There's a simple reason why your new smart TV was so affordable: It's collecting and selling your data

There's a simple reason why your new smart TV was so affordable: It's collecting and selling your data

Smart TVs can be sold at or near cost to consumers - which is great for consumers - because Vizio is able to monetize those TVs through data collection, advertising, and selling direct-to-consumer entertainment (movies, etc.) - which is less great for consumers.

Home items are getting smarter and creepier, like it or not

Home items are getting smarter and creepier, like it or not

He said all the conveniences can be “a powerful drug to help people forget the fact that they are also being spied on.” Gadgets with voice controls typically aren’t transmitting any data back to company servers until you activate them with a trigger word, such as “Alexa” or “OK Google.” But devices have sometimes misheard innocuous words as legitimate commands to record and send private conversations .

Alexa DOWN – Amazon helper stopped working, 'ignoring users' and wouldn't turn off

Alexa DOWN – Amazon helper stopped working, 'ignoring users' and wouldn't turn off

Alamy 3 Alexa is a voice-controlled digital assistant that powers Amazon Echo smart speakers Outage tracker Down Detector received hundreds of reports about Alexa not working at around 8am UK time.

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