Project Alias Prevents Alexa And Google From Eavesdropping On You

Project Alias Prevents Alexa And Google From Eavesdropping On You

There have always been concerns about smart speakers such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, listening to your private conversations at home or offices, all the time.

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.

This project hacks Amazon Echo and Google Home to protect your privacy

This project hacks Amazon Echo and Google Home to protect your privacy

An open-source hardware project promises to keep Amazon and Google’s smart assistants from listening in on your private conversations by constantly creating white noise, as first spotted by Fast Company .

Which Smart Speaker Should You Trust Most—and Least?

Which Smart Speaker Should You Trust Most—and Least?

Which illustrates a broader point: The privacy risks of smart speakers and virtual assistants might be more obvious than those of other computing devices and services that we’ve already largely accepted as a society, such as Gmail or iPhones.

Exclusive: Amazon says 100 million Alexa devices have been sold

Exclusive: Amazon says 100 million Alexa devices have been sold

Limp, a veteran of Amazon who started out building the Kindle, doesn’t seem to think so — or at least, he believes that it will play out differently from platform wars of the past.

Alexa's advice to 'kill your foster parents' fuels concern over Amazon Echo

Alexa's advice to 'kill your foster parents' fuels concern over Amazon Echo

The odd command is one of many hiccups that have happened as Amazon tries to train its machine to act something like a human, engaging in casual conversations in response to its owner’s questions or comments.

'Alexa, who did it?' What happens when a judge in a murder trial wants data from a smart home speaker

'Alexa, who did it?' What happens when a judge in a murder trial wants data from a smart home speaker

"I think this is the beginning of the 'internet of evidence' where lots of pieces of smart devices are going to show up in criminal prosecutions," Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, author of The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement, told Day 6.

How to remove your voice search history from Amazon, Google or Siri

How to remove your voice search history from Amazon, Google or Siri

The general consensus is that our mobile devices and smart tech is monitoring us, which is possible as everything seems to contain a microphone now… even television remotes. Luckily reputatable companies will have a way to view and delete your voice commands and other data easily within their interface.

The Internet of Things is Surveillance

The Internet of Things is Surveillance

This means that Amazon is collecting information on everyone that visits your home and when based on their mobile devices that they bring along with them. The device can easily listen and record based on specific marketing or “national security” phrases and wait to upload the information until the next wake word is spoken.

AmazonBasics Microwave review: Alexa makes you popcorn, orders more in this compact, affordable microwave

AmazonBasics Microwave review: Alexa makes you popcorn, orders more in this compact, affordable microwave

For $60, you can buy this AmazonBasics Microwave and find out what it's like to say, "Alexa, microwave 3 ounces of popcorn." Spoiler: It feels pretty natural. Saying "Alexa, microwave for 2 minutes," or "Alexa, stop cooking" feels like the way we should have been using microwaves all along.

Amazon hopes to blanket your home and car with listening, eavesdropping Alexa devices

Amazon hopes to blanket your home and car with listening, eavesdropping Alexa devices

It’s an example of how manufacturers can build voice-controlled devices using the Alexa Connect Kit, “without worrying about managing cloud services, writing an Alexa skill, or developing complex networking and security firmware,” as Amazon says.

Amazon patents new Alexa feature that knows when you're ill and offers you medicine

Amazon patents new Alexa feature that knows when you're ill and offers you medicine

Amazon has patented a new version of its virtual assistant Alexa which can automatically detect when you’re ill and offer to sell you medicine. Alexa first suggests some chicken soup to cure her cold, and then offers to order cough drops on Amazon.

Amazon Is Invading Your Home With Micro-Convenience

Amazon Is Invading Your Home With Micro-Convenience

This is how Amazon has infiltrated the home with its voice-activated devices and service. The company also introduced Echo Auto, a device that brings Alexa into the car, using smartphone connectivity for operation.

Amazon’s blockbuster Alexa event made zero mention of privacy concerns — and that may say more about us than about them

Amazon’s blockbuster Alexa event made zero mention of privacy concerns — and that may say more about us than about them

And maybe, just maybe, that’s because most consumers have given up on the idea of privacy in our times — or believe that the risk-reward balance of technologies like Alexa tilt in the direction of our new artificially intelligent overlords.

Ancient Library of Alexandria

Ancient Library of Alexandria

Collecting Greek books in imitation of Alexandria became a sign of cultural status, and the library at Pergamum was established in the second half of third century BC.

A university is outfitting living spaces with thousands of Echo Dots

A university is outfitting living spaces with thousands of Echo Dots

SLU is quick to note that it’s “the first college or university in the country to bring Amazon Alexa-enabled devices, managed by Alexa for Business, into every student residence hall room and student apartment on campus.” It’s certainly not the first to adopt Amazon’s smart speakers, but it’s among the largest scale for this sort of deployment.