NEW PRODUCT ALERT! : RED BY APPLE

The technology giant: Apple, that revolutionized personal technology in 1984 with the production of the Mackintosh, has yet again presented to us another amazing phone. The phone: Red, is a special edition of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus model that has a vibrant red aluminium finish. It comes in 128GB and 256GB storage capacity. The phones allow free access to over two million apps on the apple app store. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (RED)  comes with a longer battery life of about 10 hours and a larger screen. Since (RED) was founded in 2006, it has supported HIV/ AIDS programs in Sub-Saharan Africa by its contribution to the Global Funds. It has helped provide free counselling, testing, and medicine that prevent  the transmission of HIV.


The 128GB of the iPhone 7 (RED) sells for $749, while iPhone 7 Plus goes for $869. For each phone sold by the company, a percentage goes to the Global Funds to aid the goal of making Sub- Saharan Africa to be HIV/AIDS free.

Some advantages of the phone are:

It is a special edition.

The red finish shines in light and it is one of the best looking phones. It has an amazing dual camera setup. The lenses are optically stabilized; a picture taken with shaky hands will still look perfect. It is dust and water resistant; it has a new IP67 rating. You get free personal setup on your purchase i.e. your phone will be customized by setting up email and showing new apps from App store.

Better cellular radios and processors.

Buying it mean you are part of a good cause. Fighting the spread of HIV and AIDS.

The screen is 25% brighter; this makes it easy to view in the sun.

Recently, a new iPad that has replaced the Air 2 in the market was introduced. 


Its price ranges from $329 to $559 depending on the model. It has nice features like:

A 9.7inch retina display.

ours of battery life.

megapixel camera.

Access to over one million apps specially for the device.
Fingerprint and TouchID security.

The iPhone SE is also getting a storage boost. The 16GB and 64GB models storage capacity is being doubled to 32GB and 128GB. Its 4inch screen is also getting enhanced without a change in the price. Purchasing it means getting more value at the same old price. A new application called Clip has also been created by Apple. It is a free app that combines photos, video clips and music that can be sent through messages or social media. It has artistic filters, shapes and emoji. It can also recognise the face of the people in a video and automatically suggest their name for sharing. The video can also be posted to platforms like: instagram, facebook, youtube, vimeo and more. It is available on IOS 10.3. The new developments and refining of the old is enough proof that Apple is working very hard to provide the best forms of technology available.

INTERACTIVE VOICE TECHNOLOGY (IVT): THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF SPEECH REVOLUTION.

Interactive Voice Technology (IVT) is a system that allows a computer to interact with humans via the use of voice and Dial Tone Multi Frequency (DTMF) in keypad. IVT can be used for mobile purchases, retail orders, banking payments and services, utilities; customers care service, weather conditions and travel information.

Since the emerging of the computing technology in the 1950’s; scientist and service providers have hoped to enhance interaction between man and machine with Natural Spoken Language. This has been achieve in complex calculation based tasks, but creating machines that understand basic language structure and can understand perfectly natural language has been just a dream.

It is fair to say that the optimism with which the scientist in the mid to late 90’s promised more sophisticated IVT applications  has not been fulfilled and has experienced very little progress. The models of IVT available are very limited in scope though they are more intelligent than many predictive dialler systems. In telephony, the purpose of an IVT is to take input, process it and produce a result.

 

The basic levels of speech IVT technology that is facilitated by a technology supplier are:

Keyword,

Key phrase and

Natural recognition.

Those three have different degrees of sophistication that make many business settings possible without relying or expensive physical infrastructure. The keyword recognition works by an IVT guide. A request is made for a certain keypad to  be pressed for a command (e.g. ‘to speak to a call centre agent, press 1’) or it may be requested that a word is spoken by the caller. In a situation a keypad is wrongly pressed or the wrong thing is spoken, the IVT will not process command and either return caller to previous menu or disconnect.

The key phrase recognition is similar to search engines. The IVT recognizes the key word in a phrase and provides any information related to the keyword. This is ineffective as the intent of the caller can be misunderstood and that leads to communication breakdown. In the Natural recognition, it is more sophisticated and different. The IVT is designed to understand natural language and process request with the full intent of the caller understood.

 

This method needs a very extensive list of vocabulary imputed into the system; a larger grammar set must also be programmed. The use of the Natural recognition has not been effective considering the cost involved. The power of IVT therefore has not been fully explored due to this reason;

It is expensive

IVT application is inflexible. There are fixed options and responses.

It is a complex science, also imperfect.

The process of teaching machines to understand spoken language is.

They can be frustrating and confusing to use let alone human-level proficiency.

However, IVT still has a future as scientist are working towards IVTs that have more features like  voice recognition, speech synthesis, voice biometrics etc. Artificial intelligence is now demonstrating that machines can carry basic interaction. Machines are now built to mimic ‘’cognitive’’ functions that is associated with human minds e.g. optical character recognition, understanding human speech, competing of a high level in strategic games (e.g. chess), self driving cars, routing in content delivery network interpreting complex data etc.