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Microsoft is listening to you via your Xbox One

24 days ago   |   By The Next Web

If you haven't had enough stories about contractors listening in on your conversations, good news: we've found even more of them. This time the contractors in question work for Microsoft and have been listening to you through your trusty Xbox One. The new report from Motherboard reveals that contractors listened to commands that were supposed to be triggered by the words “Xbox” and “Hey Cortana,” but were sometimes captured by accident. That seems to be a running theme whenever I hear these stories about voice-activated assistants. Earlier this month, Microsoft admitted humans were...
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Microsoft contractors listened to conversations from Xbox One users

Microsoft contractors listened to conversations from Xbox One users

24 days ago   |   By TheBoyGeniusReport

In a story that shouldn't surprise anyone at this point, Vice is reporting that contractors working for Microsoft were able to listen to voice commands and full-on conversations spoken by Xbox One users. Similar to stories we've seen involving Siri and other virtual assistants, audio of conversations was sometimes recorded by the Xbox when certain trigger words were registered by mistake.
Naturally, the reason contractors were listening to audio in the first place was to improve the overall reliability of the software. Still, the notion of contractors listening to user audio - especially...
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Your Xbox One may have let other people listen to you, Microsoft contractors say

Your Xbox One may have let other people listen to you, Microsoft contractors say

24 days ago   |   By Digital Trends

A new report claims contractors could listen to Xbox users when voice commands were activated.
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Surprise! Microsoft contractors are also listening in on your Xbox voice commands

Surprise! Microsoft contractors are also listening in on your Xbox voice commands

24 days ago   |   By WMPoweruser

There has been a growing furore around the privacy of recorded voice commands used by digital assistants on various platforms when it has been revealed that companies routinely employ humans to listen to a percentage of these voice commands to improve the technology. The latest revelation has been that this also extends to Xbox One...
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Microsoft Contractors Have Listened to Xbox Recordings For Years

24 days ago   |   By Tom's Hardware

Microsoft contractors have been listening in on xbox audio since 2014. Most of the users have been underage children.
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Report: Microsoft used human contractors to listen in on Xbox-recorded audio

Report: Microsoft used human contractors to listen in on Xbox-recorded audio

24 days ago   |   By Gamasutra

Several sources speaking to Vice say that Microsoft hired contractors to listen in on audio picked up by Xbox One consoles. ...
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Gears Tactics is coming to Xbox confirms The Coalition's Rod Fergusson

Gears Tactics is coming to Xbox confirms The Coalition's Rod Fergusson

24 days ago   |   By Windows Central

Now we know for sure.
What you need to know
Gears Tactics is an upcoming XCOM-like tactical game from The Coalition.
The Coalition is Microsoft's studio dedicated to the Gears of War franchise.
Today, Studio Head Rod Fergusson confirmed it'll come to Xbox.
Gears Tactics will be part of Xbox Game Pass which you can buy through Amazon .
Gears Tactics is an upcoming top-down tactical game along the lines of XCOM. It was announced as a Windows 10 exclusive, but there were rumors floating around that it was coming to Xbox, too. Razer accidentally added the game to the list of titles that...
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Microsoft contractors listened to user audio from Xbox consoles

24 days ago   |   By GamesIndustry

Both deliberate and accidental Cortana, Kinect commands were recorded and heard, most reportedly from children
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Microsoft contractors listened to what people told their Xbox consoles

24 days ago   |   By Engadget

Microsoft contractors reportedly listened to Xbox owners too. Earlier this month, we learned that contractors heard audio snippets from Skype calls and Cortana interactions. Now, Vice reports that Microsoft contractors also listened to audio picked u...
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Microsoft contractors have listened to voice recordings from the Xbox One

Microsoft contractors have listened to voice recordings from the Xbox One

24 days ago   |   By The Verge

X-Box One S | Photo by Dieter Bohn / The Verge
Microsoft contractors have listened to voice recordings captured by the Xbox One console, according to Motherboard. The practice dates back to the early days of the Xbox One when it could be controlled with voice commands directed at the optional Kinect camera accessory, and it continued after Microsoft added its more advanced Cortana voice assistant to the console.
Motherboard spoke to several contractors who could listen to these Xbox recordings. Many of them were intentional, with users commanding the Xbox One to perform a certain function...
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Microsoft contractors reportedly listened in on Xbox One audio, too

Microsoft contractors reportedly listened in on Xbox One audio, too

24 days ago   |   By Windows Central

This follows confirmation that contractors listen to audio captured by Cortana and Skype.
What you need to know
Microsoft contractors listened to audio captured by Xbox commands, according to a new report.
One contractor described the Xbox audio they heard as "a bit of a welcome respite."
The report comes after Microsoft confirmed that it uses humans to review snippets of Skype calls and Cortana commands.
Last week, Microsoft confirmed that it uses human contractors to review audio collected from Skype calls and Cortana commands to help improve the services alongside automated processing...
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