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Google Admits Staff Listen to Google Home Recordings

Google has admitted that staff listen to some recordings from the Google Home smart speaker. It says it's only for quality control purposes. It made the comments after a contractor in the Netherlands went to local media to talk about his work, in ... which he was paid a "few cents" to transcribe comments and questions made by people using the voice controlled device or phone app. According to the worker, some of the clips he heard did not appear to be people intentionally using the device. This included one case of a mother scolding a child and another clip which the worker suspected ... (view more)

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Survey: One In Five Have Smart Speakers

Nearly 47 million Americans have a 'smart speaker' device in their home according to a new survey. If true, the devices' user base has gone from almost nothing to one-in-five people in just two years. While models vary, smart speakers are small ... devices that perform two main functions: playing music (often from online streaming services) and answering spoken questions as a quicker alternative to typing something into a smartphone or computer. In some cases they are also used to control home devices such as lights and heating. The study says 19.7 percent of people have access to a smart speaker ... (view more)

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'PCWin Speaker Record', and 'LogMeIn Free'

PCWin Speaker Record PCWin Speaker Record records everything you hear from your speakers and saves them as mp3 or wav files. The program records at 128 Kbps, the same quality found on most compact discs and Apple's popular iTunes. ... http://www.fontierdg.com LogMeIn Free LogMeIn Free gives you fast, easy remote access to your PC from any computer with an Internet connection. Access your home PC from the office, an Internet cafe, or a friend's place. Available for PCs and Macs. http://www.logmein.com Today's fresh software picks were provided courtesy of Bob Helmer at Shell Extension City. Please ... (view more)

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