Spam texts—those annoying, unsolicited offers of gift cards or cash—are a growing problem. They add charges to some bills, attempt to trick users into divulging private information, and hog cellular bandwidth, slowing service. To combat spam texts, AT&T with other telecoms made the short code 7726 available for reporting spam.
AT&T is doing more. Using knowledge of the network and spamming patterns, researchers are working to identify and shut down spammers even before the first customer 7726 report. Read more
Last year, AT&T released the AT&T Application Resource Optimizer (ARO) as a diagnostic tool so developers could optimize their existing apps for the cellular network. This year, AT&T is releasing AT&T ARO as open-sourced software. Now developers can incorporate ARO into their app development environment, ensuring apps that right from the beginning conserve battery energy and respond quickly to user input. Read more
With hundreds of channels, how do you find what you want to watch?
If you’re an AT&T U-verse® TV customer, there's now an easy way. The free Easy Remote app turns your iPhone or iPad into a voice-controlled remote, so you can just say what you want, and Easy Remote will return a list of shows matching your search criteria. Easy Remote relies on AT&T WATSONSM and other AT&T Research technologies, and was productized with help from the AT&T Foundry.
AT&T is sponsoring this weekend's Dumbo Arts Festival, a celebration of art, music, and technology.
AT&T Researcher Taniya Mishra will present the latest research on making synthetic voices more expressive, and will demo StorEBook, an ereader geared towards children stories, where the main problem is generating character-specific expressive speech output. Her presentation is Saturday, September 29, 2:30 at 16 Main Street in Brooklyn.
Inspired by an interest in modeling human intelligence, Amanda Stent pursued a degree not in neuroscience or cognitive science, but in computer science. Now she puts her computer skills to work by making computers “converse” with humans—work she finds creative and exciting.
In this interview on the STEMinist website, Stent talks about her career in technology and gives encouragement to young women interested in STEM.
AT&T, long a pioneer in speech research, has released the Speech API, making it easier than ever to build voice-enabled applications.
The Speech API is based on AT&T WATSONSM, AT&T’s core speech technology. Representing decades of research, AT&T WATSONSM has provided fast, accurate speech recognition for the company’s large-scale dialog systems and is licensed to third parties. Now this advanced technology is available to all outside developers. Read more
This year’s ACM SIGMETRICS conference conferred its Test of Time Award on Network Tomography on General Topologies, a paper co-authored by Nick Duffield. The award, given each year to a previous conference paper whose impact is still felt 10-12 years after publication, cited the paper’s pioneering work in network tomography, particularly its novel methods to estimate delay, packet loss, and other measures of performance.