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You Should Mute Your Smart Speaker’s Mic More Often

Does your voice assistant often seem a little too eager to chime in? A recent study by Ruhr University Bochum and Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy found over 1,000 words and phrases that Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant frequently misidentified as activation commands (also known as “wake words”). Here are…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Get Severe Weather Alerts and Traffic Reports From Alexa

Alexa has a few new commands that can help you prepare for hazardous weather or crummy traffic conditions. These features have actually been around for a few weeks—Amazon quietly slipped them onto Alexa-supported devices last month—but since the company didn’t mention the updates until recently, most people haven’t…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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My Favorite Infotainment Platform Uconnect Is Getting A Big Update

Fiat Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment software is a perennial auto journalist fave for its appreciated combo of user-friendliness and fun features. The latest iteration, Uconnect 5, was announced today with some specs and I have mixed feelings. Mostly: Faster processing good, Alexa in cars why?Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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My Favorite Infotainment Platform Uconnect Is Getting A Big Update

Fiat Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment software is a perennial auto journalist fave for its appreciated combo of user-friendliness and fun features. The latest iteration, Uconnect 5, was announced today with some specs and I have mixed feelings. Mostly: Faster processing good, Alexa in cars why?Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Sonos files lawsuit against Google alleging stolen patented technology

Speaker manufacturer Sonos has filed a lawsuit against Google, alleging that Google knowingly infringed upon the brand’s patented speaker technology with to create the ever-popular Google Home device. The suit seeks unspecified financial damages and a ban on sale of Google’s phones, laptops, and speakers in the United States. The lawsuit identifies five different patents that […]

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How to Protect Your Smart Speaker From a Laser Attack

I love a good scientific mystery—stuff like quantum weirdness, dark matter and dark energy, strange gravitational behavior, or even why smart speakers respond to light waves as if they were sound. That last one was the topic of a recently published paper from researchers at the University of Electro-Communications…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Your Smart Speaker’s Skills Might Be a Huge Privacy Problem

Amazon and Google’s smart speakers both allow you to supplement them with extensions of sorts, the same way you install third-party add-ons to make your web browsing experience even better. Here’s the kicker: As with browser add-ons, you’re entirely at the mercy of a developer. And should they use their powers for…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Your Smart Speaker’s Skills Might Be a Huge Privacy Problem

Amazon and Google’s smart speakers both allow you to supplement them with extensions of sorts, the same way you install third-party add-ons to make your web browsing experience even better. Here’s the kicker: As with browser add-ons, you’re entirely at the mercy of a developer. And should they use their powers for…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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The Right Smart Display For Every Need

Smart displays, like those made by Google and Amazon, give you a more powerful version of the smart assistant you’ve gotten to know through a smart speaker. They’re also often a lot more specialized, designed for specific rooms and purposes. Here, we’ve gathered up the best smart displays for a variety of use cases.Read more… […]

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The Right Smart Display For Every Need

Smart displays, like those made by Google and Amazon, give you a more powerful version of the smart assistant you’ve gotten to know through a smart speaker. They’re also often a lot more specialized, designed for specific rooms and purposes. Here, we’ve gathered up the best smart displays for a variety of use cases.Read more… […]

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