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NETGEAR’s Orbi 970 Routers Offer Powerful Wi-Fi 7 Connectivity

The company’s popular mesh system has received a significant performance boost, offering 10,000 square feet of coverage and speeds of 27 Gbps.

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In an era of increasing internet connectivity and the rise of bandwidth-sucking applications such as 4K streaming and online gaming; faster Wi-Fi speeds, reduced latency, and enhanced capacity are becoming paramount.

Good news then, as NETGEAR has recently revamped its renowned Orbi 970 Mesh Wi-Fi router series to deliver unparalleled Wi-Fi 7 performance, boasting speeds of up to 27 Gbps, alongside a fresh, sleek new design. The inclusion of 12 high-performance, 360-degree Quad-Band antennas extends coverage up to a sizable 10,000 square feet from a 3-pack of Orbis. In addition, the mesh network can accommodate the simultaneous connection of up to 200 devices, with a Smart Connect feature selecting the optimal Wi-Fi band for each.

In terms of wired connections, the router is equipped with a 10 Gig internet port, along with one 10 Gig and four 2.5 Gig Ethernet ports, enabling some of the highest network speeds currently available.

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In addition to the design and performance overhaul, the Orbi package also includes one year of NETGEAR Armor, Powered by Bitdefender 2, adding an automatic layer of security for all connected devices. Unlike conventional antivirus software products, NETGEAR Armor is integrated into the router as a comprehensive security solution, monitoring internet traffic and safeguarding computers, security cameras, baby monitors, and other IoT devices while alerting users to external threats and suspicious outbound activities.

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Finally, the upgraded Orbi 970 Series incorporates NETGEAR Smart Parental Controls, offering easy management of children’s online time across their connected devices and helping to foster healthy online habits for the entire family. Basic functionalities are free, but a subscription fee follows a 30-day trial period for access to the Premium Plan.

NETGEAR’s Orbi products are available in stores now, or directly from their official website.

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Truecaller To Use Microsoft Azure AI Speech For Call Answering

The new service features a powerful speech generation tool to allow users to create AI versions of their voices.

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Truecaller, a well-known app for identifying and blocking spam calls, is enhancing its services by allowing users to create AI versions of their voices. The new feature, available to those with access to Truecaller’s AI Assistant, stems from a partnership with Microsoft and its Azure AI Speech tool, allowing the generation of realistic AI voices that accurately mimic users’ speech patterns and tone.

“This groundbreaking capability not only adds a touch of familiarity and comfort for the users but also showcases the power of AI in transforming the way we interact with our digital assistants,” explained Truecaller product director and general manager Raphael Mimoun in a recent blog post.

The AI Assistant in Truecaller screens incoming calls, informing recipients of a caller’s purpose. Based on this information, users can decide whether to answer the call themselves or let the AI Assistant handle it.

When the feature was introduced in 2022, users could only choose from a collection of preset voices. The ability to record one’s own voice represents a significant step towards the complete personalization of the service.

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Azure AI Speech, showcased during the last Build conference, only recently added a personal voice feature that lets people record and replicate voices. Microsoft explained in a blog post, however, that Personal Voice is available on a limited basis and only for specific use cases like voice assistants.

To maintain ethical standards, Microsoft’s Azure AI Speech automatically adds watermarks to AI-generated voices. Additionally, a code of conduct requires companies to obtain full consent from individuals being recorded and prohibits impersonation.

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