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  • Woman ‘hacked into ex’s Alexa device to scare off his new girlfriend from 130 miles away’

    10/14/2020 10:34:43 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    The Sun ^ | 12 Oct 2020 | Mike Sullivan
    A WOMAN hacked into her ex’s Alexa device to scare off his new girlfriend from 130 miles away, a court heard.Philippa Copleston-Warren, 45, allegedly used the virtual assistant to order the girlfriend to pack up and leave — which she did in floods of tears, it was said. She also allegedly used the device to flash the house lights on and off. Copleston-Warren, is also accused of hacking into her ex’s Facebook account and uploading nude pictures. Prosecutor Misba Majid told Westminster magistrates the couple had recently split after two years. She said the businessman was targeted at his Lincolnshire...
  • Brain-scanning backpack brings neuroscience into the real world

    09/18/2020 8:23:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies ^ | Sep. 18, 2020 , 2:40 PM | Rebekah Tuchscherer
    Call it neuroscience on the go. Scientists have developed a backpack that tracks and stimulates brain activity as people go about their daily lives. The advance could allow researchers to get a sense of how the brain works outside of a laboratory—and how to monitor diseases such as Parkinson’s and post-traumatic stress disorder in real-world settings. The technology is “an inspiring demonstration of what’s possible” with portable neuroscience equipment, says Timothy Spellman, a neurobiologist at Weill Cornell Medicine who was not involved with the work. The backpack and its vast suite of tools, he says, could broaden the landscape for...
  • Not interested in bringing Alexa into your house? That's OK, Amazon's working with your LANDLORD now

    09/04/2020 11:09:36 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 42 replies
    rt ^ | 9/3/2020 | Reuters / Elijah Nouvelage
    Amazon has rolled out a whole-building version of its Alexa AI voice assistant for landlords, billing ‘Alexa for Residential’ as extending smart-home functionality to renters – tenants’ consent apparently not required. The e-commerce giant announced Alexa for Residential on Thursday, describing it as a feature “that makes having an Alexa-enabled home accessible for anyone, regardless of whether they rent or own their home.” Tenants can link up their own Amazon account, but if they don't have one, no problem – they'll be placed on the building's system. Landlords, Amazon explains, will have the option to provide “custom voice experiences for...
  • Echo Dot/Vanity

    08/06/2020 10:58:22 AM PDT · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 27 replies
    A few months back there was a discussion about Echo devices. I did get an Echo Dot for the wife to try and vocally control our DirecTV box. But shes not into it and only uses it for spelling and stuff. Then recently I got an offer for a free Dot. I got it and put it into my office. They both work fine. And then my evening TV viewing went to hell. I watch Alias, Justified, Miamai Vice and stuff off the internet. But now I get continuous freezing. Then a couple of days ago I saw the lights...
  • I can not get talk radio on my Alexa

    06/18/2020 12:33:26 PM PDT · by mikelets456 · 37 replies ^ | 6/18/2020 | Me
    I can not get talk radio on my Alexa over the past hours...keep saying that it's not available. However, music is available----anyone else having this problem?
  • This Scammer Thought He Was Talking To An Amazon Alexa..

    05/27/2020 5:40:10 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    Youtube ^ | 05/23/20
  • Working from home? Don't discuss sensitive information near this device

    03/21/2020 1:01:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | 03/20/20 | Alan Friedman
    U.K. law firm Mishcon de Reya LLP, the law firm that handled Princess Diana's divorce, told its attorneys stuck at home to turn off Alexa or Google Assistant when they are discussing sensitive matters pertaining to any client. A partner at the firm suggests that lawyers working from home should keep all of their devices away from their workspace. Mishcon de Reya partner Joe Hancock, who runs the firm's cybersecurity unit, also worries that other devices, such as Amazon's doorbell security camera Ring, baby monitors and CCTVs, are also a problem. Hancock also notes that his firm is less worried...
  • Don't worry, Alexa and friends only record you up to 19 times a day

