Technology: Google, Alexa and Microsoft

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Newstalk ZB,
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Saturday, 2 March 2019, 12:51PM
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Google wants to make your emails better

They already have the feature to help finish your sentences, now they want to make your you’re using the right grammar.

Never again will you need to worry about messing up an effect or affect, their or there.. Google will use machine learning to scan your email and when it sees an error will put a blue squiggly line under the word. So red is for spelling, blue is for grammar. It’s rolling out now to GSuite (business) customers.

If you don’t use G-Suite, Grammarly is an alternative to help you write better emails and notes.

Alexa is coming to your hospital room

I’m excited about this.. mainly because I am so reliant on my Alexa. I’ve been away the last week at a resort and keep wanting to ask her to turn off all the lights or turn on the TV. It would be so much easier than trying to find the righ switch!

Anyway, at Cedars-Sinai in LA, 100 hospital rooms now have an Alexa to help with exactly that.

Alexa turn the TV to ESPN.. or Alexa give me the news — but they’ve got some special commands too — Alexa tell my nurse I’m in pain.. Alexa tell my nurse I need to go to the bathroom.

It’ll send a message to the right person and they’ll be able to help you out, all hands free.

Microsoft’s employees don’t want their high tech helping war.. what’s happening here?

Microsoft’s augmented reality headset, the Hololense, has captured the imagination of the US Army, but that’s angered the folks who are building it. 50 of the team have signed a letter saying they didn’t sign up to make a weapon of war and that the almost $500m contract should be terminated.

The headset can project information, maps and more into the line of sight of the user. So imagine the headset could put the face of the target right there to reference. Or like a video game, put a map up showing the layout of the area, where your fellow soldiers are. No word yet from Microsoft on what they’ll do.

Paul Stenhouse is the Technology Contributor on Saturday Morning with Jack Tame.

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