Analysis Why I don’t do “smart speakers”

Why I don’t do “smart speakers”

It seems like every other day, there’s a new story about a “smart home” device being hacked, attacked or giving away your data. Yet, people still keep buying these devices and putting them in their homes. They are certainly convenient. Being able to say “Hey Siri, play Andrew Bird” or “Alexa, what’s the weather?” does …

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News Clips Upcoming iOS 14 Changes Have Facebook in a Panic

Upcoming iOS 14 Changes Have Facebook in a Panic

Apple’s new iOS 14 upgrade should be out sometime in September, and some of its new privacy features have Facebook worrying about its own business. Remember, Facebook is not in the business of being a social network. We don’t pay to use the service. Instead, like Google, it’s in the business of mining data and …

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Analysis Epic and Apple v. You

Epic and Apple v. You

Videogame maker Epic has been involved in a legal and public relations battle with Apple for much of August. Most coverage pits it as one aggrieved party vs another, and the “good” side depends on which company you’re a fan of. Each side says the other is being both unfriendly to users and harmful to …

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News Clips Researchers find over 1,000 phrases that Siri, Cortana, Alexa & Google Home misunderstand

Researchers find over 1,000 phrases that Siri, Cortana, Alexa & Google Home misunderstand

Via Ars Technica In all, researchers uncovered more than 1,000 word sequences—including those from Game of Thrones, Modern Family, House of Cards, and news broadcasts—that incorrectly trigger the devices. This is one of the many reasons I will never have one of these devices in my home. The devices have to always be listening in …

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News Clips TikTok was looking at your clipboard – and you didn’t know it.

TikTok was looking at your clipboard – and you didn’t know it.

Via MacRumors With the next version of iOS, the operating system that runs the iPhone, Apple has added a feature to show you when an application is using your clipboard. Quickly, users who have been testing iOS 14 saw that the popular social media video app TikTok was grabbing their clipboard data very, very frequently. …

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