Tue. Jun 25th, 2024

TLDR: Gmail is reportedly adding an AI voice feature that will allow users to draft emails by speaking into their smartphones. Google Workspace Labs is testing the feature, which will enable users to activate an AI tool called “Help Me Write” in Google docs and Gmail. The tool can generate content based on prompts. While Google has not made an official announcement, the voice feature has been discovered on the Gmail mobile app. This development has the potential to transform email composition, particularly for younger generations.

Novo, an online business banking platform, has announced the launch of Novo Payroll in partnership with payroll infrastructure firm Check. The service will allow small businesses to manage their finances from a single platform, streamlining processes and ensuring accuracy and compliance with regulatory standards. Some of the benefits include built-in accounting, single and multi-state payroll, and next-day payments. This integration of banking, accounting, and payroll services reflects a growing trend in the fintech sector.

The cybersecurity community is on high alert following the discovery of a massive data breach that has affected Dropbox, LinkedIn, Twitter, and government organizations. Researchers estimate that 26 billion data records have been leaked. Speculation is rife that this attack is the work of a data broker who may sell the data to other malicious actors for targeted attacks or sophisticated fraudulent schemes. Experts are urging the public to take extra precautions, such as enabling two-factor authentication.

A recent study by MIT has found that humans are still cheaper than AI in the majority of job roles. The research examined the economic feasibility of using AI to automate tasks in the workplace and found that only 23% of tasks that require computer vision were cost-effective for automation. The study analyzed 1,000 vision-related tasks in 800 occupations and found that only 3% met the criteria for cost-effectiveness. However, analysts believe that while AI may not be more cost-effective in the short term, it is likely to replace and create jobs in the long run.

Microsoft Teams has introduced new features that make it easier for users to control their webcams and audio during meetings. Users can now access the video and audio options through a dropdown menu on the toolbar, eliminating the need to navigate through multiple layers of settings. These enhancements aim to improve the user experience and save time during virtual meetings.