Alexa

amazon

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition Violates Kids' Rights, Civil Rights Groups Say

Twenty-one groups and coalitions filed a complaint with the FTC alleging that Amazon breaks the law and violates kids’ privacy rights with the Echo Dot Kids Edition.
Caroline Haskins
5.9.19
big tech

Big Tech Lobbying Gutted a Bill That Would Ban Recording You Without Consent

The Illinois Keep Internet Devices Safe Act would have empowered average people to sue big companies for recording them without consent, but industry association lobbying defanged it.
Rob Dozier
4.12.19
amazon

Amazon Sent 1,700 Alexa Recordings to the Wrong Person

Home assistants are continuously recording and constantly uploading details of your everyday life, and sometimes, these recordings can end up in the wrong hands.
Caroline Haskins
12.20.18
CYBER

CYBER Podcast: The Security Advice You Should Give Your Friends and Family This Holiday

On this week’s episode of CYBER, Motherboard talks about the best security advice for friends and family this holiday, as well as those shiny new devices from the internet of things, including Amazon Echo and Google Home.
Motherboard Staff
12.17.18
tech

People Who Buy Smart Speakers Have Given Up on Privacy, Researchers Find

Smart speakers raise a number of privacy questions, which owners are choosing to just shrug off.
Kaleigh Rogers
11.26.18
Comics!

'Your New Best Friend, Jeff Bezos,' Today's Comic by Stephen Maurice Graham

Get a tour of Amazon from none other than Jeff Bezos.
Stephen Maurice Graham
10.8.18
anthropunk

With Echo in Hotel Rooms, Amazon Can Now Track Your Travel Habits

Amazon (and hotels) now have the option to collect new forms of data from people.
S.A. Applin
6.21.18
Comics!

'Alexa,' Today's Comic by Bridget Meyne

Don't mess with Alexa or she'll mess with you.
Bridget Meyne
5.22.18
Tedium

How the Clapper Came to Define Modern Home Automation

The Clapper was in the same category—and owned by the same guy—as the Chia Pet. Nonetheless, the somewhat primitive device introduced millions of people to the idea of simple home automation. Would we have Alexa without it?
Ernie Smith
5.21.18
neural networks

Attack Targets Automatic Speech Recognition Systems

Research demonstrates the possibility of using slight distortions to trick speech recognition neural nets into hearing spoofed messages.
Michael Byrne
1.31.18
Technology

Alexa Can Now Keep Track of How Much Booze You Drink

Can you handle the truth?
Jelisa Castrodale
11.20.17
bad branding

This Amazon Alexa Accessory Is Unfortunately Named ‘DOX’

The ironic name choice underscores the fact that people are already concerned smart speakers are listening to their conversations.
Louise Matsakis
11.13.17
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