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Google now lets users search for a song by singing, humming and whistling

Oct 16, 2020 - 7:53 PM - by Reverend
An update released by Google today (October 16) allows users to search for a song by merely singing, humming or whistling the melody.

Announced at Google’s Search On event, and effective from today, users will now be able to search for a song without knowing its title or even the lyrics.

Users can access the ‘Hum To Search’ feature by opening the ‘Google Search’ app or using the Google Search Widget. Once you tap on the microphone icon, you can ask “what’s this song?” or click the ‘Search a song’ button.

Additionally, if using Google Assistant, users can ask “Hey Google, what’s this song?”.

From there, users will have a 10 – 15 second window to hum, whistle or sing the melody of a song they’re thinking of, and Google will deliver a variety of matches, beginning with the highest per cent match.

“An easy way to explain it is that a song’s melody is like its fingerprint: They each have their own unique identity,” a post on The Google Blog says.

“We’ve built machine learning models that can match your hum, whistle or singing to the right ‘fingerprint’.”

“When you hum a melody into Search, our machine learning models transform the audio into a number-based sequence representing the song’s melody, models are trained to identify songs based on a variety of sources, including humans singing, whistling or humming, as well as studio recordings,” the post continues.

“The algorithms also take away all the other details, like accompanying instruments and the voice’s timbre and tone. What we’re left with is the song’s number-based sequence, or the fingerprint.”

The feature is currently available on both iOS and Android, with the latter providing the feature in over 20 different languages.

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Facebook launches bug bounty 'loyalty program'

Oct 09, 2020 - 10:36 AM - by Reverend
Social media behemoth Facebook launched today Hacker Plus, the first-ever loyalty program for a tech company's bug bounty platform.

Designed after the loyalty programs used by airlines and hotels, Facebook said Hacker Plus would provide extra bonuses and special perks to bug hunters based on their past reports.

Any researcher who submitted or submits bugs to Facebook's bug bounty program is automatically included and ranked inside the Hacker Plus loyalty program.

Facebook said it plans "regularly evaluate" security researchers' performance based on the cumulative quantity, score, and signal-to-noise ratio of their bug submissions over the last year.

Based on the scores, bug hunters will be placed inside one of five tiers (leagues): Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond.

Each tier comes with its own benefits. The most common benefit is an added bonus for successful bug submissions.

"Starting at 12:00 a.m. UTC on October 9, 2020, bounty awards will include the relevant Hacker Plus bonus on top of the original bounty award total," Facebook said today.

"Researchers in our Bronze league will receive a 5% bonus on top of each bounty they receive. Diamond league members will earn a 20% bonus on top of each bounty award they receive," the company added.

"Researchers in our higher tier leagues — Gold, Platinum, and Diamond — will receive exclusive invites to stress-test new features and products before launch.

"Diamond and Platinum league members will also receive invites to bug bounty events with travel and accommodations provided (event travel subject to change according to company policies around COVID-19)," Facebook said.

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Google Duo rolls out screen sharing for video calls

Oct 09, 2020 - 10:25 AM - by Reverend
Google has officially launched screen sharing for Duo video calls, so you don’t have to fire up another app or opt for another service if you need to show the other person on the line what’s on your phone. The tech giant has announced screen sharing in a post highlighting six of Android’s most recent features. Android Police first reported the feature’s arrival in September after Google tweeted about it with the caption: “Share more moments with your friends on Google Duo. Now you can use screen-sharing to browse photos and videos together, and plan activities all while on a video call.”

The company quickly deleted that tweet, but it still started rolling out the feature for Android devices in late September, a couple of years after killing its first iteration. Sharing your screen is as simple as tapping on the overflow button at the bottom menu in the middle of a call and choosing Screen Share. If you’re the one sharing, you’ll see a warning about potentially exposing sensitive information on your display. You won’t see the other person on the screen when sharing starts, and the only indication that you’re still on a call and that the feature is active is an icon on your status bar or a notification that says “Ongoing screen sharing.” Based on our tests, the feature doesn’t seem to be available on all devices yet, though it could eventually make its way to more Android phones in the future.

In addition, Google has announced that the Phone app is now compatible with more devices. The app, which used to be a Pixel exclusive, started making its way to more Android brands and models earlier this year. Now that it’s available for most devices running Android 9 or higher, more people can benefit from its anti—spam features, including the ability to let you know why businesses are calling before you answer.
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Bing rebrands to Microsoft Bing

Oct 06, 2020 - 8:52 AM - by Reverend
Microsoft has rebranded Bing, renaming the search platform to Microsoft Bing in the process.

The company is calling it a "shift", saying Microsoft Bing reflects the "continued integration of our search experiences across the Microsoft family".

The rebrand was announced in a blog post dedicated to the company's "Give with Bing" efforts, with Microsoft expanding the initiative to allow users to "make a difference just by searching".

"Beyond our commitment to expanding search scenarios, we also believe that you can and should get more value out of the searches you perform every day," the blog reads.

"Give with Bing is an extension of Microsoft Rewards -- Microsoft Rewards lets you earn points simply by searching on Microsoft Bing, and Give with Bing lets you automatically donate those points to causes you care about."

Microsoft said it has expanded the number of non-profits on Give with Bing to include over 1.4 million global organisations. It said through 31 December 2020, it would match the points donated to organisations through Give with Bing.

Through Give with Bing, Microsoft said users have donated Microsoft Rewards points valued at over $1 million.

From Monday, Give with Bing will be available in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain, in addition to the United States.

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Instagram will hide comments that could be considered offensive

Oct 06, 2020 - 8:49 AM - by Reverend
Instagram will begin automatically hiding potentially offensive comments as part of its ongoing attempt to address online bullying.

The company said the comments that will be hidden will be similar to those that have been reported by users in the past. Instagram said it's using existing artificial intelligence systems to identify bullying or harassing language in comments.

Instagram announced on Tuesday it would be testing the feature. The day also marks the app's tenth birthday.

Users will still be able to tap "View Hidden Comments" to see those remarks.

Adam Mosseri, who took the helm of Instagram two years ago, has pledged to fight online bullying. Last year, the Facebook-owned company rolled out a tool called "Restrict." It allows you to "restrict" another user, meaning that comments on your posts from that person are only visible to them, and not to other people. It also previously added a feature that lets people know when their comment may be considered offensive before it's posted. The idea is that it gives people the ability to pause and reflect.

Instagram said, since introducing comment warnings, it's seen "significant improvement" in people editing or not posting the comment, although it did not elaborate further.

On Tuesday, Instagram also said it's adding an additional warning for people who have posted several comments that could be offensive. The notification prompts them to go back to their comment, otherwise they could risk consequences such as their comment being hidden or even their account getting deleted.

Twitter has conducted similar tests. Earlier this year, it began prompting users to consider rewriting their reply to a tweet before publishing, if it contained potentially harmful language.

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