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Android TV may soon recognize your exact voice

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Google recently said that many speakers, as well as smart displays, will soon have Assistant’s Voice Match feature. However, it now seems that this feature will be rolled out for smart televisions too. A code has been discovered by 9to5Google team, which indicates that the Voice Match feature for the Android TV is under development.

While it is not known when the feature would show or whether there will any modifications versus the other platforms, it is easy to observe the probable benefits. This could make sure that the Android TV gets launched into the Netflix profile of a user directly rather than make him/her choose the option manually on-screen, for example.

Meanwhile, it is also rumored that Google is preparing a dongle for Android TV that would benefit from the Voice Match feature clearly. Well, this could be significant for the stringent Stadia integration when it is available on Android TV in the future. Be it whatever reason; it is quite surprising that Voice Match feature was not made available sooner. Television viewing is a primary use case for multiple-voice support and multi-user support which could, in turn, enhance your drawing room experience and make it much more comfortable.

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YouTube TV sharply increases monthly subscription to $64.99

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YouTube TV sharply increases monthly subscription to $64.99

YouTube TV made an announcement that it will be increasing its monthly price to $64.99 from $50 a month as the service provider begins offering channels of ViacomCBS: CMT, BET, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, TV Land, VH1 and Paramount Network.

The new subscription price is effective now for all new subscribers. Meanwhile, existing customers would see the price hike during their upcoming billing cycle.

The $15 rise in the subscription price is the most recent price increase for the YouTube TV customers. Originally when service was launched, the fee was $35. Later, the price was hiked to $40 a month in 2018 when it added new Turner networks. Next, the price was increased again last year to $50 a month when the company added Discovery’s networks. Now, with the inclusion of the above mentioned channels of ViacomCBS, YouTube TV is taking its largest price hike till date, with $64.99 a month.

Besides the ViacomCBS channels, YouTube TV will soon also introduce MTV2, BET Her, NickToons, Nick Jr., MTV Classic and TeenNick in the near future.

In a blog post, while announcing the all new channels and price, Christian Oestlien, Vice President, Product Management, YouTube sympathized that though the hiked cost isn’t easy for some members, it reflects the increasing content cost as well as the entire value of the company’s service.

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Autonomous robot uses UVC light to disinfect warehouses

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Autonomous robot uses UVC light to disinfect warehouses

Scientists from MIT have come up with a UVC light-equipped robot to maintain shared areas free of coronavirus as well as other pathogens. The UVC light has the ability to disinfect surfaces as well as neutralize aerosolized virus particulates. However, it is dangerous when exposed to the humans.

The MIT’s CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) and AVA Robotics collaborated to create the robot which can travel past and disinfect the areas autonomously.

A UVC light fixture developed by CSAIL was added to the mobile robot base by AVA Robotics. The partners then deployed this prototype at GBFB (Greater Boston Food Bank.) The UVC light-equipped robot went pass the warehouse of GBFB at around 0.22miles/hour. It can cover around 4,000 sq feet in 30mins at this speed and neutralize about 90% of the coronavirus droplets on surfaces.

The scientists believe that this approach could help disinfect other regions autonomously such as restaurants, factories, schools and supermarket. The robot has the ability to map a given area and navigate between the waypoints and the other specified regions.

Notably, UVC light is at times utilized to sterilize the patient rooms as well as other medical settings. Presently, the MTA is testing the UV light as a means to disinfect buses and subways.

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Google Alerts accidentally circulating malware among users

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Google Alerts accidentally circulating malware among users

Fraudsters are utilizing Google Sites, black SEO as well as spam pages for pushing fraudulent data breach notification impersonating huge name firms in an attempt to distribute scams and malware.

As per a BleepingComputer report, it was Google Alerts that help spread these fraudulent notifications while it monitors the search results seeking keywords that are user-defined. In order to spread the malware, these scammers created either pages or utilized compromised sites to combine term info breach with renowned brands.

BleepingComputer has seen fraudulent breach notifications for several firms including Hulu, Dopbox, EA, Target, Mjoang, PayPal and more. But, a common factor among these companies is that they’ve all been a victim of data breach previously.

If one user clicks on any link that Google Alerts picks up, they will end up landing on the pages that have fake giveaways and install offers on unwanted extensions as well as malware. In fact, it’s difficult to detect the malicious behavior as these pages do not really show the real nature of the campaign to the users. Instead they might see ‘page not found’ error or one text-filled webpage developed to advertise fraudulent data breach.

Hence, to stay safe from such scams, make sure that are alert online, particularly when you click on links displayed in the search results.

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