Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash • The Register

Google Home, the web giant’s internet-connected talking personal assistant, has started spamming audio adverts to unsuspecting folk today.

Never before have we witnessed a technology giant destroy a product with such precision-engineered idiocy. Don’t be evil? Do us a favor.

The brave new world of voicebots in the home | VentureBeat

Aldous Huxley claimed that “most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” While Huxley wasn’t writing about voice-assisted devices, his understanding of our propensity to cheerlead new technology without fully acknowledging what we sacrifice perfectly captures the new world of voice interfaces ushered in by Amazon’s Echo and Google Home.

Robot Holiday Gift Guide 2016 – Robotics Trends

Welcome to our second annual Robot Holiday Gift Guide. We’ve rounded up 11 robots that will be great gifts for the neat freaks, wannabe coders, toy lovers, and drone fanatics on your holiday shopping list.

Most of the robots on the list were introduced in 2016, but there’s a couple old favorites that we just had to include. What robots are on your wishlist?

Alexa and Google Home Record What You Say. What Happens to Your Data? | WIRED

IF YOU GOT an Amazon Echo or Google Home voice assistant, welcome to a life of luxurious convenience. You’ll be asking for the weather, the news, and your favorite songs without having to poke around on your phone. The world is yours. But you know what? That little talking cylinder is always listening to you.

Okay Google, you need a cuter name – BBC News

The first thing I say when I wake up every morning is “Okay Google”.

Now don’t worry - it’s not shrieked amidst some kind of panicked, cold sweat. I’m not having nightmares about search engines, or even the prolonged suffering of Google+ (though someone surely should be).

The Subtle Ways Your Digital Assistant Might Manipulate You | WIRED

TODAY WE GOOGLE for information, but in the future, we might not need to. Instead we may rely on our butler, namely the intelligent, voice-activated digital assistant on our smart phones, smart watches, or devices like Amazon’s Echo and Alphabet’s Home. Rather than searching the web, we’ll be able to ask our digital assistant how to […]

Which smart speaker should you buy? Amazon Echo or Google Home? | ZDNet

I don’t have review units of these. I bought both of them and they’re both useful. Both are cylinder-shaped speakers that listen to your commands.

They get their smarts from their respective cloud services. To connect with the cloud they both use Wi-Fi.

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