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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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How to Stop Amazon Employees From Watching Your Cloud Cam Recordings

A recent report from Bloomberg explains that Amazon employees in India and Romania use Cloud Cam recordings to “train” the device’s AI so it can more accurately discern security threats—like someone smashing a window, for example—from mundane activity. While potentially creepy, it’s not unheard of; For all the…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How Amazon’s New Echo Studio Compares to Other Smart Speakers

Echo Speakers have excellent features that make them great for Alexa-powered smart home setups, but they’re not necessarily known for stellar audio quality, especially Amazon’s more affordable options. Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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