up one of the best sounding portable speakers no matter where you take it. The Good Incredible … [Read more...] about Studio 19 Solo E500X-EQ review: This expensive speaker is close to perfect
Smartphones are, by their nature, iterative products. But if you've felt that this iteration has started to slow a bit in the last few years, you're not alone - and you're probably not wrong, either. Think about it: smartphones have a pretty set list of characteristics and features we evaluate in order to judge the overall quality of a device. Some are more subjective than others - design, for example - but many are also quite objective, even if quite difficult to measure objectively sometimes. How fast is the phone? How long does the battery last? How good is the camera [at night, for video, in slow motion, etc.]? Is it durable or ruggedized? Does it break easily? How big is it? How good is the display? And among those criteria, some things are basically starting to be taken for granted, especially at the high end of the market. 2K display? OK, sure, that's just about a given on any phone over $500 these days not made by Apple. LTE? Practically a requirement. High-resolution camera … [Read more...] about Opinion: As Smartphone Innovation Slows, Google’s Nexus Program Is More Important Than Ever
Biggest news today? Google finally closed the Motorola deal, so we’re waking up to a day when we should finally decide whether it’s Googorola, Googlerola or Motoogle. (Have your say in the comments below, we like Googorola!) Fact is that Google just spent a massive $12.5 billion mostly because of patents. Along with them, it got a phone and set-top box maker, though, and the way the search giant handles it is what will really prove interesting.Google’s first step after acquiring Motorola Mobility is changing the CEO. Sanjay Jha who proved to be an exceptionally clever manager, selling the huge deal to Google and ending up with a parachute made out of gold, and also making it to the top 5 of best paid CEOs for last year, will be replaced by Google’s Dennis Woodside. And that’s a huge change, but who is this Dennis Woodside?A 9-year Google veteran, Woodside got a surprise call the day after Google announced its acquiring Motorola. Larry Page was on the line, … [Read more...] about Who is Dennis Woodside, Motorola’s new CEO?
We've seen a lot of comments recently on various Apple-related articles with commenters belittling the Apple option because they are hawking the ideology that open-source is the "ultimate freedom". And, we would have to agree that open-source is the ultimate meaning of freedom, but the trouble is that those who would push the open-source ideology often incorrectly apply it to Google Android.As I have written about at length recently, Google Android should not be confused with the open-source base of Android itself. If your argument is that you don't want to be at the mercy of a multi-billion dollar corporate entity, then I would hope you aren't using a Google Android device, because if you are, you're something of a hypocrite. Look, I love Android, and I use it as my primary operating system with my Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 (soon to be Nexus 5 and Nexus 10 (2013) whenever Google actually puts out the new devices), but the idea that Android as we know it is open-source and the ultimate … [Read more...] about Android isn’t freedom, because Google is closed