Artificial Intelligence vs. Echo's Eavesdropping and Google's Home Invasion


There’s a lot of excitement about all the new artificial intelligence technology hitting the market — like Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home smart speakers, among many other products. However, there’s also growing concern over how these devices may invade our privacy. These AI devices are designed for use throughout our homes — and despite the companies’ assurances to the contrary, some people worry that they could be listening to every word we utter. Granted, they have to listen when we want them to give us answers or carry out tasks.

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Google developed its own mobile chip to help smartphones take better photos

Google Pixel 2 camera

There’s a lot going on under the hood of your smartphone camera every time you push the button

The Google Pixel 2 does a lot of processing work on each photo as part of its HDR+ platform.

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Retailers Slowly Embracing In-Store Tech Tools


Most retailers don’t have the in-store technology to view customer information across various touchpoints, suggests a new study from Kibo. Fifty-eight percent of retailers who participated in the study, released last Thursday, acknowledged they did not have that capability. The study was based on questions posed to 115 retail executives during the Future Stores 2017 conference. “Retailers must have a complete picture of all consumer activities, regardless of buying channel,” said Kibo CMO Tushar Patel.

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'Invisible' Technologies: What You Can't See Can Hurt You


There are times when it seems like technology can work almost too well. Now, if working too well sounds to you like an impossibility — along the lines of being too rich or too good looking — reflect that there’s more to a technology than end-user experience. In addition to the experience of using the technology, there are other considerations that play a role: things like maintenance, operations and ongoing support. While these considerations are less directly visible to the enterprise end-user, they are nevertheless important.

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How to stop your devices from listening to (and saving) everything you say

Yes, voice technology is amazing. You can ask your phone a question. You can talk to your speaker system and book an Uber. With the right setup, your voice can lock the doors, dim the lights and change the thermostat. All across America, people are embracing their oral fixation.

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Intel, Waymo Are Working on Self-Driving Cars

Intel and Waymo have been working on self-driving car technology in secret for nearly a decade. Now that the technology is moving towards being available in consumer products, the two companies are going public with their own work.

The post Intel, Waymo Are Working on Self-Driving Cars appeared first on ExtremeTech.

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Apple receives Senate inquiry on Face ID privacy concerns

Despite trying to assuage fears its new facial recognition technology is safe, Apple has received an inquiry from the U.S. Senate about just how safe it really is.

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London police unveil 'Talon' to thwart car-ramming terror attacks

Authorities in London deployed new technology Sunday meant to thwart vehicle terror attacks, after a number of incidents in Europe over the past year where vehicles were used as weapons.

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Cycling goes high-tech with specialized 'iPadded' seats

Technology is rapidly changing sports design as well as customization, and it’s not just for the pros. Specialized Bicycle Components makes high performance bikes but it’s now using software from its Retül unit and an iPad to bring high tech offerings to the masses.

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Ad Tech's Future Beyond Facebook and Google


Advertising technology, or ad tech, is a relatively new business segment. Both Google and Facebook have been very successful with this new advertising model. Going forward, will ad tech be important and rapidly expand to a wider segment, or will it be limited to the way certain companies show value and grow? Advertising has gone through wave after wave of change over the decades. Considering its long history, ad tech is still a new area. hen Google went public, it needed to show it could be profitable, so it started selling advertising.

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Tech Leaders Urge UN to Ban AI-Based Lethal Weapons


A group of the world’s top technology leaders have published an open letter urging the UN to ban the use of artificial intelligence in weapons systems, amid growing concerns that autonomous killer robots could wind up taking control. The group of 116 companies, most of which specialize in robotics or AI, argued that its growing use could revolutionize modern warfare in irreversible ways and pose a danger to nation states. “Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare,” the letter states.

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Gene editing breakthrough could pave way for pig-to-human organ transplants

Scientists have harnessed gene-editing technology to eliminate viruses in pigs that could be harmful to people, potentially laying the foundations for pig-to-human organ transplants.

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Pilotless planes? No thanks, say more than half of travelers

Even if they were told the technology was perfectly safe, more than half of travelers still don’t like the idea of pilotless planes. Research shows that the industry has a big job to convince people it’ll be just fine.

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EPIC Claims Google Violates Consumer Privacy in FTC Complaint


A new technology that Google uses to track billions of credit card transactions is unsafe, overly intrusive, and possibly in violation of federal law, according to a complaint EPIC filed Monday with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. EPIC urged the FTC to investigate Google over its Store Sales Management program, criticizing it as unfair and deceptive to consumers, and lacking an easy way to opt out. Google uses its SSM program to track whether consumers have converted online advertisements into in-store purchases.

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Trump's transgender military ban slammed by tech execs

Technology executives, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai took to social media to voice their displeasure over the President’s latest stance on transgendered people in the military.

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New Cybersecurity Policy Will Impact Federal IT Market


Federal agencies already under the gun to modernize their information technology capabilities have a new set of standards to meet as a result of an executive order President Donald Trump issued this spring. The directive not only will affect agency managers in their IT operations and acquisition activities, but also will have a significant effect on IT vendors. The Trump initiative “adds another important piece to the U.S. federal IT modernization puzzle,” said Katell Thielemann, research vice president at Gartner.

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