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Yes, Slack is having connectivity issues again (Update: It’s back)

No, it’s not just you. Yes, Slack is having connectivity issues yet again. Though this time, they seem a bit less pronounced. I know we’re having some problems off and on, with different channels appearing offline. For the most part, however, communication is still up, so you probably won’t be able to convince your boss to take the rest of the day off. Sorry.

Slack acknowledged the problems on its status page, noting, “Folks are having troubles connecting to their workspaces. We’re looking into the cause and will have updates shortly.” The site experience similar issues earlier this month and back in June.

We’ll update shortly after those updates arrive shortly. Shortly.

Update: Things appear to be back to normal. Here’s the full rundown from Slack,

On June 27th (yesterday) between 6:33 a.m. and 9:49 a.m. PDT Slack experienced an outage where people could not connect to their workspaces. The network problems were caused by a bug included in an offline batch process of data, which resulted in unexpected network spikes and led all of our customers to become disconnected and unable to reconnect.

Once we identified the problem, we restricted new connections and provisioned extra capacity. At 9:24 a.m. PST, production was healthy enough to remove restrictions and by 9:44 a.m. PST, all customers had reconnected to Slack once again.


Source: TechCrunch

A dual-screen MacBook concept shows how Apple could ditch the keyboard

Would you buy a MacBook Pro without a keyboard? Turkish designer Furkan Kasap’s futuristic concept shows that Apple could utilize a dual-screen design to create a simple, elegant, and highly functional MacBook Pro.

The post A dual-screen MacBook concept shows how Apple could ditch the keyboard appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Two left feet? No problem. This A.I. can turn anyone into a dancer

Are you a terrible dancer who nonetheless dreams of one day starring in a toe-tapping music video? Thanks to some innovative A.I. research from UC Berkeley, your dream could soon come true.

The post Two left feet? No problem. This A.I. can turn anyone into a dancer appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Instagram Adds 2FA, Account Verification in Security Update

The Facebook-owned platform launches robust two-factor authentication and now has a more transparent user verification system.
Source: Wired

Google responds to Trump’s tweet-rage: We didn’t rig search against you!

US President Donald J. Trump is accusing Google of political bias. Trump claims that Google is using its position to suppress the voice of conservatives in its search results. Google issued a statement rejecting Trump’s claims.

The post Google responds to Trump’s tweet-rage: We didn’t rig search against you! appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Google updates its speech services for developers

Google Cloud’s Text-to-Speech and Speech-to-Text APIs are getting a bunch of updates today that introduce support for more languages, make it easier to hear auto-generated voices on different speakers and that promise better transcripts thanks to improved tools for speaker recognition, among other things.

With this update, the Cloud Text-to-Speech API is now also generally available.

Let’s look at the details. The highlight of the release for many developers is probably the launch of the 17 new WaveNet-based voices in a number of new languages. WaveNet is Google’s technology for using machine learning to create these text-to-speech audio files. The result of this is a more natural sounding voice.

With this update, the Text-to-Speech API now supports 14 languages and variants and features a total of 30 standard voices and 26 WaveNet voices.

If you want to try out the new voices, you can use Google’s demo with your own text here.

Another interesting new feature here is the beta launch of audio profiles. The idea here is to optimize the audio file for the medium you’ll use to play it. Your phone’s speaker is different from the soundbar underneath your TV, after all. With audio profiles, you can optimize the audio for phone calls, headphones and speakers, for example.

On the Speech-to-Text side, Google is now making it easier for developers to transcribe samples with multiple speakers. Using machine learning, the service can now recognize the different speakers (though you still have to tell it how many speakers there are in a given sample) and it’ll then tag every word with a speaker number. If you have a stereo file of two speakers (maybe a call center agent on the left and the angry customer who called to complain on the right), then Google can now use those channels to distinguish between speakers, too.

Also new is support for multiple languages. That’s something Google’s Search App already supports and the company is now making this available to developers, too. Developers can choose up to four languages and the Speech-to-Text API will automatically determine which language is spoken.

And finally, the Speech-to-Text API now also returns word-level confidence scores. That may sound like a minor thing — and it already returned scores for each segment of speech — but Google notes that developers can now use this to build apps that focus on specific words. “For example, if a user inputs ‘please setup a meeting with John for tomorrow at 2PM’ into your app, you can decide to prompt the user to repeat ‘John’ or ‘2PM,’ if either have low confidence, but not to reprompt for ‘please’ even if has low confidence since it’s not critical to that particular sentence,” the team explains.


Source: TechCrunch

Nest’s door lock will soon play nice with Google Home

Back in March, Nest and Yale teamed up to release a smart door lock to complement Nest’s then brand-new video doorbell. It’s a solid piece of hardware, but it had a curious quirk for something made under Google’s watch: it didn’t work with Google Home or Google Assistant.

That’ll change later this week.

On August 29th, the lock will be getting an update that adds Google Assistant and Home support to bring a handful of voice-powered tricks into the mix. Things like:

  • Locking the door with a “Hey Google” command
  • Asking Google Assistant whether or not the door is locked
  • Add locking the door to part of a custom, multi-step routine, like a “Goodnight” routine that shuts off the lights, turns off the TV, and bolts the doors.

You’ll be able to lock the door by voice – but, it’s worth noting, not unlock it… because, you know, security. If some rando can shout to lock your door, it’s an annoyance — but if they can stand outside the door and unlock it just by shouting loud enough, that’s a whole different story. Google Assistant has tech to identify users by their voice, but it’s not quite up to the task of playing bouncer at your front door. So no unlocking by voice at this point.

Alas, no word on support for any other voice powered assistants, such as Amazon’s Alexa or Siri (by way of HomeKit) on iOS. While some of Yale’s other smart locks support other voice assistants, they’ve yet to make any promises with this one.


Source: TechCrunch

First Bose smart speakers and sound bars have Alexa on board – CNET

Bose says they’ll hear your Alexa voice commands even when you’re playing them loud.
Source: CNET

The green box that represents everything wrong with Australia's internet – CNET

Two car crashes herald a dark future for Australia’s long-fumbling attempts to give its citizens the speedy internet access they’re clamoring for.
Source: CNET

LG G7 One gives LG's first Android One phone plenty to boast about – CNET

LG didn’t stop there; it also announced the midrange LG G7 Fit.
Source: CNET

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