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An option to stop sharing Alexa conversations with humans

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The information that conversations with voice assistants were being listened to by humans did not go down well, and rightly so. Today, Amazon offers an option to exit the program, though it still remains enabled by default.

Apple and Google had been accused of making conversations with their devices heard by human third parties. Amazon too, but the e-commerce giant takes the lead, sort of, in adding an option to exit the listener.

Amazon can not listen to its conversations with humans

In the face of the public’s grumbling, voluntary or forced measures had to be taken. The Cupertino company announced it would suspend the program, pure and simple. Google does the same, but for only three months in Europe. Amazon, meanwhile, offers a button.

An option well hidden in the settings and enabled by default

The option in question is in the parameters of the Alexa application. It is a simple yes / no to accept or refuse to share some of your recordings with Amazon teams. These will still be sent to Amazon’s servers and stored (unless you manually delete them), but they will no longer be listened to by human employees. The option also specifies that these recordings “may be used to develop new features and improve our service.” It adds that “only a tiny fraction of the records are analyzed manually.”

We would have preferred that the option be disabled by default. By doing things in the way they did, Amazon could be slapped on the fingers by the European Union. According to the German CNIL, “the functioning of these virtual assistants must be transparent so that any person can give his informed consent.” An option enabled by default and hidden in the settings probably does not fall into the category of “transparent operation.”

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New keyboards on the next MacBook

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The very problematic Papillon keyboards have apparently been a bad enough experience for Apple to decide to switch to a new mechanism.

For several years now, Apple has had problems with its keyboards called “butterfly” which have a proprietary mechanism. The Cupertino company, however, seems ready to move on.

Finally a panacea?

Inaugurated during the marketing of the 12-inch MacBook in 2015, the keyboard “butterfly” is causing malfunctions. These include a character appearing twice on the screen after a single press and a phenomenon blocking the key in the aluminum body of the computer. The second version of the keyboard appeared in 2016 on the MacBook Pro, but did not correct its mechanical errors. Apple has tried again, in 2018, to review the keyboard, without more success.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that these problematic keyboards will disappear this year in favor of new ones. Apple would retain the backlight enjoyed by users, but is working on a longer activation point – the keyboards “butterfly” being too short and often not appreciated by users. The analyst believes that Apple may have resorted to a fiberglass structure to bring more strength.

According to Kuo, the MacBooks would be the first to enjoy it, and the MacBook Pro would benefit from them from 2020. Still, according to the analyst, Apple could change manufacturers and opt for Sunrex rather than Wistron, which currently produces the Papillon keyboards for the firm.

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A self-professed tech and coding geek, Adam currently attends Yale University as a Computer Science major and, as a talented developer, has already made numerous contributions to open source Python libraries including SciPy and NumPy. He is the leading editor of Share Blog News and takes a major interest in technology news and the latest developments of all tech companies, especially Apple. His current phone is an iPhone XS.

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Apple fixes a GPS bug on old iOS devices

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Bugs are common in our electronics. Most of the time, they can be corrected via a simple software update. Still, it is necessary to take the trouble to do it.

Apple is now deploying a new update for the old iPhone and iPad models released before 2012. This update corrects a GPS bug. If you are concerned, know that the new version should be offered very soon.

Apple fixes GPS bug

These old iPhones and iPads are updated to correct a problem affecting the entire GPS module. This is the bug concerning the week number, which causes problems of operation to the oldest GPS.

The affected systems are automatically reset when they reach the 1024 week number, which is about 20 years. When the meter resets, some devices may behave strangely. Hence, some manufacturers have proposed updates. Apple is doing so by deploying an update for all its iPhone and iPad dating before 2012.

This bug affects many other devices since April 6, but according to Apple, its products will not be affected before November 3. The update being deployed currently, and there is plenty of time to update before the fateful date and not to be bothered when the time comes.

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A self-professed tech and coding geek, Adam currently attends Yale University as a Computer Science major and, as a talented developer, has already made numerous contributions to open source Python libraries including SciPy and NumPy. He is the leading editor of Share Blog News and takes a major interest in technology news and the latest developments of all tech companies, especially Apple. His current phone is an iPhone XS.

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Amazon Music is growing faster than Spotify

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Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music are three big names in the music streaming market. While Spotify ranks first, it turns out that Amazon Music is growing faster.

For the moment, Spotify is the leader in the music streaming market. Apple is catching up fast. The latest news is that the Apple brand platform had 60 million subscribers. However, it seems that a third guy could invite himself to the party: Amazon Music is showing rather insolent growth.

Amazon Music is growing faster than Spotify

Amazon Music reported growth of about 70% in 2018 and today accounts for about 32 million subscribers. While these figures are still far from those of Apple and Spotify, if this growth can be maintained, the giant e-commerce American should be back rather quickly. Spotify, on the other hand, is growing more slowly, “only” 25% a year.

Will Amazon Music manage to worry about Spotify and Apple Music?

Amazon Music is rather late in this market: the service was launched in 2016. In the same way as Apple Music, Amazon has the advantage of being able to count all its Echo customers for which Amazon Music has been optimized. It also seems that Amazon’s music streaming service is particularly attractive to the elderly. The over 55s account for 14% against only 5% at Spotify.

According to Amazon Music director Steve Boom: “We are not necessarily fighting for the same customers as others. In order for the industry to reach its full potential, it is impossible to be confined to the 15 to 22 age group.” According to rumors, Amazon would plan to launch a high-fidelity option for Amazon Music and the giant would work on a new generation of Echo devices offering better audio quality.

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