Microsoft's contractors listened in on Xbox players using Cortana voice control features, Vice reported Wednesday. Voice data was also captured from the Kinect system's voice commands prior to Cortana being added in 2016, according to the report.Microsoft last week revealed that humans could be listening to "short snippets" of voice conversations on its audio services including Skype and virtual assistant Cortana. It followed similar revelations about other big tech firms and their audio services. This month, Apple, Google and Amazon all suspended human review of user audio recordings, and Facebook followed suit two weeks ago."We realized, based on questions raised recently, that we could do a better job specifying that humans sometimes review this content," a Microsoft spokesperson said in an emailed statement last week. "We've updated our privacy statement and product FAQs to add greater clarity and will continue to examine further opportunities to … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s contractors listened in on Xbox users, report says
Prime Day is chock-full of great deals, but this one already stands out to me as one of the best. The impeccable LucidSound LS31 wireless headset is a versatile pick, compatible with PC, Xbox One, PS4, for wirelessness, and others via 3.5mm. Boasting supreme comfort, impressive audio, and rock-solid build quality, the fact that Prime Day has shaved 30 percent off the asking price makes the deal even sweeter. I have used this headset extensively, and would happily recommend it even at full price, but for $93 it feels like an absolute steal. The LucidSound LS31 is a rock-solid headset, and incredibly high-value at this $93 sale price point. Boasting coolant gel-infused earcups, a subtle, minimalistic design, on-ear controls, and a robust wireless signal, this is a great headset to boost your Xbox or PC sound experience. While I had issues with the mic in my original review, subsequent firmware updates have repaired the problems I was experiencing. The SPDIF optical cable connectivity … [Read more...] about The LucidSound LS31 Xbox headset is on sale for Prime Day
I am about to do something we rarely do at The Verge — get excited for an audio product I’ve never actually touched, let alone listened to. But that’s because when it comes to wireless gaming headsets for an Xbox One, the bar is so very, very low that I can’t help thinking SteelSeries’ new dual-wireless Arctis 9X, announced today, will be a better option than what’s out there right now. What do I mean about a low bar? Well, very few manufacturers even bother to sell Xbox-compatible wireless headsets, and those that have tried to implement Microsoft’s official Xbox Wireless to communicate directly with an Xbox (instead of requiring a dongle) have pretty much bombed for me. Each of them — the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 and 700, the Razer Thresher for Xbox, and the LucidSound LS35x — have had some trouble staying connected to my Xbox One, sometimes blasting my ears with noisy pops and clicks. Only the LucidSound had audio quality … [Read more...] about SteelSeries may have just launched the best Xbox wireless gaming headset
Cortana is built in to the Xbox One, allowing you to use voice commands to control your TV among other things. However, with Kinect effectively dead, you'll need to use some other type of microphone. Thankfully, you can use literally any 3.5mm microphone plugged into an Xbox One controller to get this kind of functionality, here's how. Products used in this guide How to set up Cortana with a 3.5mm mic First, it's simply a case of plugging in the mini microphone (or any 3.5mm microphone) into your Xbox One controller. Once connected, the "no microphone" symbol should turn into a "headset" symbol at the top of your Xbox One dashboard. Once your mic is connected, press the Xbox button on your controller to open the Guide. Navigate right to the Settings menu. In the Settings menu, navigate to Kinect & Devices, and then Digital Assistants. In this menu, make sure the Enable digital assistants is checked on. Press B to go back to the Settings top menu. Navigate up to System … [Read more...] about How to enable Cortana voice commands on Xbox One for cheap
Best answer: The best place to buy the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 is Amazon if you want a speedy delivery, but Turtle Beach's own website is better if you want to pay for the Stealth 600 in increments thanks to its payment plan. Why get a Turtle Beach Stealth 600 headset? Before going over what the pros and cons between different retailers are, it's important to highlight what makes the Stealth 600 worth purchasing in the first place. The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 is one of the best mid-range wireless headsets available for Xbox One users due to its solid sound quality, Windows Sonic compatibility, excellent battery life, and clear microphone quality. It has a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz, which is respectable, albeit not top-notch. This less-than-stellar performance, though, is pleasantly offset by the fact the headset can work with Windows Sonic on Xbox One, which gives users the ability to toggle immersive spatial sound. In addition, the Stealth 600 has a 15-hour battery life on … [Read more...] about Where’s the best place to buy a Turtle Beach Stealth 600 gaming headset?