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Sarah: What is it, Tom?
Tom: Our long national nightmare is over
Sarah: Tacos are now free?
Tom: No, different national nightmare.
Sarah: Oh. You mean Apple and Samsung have settled their 7-year-long patent dispute that introduced us all to the phrase "chamfered edges"
Tom: The very same. They have settled. We don't know for how much but Apple says it was about more than money.
Sarah: Samsung took back what it said about turtlenecks?
Tom: We may never know. But the war is finally over.
Sarah: Rest easy, Judge Lucy Koh, you've earned it. May patent peace reign forever.
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|This is the Daily Tech News for Wednesday June 27th , 2018. In LA I'm Tom Merritt|
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|:31||TM||Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
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|SL||Samsung announced an unpacked event happening at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn NY August 9th. Samsung usually announces new Galaxy Note models at this time of year, and what appears to be a new Note and a new Tablet recently went through the US FCC's system.||https://www.engadget.com/2018/06/27/samsung-will-reveal-the-galaxy-note-9-in-brooklyn-on-august-9th/|
|SCOTT||Twitter announced support for USB-key second-factor authentication like YubiKey. And new accounts on Twitter will now have to verify either a phone number or email address.||https://www.engadget.com/2018/06/26/twitter-adds-support-login-verification-usb-key/|
|TM||Google announced Wednesday that its retiring the brand names DoubleClick and AdWords. Tools for buying ads will now just be called Google Ads and get a simplified default interface. High-end software for ad buyers will be called Google Marketing Platform and Google Ads Manager will be a complementary tool for large sellers. AdSense and AdMob brands will stay around for small websites and mobile app developers.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alphabet-google-advertising/google-retires-doubleclick-adwords-brand-names-idUSKBN1JN0EH?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
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|:33||SCOTT||The Information reports Snap plans to introduce a gaming platform for the Snapchat app, citiing two sources familiar with company plans. Snap reportedly will let developers make games for Snapchat and has a deal with at least one unnamed publisher. Snap already offers basic augmented-reality games called Snappables - one lets Snapchat users raise their eyebrows as many times as they can in a few seconds and then challenge a friend to beat their score.||https://www.marketwatch.com/story/snap-stock-rises-after-report-says-company-plans-to-introduce-a-snapchat-gaming-platform-2018-06-27|
|:35||sl||Facebook is testing an option to let users snooze specific keywords for 30 days. Posts containing the keywords would not show up during the timeframe. To snooze a keyword, a user must find a post that contains it, though Facebook says it's working on adding an option to preemptively snooze keywords.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/27/facebook-keyword-snooze/|
|:38||TM||The US Department of Justice has given approval for Disney to acquire most of 21st Century Fox. The deal would NOT include the Fox broadcast network, Fox News or FS1 and FS2. However it was supposed to include the Fox Regional Sports Networks. The Department of Justice would require Disney to divest of itself of those regional sports networks as it believes it creates an anti-competitive conflict due to Disney's ownership of ESPN and other regional sports nets. Disney has agreed to the conditions. Comcast still has a competing bid but has not received antitrust approval.||https://variety.com/2018/biz/news/disney-21st-century-fox-justice-department-approval-1202859241/|
|:40||SCOTT||Sony has taken criticism for not allowing full cross-platform play on Fortnite while Microsoft and Nintendo do. Shawn Layden, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America told Eurogamer, "We’re looking at a lot of the possibilities. You can imagine that the circumstances around that affect a lot more than just one game. I’m confident we’ll get to a solution which will be understood and accepted by our gaming community, while at the same time supporting our business.”" There is no technical reason preventing cross-platform play so it appears Sony is trying to resolve a business reason such as in-game purchases.||https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/27/17509206/sony-fortnite-ps4-nintendo-switch-cross-play-response|
|:42||SL||Microsoft says its facial recognition tools are better at identifying people with darker skin than they used to be. Error rates have supposedly been reduced by as much as 20 times. At the same time IBM announced two new public datasets for training facial recognition, one of which has been curated specifically to remove bias, by including a greater mix of face types.||https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/26/17507304/microsoft-facial-recognition-darker-skin-tones|
