Tag Archives: health

Alexa Echo Eavesdropping: What went wrong, How to stop it

Amazon’s Alexa made a boo-boo this week. In a home in Portland, Alexa heard what she thought were a set of commands – to record a conversation and send it to a contact – and she did that. Unfortunately, the people in the conversation had no idea this was happening

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This Honda Civic Type R Pickup concept is making us drool

What’s hotter than a Honda Civic Type R? A pickup version, that’s what. Witness the majesty and madness of the Civic Type R Pickup Truck concept, an oddball one-off created especially to show off the talents of Honda UK’s engineers.

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Google Home just scored a huge victory over Alexa

Google Home has overtaken Amazon’s Echo in smart speaker shipments for the first time, it’s claimed, with the Google Assistant edging out Alexa in sales. Although there have been several contenders in the smart speaker wars, two rival platforms currently lead the market. Amazon led the way, with its Alexa-powered Echo speaker.

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A WWDC 2018 MacBook Pro update is looking even more likely

Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro may well be in line for an update at WWDC 2018, with stock levels hinting that the Cupertino firm could be running down supplies in advance of a new model.

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Gut bacteria changes are key to keto diet’s anti-seizure effect

Gut bacteria are a key component in the ketogenic diet’s ability to decrease seizures in children with epilepsy.

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Blu X Link is a $60 2G smartwatch with heart rate, activity tracking

Chinese company Blu, best known for its inexpensive smartphones, has quietly launched a new smartwatch for iOS and Android users. Called Blu X Link, the new model sports a 1.1-inch display and 2G network connectivity, as well as basic features like activity tracking and heart rate monitoring.

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iPhone NFC rumored to open up in iOS 12

Apple is preparing to loosen its tight grip on the iPhone’s NFC, with reports that the firm plans to give developers access to the secure wireless chip. First added to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus back in 2014, NFC – or Near Field Communications – was used for Apple Pay, the company’s mobile payments system.

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Facebook builds AI watchdog chips to filter live video

Facebook is developing its own chips that can analyze and filter video content in real-time, paving the way for potentially replacing human moderators as streaming on the social network grows exponentially. The site has been criticized in recent years for allowing users to share controversial or offensive content, including footage of people being assaulted or committing suicide

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Nissan Leaf Open Top is an oddball convertible EV

Electric cars needn’t be earnest sedans or hatchbacks, a message Nissan appears to have taken to heart with its unusual convertible Leaf concept.

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10 questions for Battlefield 5 WWII history buffs

It was necessary this week for DICE GM Oskar Gabrielson to make a public statement about a female character in Battlefield V. For more than one reason. Twitter users (bot, troll, or otherwise) reacted to the latest trailer for the World War II-themed game with vitriol because they saw a woman, and that woman had a prosthetic arm

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