AMAZON ECHO AND Google Home—and other devices that have Alexa and Google Assistant built in—are some of the most promising new technologies to come along in years.
WHEN IT COMES to the eternal tradeoff between digital security and convenience, most tech firms focus their efforts on the vast majority of people who choose a painless user experience over a paranoid one.
IN JUNE a search-and-rescue team in Colorado used a drone to spot lost hikers in a pine forest, shaving hours off the time it would have taken to find the hikers using dogs, and thousands of dollars off the cost of doing so with a helicopter.
Google will soon be offering an Advanced Protection Program to lock down the Gmail accounts of high-value targets.
Mining social networks for every scrap of information about our online lives is now common practice for marketers, academics, government agencies, and so on.
The world’s biggest tech companies have devoted huge resources to voice assistants such as Siri or Alexa. Yet despite a user base numbering in the millions, these apps have serious flaws as researchers at Zhejiang University, China, recently showed.
Google wants to hear you say ‘yes’…and ‘no’, and maybe also ‘on’ and ‘off’ too.
The firm is gathering speech samples from people across the globe, as part of a push to get simple voice recognition everywhere, paving the way for voice commands to be added to appliances and gadgets throughout our homes.
A woman falls asleep on the floor. She wakes, terrified and in excruciating pain to find a robot vacuum cleaner chewing up her hair. The cuddly toy you bought your toddler daughter turns out to be secretly recording your private conversations.
A vulnerability in older Amazon Echo devices can be used to make the home assistant relay conversations to eavesdroppers while the owner remains none the wiser.
Lucas Lundgren sat at his desk as he watched prison cell doors hundreds of miles away from him opening and closing.
He could see the various commands floating across his screen in unencrypted plain text.
The Internet of Things, a giant web of connected devices, is ever expanding and it’s predicted there will be 8.4 billion connected items online by the end of this year.