The Google system has achieved this year far better results than its competitors.
Correct answers in 93% of cases
Overall, the three assistants did well for comprehension, with 100% in terms of understanding for Google Assistant, 99.9% for Apple Siri and 99.8% for Amazon Alexa. Nevertheless, where Google Assistant does best, it is at the level of the results given. Thus, the Google system could provide a correct answer in 92.9% of cases, against 83.1% for Siri and 79.8% for Alexa.
In detail, Google is doing particularly well for navigation – with 98% of positive responses – and information – 96%. More surprisingly, Google Assistant does better than Alexa on queries related to e-commerce with 92% of completed queries against 71% on the Amazon wizard. Nevertheless, Google Assistant is overtaken by Siri in the interactions related to the orders of the smartphone, to send an SMS, to make a call or to access the calendar. Apple’s service was able to complete 93% of tasks compared to 86% for Google Assistant.
The results of this year’s study are consistent with last year’s results, where Google Assistant was already leading the way.
With nearly 45.1 million smartphones sold on the old continent in the second quarter of 2019, the sector seems to be afloat, especially with the rapid growth of Xiaomi and the dominance of Samsung. In contrast, Apple and Huawei are pale and fall sharply in Europe.
In the first place of the ranking, there is Samsung which recorded a good progression of + 20% compared to the second quarter of 2018. It will not be so much its Galaxy S10 which will seduce on the old continent but rather its mid-range, the Galaxy A. The South Korean company has distributed 3.2 million Galaxy A50 (the smartphone sold the most in Europe this quarter, all manufacturers combined), 2.2 million Galaxy A40 and 1.8 million Galaxy A20e. In all, it is nearly 18.3 million units sold, allowing Samsung to rise as the European leader with 40.4% market share.
As for Apple , which falls in third place, the firm records a heavy fall of -17% compared to last year, with a market share in Europe which sinks to 14.1% In all, the Californian manufacturer will have has sold 6.4 million iPhone, including 1.8 million iPhone XR, its best-selling model on the old continent.
Samsung has released a 108-megapixel sensor on its smartphone. More than ever. Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX was established in cooperation with Xiaomi.
According to Samsung, it will be the first camera sensor that can surpass the 100 million pixel milestone of smartphones. It not only produces high-resolution and high-quality images but also captures 6016 x 3388 video at 30 fps.
With an efficient picture, it produces extraordinary images in intense lighting conditions. It will take a huge 1 /1.33-inch area. Compared to common camera sensors in smartphones, HMX consumes more light in dim light. Thanks to Tetracell technology, it will produce good photos of 27 million pixels.
Samsung and Xiaomi have not announced which mobile phone will be the first mobile phone to use this sensor. It is rumored that Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 will be the first person to use this camera sensor. It is expected to be used by the end of this year.
While we can’t imagine our lives without digital voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, recent reports have raised concern that these household staples are not just unquestioning minions, ready to serve, they are listening more often than people realize. I mean after all, how else would they respond to the “Alexa” wake word in a heartbeat? This has got people asking how to stop Alexa from listening in on their conversations.
Not only content with eavesdropping, they are also recording snippets of conversations which may be reviewed by humans in order to gauge how well the systems fulfill commands. According to Bloomberg,
“The recordings are transcribed, annotated and then fed back into the software as part of an effort to eliminate gaps in Alexa’s understanding of human speech and help it better respond to commands.”
After the startling revelation, people are frenzied over their privacy and left to wonder how much they have given away to strangers. Let’s face it, advertisers already know our weaknesses and desires; how far until what we desire walks right up to our doorstep in a jiffy?
Wondering how to stop Alexa from listening into your conversations? Here are a few ways to take back control and make sure no-one in your household really listens to you; especially not workers at Amazon! Here’s how:
How to Stop Alexa from Listening?
