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.

“Change Encryption Laws Or We'll Pay Zero Tax Elsewhere" Says Tech Giants — The Betoota Advocate

“Change Encryption Laws Or We'll Pay Zero Tax Elsewhere" Says Tech Giants — The Betoota Advocate

LOUIS BURKE | Culture | CONTACT Multinational tech companies are threatening to leave the country after the passing of the Access and Assistance Bill, which could cost the government up to $0 in taxes if they make good on their threat.

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.

Amazon error allowed Alexa user to eavesdrop on another home

Amazon error allowed Alexa user to eavesdrop on another home

The customer had asked to listen back to recordings of his own activities made by Alexa but he was also able to access 1,700 audio files from a stranger when Amazon sent him a link, German trade publication c’t reported.

Google needs to break up its all-or-nothing approach to permissions

Google needs to break up its all-or-nothing approach to permissions

"Since Google Home Hub uses the Google Assistant to interface with YouTube, web and app activity is a required permission to enable voice actions."

Google Lens in Images Recognizes Objects You Might Want to Buy

Google Lens in Images Recognizes Objects You Might Want to Buy

Earlier, Google announced a redesign of Google Images, which aimed to use a new ranking algorithm to help users more easily find what they were looking for. Lens in Images is also aimed at helping users more easily find things they’re interested in buying.

Cisco contradicts Dutton’s claim breaking digital encryption won’t create ‘back doors’

Cisco contradicts Dutton’s claim breaking digital encryption won’t create ‘back doors’

At a committee hearing in Canberra on Friday, witnesses from Cisco, Optus and Telstra called for a better definition of the bill’s main safeguard that tech companies cannot be asked to build “systemic” weaknesses into their products.

Amazon patents Alexa tech to tell if you’re sick, depressed and sell you meds

Amazon patents Alexa tech to tell if you’re sick, depressed and sell you meds

Amazon has patented technology that could let Alexa analyze your voice to determine whether you are sick or depressed and sell you products based on your physical or emotional condition.

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.

Google’s Family Link can now turn off your teen’s phone during dinner

Google’s Family Link can now turn off your teen’s phone during dinner

Parents have had the ability to lock their kids’ devices from their Family Link apps, but soon they’ll be able to ask Google Assistant to do it for them with a voice command.