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Google Gboard may be blocking 'Chinese virus,' similar terms from appearing in autocomplete results

Google Gboard may be blocking 'Chinese virus,' similar terms from appearing in autocomplete results

Gboard, like many keyboard apps, provides users with suggestions on how to complete their words, phrases, or even sentences. It recently adopted federated learning, sampling anonymous user data to serve up-to-date autocomplete results featuring very new terms in our fast-moving human culture. Of course, some phrases aren't particularly suited for a wide audience or are just plain offensive. And with active, constant discourse surrounding the novel coronavirus, Google is reportedly rushing to ban some words and phrases from appearing in the Gboard autocomplete bar.

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Google Lookout uses AI to help visually-impaired people navigate the world (Update: Now for Pixel 4 and 4 XL)

Google Lookout uses AI to help visually-impaired people navigate the world (Update: Now for Pixel 4 and 4 XL)

I can't imagine having to navigate today's world while visually impaired. From streets to people to items, and even trivial things like preparing a sandwich or knowing the proper toilet sign in a restaurant, it would all be infinitely more difficult without sight, and I have a lot of admiration for those who have to handle these situations every day. Smartphones can make some of this easier, especially with AI at the helm. If Google Lens can identify a dog's breed from a photo, there's nothing stopping it from using the same tech to help visually-impaired people, and that's where Lookout comes in.

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GE Kitchen Hub display adds a third camera, becomes a microwave

GE Kitchen Hub display adds a third camera, becomes a microwave

GE is bringing AI into your kitchen. Last year GE announced the company's Kitchen Hub, which would give consumers a massive Android powered touchscreen that allowed the home chef to watch Netflix, take video calls, or even take pictures of food while it was cooking. Now, GE has put a microwave behind that massive touchscreen and has integrated new AI technology to assist with your meal prep.

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Wyze Cam will temporarily lose person detection after AI provider cancels contract

Wyze Cam will temporarily lose person detection after AI provider cancels contract

Back in July, Wyze announced person detection on its security cameras which it implemented with the help of third-party service provider Xnor.ai. It seems like the contract between the companies lets the AI firm terminate the lease at any moment without reason, which is exactly what has happened, as Wyze announced in a blog post yesterday. Luckily, the camera manufacturer can continue using Xnor.ai's technology until mid-January 2020 and is already looking into rolling out its own in-house solution later next year.

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Google officially rolls out Duplex-powered Assistant for booking movie tickets on Android

Google officially rolls out Duplex-powered Assistant for booking movie tickets on Android

After months of teasing and weeks of testing, Google is officially bringing its Duplex artificial intelligence guidance to users booking movie tickets online through Assistant. Just ask Assistant or search on Google through your Android phone to check out show times for movies and then have Assistant automate most of the reservation process from filling form fields to breezing through payments.

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Google's latest AI experiment FreddieMeter lets you know you'll never sing like Mr. Fahrenheit himself

Google's latest AI experiment FreddieMeter lets you know you'll never sing like Mr. Fahrenheit himself

Freddie Mercury may no longer be with us, but his legacy continues to live on in his music, in movies, and now in a web app that judges your singing talents. FreddieMeter analyzes vocal patterns to determine how closely you can recreate the unique voice of Freddie Mercury. It then gives you a score based on your accuracy in general pitch and melody, as well as how closely your timbre matches that of Freddie Mercury's.

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(Update: Fixed) The Pixel 4's camera has serious white balance problems (gallery)

(Update: Fixed) The Pixel 4's camera has serious white balance problems (gallery)

Google has been pouring a lot of effort into nailing down photo processing on its flagships since it started building its own phones. In the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, the company may have added too many intelligent camera features for their own good. It introduced a new machine-learning-based white balance algorithm that is supposed to produce more natural-looking images under harsh lighting conditions, but as it turns out, some edge cases can end up looking worse instead.

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25 percent of Google Duplex calls are actually conducted by humans

25 percent of Google Duplex calls are actually conducted by humans

Google's automated reservation service, Duplex, has rolled out almost all over the US (except for Kentucky and Louisiana) after it became available as a limited test following last year's announcement at Google I/O. Over time, the company has received both criticism and praise for it, and it was certainly very interesting to see the service growing. In an interim conclusion, Google has now stated that currently about 25 percent of calls placed through the Duplex service are actually conducted by humans, and that in about 15 percent of robot calls a human has to intervene at some point.

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Wyze working on person- and vehicle-detection AI for its cameras, beta available now

Wyze working on person- and vehicle-detection AI for its cameras, beta available now

Smart appliance manufacturer Wyze makes very affordable security cameras that do the basics just fine, but have lacked the features bigger names have been promoting on similar products with bigger price tags. But that may be about to change as the company is testing out AI-powered vehicle and people recognition for the Wyze Cam v2 and Wyze Cam Pan.

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A year after Colorize was teased, Google Photos chief says Beta is coming 'soon'

A year after Colorize was teased, Google Photos chief says Beta is coming 'soon'

Now that Google I/O 2019 is completely over, let's take it back to 2018, when the company announced a couple of neat new features for Google Photos: Color Pop and Colorize. Color Pop, which lets users easily apply a black-and-white filter to a picture's background to give the subject a nice "pop," was deployed just days after I/O 2018. Colorize, meanwhile, went under the radar for a whole year. Today, the company is finally updating us on this front and is teasing a beta program to try the tool out.

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