Use The Mute Button
For people who think that the “mute” button on the Amazon
Echo devices exists to lull us into a false sense of security, it’s not all
that bad. If you still have doubts, the teardowns of the Amazon Echo Dot show
reveal that no voltage passes through the mic circuitry when in the mute mode. This
mute mode is legit to be sure. While Mics may not need batteries to work, they
can at least not record when shut out of the rest of the Echo. If you don’t
know where the mute button is, look for a circle with a line through it or a
When you are not actively using your Echo device, its
prudent to keep it on mute. But there’s a catch to it: what use is Alexa if it
can’t take impromptu across-the-room commands. Nevertheless, it keeps those
hush-hush conversations privy. When on mute, a red line appears on the Show
series screens or the LED ring shines red, so that you can be sure that Alexa
Switch The Camera Slider
If you are using Amazon Echo devices with a screen, such as
the Echo Show 5 or Echo Show smart displays, why not use a camera slider to
obstruct the camera view with a layer of opaque plastic. You can still utter
commands to Alexa but block the camera that enables voice chat through services
like Skype, since it leaves a lot of users uncomfortable knowing that the
camera (and in turn, an amused Amazon employee) could be spying on them.
Switch off the Drop-in feature
One of the most controversial features of the Amazon series
is that it affords your household and your contacts the ability to just “Drop
In” and start a conversation via two Echo devices, much like a phone
call. This makes your Amazon devices act like a video and audio intercom.
Someone in front of the Echo device in the living room can get through to
someone in front of the show in the upstairs bedroom. Some experts have
suggested that a connection, for instant a fellow Echo owner you have in your
contact list, could listen in on your home conversations.
Here’s where the problem starts. You don’t necessarily need
a phone call to connect the two devices when they can communicate with each
other automatically. It’s not so much as Amazon workers listening into your
conversations as your 7-year-old spying on you. To disable this feature, fire
up the Alexa app on your phone, go to Settings>Device Settings. Tap on any
device and tap Communication. Turn the toggle to off for Drop in.
Tweak Your Privacy Settings
“We take customer privacy seriously and continuously review
our practices and procedures,” the Amazon spokeswoman wrote in an email Friday.
“We’ll also be updating information we provide to customers to make our
practices more clear.”
In the wake of the recent backlash about Amazon employees
listening in to your Amazon interactions and requests to improve Amazon’s
transcription and test out new features, Amazon is changing its settings in a new policy which
took effect last Friday, so people can opt out of having their voice recordings
reviewed by Amazon employees.
Fire up the Alexa App and tap the menu button
Go to settings and select “Alexa Account”, scroll
to the bottom and tap on “Alexa Privacy.”
Under the blue banner that appears, scroll down
to “Manage How Your Data Improves Alexa”.
Notice how the first three items have been set
to ‘on’ by default. Toggle these (especially the ‘Use Messages to Improve
Transcriptions’ and ‘Help Develop New Features’) to the OFF position.
Ignore the warning that says that “new
features” may not work properly if you proceed to make your recorded
commands slightly less accessible to Amazon.
Prune Your Call History
As a last resort, you can log into your history and wipe out
all the conversations you had with Alexa, logged on your Echo. While it
definitely doesn’t stop Alexa from listening to you or recording your
conversations, it removes all previous records it had of doing so. To do so, go
to Settings > Alexa Privacy > Review Voice History. You will be presented
with a list of your most recent Echo interactions. Scroll to the Date Range box
and select ‘All History’, then tap on the Delete All Recordings for All History
link. This gets rids of every Amazon record on file. However, this may wreak
havoc on the performance of Echo, or so the disclaimer says.
Amazon also allows deletion by voice, which lets you delete
recordings simply by saying “Alexa, delete everything I said today,”
or “Alexa, delete what I just said”.
Apple’s video game service will be released this fall, but the price has not been released.
Apple is launching a video game subscription service on March 25. 100 exclusive games will be available at the launch of Apple Arcade. The games will be accessible offline and the player will be able to resume his game where he left it on any device under macOS, iOS or tvOS.
Apple Arcade will be available next fall in 150 countries, including France. The price is unknown.
As a fitness aficionado, I set quite a score by my fitness watch. It tracked my burned calories, my steps, my heartrate, and my workouts. It permitted me to run marathons without having to lug my phone along to keep tabs on my pace and see how many miles I had run. It perked me up with motivators when I hit my move goal. It told me to get up after I had given in to lethargy and been idle for more than an hour at a time.
