How Product Hunt proves that App Store search is completely broken


Searching for apps is typically pretty straightforward, so long as you know what you’re looking for. But when you don’t, both Apple and Google’s respective shops (the App Store and Google Play) do an absolutely terrible job of helping you out. GIFs I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that GIFs are basically our new way of conversing with one another. At TNW Europe, Giphy’s CEO Adam Leibsohn asserted as much in a talk about how GIFs were taking over the world and replacing speech. He asserted that with a GIF, you could replace entire lines of text when digitally communicating…

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Peloton’s on-demand spin class app now lets you bookmark and filter search results

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Last year, when I reviewed Peloton, a new indoor cycling bike system with on-demand lessons from a live studio, I came to the conclusion that the bike itself could be too expensive for most people. Since then, the company has released an iPad app for users to ride along using their own bikes, and today an update will make it even easier to find the rides you want whenever you want it. The latest version of the Peloton app now allows users to bookmark rides they like, whether it’s one they’ve taken before that they enjoyed or from an instructor…

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Google says its voice search system is now more accurate, especially in noisy places

Google voice search on the web.

If you’ve noticed Google doing a better job of understanding what you say using speech recognition on your smartphone lately, you’re not crazy. Google’s voice search has indeed become more accurate, thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, the tech company announced today.

“Today, we’re happy to announce we built even better neural network acoustic models using Connectionist Temporal Classification (CTC) and sequence discriminative training techniques,” Google Speech Team members Haşim Sak, Andrew Senior, Kanishka Rao, Françoise Beaufays and Johan Schalkwyk wrote in a blog post today. “These models are a special extension of recurrent neural networks (RNNs) that are more accurate, especially in noisy environments, and they are blazingly fast!”

The new models are working in the Google app for iOS and Android, as well as dictation on Android, which works inside of some third-party apps, the team members wrote.

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Google has reported improvements in voice search not once but twice this year. Clearly the company has been investing in the underlying technology. RNNs are one increasingly popular approach to doing deep learning, a type of artificial intelligence, and Google is widely thought to have a deep bench in deep learning.

But Apple and Microsoft, among others, have also been working to improve their voice recognition capabilities. Meanwhile, Facebook is also doing more in the area, having acquired a speech recognition company, Wit.ai, some months ago.

Speech could become more important as an input to searching the Web in the years to come. Baidu’s Andrew Ng, who is known for his work on the so-called Google Brain, last year predicted that within five years “50 percent of queries will be on speech or images.”

“In addition to requiring much lower computational resources, the new models are more accurate, robust to noise, and faster to respond to voice search queries — so give it a try, and happy (voice) searching!” wrote Sak, Senior, Rao, Beaufays, and Schalkwyk.

Read the full blog post for more detail on how the team managed to get the new performance gains.

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