Facebook is working on its third virtual assistant.That Facebook would pursue a voice-based, artificially intelligent interface is hardly surprising. A list of the world’s biggest eight companies by market cap contains the complete roster of seven major players in the virtual assistant market: Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Alphabet (Google), Facebook, Alibaba and Tencent. The outlier in the list is Berkshire Hathaway.Evidently, to be one of the biggest tech companies is to have an AI assistant interface. It’s easy to predict that voice-based virtual humans will become the preferred, mainstream user interface for almost all computing.And Facebook also owns one of the world’s most formidable AI research labs. The company now spends nearly $8 billion per year on R&D.So Facebook is going to have a powerful AI virtual assistant. And it has been working on it for a long time. And inevitably Facebook’s assistant will find its way into your company, behind your … [Read more...] about Can Facebook be trusted with a virtual assistant?
The family of Alex Johnson are desperate to get him "out of that dark river" as a public search along Newcastle's River Tyne bids to find the missing 24-year-old. Alex is believed to have fallen from the Tyne Bridge in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The ChronicleLive reported that Alex's family and friends have urged the public to participate in Saturday's search as they desperately try to find him. Alex's sister Ashleigh Marr said: "I will be at the river everyday looking for him until we find him. "Please could I ask anyone, people who knew Alex and people who didn’t to come together and help us in this search. "If anyone has any spare time or is in the area – even for just half-an hour. "Don't look towards the buildings on your walk - look towards the water." Ashleigh said her brother was wearing a green parka jacket, grey joggers and blue Nike trainers when he vanished. "The river is dark, cold and dirty," she said. "Please help us get our Alex out of there. He … [Read more...] about Sister vows to be at the river everyday looking for missing man Alex Johnson
Top-rated eaterie Arbuckles has been dumped from the No1 spot on TripAdvisor after an employee posted a string of fake reviews - to win a £10 bonus voucher. The restaurant in Downham Market, Norfolk, also had its certificate of excellence stripped by the comparison website following the discovery of the bogus reviews. The phony reviews were spotted by TripAdvisor's investigations team - and were all traced back to the same computer. In fact they all praised the same person. The restaurant is pointing the finger at one employee who is understood to have posted the fake reviews in order to win a £10 bonus. The fraudulent reviews from non-existent customers giving the restaurant top marks had apparently been posted because of Arbuckles' policy to reward staff which have been named and thanked on the site. Each member of staff whose name was mentioned on the site in a positive light received the £10 voucher. It's not clear whether the employee has been dismissed, or will … [Read more...] about Restaurant loses top TripAdvisor spot after employee’s cheeky bid to make £10
Pep Guardiola has been talking about VAR following his side's sensational Champions League tie against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday- but says, in his opinion, it is 'f***** boring' to discuss. City's quadruple hopes ended in dramatic fashion at the Etihad Stadium after a 4-3 win against Spurs was not enough to take them through, going out on away goals after Tottenham's 1-0 first leg win. City thought they had won it in the dying moments when Raheem Sterling found the net. But after raucous celebrations the goal was eventually ruled out, with VAR showing that Sergio Aguero had been marginally offside in the build up. And they also failed to get the rub of the green earlier in the game when VAR didn't rule out Fernando Llorente's goal for Spurs, despite the ball appearing to brush the Spaniard's arm. Speaking in his news conference on Friday, however, Guardiola seemed to not be keen on discussing VAR. "We play for a lot, put a lot of effort in those situations, but we accept it," he … [Read more...] about Pep Guardiola makes strong VAR declaration
As a busy working mum, Ferne McCann has a lot on her plate. So it's no wonder that she didn't notice she'd suffered a wardrobe malfunction while spending some quality time with her one-year-old daughter Sunday. The 28-year-old's bra popped out of her top as she carried the toddler on her hip while out at the Bluebird Chelsea in London on Good Friday. Ferne looked effortlessly stylish in a crisp white shirt, which she'd left unbuttoned and tied up around her waist. She teamed the smart top with a chic red leopard print miniskirt and an on-trend black Gucci belt. The TOWIE alum drew attention to her legs in a pair of clunky black military-style boots and accessorised with a big pair of orange mirrored sunglasses. Little Sunday looked typically cute in a white cardigan and blue shorts, which she wore with white shoes and frilly ankle socks. The tot's adorable outfit was tied together with an adorable white hair bow. Last month it was revealed that Ferne's ex wants to father another … [Read more...] about Ferne McCann suffers unfortunate wardrobe malfunction while out with daughter