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Your TV could cause an Amazon Echo or Google Home to accidentally listen to you up to 19 times a day, new report shows (AAPL, GOOG, GOOGL, MSFT, AMZN)

Smart speakers such as the Google Home Mini, Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod, and Harmon Kardon Invoke can be mistakenly activated by TV shows up to 19 times per day, according to a recent study from researchers at Northeastern University and Imperial College London. As part of the experiment, researches exposed the smart speakers to 125 hours of content from Netflix across a range of categories. Initial findings found that the speakers activated between 1.5 and 19 times per day on average. It's no...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, London, Microsoft, Office, Cortana, Samsung, Trends, Siri, Bloomberg, Netflix, Beverly Hills, Jeff Bezos, Burger King, Amazon Echo


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. . A spokesperson told Business Insider that Facebook will also take down ads which try to create a "sense of urgency" around the outbreak. Salesforce co-CEO Keith Block has stepped down from his role as co-CEO. Marc Benioff will again be the company's sole CEO, while Block will stay on as an adviser to him through February 25, 2021. Amazon is reportedly deleting some third-party listings that jack up surgical mask prices as ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, US, Trends, Tesla, Airbnb, Louisiana, Foxconn, Expedia, Alexa, Marc Benioff, Block, National Transportation Safety Board, Amazon Alexa, Keith Block


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Intuit officially announced it's buying credit-score company Credit Karma for $7.1 billion. Intuit shares went up about 2.5% on Monday afternoon following the announcement. Facebook has been investigating content that supports Bernie Sanders, but hasn't been able to find any links to Russian disinformation activity, the Wall Street Journal reports. President Trump on Sunday called for an investigation into whether Russia helped...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, New York, Instagram, Microsoft, Russia, US, Trends, Tim Cook, Warren Buffett, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Nevada, Cia


The best speakers

Great speakers don't just look good — they bring your audio experience to a new level. Speakers are available in a variety of sizes to suit different listening and budget needs. Popular speaker types include floorstanding speakers, bookshelf speakers, smart speakers, and Bluetooth speakers.  Thanks to their stylish design and room-filling audio performance, the Klipsch RP-8000F floorstanding speakers are our top pick for the best speakers you can buy. A great speaker or speaker system can tran...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Amazon Echo, Cnet, Alexa, Hifi, Klipsch, Steven Cohen, Amazon Alexa, Alexa You, Christian de Looper, Amazon Echo Third Generation, Sonos Move, High Def Digest, Bose SoundLink Revolve Best


The best Apple HomeKit-enabled TVs

Apple's HomeKit ecosystem allows you to easily control a variety of smart home devices, including select TV models from LG, Vizio, and Sony. With HomeKit support, you can stream content to your TV from your iPhone, use Siri voice commands with your display, and even automate special tasks for your TV in tandem with other HomeKit products. A great HomeKit-enabled TV balances advanced smart features with excellent image quality — which is exactly why we've chosen the LG C9 as our top pick. TVs a...
Tags: Apple, Google, Samsung, Trends, Siri, Sony, Lg, Vizio, Hulu, Dolby Vision, Hdr, Cnet, Homekit, Alexa, Belkin, Dolby Atmos


Apple may be working on a new pair of high-end headphones to rival Bose and Sennheiser — here's everything we know about them so far (AAPL)

Apple is expected to release a pair of wireless over-ear headphones with premium sound quality, according to reports from Bloomberg, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and YouTuber Jon Prosser. The headphones would offer the convenience of AirPods, but with an over-ear design and improved audio that would rival the likes of products made by Bose and Sennheiser. One report from Kuo suggests the headphones could debut in the first half of 2020.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple laun...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung, Trends, Bloomberg, Bose, Alexa, Ming Chi Kuo, Cupertino California, Kuo, Prosser, Google Home, AirPods, Sennheiser Momentum, TF International Securities


The Shows on Netflix That Could Be Triggering Your Smart Speaker

As smart speakers have become a ubiquitous part of our day-to-day lives, so too has it become clear these devices may not be as private as they appear at first blush—that they may be listening in even when they shouldn’t be, that recordings may contain sensitive information that we didn’t realize was being uploaded to…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Science, Microsoft, Alexa, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers, Apple HomePod


8 predictions made by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos more than 20 years ago that were right on the money (AMZN)