Similarly, I had literally been tapping in [to MyFitnessPal]
every day for years. It seems innocuous when you are just starting out, but I
can definitely say I got addicted. Every morsel that went into my body also had
to be logged into my diary. I would fret over numbers since my Keto diet demanded
macro management, I would find myself weighing something as insignificant as a
lettuce leaf, I would worry if something I ate sent me over, I would feel wrecked
with guilt if I fell behind my calorie goals for the day. Soon I started picking
foods that I could input into MyFitnessPal, instead of eating home-cooked meals.
Even when I had a binge, a total, utter of control (perhaps nothing more than a
full scoop of ice cream), I logged it as best I could… it fueled my warped
illusion of control – however, in reality, it was controlling me.
I felt I had to look, eat, train a certain way, since people
were watching. I wanted to have a six-pack, be the strongest, leanest, the
quickest. I worked hard and did get good at all of those things but as a
consequence, I inadvertently fell victim to eating disorders. Within a few
months, I was starting to burn more calories than I had eaten. Wrapped up in
the complicated brain chemistry of motivation and reward, I would boast with
pride when my calorie counter would go negative, or whenever I received a
congratulatory message from some app!
In addition to counting calories, I was counting my steps as
well, which further aggravated the compulsion to do a minimum number of steps
and walk a certain distance each day. If I ever did more one day, it would
become my new minimum the following time. Over time, I started getting so
distressed because I never had time to do things as I had to get my steps in.
I tapped my progress obsessively – so obsessively, in fact,
that my body was trimming off more than was needed. A couple of months down the
lane, I started suffering from Panic attacks, mental and physical exhaustion, kidney
problems, and migraines. After being hospitalized for days, diagnosed with “Other
Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder”, and months of therapy, it dawned on me; What
was I doing to my body?
The Link Between Disordered Eating And Fitness Tracking
While apps like MyFitnessPal and fitness tracking devices can
come in quite handy for some people, obsessing over calories burned and logging
every morsel is nevertheless unhealthy. In fact, Heather Hausenblas, Ph.D., a
professor in the department of kinesiology at Jacksonville University in
Florida, highlights the importance of raising awareness about the role of fitness
and calorie-counting apps in exercise addiction and eating disorders.
“For the most part, these apps do good,”
says Hausenblas. “But for certain individuals, the constant checking and
the obsession about it becomes really negative. With people who are on the cusp
of disordered behaviors, it can push them over the edge.”
A 2017 study analyzing 493 college-age students found (via
tracking devices and fitness apps) and disordered eating attitudes.
Participants were entailed to note their calorie counts or fitness levels using
tracking devices. “Individuals who reported using calorie trackers
manifested higher levels of eating concern… Additionally, fitness tracking
was uniquely associated with ED symptomatology,” researchers found,
concluding that “for some individuals, these devices might do more harm
A Perverse Game Of Arithmetic
The number of connected wearable devices worldwide, of which
health-focused wearables hold a significant portion, just pushed the 74 million
threshold in 2019, and is projected to soar up to more
than 1 billion by 2022. Even devices that are not inherently famous for their
health-focus, such as the Apple or Samsung watch, have in-built exercise
tracking, calories burn, and step count. This means that you don’t even have to
invest in a wearable or smartwatch to track your fitness regime; data about
your body comes at you unsolicited.
Dr Carolyn Plateau, a lecturer in psychology at Loughborough
University, has deeply scrutinized the effect of health-focused apps and fitness
trackers on regular users. Her most recent study explores the differences
in mental wellbeing, disordered exercise, and disordered eating between people
who record food intake and calories via these mechanisms and those who don’t. Here’s
what she has to say,
“Our findings were interesting as they indicated that those who did track their activity or food intake showed higher levels of both disordered eating and exercise than those who did not. In particular, higher levels of purging behavior (e.g. excessive or driven exercise to control or modify weight or shape) was found among the tracking group.”
Another psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders,
Amanda Perl, backs up this study. According to Amanda, excessive exercising, strict
dieting, and Calorie counting are synonymous with disordered eating, and
fitness trackers and apps can exacerbate these symptoms in people who have had
a history of eating disorders, or those too fixated on these things. Even worse,
this obsession with goal setting and health-focused metrics throws balance to
the winds, since trackers can aggravate feelings of self-loathing, failure,
body shaming, and feeling out of control.
