Two weeks ago, a woman in Portland, Oregon in the US learned that her Amazon Echo device had recorded and sent a private conversation between her and her husband to one of his employees in Seattle, Washington without their knowledge.“Unplug your Alexa devices right now,” she says the employee told them, “You’re being hacked.”But the couple in Portland wasn’t being hacked.According to Amazon, Alexa misunderstood their discussion about hardwood floors as a series of commands to send their conversation to the man in Seattle.In a statement to Gizmodo, the online shopping giant confirmed that the Echo device “woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like ‘Alexa.’” The statement continued:Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a “send message” request.
It was only a few weeks ago that we reviewed the AirTV Player, which aimed to integrate the features you would normally find in a streaming box like the Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire TV with the ability to pull in over-the-air (OTA) broadcast channels.That turned out to be a problem, as it was trying to do much in a way that left us wanting more.The plainly named AirTV, on the other hand, focuses on doing just one thing, and it may end up being a better product for it.While the AirTV Player was an all-in-one unit that functioned as a streaming box — ostensibly your main streaming box — the AirTV is more of an accessory.Plug an OTA antenna into the device, hook it up to your Wi-Fi, and it wirelessly streams OTA channels to various streaming boxes throughout your house.Not only does this let you use the streaming box you’re used to, but it also lets you put the antenna where it gets the best reception, not wherever your TV happens to be.
Lenovo’s market share was 0.4% only in 2017 in China.But there is every reason to think the company will improve its sales due to the launched and upcoming smartphones.We have already seen a couple of attractive models in face of the Lenovo S5 and Lenovo K5.The net has been buzzing about the Lenovo Z5 for a while.And everything hints at its upcoming launch.Yesterday, the first photo samples of this phone were leaked on Weibo.
On Wednesday, the "G" key on my 15-inch 2016 MacBook Pro — a model sporting the newest butterfly keyboard design — started acting up for the second time since I bought it.It doesn't work unless I press very hard on the key.Several other Mac owners have reported a similar issue with their butterfly keyboards.For the rest of this short post, I will not correct any typographical errors related to the letter "G," and I'll embolden the affected words to show what happens when Apple's butterfly keyboard becomes defective, startin now.I love my 15-inch 2016 MacBook Pro, which I bouht refurbished directly from Apple.It came in pristine condition, and I saved $400 on the price I would have paid if I bouht it new.
How many more sleeps to GDPR?The morning of Friday 25th May can’t come soon enough.Oh, how I long to not wake up to find at least five emails demanding that I ‘opt in’ to X and to ‘click this link’ if I want to keep receiving useless information about Y.The spotlight has been burning brighter than ever on data privacy, control and consent over the last few weeks.Whilst GDPR touches on each of those areas, its core focus is on the latter; consent.More specifically, it’s on brands getting consent from their customers to be able to stay in touch with them.
We've just seen the OnePlus 6 for the first time and it manages to pack in a whole lot of spec with a high-end design and it's all for a more affordable price than a lot of other flagship phones.The iPhone X sits in our best phone list right now, but it's going to cost you a lot of money if you decide to buy it.We've run down the specs, design, price and much more in this guide to help you make your mind up between the OnePlus 6 and the iPhone X.OnePlus 6 vs iPhone X designBoth the OnePlus 6 and iPhone X have glass backs with metal edges, but that's where the similarities end.The OnePlus 6 is a touch bigger than the iPhone X - that's so it can house that larger display - but it's only a touch heavier at 177g compared to the iPhone X's 174g.
A group of researchers is working on an insect-sized flying robot that they believe could help with all sorts of tasks from finding gas leaks to surveying crops.Rather than having propellers that push them like an airplane or rotors like a helicopter, these tiny robots fly around by flapping wings like an insect.The small size of the robot flying machines makes them cheaper to produce and able to slip into tight spots that larger drones couldn’t access.The problem with most tiny robotic insects is that they require a tether to get the power needed to operate.A team of engineers from the University of Washington has developed a new tiny robot that needs no cord and has a brain of sorts embedded called RoboFly.RoboFly is a bit heavier than a toothpick and gets power from a laser beam shined at an onboard circuit.
