Tech Addict: Amazon Alexa Records and Sends Conversation Without Permission, Twitter Time Travel Feature + 3 More Exciting Cool-Tech News

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Nexter.org gathered most interesting news and announcements for the week. 

Alexa recorded a conversation and sent it 

Amazon had to explain how Alexa recorded a conversation and sent it to user’s colleague without their consent. At first, people thought Alexa was spying on users, but then, well, then it hasn’t become clear.

As Amazon spokesman explains:

“Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like “Alexa.” Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a “send message” request. At which point, Alexa said out loud “To whom?” At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customers contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, “[contact name], right?” Alexa then interpreted background conversation as “right”. As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely.”

Instagram now lets you mute accounts

Source: Instagram

Instagram added an important new feature: the ability to mute posts from an account you follow without unfollowing it. So now you can save friends without getting annoyed by their every day boring posts.

Apple wins $539 million from Samsung

Apple wins $539 million from Samsung over the seven-year-old smartphone patent trial on mobile design (rounded corners, the rim of the front face, iconic app grid layout on the home screen).

“We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers,” Apple told Bloomberg. “This case has always been about more than money.”

Twitter time travel

A hyper-specific filter, you can see what your Twitter feed would have looked like 10 years ago with the same people you now follow. Right the feed is completely different comparing to 2008: now it’s all about Trump, shootings and other real-life news.

In 2008, you would see some daily life things and jokes. It’s hard to decide whether this feature is good or a complete disaster.

VPNhub from Pornhub

Pornhub is launching a new  service, VPNhub, and can be used for private, anonymous internet usage and features encrypted connections that utilize “1,000 servers in 15+ countries” and offer “unlimited bandwidth.”

The fascinating thing about this new Pornhub idea is that it’s completely free! Also, it doesn’t show porn ads. Read more here.


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