You may not instantly fall prey to disordered eating
behaviors, but you may start setting impossibly high standards for yourself. By
promoting an image of perfectionism, these apps take the reigns over your life
and push you into an abysmal illusion that leaves you vulnerable to depression.
These apps play on
people’s desperation to control what goes into their body and the effect it has.
At first it can be almost therapeutic to log what you’ve eaten, but it becomes
a perverse game of arithmetic that drowns you in numbers. Constant monitoring
of food intake and physical activity inadvertently triggers the symptoms of
disordered eating and fuels our already prevalent obsessive and highly
self-critical perfectionistic tendencies.
Not to mention, Competition and comparison adds to the
stigma about eating disorders being attention-seeking. Many individuals with
eating disorders take to constantly comparing their weight, but now with social
media and technology, time is irrelevant, and the comparison group is global.
Psychologist and eating disorder specialist Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld says that,
“Sufferers can compare their food intake against someone’s from another country who posted the data three months prior. The comparisons are infinite. So, if someone is trying to restrict their intake but didn’t do as ‘good’ a job as someone that posted their intake prior, this might fuel distress, resulting in increased restriction in order to alleviate the distress around the perceived failure.”
Mediatek yesterday launched a game chipset called the Helio G90 and Helio G90T. Later, Redmi’s brand director Lu Weibing confirmed on Weibo that it will launch a game phone equipped with Helio G90T, which will be launched globally.
No information about the device was disclosed. But we hope that it will be available soon, and we will soon get reliable information about our phones. However, by observing the recently announced chipset, we can say that the handset will have two high-performance CPU clusters of Cortex-A76 units and six Cortex-A55 cores. In addition, the two clusters will be coupled via the Mali-G76 GPU. However, the entire system is built on the 12nm FinFET process. The system’s total clock speed is up to 2.05 GHz. In addition, the G90T will support up to 10 GB of RAM.
Since it is obvious that these chips are used in gaming phones, Redmi will also launch a gaming phone. There are other sub-brand game phones including Black shark, Nubia. However, it seems that the company is working hard to beat game companies like ROG Phone II and nubia Red Magic 3.
We all loved to watch Tony Stark uttering commands to the
winds, turning this on with a glance, that off with the swash of his hand. You
could be the master of everything in your condo as well. Tech giants have
bombarded us with gadgets that will supposedly make our lives better and
easier, and smart condos have been increasingly emerging into the
everyday. If you have been looking for a Toronto
Condo for sale, here are a few gadgets you could invest in to truly enjoy
Nest learning thermostat
While we have been seeing a lot of saturation in the smart
thermostat market, one that tops our list is the Nest smart thermostat. While
it packs all the features of the original Nest, but with a less vivid display and
cheaper parts which makes it more pocket friendly for condo owners. Not to
mention, it works flawlessly with other Nest devices, such as the Nest security
cameras and the Nest Protect, in addition to smart home gadgets from other
brands as well. Here’s where it outshines competitors: The AI enabled
thermostat learns about your activities as well as the heating schedules of
your family, keeping your home at just the perfect temperature, while saving up
on electricity bills. Undoubtedly one of the best smart home devices of 2019
for small condos.
Smart Air Quality Monitor
Do you wish to have high quality air circulating throughout
your condo, especially if you live in a bustling neighborhood? The Awair Glow works
by tracking the key factors of your air quality, such as Chemicals,
temperature, humidity, and CO2, and has a built-in night light. Based on the
results, it takes smart actions to improve the air quality, such as turn on the
humidifier when the humidity levels in a room fall low.