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|:45||Google is beginning public testing of Duplex, the system that it showed off at I/O with human-like conversation skills. A small group of trusted testers will try it out with businesses that have agreed to receive the calls. In the coming weeks Duplex will be able to confirm business hours and by end of summer be able to start book reservations. Google held events this week at restaurants in New York and Mountain View to let reporters try Duplex.Duplex now identifies itself as Google Assistant and advises the call is recorded in states that require it. There is no time frame for a wider launch.||https://www.cnet.com/news/google-opens-its-human-sounding-duplex-ai-to-public-testing/?ftag=COS-05-10aaa0b&linkId=53565993|
|Google opens its human-sounding Duplex AI to public testing - CNET||https://www.cnet.com/news/google-opens-its-human-sounding-duplex-ai-to-public-testing/?ftag=COS-05-10aaa0b&linkId=53565993|
|A closer look at Google Duplex | TechCrunch||https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/27/a-closer-look-at-google-duplex/|
|I talked to Google’s Duplex voice assistant. It felt like the beginning of something big. - Recode||https://www.recode.net/2018/6/27/17508166/google-duplex-assistant-demo-voice-calling-ai|
|Talking to Google Duplex: Google’s human-like phone AI feels revolutionary | Ars Technica||https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/06/google-duplex-is-calling-we-talk-to-the-revolutionary-but-limited-phone-ai/|
|I took a phone call from the Google Assistant||https://www.engadget.com/2018/06/27/google-duplex-ai-phone-call/|
|Google Duplex really works and testing begins this summer - The Verge||https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/27/17508728/google-duplex-assistant-reservations-demo|
|Google Duplex - The system where an AI talks in natural language to businesses. Shown at I/O.|
- Google says it can complete 4 out of 5 automated tasks
- Public testing begins with a small group of "trusted testers" with businesses who have agreed to take calls.
- Starts with confirming business hours.
- Later this summer booking reservations at restaurants then after that hair appointments.
- No timeline on wider rollout
- Will open with a variation of "Hi, I'm the Google Assistant, calling to make a reservation for a client. This automated call will be recorded." or "I'm Google's automated booking service, so I'll record the call."
- Only in states where it's legal. For instance in Texas it needs to get permitting still.
- Ums and ahs (speech Disfluencies) help acknowledge that the AI is still on the line and can be a polite way to ask for a correction
- NOT a general purpose AI. Trained for this specific kind of task
- Uses WaveNet so it can have multiple voices. Could even do lip smacks and breathing.
- Monday at Thep Thai restaurant in New York City,Tuesday at Oren's Hummus Shop in Mountain View, California
"It’s important that we get the experience right both for people and for businesses, and we’re taking a slow and measured approach as we incorporate learnings and feedback from our tests.”
|CNET - Richard Nieva|
- some pauses just a hair longer than normal
- asking about sports scores just prompted a default response about Google Assistant trying to book a reservation
- When asked to speak to a human connected him to an agent who confirmed the erservation
TechCrunch - Brian Heater
- When asked for a reservation at 6 said they weren't open until 11. Assistant bowed out.
- Repeat last four numbers causes it to repeat the whole phone number
- said it does not have permission to give out email address
- Also tripped up by phone trees
Wired - Lauren Goode
- Reservation for 9, said close at 9:30 so recommended early, asked for 7:30, Lauren said 7:45 but GA only replied with 7:30. Asked about allergies and a high chair and a human took over.
ReCode - Kurt Wagner
- Put on hold, say no reservations for Monday, GA kicked it out to a human
Ars Technica - Ron Amadeo
-0 Had never worked at a restaurant so said he sucked while GA was good. Said initial reservation wasn't available butt took a 7 PM one.
Engadget - Cherlynn Low
- Said don't take reservation smaller than 5. It asked for the wait time.
The Verge - Dieter Bohn
- Pretended to be a busy crabby bartender and kept interrupting. Said he could make a reservation for 7 but the full kitchen closed at 6 so it would have to be for bar food. Rather than handing off to human it said "Oh I see. Bye, thank you."
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|sl||Rob wrote in in reference to our story about tablet ratings system hurting wait staff in restaurants:|
Just wanted to let you know, we work on Apple products, but sometimes we have to work with the local Authorized Reseller to get things fixed under warranty. We have a great relationship with Audiotronics, and they told us a similar thing about the ratings system. Anything less than 5 stars, will hurt their relationship with Apple. So, if we have a problem with Apple’s procedures, we have to make sure that we (or our client’s if they took their product there directly) only judge what Audiotronics did, not what Apple did. It is sad when we feel we have to give Audiotronics 5 stars even when we think Apple screwed over our clients.
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