Q, the First Gender-neutral Assistant

Siri, Cortana, Alexa; each is markedly female. And, despite settings that allow you to modify your voice-activated assistant, the voices have been decidedly binary.

Until now; Meet Q

Created by a group of linguists, technologists, and sound designers, Q hopes to “end gender bias” and encourage “more inclusivity in voice technology.” They recorded the voices of two dozen people who identify as male, female, transgender, or non-binary in search for a voice that typically “does not fit within male or female binaries.” To find this voice, the Q team conducted a test involving over 4,600 people, who were asked to rate the voice on a scale of 1 (male) to 5 (female).

For more on the research and technology behind Q, visit TheNextWeb

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Tesla: ‘Nice Try’ easter egg

March 14 will see the big reveal of the Tesla Model Y. The teaser invite they sent out doesn’t reveal much. Those who apply their photoshop skills, to glean a sneak peek, will only get an early ‘easter egg’ for their troubles.

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And if that wasn’t cheeky enough, they also hid a nod to a popular videogame on their site:

  1. Go to the https://www.tesla.com/modely.
  2. Click Notify Me. A registration form for the Livestream will appear.
  3. Press F12 (Developer Tools) and click Console.
  4. In the todo: reveal video area, click the link.

Fans of the Skyrim will recognize the scene.

With special thanks to Lady Di 

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Bug Bounty🐜💰: Apple compensates teen that discovered FaceTime bug

The bug was initially reported to Apple by 14-year-old Grant Thompson and his mother, but the family struggled getting in contact with the company before the bug was discovered elsewhere and went viral on social media.

The payout will fall under Apple’s bug bounty, which incentivizes security researchers to claim a reward for privately submitting security bugs and vulnerabilities to the company. Apple will also offer an unspecified additional gift to Thompson’s education.

via Apple to compensate teenager who found Group FaceTime eavesdrop bug — TechCrunch

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NYT:🤦‍♂️ Apple Slow to React to Facetime ‘Listen in’ Bug

On Jan. 19, a 14-year-old in Arizona made an unexpected discovery: Using FaceTime, he could eavesdrop on his friend’s phone before his friend had even answered the call.

More than a week would pass before Apple would disable Group FaceTime and work to correct the issue, and, then, only after a separate developer report documenting the flaw went viral.

via NYT

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iPhone Xs Anyone? 🎾

The new iPhone models were debuted during yesterday’s Apple event.

Image result for iPhone XS

In addition to the entry-level iPhone R, there are 2 variants of the iPhone XS (pronounced Ten-S, like the sport, not excess like, well, most anyone who feels a need to get the latest greatest iPhone). The major cellular providers are taking pre-orders and the models are expected in store by Sept 21.

Specs:

  XS XS Max XR
Description Latest Latest and greatest Budget
Price 999 1,099 749
Storage (in GBs) 64, 256 or 512 64, 256 or 512 65, 128 or 256
Case Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Aluminum
Display 5.8” OLED 6.5” OLED 6.1” LCD
HDR Yes Yes No
Rear Camera resolution Dual 12MP wide-angle & telephoto Dual 12MP wide-angle & telephoto Single 12MP
Front Camera 7MP 7MP 7MP
3D Touch Yes Yes No
CPU A12 A12 A12
Wireless Charging Yes Yes Yes
Weight 6.24 oz 7.34 oz 6.84 oz

Delete Unwanted URL From History

URL typoWe’ve all been there. You accidentally transposed two letters of a website and found yourself in sketchy corner of the internet. Now, every time you type your desired site you’re reminded of that unfortunate wrong turn.

Don’t let that one mistake forever haunt your web-browsing: delete unwanted URLs from the suggested sites.

To Delete a URL Address From the Suggested Sites List

chrome_logo_png13Chrome

  1. Begin typing address in the address or search bar until you see the unwanted URL on the suggested list.
  2. Using your DOWN cursor key, select the the unwanted URL.
  3. Press SHIFT + DELETE.

firefox_png44Firefox

  1. Begin typing address in the address bar until you see the unwanted URL on the suggested list.
  2. Using your DOWN cursor key, select the the unwanted URL.
  3. Press DELETE

ie_logo_png26Internet Explorer

  1. Begin typing address in the address or search bar until you see the unwanted URL on the suggested list. An ‘x’ appears at the far right of each URL.
  2. Click the ‘x’ to remove that site.

ie_logo_png24Microsoft Edge

  1. Begin typing address in the address or search bar until you see the unwanted URL on the suggested list.
  2. Using your DOWN cursor key, select the the unwanted URL.
  3. Press SHIFT + DELETE.

safari_png39Safari

  1. From the “History” menu, choose “Show All History” (keyboard shortcut: ⌘ Y)
  2. Use the Search field in the top right corner, to locate the unwanted website.
  3. Select (CLICK) the web site you want to remove ( + CLICK to select multiples).
  4. Press the DELETE.

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iOS 11 Quick Tip: turn off Background Refresh

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Turning off background refresh (your phone’s insistence to update content on your apps whenever it can) will drain your battery life. iOS 11 has this option enabled (thanks Apple). Here’s how to turn it off:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Background App Refresh
  4. Go through all your apps and turn off the ones that you don’t need to keep on.

For more check on this read:  Quartz-iPhone Battery Draining Tips

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