Want to cook like a gourmet chef? Who could have thought
that one day we would have an oven that knows how to cook your food for you! Here
comes the June Oven: a smart countertop oven with a built-in camera. The oven
is equipped with programs for cooking a variety of specific foods, and its
in-built camera identifies most of the foods you place in the oven. The oven
automatically alters the time and temperature to perfectly cook whatever you
place inside. The June Food Thermometer monitors and sends precise readings
back to the oven to automatically change temperature, switch cook modes, and
notify you when your food is ready. Its compact size makes it perfect for
even a small condo kitchen.
iRobot Braava Jet 240
Meet the Braava Jet 240; a tiny robot that mops and sweeps
floors better than any sweeper, down to that last spot. It’s also the most
affordable option in iRobot’s lineup. Specially meant for small spaces like micro
condo kitchens and bathrooms, it works by spraying water and then switching
between a plethora of different pads to clean quietly and effectively. It has
an in-built navigation system and offers damp mopping as well. While it cannot
scrub deep-set stains, if you are looking for a robot to keep your condo
looking neat and clean round the clock, this compact little cleaner is your
LG’s Self-cleaning Closet
Do laundry days leave you dismal? Want a smart cabinet that
can “refresh” your crumpled laundry for you? Sounds too good to be
true. No, the elves don’t sneak in and do the deed! We have the LG self-cleaning
closet; a freestanding wardrobe with in-built hangers and a steamer that
automatically move around to de-wrinkle your clothes. The closet gizmo
doesn’t exactly wash your dirty laundry, its TrueSteam technology
“eliminates over 99.9 percent of the germs and bacteria found in clothing
to keep one’s wardrobe hygienically clean,” according to the official
website. Hot air is pumped through to keep all your clothes wrinkle-free and
dry, while moving hangers shake off offensive odor. This translates into much
less laundry days since you can reuse worn clothes more than once.
While its fun and all to reminisce the good old days when
our doorbells would play merry tune, 2019 gives us a doorbell packed with a160-degree-wide-angle
camera and an inbuilt microphone to double as a security system. Nest Hello’s video
doorbell is a Wi-Fi connected device that offers two-way speaker communication,
facial recognition, and round the clock streaming of high-quality footage.
Knock Knock…Who’s there? Just kidding, we already know!
Ikea Smart Blinds
Do you sometimes wish that the blinds would automatically
close when the sun shines through? Or perhaps open themselves when you need
some natural light to seep in. Meet Ikea’s voice-activated,
smartphone-connected blinds, compatible with Google home, Alexa, and Siri, as
well as Ikea’s own Tradfri smart home system. Set to be released in October,
their affordable price has made them perfect to be installed in your condos.
The Pod smart bed
The smart sleep specialists 8 Sleep has come up with a new
innovation to give you the best chance of a good night snooze! The Pod learns
the temperature that makes you the most comfortable when you sleep and adjusts itself
accordingly. It can also wake you up by gradually raising the temperature of
the bed, bidding adieu to the shrill ringing of alarm clocks. For a $5 monthly
subscription, you can get a connected app to collect data from sensors embedded
in the mattress while you sleep and analyze it to better adapt to your
preferences. Thankfully, Alexa compatibility makes everything controllable by
iKuddle smart cat litter tray
Keeping pets in a compact space can get… well smelly. While
its release date is not yet confirmed, this Kickstarter project has got a lot
of condo owners hooked. The idea of a sensor-activated, self-cleaning litter
tray could make it a whole lot easier to keep pets in your condo. The device
detects when your cat enters the tray, a hand scoops up the soiled litter,
seals it in an airtight bag, and sprays deodorant to get rid of lingering odors.
Eco Dish Cleaner
The Eco cleaner cleanses dishes with the help of ultrasonic
waves by ionizing the food particles. For those aspiring to reduce their carbon
footprint, this eco-friendly technology converts all food scraps into compost
for plants. All your food waste is transformed into healthy soil for your
plants. The compact and portable gadget will fit in even the smallest condo
kitchen and will revolutionize the family’s dining ritual. What further makes
it sustainable for urban lifestyle is that this gadget uses solar technology
for charging the battery.
Orro intelligent light switch
There are lot of wifi-enabled lighting systems available
online these days, Orro’s is the first of its kind that leverages in-built
self-learning technology to get to grips with how you like to light your home
and anticipate your mood lighting needs in advance. It understands your
lighting preferences and senses when someone enters or leaves a room. Not to
mention, it considers the amount of natural light entering the room and the
time of the day before making lighting decisions. It also connects to smart
hubs and acts as an extension to their voice recognition capabilities.