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BBC Developing AI Voice-Controlled iPlayer With Microsoft

In partnership with Microsoft, the BBC is developing its own iPlayer video service, powered by voice recognition and artificial intelligence capabilities.

A Step Up From Voice Control

Many of us are familiar with how general voice control works with assistant devices like Amazon Echo (Alexa), or Siri, but the new generation of voice control that will be used in the BBC’s iPlayer will be able to recognize you by your individual voiceprint.

Tailored To You

Tech Tip: Watch A Video or Carry On Your Skype Call While Using Another App

If you need to make maximum use of your time and watch a video or carry on your Skype call while using another app, mini view will allow you to do just that.

In the Windows 10 Creators Update, mini view was added so that you can have a small screen e.g. for your Skype call, visible while you’re working on something else (it’s limited to Movies & TV, and Skype Preview apps for now).

The mini view will stay on top of any other windows you have open. You can click and drag to move it around your screen, or click a corner and drag to resize the window.

AI Can Defeat Anti-Virus Software

The potential of AI to be used against businesses when in the wrong hands has been highlighted with the news that an AI robot has been able to crack open a safe and that AI can be used to create custom malware that can defeat antivirus software.

Safe Cracking Robot

Witnessed live by several hundred hackers in DefCon over the weekend, a low-cost robot, developed by a team from SparkFun Electronics, was able to open a safe in around 30 minutes. The safe was developed by SentrySafe, a leading safe maker in the market.

Kaspersky Rolls Out Free Antivirus Software Worldwide

Antivirus software company Kaspersky is starting a free global rollout of the bare essentials of its famous antivirus software.

Free Basic Protection

Kaspersky wants to offer basic protection like file, email, and web protection, quarantine function, and automatic updates, to web users who can’t afford to buy premium protection. Despite the risks of cyber attack, many users are deterred by the high prices of some leading antivirus software and turn to relying on Windows Defender or downloading and installing freebies that are not necessarily secure.

VPNs Blocked In China, Banned In Russia

Global Internet freedom has experienced some setbacks recently as Apple pulled VPNs from its Chinese App Store, and Russia has banned VPNs completely.

What Are VPNs?

VPN stands for ‘Virtual Private Network’ and a VPN allows a user to connect to the internet via a server run by a VPN provider. This means that all data traveling between the user’s computer, phone or tablet, and the VPN server is securely encrypted.

Russia and China Dissent