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Amazon’s Alexa app for iOS lastly will get voice management

Approach again initially of the yr (seemingly 24 or 25 months, at this level), Amazon introduced voice management to its Alexa app for Android. T...


Approach again initially of the yr (seemingly 24 or 25 months, at this level), Amazon introduced voice management to its Alexa app for Android. The transfer marked an enormous step towards the corporate’s push onto third social gathering cellular units. On the time, it added that it will deliver related performance to the iPhone “quickly” — a promise it’s delivering on at this time.

Customers who’ve downloaded the sensible assistant on iOS will have the ability to ask the app for help beginning at this time. It’s not baked in natively, in fact (turns our Apple’s obtained a sensible assistant of its personal it’s fairly keen on), in order that interplay requires a faucet of the button.

From there, nevertheless, you may ask Alexa questions, hearken to music, entry abilities and management sensible units — you already know, the usual Alexa fare. Queries like climate, sports activities, calendar and flicks may even provide up a visible part within the app. The replace might be rolled out to customers in “the approaching days” as a free obtain.

Amazon has, in fact, been at one thing of an obstacle within the sensible assistant race. Among the many huge three, Alexa is the one one with no main cellular footprint. The corporate has been some small in-roads by means of partnerships with Android builders like Motorola and Huawei, however Google and Apple have a transparent vested curiosity in growing their very own sensible assistant ecosystem.

Except or till the corporate takes one other swing on the cellular market, getting its app onto as many iOS and Android handsets is one of the best ways to increase that cellular footprint. With the addition of voice, Alexa on cellular out of the blue turns into extra than simply an app for organising Echo units.

Alexa will get a DVR recording ability


Slowly however absolutely, Alexa’s changing into a extra competent catchall video assistant. Again in January, Amazon launched its Video Ability API designed to supply extra management over apps from cable and satellite tv for pc corporations. An replace this week brings the ever-important capability to make use of the good assistant to begin recoding.

The ability joins quite a lot of capabilities already out there from high suppliers, together with Dish, TiVo, and DIRECTV and Verizon — every of whom will probably be updating their Alexa ability set to mirror the brand new function. The entire thing works just about as you’d anticipate.

Say, “Alexa, document the A’s recreation,” and the related service will do exactly that. Or, you understand, any baseball crew, actually. 

Additionally new on this replace is the flexibility to leap straight into continuously used navigation choices, like DVR interfaces or video companies like Netflix orPrime, the instance that Amazon provides in its publish on the subject. As soon as in a selected program, customers can ask it Alexa to do issues like pause the present, and the assistant will comply.

The brand new abilities can be found now to builders and needs to be hitting among the aforementioned companies quickly.

U.S. Democrat Pelosi gets ‘obscene and sick’ calls after hack


U.S. Democrat Pelosi gets 'obscene and sick' calls after hack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Saturday his is awash with “obscene and sick” calls and text messages to a hacker linked to Russia posted personal contact information online for her and hundreds of other Democratic lawmakers and followers .

Pelosi a letter to colleagues warning them to take precautions and said that she changed her phone number to a hacker known as “Guccifer 2.0” placed to the personal mobile phone numbers and email addresses on Friday.

posted appeared received information in the electronic breaking the Democratic Congress Campaign Committee, the fundraising and campaign arm of Democrats in the House of Representatives.

Other Democratic campaign groups, including the Democratic National Committee, also targeted by the cyber attack, made public late last month.

“on a personal note, I was in the air flying from Florida to California then broke the news. Upon landing, I have numerous mostly obscene and sick calls, voice mails and receive text messages,” Pelosi has her colleagues, encouraging them to keep their cell phones and incoming SMS-messages away from their family and children.

“It’s a sad state of affairs, not only for us, but more importantly for our country,” said Pelosi, who earlier in the week Russia to blame for the cyber attack and called it ‘a’ electronic Watergate “similar to the 1972 break-in at Democratic Party headquarters, which eventually brought down Republican President Richard Nixon.

John Ramsey House chief information security officer, has a memorandum to lawmakers and followers whom information is publicly encourage their passwords for all changes to their accounts and to consider changing their non-house e-mail addresses.

He said the hacker has a spreadsheet loaded with a mixture of house and personal e-mail addresses and mobile phone numbers for “almost every” House Democrats and “a different number of Republicans,” and similar information for hundreds employees.

“Together with the Excel file,” Guccifer 2.0 ‘pictures documents that took the bill and passwords for a variety of subscription services used by the included DCCC. Initial analysis to identify home addresses some members, together with the name of their spouse, marital status, and religion, “said the note.

US intelligence officials have concluded that Guccifer 2.0 is a working individual or group or for the GRU, Russian military intelligence. Russia has denied involvement in the offense.

