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Personal voice assistants struggle with black voices, new study shows

Speech recognition systems have more trouble understanding black users’ voices than those of white users, according to a new Stanford study. The researchers used voice recognition tools from Apple, Amazon, Google, IBM, and Microsoft to transcribe interviews with 42 white people and 73 black people, all of which took place in the US. The tools […]

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Petition demands Samsung stops using Exynos processors in its phones

It’s long been the case that Samsung has released two versions of its flagship handsets: one with the latest Snapdragon chip for the US and a few select markets, and the other with its Exynos SoC for the rest of the world. But some people aren’t happy with this setup and have started a petition […]

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Coronavirus disruption sees Chrome skip version 82, Microsoft pause Edge releases

With the coronavirus forcing many people to work from home, the disruption is affecting release schedules. Google is skipping version 82 of Chrome, and Microsoft has put a hold on new Edge browser updates. Google last week announced that it would be pausing its Chrome and Chrome OS releases due to adjusted work schedules caused […]

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Plague Inc.’s new mode lets players save the world from a pandemic instead of destroying it

Plague Inc., the strategy game that tasks players with creating a disease for wiping out humanity, might feel a little too close to reality right now, but it’s getting a new mode that’s a lot more optimistic: save the world from an outbreak instead of destroying it. Plague Inc.’s developer, Ndemic Creations, recently donated $250,000 […]

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Tech-heavy Tokyo Olympics have been pushed back to 2021

The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo have officially been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and the Prime Minster of Japan, Abe Shinzo, on Tuesday concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but no later than the […]

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Streaming services like Disney+ see significant uptick in new users

Family-friendly streaming services like Disney+ have seen a surge in new subscribers over the last week as a result of schools shutting down and people looking to fill their time while under lockdown. Virtually every service has experienced growth over the past couple of weeks, some more than others. The coronavirus response has more and […]

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Dell Mobile Connect on Windows 10 gets useful features in latest update

Seamless smartphone connectivity with Windows 10 PCs saw noticeable improvement with Microsoft’s Your Phone app, however, as with Apple’s Continuity feature, there are always some strings attached to using such a service. While Cupertino’s offering only works with its own devices, Microsoft’s Your Phone app is currently limited to Android devices, with Samsung owners getting […]