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big tech

Big Tech Lobbying Gutted a Bill That Would Ban Recording You Without Consent

The Illinois Keep Internet Devices Safe Act would have empowered average people to sue big companies for recording them without consent, but industry association lobbying defanged it.
Rob Dozier
4.12.19
amazon

Amazon Sent 1,700 Alexa Recordings to the Wrong Person

Home assistants are continuously recording and constantly uploading details of your everyday life, and sometimes, these recordings can end up in the wrong hands.
Caroline Haskins
12.20.18
CYBER

CYBER Podcast: The Security Advice You Should Give Your Friends and Family This Holiday

On this week’s episode of CYBER, Motherboard talks about the best security advice for friends and family this holiday, as well as those shiny new devices from the internet of things, including Amazon Echo and Google Home.
Motherboard Staff
12.17.18
privacy

People Who Buy Smart Speakers Have Given Up on Privacy, Researchers Find

Smart speakers raise a number of privacy questions, which owners are choosing to just shrug off.
Kaleigh Rogers
11.26.18
anthropunk

With Echo in Hotel Rooms, Amazon Can Now Track Your Travel Habits

Amazon (and hotels) now have the option to collect new forms of data from people.
S.A. Applin
6.21.18
Tedium

How the Clapper Came to Define Modern Home Automation

The Clapper was in the same category—and owned by the same guy—as the Chia Pet. Nonetheless, the somewhat primitive device introduced millions of people to the idea of simple home automation. Would we have Alexa without it?
Ernie Smith
5.21.18
neural networks

Attack Targets Automatic Speech Recognition Systems

Research demonstrates the possibility of using slight distortions to trick speech recognition neural nets into hearing spoofed messages.
Michael Byrne
1.31.18
bad branding

This Amazon Alexa Accessory Is Unfortunately Named ‘DOX’

The ironic name choice underscores the fact that people are already concerned smart speakers are listening to their conversations.
Louise Matsakis
11.13.17
amazon

Amazon's Alexa Is Coming to India and She Sounds Like My Mom

Amazon is courting the Indian market more than ever.
Ankita Rao
10.4.17
the singularity

The Musk/Zuckerberg Dustup Represents a Growing Schism in AI

Two distinct visions for the future of AI are emerging.
Frank White
8.3.17
The Internet of Things

Hack That Turns Amazon Echo Into a Spying Device Can’t Be Fixed By Software Patch

The physical vulnerability affects devices from 2015 and 2016.
Louise Matsakis
8.1.17
arduino

Someone Turned Halo's Cortana Into a Holographic Assistant

Device uses "Pepper's Ghost" technique to provide the illusion of three dimensions.
Leif Johnson
5.11.17
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