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August 22, 2018

Despite privacy concerns, music lovers are still grooving to smart speakers

We may like our smart home devices, especially the ever-evolving and perennially useful smart speaker, but we still don’t quite trust them yet. That is the finding of a widespread new survey by the consumer research firm MusicWatch, which released a survey detailing the privacy concerns that many consumers still harbor about their Google Homes, […]
August 21, 2018

Facebook seems to be exploring speech recognition with ‘Aloha’ voice testing

Facebook may be testing speech recognition again with a new “Aloha” voice feature, spotted by frequent app investigator Jane Manchun Wong and reported by TechCrunch, in the latest development in the company’s voice interaction ambitions. The company was originally said to be planning a smart speaker (also codenamed “Aloha,” as well as “Portal”), but plans […]
August 17, 2018

How to Use Your Phone When the Screen Is Cracked

Photo: Ali Abdul Rahman (Unsplash) You drop your phone and the screen shatters. Ugh. While you’ve probably been smart about putting your critical data on the cloud—right?—there might be some things you still want to extract from your smartphone before you take it in for repair or swap it out for a new one. Or […]
August 14, 2018

Australia Hopes to Strong-Arm Tech Companies Into Giving Up That Precious Encrypted Data

Photo: AP Last year, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull became the subject of ridicule when he insisted his country’s laws would “prevail” in a war with mathematics to ensure law enforcement’s access to encrypted data. Now we know what the anti-encryption law says, and legislators have apparently changed tactics but learned very little. Like the […]
August 9, 2018

How to Recognize Tech Support Scams – Avoid a High-Cost Headache

Do you and your employees know how to recognize a tech support scam? If you are unfamiliar with the term, a tech support scam usually looks like this: the phone rings unexpectedly, you answer, the caller claims to be a representative from Microsoft or Apple, and you’re given the news that your device is infected […]