AT’s OTT streaming television service DirecTV NOW has expanded its DVR features, making them available for all subscribers despite the continued “beta” status.The features are being made available to iOS and tvOS users first, though AT promises that Android, Roku, and Fire TV users will get access to the DVR and other changes in coming weeks.First things first is the cloud DVR, which offers 20 hours of free storage space during its beta.The company calls this its True Cloud DVR, explaining that it is still in beta and still being tested, but now available to all DirecTV NOW subscribers.With it, users can record shows and store them for up to 30 days.The saved content can be watched on any device that supports DirecTV NOW.
A laptop now listed in Asia is one of the first to sport Intel’s 10nm “Cannon Lake” processor.More specifically, it’s the unannounced Intel Core i3-8121U that just appeared in the company’s database sporting two cores with a base speed of 2.20GHz and a maximum speed of 3.20GHz.Intel first teased its 10nm processor at the beginning of 2017, packing it into a superthin 2-in-1 device.Intel instead pushed back its Cannon Lake rollout until 2018 due to manufacturing difficulties stemming from the 10nm process.Don’t expect a massive flood of Cannon Lake-based devices in 2018.According to the company’s first-quarter financial results for 2018, Intel shifted its “volume” production of 10nm chips to 2019.
The amount of units you’ve drunk will tell you if you’re within the safe legal limit for driving.But there are fewer easy ways to be alerted if you’re too tired to be safely behind the wheel of your car.A new in-car device called Ridy aims to change that, though — and it’s using state-of-the-art facial recognition to help.The Ridy smart camera attaches easily to your dashboard or windshield.This might include things like how often you blink, facial expressions such as yawns, or how often you look away from the road.If a certain threshold is passed, Ridy will give you a verbal warning.
Nearly three years after the launch of the original Surface Hub interactive whiteboard, Microsoft introduced the second-generation model on Tuesday, May 15.It won’t be made widely available to businesses until 2019, but Microsoft plans to test the Surface Hub 2 waters this year with “select” commercial customers.Pricing will be “competitive” with other devices on the market, Microsoft says.The unit Microsoft introduced on Tuesday sports a 50.5-inch multitouch screen with a 3840 x 2160 resolution.Microsoft doesn’t mention a larger unit like the current 84-inch model, and there’s good reason why the company may not take this larger avenue: Tiling.With the introduction of the Surface Hub 2 comes the ability to align up to four Hubs together to create one enormous touch-supporting screen.
Seasonal changes in an alien planet's atmosphere could signal the presence of extraterrestrial life, new research suggests.Researchers aim to expand our ability to hunt for aliens by creating a new search protocol to be used with next-generation telescopes.As described in a paper published yesterday (May 9) in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, a research team at University of California, Riverside's (UCR) Alternative Earths Astrobiology Center has used the way Earth's atmosphere changes from season to season to develop a model for chemical signs that could indicate life.Searching for life in the universe is tricky — clearly, since we have yet to find concrete evidence of extraterrestrials.Since exoplanets that we suspect could hold life are too far to visit, scientists study their atmospheres instead, hoping that biological clues in the atmosphere could indicate the presence of life.These clues, known as biosignatures, will be observed with specialized, next-generation telescopes like the James Webb Space Telescope, which is currently being assembled and will measure the various gaseous components that make up these far-off atmospheres.
Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) continues to white-ant the business of dominant local carrier Telstra, which yesterday cut its earnings guidance yesterday.It's hardly good news for the company building the NBN, nbn , because while Telstra added 38,000 subs in the third quarter of 2018, what those users are spending on their bundles fell by 2.4 per cent.One of nbn 's most intractable problems is how to grow its monthly average revenue per user (ARPU), so a decline from the retailer which holds 50 per cent of NBN connections will be unwelcome news.Telstra told the Australian Securities Exchange yesterday investors should expect its 2018 earnings to be closer to AU$10.1 billion than the $10.6 billion it previously forecast.Mobile ARPU is one pressure-point, CFO Warwick Bray told yesterday's analyst presentation, and the NBN is the other, reducing both fixed line revenue and fixed broadband ARPU.The combined impact of the NBN is decline of about $3 billion in EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization) for the year, Bray told the call, and growing subsrciptions (particularly in mobile) haven't offset that.
