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Technobyte: Whatsapp has roused the ire of their users

Smartphone speech recognition software is not only three times faster than human typists, it's also more accurate.

The researchers hope the revelation spurs the development of innovative applications of speech recognition technology. Smartphone speech recognition software gets a bad rap.

Most users find the nascent technology to be frustratingly slow, and there are entire blogs dedicated to documenting examples of its biggest – and sometimes hilarious – mistakes.

But results from a new experiment suggest a different reality: Speech recognition can be used to compose text messages faster and more accurately than humans can type on mobile phone screens.

news.stanford.edu

Whatsapp have modified their terms and conditions to allow Facebook more access to you data.

On Whatsapp's blog the statement reads that "by coordinating more with Facebook, we'll be able to do things like track basic metrics about how often people use our services and better fight spam on WhatsApp.

And by connecting your phone number with Facebook's systems, Facebook can offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them. For example, you might see an ad from a company you already work with, rather than one from someone you've never heard of".

This has infuriated many users as it contradicts the promises made in 2014 by Whatsapp CEO when Facebook purchased the company for $19 billion.

blog.whatsapp.com

Last week FNB introduced two new affordable smartphones under their own brand.

They are the first bank in the world to do this. The aim is to get customers who previously could not afford a smart phone more affordable.

The devices which start at R59 per month include zero rated data when using the FNB banking app and free calls to their call centre.

www.fnb.co.za

Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi have introduced a very affordable fitness tracker to the South African market.

The Mi-Band costs R199 and will monitor your fitness by tracking your walking or running movement and calories burnt . It will also monitor your sleep patterns and use it’s smart vibrating alarm to gently wake you up 30 minute before your alarm goes off.

Featuring the industry’s most power-efficient Bluetooth chip and accelerometer, the wearable waterproof Mi Band can be powered for 30 days on one charge.

mia.africa.com

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