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Tech Giant Apple Stops Programme That Let Siri Listen to Recordings

The report that surfaced last week raised concerns as a former contractor at the iPhone maker claimed that Siri interactions are sent to workers who listen to the recordings and are asked to grade it for a variety of factors

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA
Apple has suspended the programme that let its virtual assistant Siri listen to users’ recordings for ‘quality control’. The company was allegedly paying contractors to listen to recorded conversations of Siri.
Besides, the tech giant will be issuing a software update in future that will let Siri users choose whether they participate in the grading process or not, TechCrunch reported on Friday.
“We are committed to delivering a great Siri experience while protecting user privacy. While we conduct a thorough review, we are suspending Siri grading globally.
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Apple has invested in Siri and HomeKit to compete with Google Home and Alexa-based smart home systems. Flickr
“Additionally, as part of a future software update, users will have the ability to choose to participate in grading,” Apple was quoted as saying by TechCrunch.
The report that surfaced last week raised concerns as a former contractor at the iPhone maker claimed that Siri interactions are sent to workers who listen to the recordings and are asked to grade it for a variety of factors.
This came weeks after the tech giant took a swipe at arch-rival and Internet giant Google by putting up a billboard reading “We’re in the business of staying out of yours”, right next to Sidewalk Labs’ new headquarters in Toronto. (IANS)

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Apple Likely To Release Its New MacBook Pro Model Soon

Apple is likely to unveil its 16-inch MacBook Pro today

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Apple is likely to release its 16-inch MacBook Pro on Wednesday. Pixabay

Apple is likely to release its 16-inch MacBook Pro on Wednesday and its sales could kick off as early as this week, the media has reported.

The new MacBook Pro is expected to cost “about the same” as the 15-inch model, which starts at $2,399.

Despite several revisions and tweaks, the butterfly keyboard has tarnished the reputation of Apple’s notebook line up due to stuck keys, repeated keystrokes, and other problems, The Verge reported on Tuesday.

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The new MacBook Pro would cost roughly the same as the outgoing model. Pixabay

Apart from its larger display, the 16-inch MacBook Pro will debut with a “revamped” keyboard that is “designed to be more reliable” than the butterfly- styled keyboards featured on MacBooks since 2016.

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However, the insiders claim the new MacBook Pro would cost roughly the same as the outgoing model, and would be available this week. You might not have to worry about Apple using this as an opportunity for a price hike, according to a report in Engadget. (IANS)