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Report: 68 Percent Indians Already Smitten by Digital Assistants-Enabled Devices

It's more than double the figure of what the US citizens believe

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69 per cent Indians believe that technology has significantly improved their lives. Pixabay

While still getting acquainted with advanced technology, 68 per cent Indians are already smitten by digital assistants-enabled devices, according to a report. According to the “State of Digital Lifestyles” report by US-based Cloud services provider Limelight Networks, 69 per cent Indians believe that technology has significantly improved their lives. It’s more than double the figure of what the US citizens believe.

As the popularity of smartphones is escalating, 86 per cent Indians confessed that they would not be willing to give them up for more than a day. Merely 4 per cent smartphone users are willing to give up the devices permanently in the country.

So used to screens, even majority desktop users in India don’t wish to let go of their dear screens. But 23 per cent people accepted they could avoid desktops for over a day.

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52 per cent Indians listen to digital music, 41 per cent download or watch movies and TV shows online. Wikimedia Commons

Now that Internet-based services and latest gadgets have become an integral part of daily lives, people, despite their digital dependency, are scared of online frauds and breaches.

Over 61 per cent Indians are more worried about personal information being stolen online currently, than they were a year ago. About digital assistants, 46 per cent Indians have expressed concerns about data privacy.

“India is on a rapid growth trajectory in terms of digital adoption. More people are assimilating digital technologies into their day-to-day lifestyles as the perception continues to improve on the ground. With it, we are witnessing the rise of a new, digitally-empowered India,” said Ashwin Rao, Director – Sales (India), Limelight Networks.

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About digital assistants, 46 per cent Indians have expressed concerns about data privacy. Flickr

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In addition, 52 per cent Indians listen to digital music, 41 per cent download or watch movies and TV shows online. Around 90 per cent Indians have expressed frustration with digital content, but 88 per cent expect that 5G networking would bring faster download speeds.

Two-third of the Indian consumers, 67.2 per cent, prefer to shop online rather than choosing an offline medium, the report said. The “State of Digital Lifestyles” report is based on responses from 4,500 people from India, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, the UK and the US. (IANS)

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Microsoft Contractors in China Listen to Skype Calls: Report

Microsoft contractors in China listened to Skype chats too

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Microsoft contractors in China reportedly listened to calls made on Skype and digital assistant Cortana. Pixabay

Microsoft contractors in China reportedly listened to calls made on Skype and digital assistant Cortana as they reviewed thousands of audio recordings from Skype and Cortana without cybersecurity protection.

A Guardian report on Friday quoted an unidentified former Microsoft contractor as saying that he reviewed thousands of audio recordings from Skype and Cortana on his personal laptop from his home in Beijing over a two-year period.

The contractor said that he heard “all kinds of unusual conversations” while performing the transcription.

“It sounds a bit crazy now, after educating myself on computer security, that they gave me the URL, username and password sent over email,” he was quoted as saying.

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Microsoft in August last year admitted that third-party contractors listen to voice conversations on Skype and virtual assistant Cortana. Pixabay

Microsoft said in a statement given to CNET that calls are now transcribed in “secure facilities in a small number of countries.

Microsoft has also made changes, including moving its review program to “secure facilities,” none of which are in China.

“This past summer we carefully reviewed both the process we use and the communications with customers,” said a Microsoft spokesperson.

“As a result we updated our privacy statement to be even more clear about this work, and since then we’ve significantly enhanced the process including by moving these reviews to secure facilities in a small number of countries”.

Microsoft in August last year admitted that third-party contractors listen to voice conversations on Skype and virtual assistant Cortana.

The revelation came after Motherboard found contractors were listening to audio from both Skype and Cortana, including sensitive and personal conversations of Microsoft customers.

Microsoft’s human review contractors were paid between $12 and $14 an hour for the job, and transcribe up to 200 audio clips every hour.

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Apple, Google and Amazon recently suspended human review of user audio recordings after reports said the companies used third-party contractors to listen to users’ voice recordings.

While Apple suspended the programme that let its virtual assistant Siri listen to users’ recordings for “quality control”, Google stopped listening and transcribing Google Assistant recordings in Europe. (IANS)