Amazon has grown from an online bookseller to a domineering tech giant since Jeff Bezos founded it in 1994. Even when Amazon was young, Bezos had an extraordinary vision for his company. Here are some of the predictions Bezos made in 1999, more than 20 years ago, that turned out to be accurate. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In 1999, Amazon was a 5-year-old kindergartner startup navigating the early ecommerce market. But that didn't stop CEO Jeff Bezos from dreaming big. ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, New York City, US, Trends, Credit Suisse, Cbs, Npr, Jeff Bezos, Alexa, Charlie Rose, Bezos, Adam Neumann, Bob Simon, Marist


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. WeWork paid over $2 million in cash to a woman who threatened to expose claims of sex, illegal drugs, and discrimination in a horrifying 50-page document. With at least one external law firm, WeWork launched an investigation that would later find credible evidence of sexual relations between coworkers and drug use.  Huawei is downplaying coronavirus impact on its smartphone sales, but experts say it will suffer more than Apple. ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, London, Microsoft, Obama, US, Trends, Bloomberg, New York Times, WeWork, Sequoia Capital, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department


New $300 Kitchen Playset For Children Includes Amazon's Alexa

"Kids can play with Alexa in their very own $300 pretend kitchen and grocery store," CNET reports, "with the Amazon voice assistant dishing out cooking advice, shopping help and plenty of goofy toddler humor." The Alexa 2-in-1 Kitchen and Market, from toymaker KidKraft, is making its debut at this weekend's New York Toy Fair... It uses a mix of RFID sensors and Bluetooth to tell Alexa which pretend food items kids are buying and cooking... Alexa speaks only when a sensor on the play set is activ...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Tech, Cnet, Alexa, Tom, Engadget, Kidkraft, Children Includes Amazon, Alexa Kitchen


American Lawmakers Launch Investigations Into Ring's Police Deals

A U.S. Congressional subcommittee is now "pursuing a deeper understanding of how Ring's partnerships with local and state law enforcement agencies mesh with the constitutional protections Americans enjoy against unbridled police surveillance," reports Gizmodo: Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on economic and consumer policy, is seeking to learn why, in more than 700 jurisdictions, police have signed contracts that surrender control over what city...
Tags: Amazon, Congress, Tech, Ars Technica, House, Gizmodo, Alexa, U S Congressional, Subcommittee, Raja Krishnamoorthi, House Oversight and Reform, House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, Federal Trade Commission the Department of Justice


DSP Concepts raises $14.5M for its Audio Weaver platform

DSP Concepts — a startup whose Audio Weaver software is used by companies as varied as Tesla, Porsche, GoPro and Braun Audio — is announcing that it has raised $14.5 million in Series B funding. The startup goal, as explained to me by CEO Chin Beckmann and CTO Paul Beckmann (yep, they’re a husband-and-wife founding team), is to create the standard framework that companies use to develop their audio processing software. To that end, Chin told me they were “picky about who we wanted on the B round...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, Sony, DSP, Alexa, Cto, PAUL, Chin, Weaver, BMW i Ventures, Tesla Porsche, Recent Funding, Taiwania Capital


Havells Carnesia-I intelligent fan with smart mode launched for Rs. 4500

Havells, a popular consumer electronics brand in India has launched their first smart ceiling fan in India called the Carnesia-I. It can intelligently sense the temperature and humidity in the room to adjust the fan speed accordingly and it can be controlled by an app or via a voice assistant. The fan can be operated in three modes; namely smart mode, sleep mode and breeze mode, the latter two useful for night comfort and to have natural breeze effects respectively. The fan can be turned on...
Tags: Google, News, India, Blogging, Alexa, Havells Carnesia, Havells Carnesia-I, Havells smart fan


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Justin Bieber and Jack Dorsey may be among the 10 million MGM hotel guests whose personal information was posted to a hacking forum. MGM said it discovered the data breach last summer and notified customers who were impacted based on state laws.  Google's users in the UK will no longer be protected by Europe's strict privacy regulations. Google is planning on moving its British user data away from Ireland, so the information w...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, UK, China, Politico, US, Trends, Ireland, House, Justin Bieber, Sony, Louisiana, Jack Dorsey


Study: AI expert Gary Marcus explains how to take AI to ‘the next level’

The field of AI, especially in the realm of deep learning, is at an inflection point. We’re either going to break on through to the other side – where deep learning becomes deep understanding – or continue spinning our collective wheels pouring trillions of dollars worth of compute into making Alexa a fraction of a percent better at pretending it understands what you’re saying. That’s a trite summation for what’s happening, but according to Gary Marcus, the CEO and co-founder of Robust.AI, AI de...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Alexa, Gary Marcus, Neural


