Tech Q&A: What Alexa hears, offline Netflix, fun Facebook features, converting to HEIF and more

I have an Amazon Echo and I am really concerned that Amazon is listening all the time. Does the Echo have any privacy settings?

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Ode to Sprint: Somebody Calls You, You Answer Quite Slowly


As I write this, I’m listening to twangy guitar music that calls up vague images of big spiny cactus, dust, and a riderless swaybacked horse. Lots of dust. I’ve been listening to the same few bars for 43 minutes and counting. Every few seconds, the music is interrupted by this: “We apologize for the wait. We are currently experiencing higher than normal volumes and long hold times. If you do not wish to wait, please hang up and call back at a later time, or you may stay on the line, and the next available representative will assist you.”

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Amazon Echo: Get Your Uber Rides, Pizza Pies and Hit Music Here


Amazon last week added Uber calling, Spotify listening and Domino’s pizza ordering to its growing list of functions available to Echo’s voice-activated speakers and Alexa software. Users need only to ask Alexa to call an Uber or an UberX, which is one of the various levels of the Uber private car service, to get a ride. Users can specify their location in the Alexa app’s settings, then enable Uber in Alexa’s skills section and link to an Uber account. New Uber users can get $15 off their first ride by using the 15Alexa discount code.

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Apple investigating automated ad system for podcasts

Your next podcast listening session could be interrupted by dynamically placed, constantly refreshed and targeted content — read advertisements — served up by iAd, if Apple deploys technology described in patent application published Thursday.

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Apple, Samsung court battle goes to California jury

After listening to a month’s worth of testimony from expert witnesses hired by Apple and Samsung as well as executives from each company, a Silicon Valley jury of four men and four women were tasked with sorting out the latest legal dispute over technology between the world’s two largest smartphone makers.

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