    02/23/2020 4:38:05 PM PST · by ransomnote · 16 replies ^ | 02/22/20 | Chris Matyszczyk for Technically Incorrect
    Have you ever wondered how often your smart speaker accidentally activates itself? A study from Northeastern University tried to find out.No one likes it when a stranger butts into their conversation.Especially when they interrupt with some astonishing non-sequitur.You're watching TV and chatting about the painfully demanding couple on House Hunters International when a distant voice pipes up: "The circumference of the Earth is 24,901 miles."MORE AT LINK It's Apple's Siri, of course. Or Amazon's Alexa. Or whatever you call your Google Home person.I suspect you pass off these apparent accidents as merely one of those things. Yet, as a new...
  • Activate This ‘Bracelet of Silence,’ and Alexa Can’t Eavesdrop

    02/19/2020 9:37:23 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | Feb. 14, 2020 | Kashmir Hill
    Microphones and cameras lurk everywhere. You may want to slip on some privacy armor.Last year, Ben Zhao decided to buy an Alexa-enabled Echo speaker for his Chicago home. Mr. Zhao just wanted a digital assistant to play music, but his wife, Heather Zheng, was not enthused. “She freaked out,” he said. Ms. Zheng characterized her reaction differently. First she objected to having the device in their house, she said. Then, when Mr. Zhao put the Echo in a work space they shared, she made her position perfectly clear:“I said, ‘I don’t want that in the office. Please unplug it. I...
  • Why Is Amazon Alexa Telling People the Wrong Date for Trump's State of the Union Address?

    02/01/2020 5:35:24 AM PST · by blueyon · 54 replies
    pjmedia ^ | 01/31/20 | Matt Margolis
    If you're looking forward to watching President Trump's upcoming State of the Union address but don't know when it is, do not ask any Amazon Alexa devices. On Friday evening I experimented with an Amazon Echo (a second generation Echo Dot) in my house by asking it what I thought was a rather simple question. "Alexa, when is the next State of the Union?" I asked. "The next State of the Union will occur on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 9 p.m." Sorry, Alexa, but that is the wrong answer. The next State of the Union is actually on Tuesday,...
  • Meet Aisha! NEW Sharia Compliant Version of "Alexa"

    12/09/2019 10:33:04 AM PST · by fishtank · 11 replies
    Vocab Malone ^ | 12-7-19 | Vocab Malone
    Introducing #Aisha (aka "Halalexa"), thew new #Sharia-compliant, fully Halal edition of Alexa! The ONLY version of the #Amazon Echo Muhammad would approve of! Just in time for Christmas (which is forbidden, BTW). RUN TIME: APPROX. 6 MIN. ***PLEASE NOTE, THIS IS NOT A REAL PRODUCT AND THIS VIDEO IS A SATIRICAL COMMERCIAL, FOR PARODY PURPOSES ONLY!
  • Researchers say (laser) light can hack into your smart device

    11/05/2019 2:31:03 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    ABC 7 News ^ | 11/05/19 | Krisann Chasarik
    Those laser pointer lights could hack into your smart home voice assistant. University researchers say they were able to hack Alexa, Google Home, Siri and Facebook Portal by shining lasers at them. The light can trick microphones and make the devices react as if they are receiving audio. The study found light commands can be sent from 360 feet away, from one building to another. The light can also penetrate glass, affecting a device that is left near a window. In one case, a garage door was opened using a laser light. Researchers also say they can use light commands...
  • Alexa, did he do it? Smart device could be witness in suspicious Florida death

    11/03/2019 7:49:08 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Sylvia Galva Crespo, 32, was killed by a spear to the chest at home in Hallandale Beach, Florida, north of Miami, in July, which her husband, Adam Crespo, 43, has portrayed as a mysterious accident. But police believe the Amazon Echo smart speaker devices in the home, known as Alexa because of the common “wake” word used to activate them, may have heard and recorded something relevant during the fatal altercation when the couple argued after a night out, the Sun Sentinel reported. Adam Crespo is charged with second-degree murder. When police were called to the home in July they...
  • Opinion: Amazon’s Alexa is about to become even more of a fixture in our lives

    09/27/2019 4:18:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 84 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Sept 27, 2019 2:23 p.m. ET
    Amazon AMZN, -0.08% is building a series of new devices where we can wear Alexa in our ears, over our eyes, around our fingers, and keep her (it?) in our pocket. As a result, Alexa can be affordably plugged into every room in our home, accompany us in our vehicle, become our hi-fi sound system, keep order to our daily meal planning and simplify Wi-Fi around the house. With this expanded offering, we are going to see Alexa adoption grow fast and Amazon’s consumer data grow even faster. Early in 2019, Amazon touted a vague but inspiring number of 100...
  • Coming soon: Alexa in your ear and on your finger