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Mark Zuckerberg struggled to curry favor with the EU this week, with skeptical lawmakers questioning Facebook's dominance and the spread of coronavirus misinformation. One MEP who met with Zuckerberg said Facebook undermined officials' ability to govern. Elon Musk criticized an artificial intelligence company he helped found — and said his confidence in the safety of its AI is 'not high.' OpenAI is racing to be the first to b...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, China, India, Trends, Eu, Greenpeace, Jeff Bezos, Delhi, Alexa, Zuckerberg, Steven Levy, Bezos


The best 4K Blu-ray players

To play the best-quality movies on a 4K TV, you need a 4K Blu-ray player that supports 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. 4K Blu-ray players are also capable of high dynamic range (HDR) technology for enhanced contrast and colors. The Sony UBP-X700 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player balances price and performance better than any other player on the market, making it the best fit for most buyers. Streaming services might offer the most convenient way to watch movies at home, but if you want the very best vid...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Netflix, Sony, Panasonic, Lg, Hulu, Dolby Vision, Hdr, Vision, DAC, Alexa, Dolby Atmos, Ubp


CES 2020 Highlights

Every year I come away from CES (Consumer Electronics Show) amazed at how influential technology has become in our lives.  It’s not just about clever gadgets, large screen TVs, concept cars, and shiny objects – it’s about the many ways our world is changing. The displays and talks reflected how everything from healthcare, the environment, and urbanization to retail, transportation, and travel are powered by technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, 5G, Augmented Reality (as well as “Parallel...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Technology, Microsoft, Samsung, Trends, Ces, Innovation, Fiat, Ibm, Bmw, Lg, Kyocera, Garmin, Conferences, Ericsson


This “Bracelet of Silence” actively blocks Alexa and Siri from hearing your conversations

The dilemma with phones and smart-speakers are that they undermine the privacy of not just their owners, but everyone around them. Maybe you have a friend who loves talking about their cat, and that’s perfectly fine… until YOU begin getting ads for cat-food on your Instagram.Students at the University of Chicago developed a unique, wrist-worn bracelet that can remotely scramble all sorts of microphones in a working radius of a few feet. Just wear “The Bracelet of Silence” and switch it on when...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Design, Privacy, Safety, Siri, University Of Chicago, Alexa, Product Design, Jammer, Alexa Siri, Huiying Li, Pedro Lopes, Scott Urban, Yuxin Chen, Zhijing Li


Sub70 Golf

How long has Sub70 owner Jason Hiland been selling golf gear online? Well, if you were alive, you were either doing the Macarena, playing with your new Tickle Me Elmo, watching Season Three of Friends, or learning the names of the first 50 Pokemon. The worldwide web hosted fewer than 100,000 websites in 1996, and Hiland’s value-priced component/clone company Diamond Tour Golf was one of them. No one – not even 12-year-old Mark Zuckerberg – could have envisioned the bold, new world of e-Commerce ...
Tags: Google, Mark Zuckerberg, Sport, Aol, Pga, Golf, Tom Brady, Alexa, Callaway, Hogan, Tommy, Taylormade, Macarena, Korn Ferry, Ben Hogan, Tommy Armour III


Why We’re Calling GEICO Auto Insurance “Best Overall”

In Our Editorial Opinion: We named GEICO “Best Overall” because of the company’s well rounded offerings and positive scores across the board. GEICO makes it easy to get car insurance with a helpful mobile app and affordable plans for all drivers, including students and military members. Customers will enjoy the online experience but may be frustrated with repairs and the pace at which claims are handled. Availability 95 Customer Service 80 Affordability 80 Cov...
Tags: Google, Florida, New York, Review, Car Insurance, Insurance, Customers, Autos, Better Business Bureau, Alexa, MBI, GEICO, USAA, Auto Insurance, Amazon Alexa, Bain Company


Panasonic ‘Miraie’ IoT and AI enabled platform launched in India

Panasonic, a diversified technology brand launched several products in India last year including smartphones and this year, the brand has forayed into Connected Living Solutions with the launch of its IoT & AI-enabled platform - 'Miraie.', and it includes a range of connected products. Under Miraie platform, a range of connected products like Connected Air Conditioners, Smart Door Bell and Plugs & Switches will be available. This IoT and AI-enabled platform takes advantage of Google's Voice...
Tags: Google, Amazon, News, India, Blogging, Panasonic, Bangalore, Alexa, South East Asia, Panasonic India, Manish Sharma, Panasonic Miraie, Panasonic Miraie AI IoT platform, Connected Living Solutions, Miraie, Connected Air Conditioners Smart Door Bell


