34: Synthesized voices and headphones that spy on you
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Dan's away this week, so Marc and Riley are left to argue about: Lyrebird, a Montreal company that can synthesize a voice with just 1 minute of speech; the rise and prevalence of contactless payments in Canada; Invest Ottawa's ploy to attract immigrant tech workers to the city; Bose headphones snooping your audio data. Speed round: -Emoji are the new gargoyles -Spotify is hiring to launch self-branded hardware -Amazon's launching a marketplace for subscriptions -April 23 was the first day Britain produced power without coal since the 1880s -Check your credit card statement if you've been to a Holiday Inn recently Recommendations Riley — Don’s Photo Walk Marc — Office Space: Idle Profits Links:Lyrebird claims it can recreate any voice using just one minute of sample audio | The Verge — Artificial intelligence is making human speech as malleable and replicable as pixels.Spending in Canada Up, Fueled by Rise in Contactless Payments | Techvibes — the volume of “tapped” dollars increased by 62% during the…