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Samsung Digital Assistant Bixby Available Now In India

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New Delhi, September 22, 2017: Samsung on Friday announced that digital assistant Bixby will now be available with voice capabilities in India that will help consumers interact better with their smartphones.

Bixby has been optimised to understand Indian accents.

The newly-launched Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users can now enable Bixby’s voice capabilities (US English) by pressing the Bixby button, the company said in a statement.

Consumers can activate Bixby by holding the dedicated button on the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones, or by simply saying, “Hi, Bixby.”

“With Bixby, the phone adapts to you and not the other way around. It’s a smarter way to use your phone and get more done,” said Asim Warsi, Senior Vice President, Mobile Business, Samsung India.

“Keeping in mind the diversity in Indian accents and our commitment to ‘Make for India’, Bixby has been optimised to understand Indian accents,” he added.

The Bixby voice capabilities for the Indian consumers were developed at Samsung Research & Development Institute, Bengaluru (SRI-B) — Samsung’s largest R&D facility outside South Korea.

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Bixby comes with a Quick Commands feature that allows customers to easily create a custom voice command to use in place of a sequence of one or more commands.

For example, one can use the command “good night” as a shortcut for “Turn on Do-not-disturb mode, set an alarm for 6 AM and turn on blue light filter.”

Bixby understands the way you actually speak, ask questions and make requests.

For example, if you take a photo and then tell Bixby to “send the picture just taken to Mom”, Bixby understands cross-application commands and will know which photo you are referring to and will text it to your mom. (IANS)

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Google Will Take Action If Apps Violate Its Policies

Google to take major action against apps violating their policies

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Responding to a study that found nearly 60 per cent of free Andorid apps used by children potentially violate a federal law, Google has said that it will take action if company’s policies are violated.

Google responded to a study by the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, California, that found 57 per cent of the 5,855 Android apps used by children and families are potentially in violation of a federal law designed to protect the privacy of kids under 13-years-old.

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The report said that these apps could be illegally monitoring children’s behaviour online.

The federal law, 1998’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), mandates privacy and consent requirements for website operators catering to children under 13.

“We are taking the researchers’ report very seriously and looking into their findings. Protecting kids and families is a top priority and our Designed for Families programme requires developers to abide by specific requirements above and beyond our standard Google Play policies,” the spokesperson added.

The study further found that 92 per cent of the 1,280 Android apps that utilise Facebook’s application programming interface (API) are potentially in violation of COPPA.

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The decision comes at a time when Facebook is embroiled in a scandal after reports that British data firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly gathered detailed Facebook information on 87 million users.

Last week Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the US Congress over his company’s handling of user data.  IANS

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