Activate this 'Bracelet of Silence,' and Alexa Can't Eavesdrop

Ben Zhao and his wife, Heather Zheng, computer science professors at the University of Chicago, designed what they are calling a "bracelet of silence" that will jam the Echo or any other microphones in the vicinity from listening in on the wearer's conversations. The New York Times reports: The bracelet is like an anti-smartwatch, both in its cyberpunk aesthetic and in its purpose of defeating technology. A large, somewhat ungainly white cuff with spiky transducers, the bracelet has 24 speakers ...
Tags: Tech, New York Times, University Of Chicago, Alexa, Zheng, Lopes, Adam Harvey, Ben Zhao, Heather Zheng


The best media streaming sticks and devices

A media streaming device can transform your so-called dumb TV into a smart one that plays shows and movies from Disney Plus, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Prime Video, and other streaming services. The best of the bunch is the Roku Ultra with its easy-to-use interface, 4K video streaming, voice control, and simple remote. The world is changing. Gone are the days when a cable subscription was necessary to watch all the latest and greatest TV shows. These days, the best TV shows are coming out on stre...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Google Play Store, Hbo, Mac, Disney, Samsung, Trends, Siri, Apple TV, Chromecast, Netflix, Nvidia, Roku, Vizio


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. The US government has filed racketeering charges against Huawei and its CFO, accusing the Chinese telecom giant of conspiring to steal trade secrets from 6 tech companies. The latest indictment includes information alleging Huawei tried to steal trade secrets from six different US technology companies. Alibaba has pledged $140 million to fight the coronavirus outbreak with a platform to coordinate deliveries of crucial medical s...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Supreme Court, Microsoft, China, US, Trends, Tesla, Alibaba, SEC, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Huawei, Oracle, Wuhan


Amazon cloud boss Andy Jassy shares the important lesson the company learned from launching its failed Fire Phone (AMZN)

On Wednesday at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy spoke about what Amazon learned from launching the now-shuttered Amazon Fire Phone. When it was released in 2014, sales were disappointing and Amazon had to close its operations, but Amazon was still able to learn from the team it hired, its plans, its customer conversations, and its technology. Jassy says that Amazon encourages employees to try new things, which was how AWS started. Visit ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, San Francisco, Trends, Tim Cook, Wall Street Journal, Google Photos, Amazon Web Services, Alexa, Andy Jassy, Amazon Fire Phone, Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, Jassy


The best music streaming services you can subscribe to

Music streaming services give you access to millions of songs for a monthly subscription fee so you don't have to buy individual songs or albums anymore. Spotify is the best music streaming service for most people, but Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon Music Unlimited, and YouTube Music are also great options, depending on your needs. Music listening has come a long way over the past few decades. Gone are the days when you had to buy CDs, vinyl records, or cassette tapes. You don't even have to buy d...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Family, Trends, Siri, Amazon Prime, Sony, Jay, Apple Music, Alexa, Youtube Music, Dolby Atmos, Hifi, Steven Cohen


Smart-home tech for agents: Kohler upgrades bathrooms and kitchens for the 21st century

In this week's "Smart-home tech," new technology enables homeowners to move seamlessly around their kitchens and bathrooms and have some fun. Check out Kohler's latest and greatest here.
Tags: Ios, Google, Amazon, Android, Video, Technology, Opinion, Ces, Radio, Agent, Las Vegas, Columns, Smart Home Tech, Alexa, Consumer Electronics Show, Kohler


Amazon Echo Buds review: Alexa in your ear with Bose noise reduction

First Amazon true wireless earbuds offer a lot for the money but need attention in some areasAmazon’s first attempt at a set of true wireless earbuds gets a lot right, with Bose active noise reduction technology and hands-free Alexa.At £119.99, the Echo Buds undercut rivals, some of which cost more than twice as much. Their design is generic: large, kidney-shaped with a glossy touch panel on the outside and a standard silicone eartip on the inside. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Technology, Bluetooth, Headphones, Bose, Alexa, First Amazon, Amazon Alexa, Amazon Echo Buds


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. The CEO of Cisco disagreed with a Trump administration proposal to take an ownership stake in Nokia and Ericsson to counter China's 5G offensive. Chuck Robbins said he disagreed with a Trump Administration proposal to buy an ownership stake in Ericsson and Nokia to counter China in 5G. Apple has added $18 billion in market value after its Chinese factories accelerated their post-coronavirus re-openings. Foxconn, which produces...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, California, China, Softbank, Nokia, America, Trends, Cisco, Tesla, Eu, United States, Beverly Hills, Jack Warner



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