    09/26/2019 10:39:28 AM PDT · by bgill · 26 replies
    kvue ^ | Sept. 25, 2019 | Joseph Pisani
    Amazon wants Alexa everywhere. The online shopping giant said Wednesday that it will soon start selling wireless earbuds, finger rings and prescription eyeglasses with its Alexa voice assistant built in. The goal: Get Alexa outside the home and wherever customers are. "You can have Alexa with you 24/7," said Werner Goertz, a personal technology analyst at Gartner.
  • Apply thru: McDonald's now hiring via Alexa, Google Assistant

    09/25/2019 5:04:31 AM PDT · by bgill · 6 replies
    kvue ^ | Sept. 25, 2019 | DEE-ANN DURBIN
    Want a job at McDonald's? Just ask your smartphone. Starting Wednesday, McDonald's Corp. will let job seekers start an application by using voice commands with Amazon's Alexa or Google's Assistant. If users say, "Alexa, help me get a job at McDonald's," Alexa will ask which country they want to work in and play McDonald's catchy "I'm lovin' it" jingle. After that, users can share their phone number and get a link to continue the application process. Alexa also shares some facts about working for the company, such as how it can lead to jobs in other fields.

    09/20/2019 8:29:33 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 76 replies ^ | September 17, 2019 | SAGACIOUS NEWS
      (Mass Private I) It is hard to imagine a more intrusive home surveillance device than a faucet or toilet that listens to everyone’s conversations, but that is just what Delta Faucet and Kohler have done.Delta Faucet’s “Voice IQ” takes advantage of where lots of people like to congregate and turns it into an Alexa eavesdropping center.“Designed with the understanding that 20 percent of all WiFi-enabled homes are equipped with a connected home device, VoiceIQ Technology pairs with existing devices to dispense the exact amount of water needed, all with a simple voice command.”Delta lets Alexa decide how much water everyone...
  • Amazon will start letting random people answer your Alexa questions

    09/15/2019 8:24:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    KARE11 ^ | September 13, 2019 | Suzanne Nuyen, TEGNA
    Amazon is introducing its new "Alexa Answers" program, which will let anyone provide answers to questions Alexa can't answer. Users can sign up to answer questions and earn "points" each time Alexa shares on of their answers. Users can browse questions that Alexa doesn't have answers for to find ones that match their areas of expertise. According to Fast Company, Amazon will employ human editors as well as use algorithms to vet the user answers. Users can also up vote and down vote answers to help editors weed out erroneous answers. The system is reminiscent of Yahoo Answers or Quora,...
  • Amazon home robot prototype is reportedly waist-high and can be summoned by voice

    07/12/2019 1:58:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    cnbc ^ | Jul 12 2019 | Todd Haselton
    Amazon is still working on a robot that will roam around homes... A prototype of the robot, codenamed “Vesta,” ... is capable of moving around on its own using built-in cameras, according to the report. A similar report last April revealed that Amazon is interested in creating home robots that might be able to provide access to the company’s Amazon Alexa voice assistant no matter where you are. Amazon has continued to invest in robotics and in June introduced new warehouse robots including the Pegasus and Xanthus. Amazon typically holds big product reveal events at its Seattle headquarters in September....
  • Man arrested for alleged domestic violence after Alexa calls the cops

    07/12/2019 1:54:52 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 41 replies
    Daily Dot ^ | 07/12/2019 | Mikael Thalen
    A New Mexico man was taken into custody after an Amazon Echo device called the police during an alleged domestic violence incident.Police say 28-year-old Eduardo Barros got into a physical altercation with his unidentified girlfriend following an argument at a Tijeras residence just outside of Albuquerque on July 2.    Barros, who is also accused of threatening to kill the women while in possession of a firearm, allegedly asked her if she had contacted law enforcement.“Did you call the sheriffs?” Barros reportedly questioned.An Amazon virtual assistant plugged into the home’s landline interpreted the question as a command to call police, Bernalillo County...