The Trump administration has cut NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) budget, removing its ability to measure greenhouse gases.The news follows last month’s troubling revelation that average CO2 levels in April exceeded 410ppm, a startling figure and the highest ever recorded.Without the funding, NASA will use up the rest of its grants on CMS, then bring an end of the project.NASA has been monitoring CO2 levels and making the data available on its website.Records show a clear connection between human activities and a rapid increase in CO2 levels.Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a greenhouse gas, meaning it traps heat and contributes to a warming planet.
A Moto Z3 Play render has leaked and we have veteran leakster @evleaks to thank for it.Till now we have had a good deal of leaks and pretty much know every design aspect of the Z3 Play.This render is in a color that has not been used by Moto in any of their previous smartphones.Motorola’s adaptive display and voice control is one of the best things that could happen to Moto smartphones.The microphone array on the bottom seems to be made of three microphones, this allowing for better voice control in crowded environments or even from a large distance.An update to the already existing Moto Actions might be in tow.
As the previous major updates for Windows 10, Redstone 5 will bring a large number of new features to the operating system, and we’ll gather up everything we know so far about the upcoming update in this article.As with previous major Windows 10 updates, it will be freeWindows 10 Redstone 5 release dateSo, when can we expect Windows 10 Redstone 5 to land?We haven’t been given a definitive date, but it’s pretty much expected that it will launch towards the end of 2018, probably around September or October.This would follow Microsoft’s pattern of releasing a major Redstone update for Windows 10 in those months, and then another Redstone update in March or April.
SpaceX is set to launch the first Bangladeshi satellite into orbit on an upgraded version of its Falcon 9 rocket Thursday.Bangabandhu Satellite-1 is scheduled to blast off from launch pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.The launch window opens at 4:12 p.m. EDT and closes at 6:21 p.m. EDT.The satellite will be transferred into a geostationary orbit approximately 33 minutes after launch, according to SpaceX.If SpaceX is unable to launch the satellite on Thursday, a backup window is scheduled for Friday.The mission is also the first to use Falcon 9 Block 5, which SpaceX describes as the “final substantial upgrade” to the rocket.
Years ago, Google Glass was pitched as a magic eye on the real world.The latest updates to Google Lens -- demoed at this week's Google I/O developers conference, and coming soon to end users -- are closer than ever to what we thought magical real-time augmented reality would be.And -- maybe -- this is the stepping-stone to where future AR headsets are destined to be.Recognizing text and translating or copying it.At the Google I/O developer conference where bigger-scale VR news has thus far been minimal, Google's continued evolution of Google Lens stole the show.Google Lens is Google's camera-based AR technology that expands the powers in Android phone's existing camera app.
Patch your Windows 10 device quick, as hackers are currently taking advantage of a zero-day “Double Kill” flaw in Internet Explorer to infect PCs across the globe.The fix is part of Microsoft’s latest Patch Tuesday update for Windows 10, addressing the vulnerability discovered by the Qihoo 360 Core Security team in late April.The flaw is officially labeled as CVE-2018-8174, ignoring the 360 Core Security team’s “Double Kill” codename.According to the team, hackers can embed a malicious website inside an Office document.Once opened, the embedded site deploys malicious code and its payload from a remote web-based server.The attack is executed within the system memory as well, thus you’ll find no evidence of foul play on the device’s local storage.
Microsoft first unveiled its Fluent Design changes for Windows 10 at Build last year, adding subtle animations to many apps and core parts of Windows.We’ve seen a number of changes to the design of apps in the Fall Creators Update and the recent April 2018 Update, and now Microsoft is unveiling some future Fluent Design plans today at Build 2018.During a session on Fluent Design at Build today, Microsoft unveiled a number of new subtle changes that will appear in Windows 10 apps this year.Microsoft is using shadow effects across Fluent Design, alongside modernizing context menus and implementing consistent back button controls in apps.The changes make for a more refined version of Fluent Design, and should hopefully avoid the somewhat inconsistent implementation of Fluent across Microsoft’s own first-party Windows 10 apps.Third-party app developers will need to adopt the Fluent controls to get access to these newly designed elements in their apps, and even Microsoft will need to bring these to its Windows applications.