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Microsoft could be working on a new automated quick task system for Cortana


In recent months, we've reported on a couple of Cortana-related Microsoft patents being published. These include a patent for silent voice commands, and one that envisions voice-input integration for the digital assistant with third-party apps.


In other Cortana-related news, a new app for the digital assistant was discovered on the Microsoft Store last month, and it began working for Insiders last week. The big difference it offers in terms of experience is that its not attached to the Taskbar, as in its current form, and that it will be updated separately from Windows 10.

Now, a newly published patent may offer some insight as to what features Microsoft plans to introduce to the digital assistant. The patent describes an automated quick task notification system that can make it much easier for users to respond to task requests. Notably, however, a number of references have been made to the tech being leveraged through a personal digital assistant, though its usage isn't only limited to that.



Microsoft believes that managing tasks on any device can be quite an inefficient process since there's no single user interface that can help users quickly attend to the growing backlog of pending tasks. For this reason, the tech giant has patented an an audio channel quick task system that essentially handles notification and subsequent actions for all tasks that need to be performed.

It initially extracts quick task from a variety of digital content, that could include emails, text messages, social media posts, to-do lists, word-processing documents, and the like. Users are then informed through an audio message that a certain item requires their attention, and depending upon the response, various actions could immediately be executed. Microsoft has specifically noted its usage alongside digital assistants. As an example, one technique that could be employed would be Cortana prioritizing tasks based upon pre-decided metrics and presenting users with higher-ranked tasks first. It could also provide these services based on the information it has gathered regarding a user, making the actions more personalized.

The major difference to note here is, that while some applications or digital assistants do already offer the capability to remind users about tasks, and to perform actions based on the reminders, there's no single system that not only recognizes required engagements from a variety of applications, but also enables user to respond to them using the same interface. A description of how this process would occur can be observed in the diagram below.


However, this doesn't simply serve as a solution for handling of all possible tasks. The system will itself only select the ones that can be further processed upon by users in the form of a limited amount of actions, or in other words, quick tasks. Other metrics that could satisfy this threshold include the amount of data that would need to be presented. For example, a report that requires approval may also need the user to thoroughly review an accompanying document. In this case, the audio quick task system obviously won't be a suitable tool to help perform this task.

A slightly similar idea was patented by Microsoft a couple of days ago, though that had more to do with collaborative work, rather than a system incorporated with personalized digital assistants. In any case, this patent was filed last year, and it may still end up getting integrated with the new Cortana app. But, there's currently no guarantee that the company is working upon or plans to work upon it any time soon.

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MediaTek Helio G: mobile gaming SoCs should arrive on July 30th


MediaTek's new mobile SoC family dedicated to gaming could be the protagonist of the event that the chipmaker will hold in a few days, on July 30th. The series should be called Helio G (G as Gaming, of course) and a first model has already been sighted. In fact, a teaser published a few days ago spoke of Helio G90 , without revealing any technical details. Also the new teaser, visible here on the side, has a clearly gaming matrix, which supports the theory that Helio G will be the protagonists of the event.



The niche of mobile hardware specialized in gaming is expanding: even if it was not without improved aspects ( updates in the first place ), the arrival of the first dedicated smartphones (including ASUS ROG Phone 1 and 2 , Xiaomi Black Shark 1 and 2 , Razer Phone 1 and 2 ) gave the market a shock that even the chipmakers seem to have noticed. The main advantages of some of the latest SoCs presented, such as Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus and HiSilicon Kirin 810, are found just on the GPU side. Appointment then in a few days to find out how the Helio G. family will be structured.

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WhatsApp: the voice notes can be heard by push notifications on iOS


WhatsApp for iOS could offer the possibility to listen to the voice notes directly from the push notification . To give us some indications, as by now by tradition for the messaging app owned by Mark Zuckerberg, WABetinfo has shared a screenshot on Twitter to show us how this functionality will be managed . Unlike what happens now, thanks to the future function it will be possible to use the push notification to listen to the voice message without having to enter the chat and abandon the app you were previously using.


The new functionality is not yet available and it is not clear when it will be released. However, as specified by WABetaInfo, however, the ability to listen to vocal notes from push notifications could be integrated into an upcoming major update (even in this case no specific date is provided) which should include additional features such as the option to modify the images shared in the chats in tests starting from the past weeks.


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Huawei has new patent with method to make photos of the Moon sharper



While Xiaomi provokes with photos of the Moon , Huawei works not to be called a "cheater" anymore and still wants to improve the quality of its images that record the Earth's natural satellite.

The Chinese manufacturer has patented a new method to leave the lunar photos captured by its most vivid and sharp devices. The order number is 201910134047.X, made on February 22 of this year, at the Patent Office of China.

The new Huawei patent captures images of the Moon in various frames and processes them all in a single photo


The document features a technology that allows you to recognize the natural satellite automatically in the preview interface. After this step, the camera would enter the special capture mode, in which the lens is focused on the star and would show a clear outline in the image of the Moon.

As can be seen from the sketch accompanying the patent, the photo would come with pictures collected under different exposures. The result, after processing, is a clearer, brighter-looking lunar image like the photo shown below:


It is worth noting that a patent exists does not mean that its content will be used by the manufacturer someday. Many companies record only to have control over a particular product or method. However, having intellectual property shows that the idea is on the radar for the future.

What is your assessment of this new Huawei patent? Leave your opinion for us in the comments below.


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Less social? Facebook patent reveals plans to leave users talking to walls


Soon Facebook can lead to maximum "talk to the walls" to a new level.

The company obtained the patent of a technology to implement filters of restrictions in the social network in which the user would not even know that it suffered some type of sanction. A comment you make on a group, page, or even a post in your own profile could be restricted to view itself, with no alert indicating that something is wrong with your words being issued.

As the patent describes, administrators or even software managed by neural networks could analyze or create keywords to be locked in spaces they manage. A user could also have restricted comments from the manual decision of the owner of a page, which would silence an opinion for his audience, except the commentator himself.

The only clue that something goes wrong for the user would be the non-interaction of other users. Facebook describes that the new feature would serve to avoid profane, extremely negative, racist, or derogatory speeches from the platform. Something that Instagram already does with its new anti-bullying tools.


Until then the social network already restricts comments denounced or caught by their current systems when they are classified as spam. They are hidden and a signaling to users is displayed that that content has been marked as unusual, but can still be queried after alert.

Remember, this is just another controversy involving the company's name: after several problems involving users' privacy, the company finds itself on a journey to fit Libra - its crypto-currency - into US regulations, with the aim of launching the financial product with some support market.

And you, what do you think of Mark Zuckerberg's solution to letting badly made users talk to themselves? Tell us in the comments!


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