The potential Russian involvement in the cyber attack has a fiery campaign debate fired, with Democrats accusing the Russians are trying to help Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

But US officials suspect that the operation and another that focuses on the DNC, Democratic presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton were more likely an attempt to e-mail chains seek to classified networks or seeking national security information than to influence the november 8th US elections.

“Russia’s assumption is probable that it does not matter much who wins the election, because Wall Street and other powerful lobbying really run the country,” said one of the officials Saturday, talk like the other to discuss the condition of anonymity to intelligence assessments.

“The old Soviet faith not quite blurred when it comes to foreign policy,” the official said.

(Additional reporting by John Wolcott; Editing by Paul Simao)

Key player in Silk Road successor site gets eight years in U.S. prison


Key player in Silk Road successor site gets eight years in U.S. prison

(Reuters) -. A Washington state man was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison for his role in helping to manage the successor website Silk Road, an online swart mark which sold illegal drugs and other goods

Brian Farrell, who prosecutors say was a staff for Silk Road 2.0, was sentenced by US District Judge Richard Jones in Seattle to plead guilty in March to charges of conspiracy to distributed heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

Farrell, 27, was arrested in January 2015 as a pilot under way in the case of Ross Ulbricht, the creator of the original Silk Road, which authorities say Ulbricht has under the alias “Dread Pirate Roberts.”

Ulbricht, 32, was sentenced in May 2015 to life in prison after convicted a federal jury in Manhattan on charges of, inter alia, the distribution of drugs.

Silk Road 2.0 was launched late in 2013, weeks after authorities the original Silk Road website cruel and arrested Ulbricht.

Like the original site, Silk Road 2.0 users are allowed to buy and sell drugs anonymous, computer hacking tools and other illegal items, using the digital currency Bitcoin, the authorities said.

in November 2014 announced the federal authorities in Manhattan that she closed Silk Road 2.0 and arrested his alleged operator Blake Bent Hall, who prosecutors say active website called “Defcon”.

prosecutors said Farrell was a key aide Bent Hall, and was part of a small staff of online administrators and forum moderators, using the nickname “doctorclu.”

In court documents, prosecutors said that during a search of his residence in Bellevue, Washington, in January 2015, Farrell said he worked as Defcon right hand man.

A lawyer for Farrell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

<. p> The case is US v Farrell, US District Court, Western District of Washington, No. 15-MJ-00016

(Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York. Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

Bangladesh gets FBI help on bank heist, cyber expert missing


Bangladesh gets FBI help on bank heist, cyber expert missing

Dhaka (Reuters) – Bangladesh police have an officer of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Dhaka on Sunday to try to locate offenders in a bid to $ 951 million cyber-heist of the central bank of the country

The first investigations are aimed at the creation of an identifying transfer order for $ 81 million by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York are from Bangladesh Bank account there casinos in the Philippines, a senior police officer said.

The transfer, one of the largest cyber raids in history, was one of 35 requests that unknown hackers made for payments from the bank account of the New York Fed in early February.

Other requests from the account transfer, which Dhaka used for international settlements, believes blocked.

The former Finance Secretary Fazle Kabir took over yesterday as head of the central bank, after the former governor Atiur Rehman resigned amid complaints from the government that they just learned of the robbery a month later from the media.

Also on Sunday, the wife of a cybercrime expert, he said after he disappeared kidnapped an auto rickshaw in the early morning hours of Thursday. He met yesterday the police and the media he uses three user IDs for the robbery.

Senior police officer Mirza Abdullahel Baqui said after the meeting with the FBI agent criminals in six countries believe was involved in the robbery.

“It’s the biggest transnational organized crime have seen in Bangladesh and so we searched both technical and human assistance (FBI),” he said.

The officials also discussed how to proceed with their investigation, he added.

a public inquiry headed by former central bank governor, Mohammad Farash Uddin began his investigation into the raid on Sunday. “This is a call,” he said of the unprecedented breach in computer security of the bank.

A pilot Philippines Senate last week said that $ 30 million from $ 81 million in the distance delivered money to an ethnic Chinese casino dice gown gent operator in Manila. The remainder was transferred to two casinos in the Philippines.

According to his wife, was cybercrime expert Tanveer Hassan ZOHA blindfolded by unidentified people in plain clothes early Thursday before being taken away in a vehicle.

He went yesterday with a special police force to the central bank, where they spend a few hours. Afterwards he told reporters that he knew three of user IDs involved in the robbery.

Kamrun Nahar Chowdhury, ZOHA’s wife, said to investigate the police refused disappearance of her husband and she has to help the government appeals to release him. The police were not available for comment.

“We do not know why he picked up,” she told Reuters.

(Reporting by Serajul Quadir; Editing by Tom Heneghan)