Hashtag Podcast Trending, June 30, 2022 – Launch of Artemis in VR, Alexa Impersonations, DuckDuckGo in hot water and smartphone use in Canada.
Welcome to Hashtag Trends, your weekly summary of the hottest technical topics on social media. Today is Thursday, June 30, 2022.
The launch of Artemis in virtual reality
Les Studios Félix & Paul, an in-depth entertainment studio in Montreal, announced this week a collaboration with Meta Quest and other partners for the in-depth live broadcast of the launch of NASA’s Artemis I mission in August next year. The broadcast wants to offer participants an experience beyond the ordinary and bring them closer to the launch pad than ever before.
Artemis I is the unmanned virgin flight of the SLS rocket and the Orion spacecraft. It will exceed the moon several thousand kilometers to validate the performance of its systems. The goal of Project Artemis is again to send astronauts (including the first woman and the first colored person) to the Moon by 2024.
Alexa makes imitations
Amazon is experimenting with a new feature that allows its voice assistant Alexa to mimic the voices of others, including the voices of the deceased. The announcement was made by Rohit Prasad, Vice President and Chief Researcher of Alexa Artificial Intelligence at the Amazon MARS Conference. He talked about the relationship between consumers and their virtual assistants.
He said his team found a way to get Alexa to simulate another person’s voice using less than a minute of voice recording. He also showed a demo of the feature where Alexa reads a story to a child using her grandmother’s voice.
DuckDuckGo in hot water
DuckDuckGo is in hot water after Zach Edwards, a cybersecurity researcher, discovered that his search engine, which has a reputation for better protecting its users’ personal data than its competitors, did not block all trackers. It seems that those from Microsoft were accepted under a partnership agreement.
The search engine would therefore send the IP address and the browser used to this “partner”. After first denying this condemnatory discovery to the company, its CEO finally admitted that it was justified, specifying that its programmers were working to rectify the situation.
Smartphone use in Canada
The company HelloSafe recently unveiled a study on the use of smartphones in Canada. We learn that it is in Alberta that the penetration rate is the highest, 94% of Alberta residents own such a device. In addition, Quebecers are the least fond of them, with only 79% of the population using them.
Not surprisingly, Bell remains the most popular service provider in almost every province. Only Saskatchewan stands out and SaskTel has the top position there. In addition, the market share for small operators such as Freedom Mobile or Videotron grew slowly but surely between 2015 and 2020 and increased from 9.6 to 12.2%.
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Tags: Amazon Alexa, Artemis, DuckDuckGo, HelloSafe, Félix & Paul Studios, smartphones