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6 ways to keep Alexa from eavesdropping on you
First off though, remember that while Alexa is always listening, it's not always recording. Alexa also keeps a record of all the commands you've given it so that it can better learn how to answer you. You can see all the stored commands you've given it by going into your Alexa app and looking at settings and then history, where you'll see all the interactions you've had with Alexa.
Inside the climate change lawsuit pitting Big Oil against San Francisco and Oakland
They jumped ahead in the line to witness the latest volley in San Francisco and Oakland's fight against the fossil fuel industry. This lawsuit started back in September 2017, when San Francisco and Oakland sued Big Oil. The lawsuit doesn't spell out how much these fossil fuel companies should pay, but it could be in the billions, according to the San Francisco City Attorney's office. He added, deeming oil and gas drilling a public nuisance would invade the prerogatives of Congress and the executive branch.
Those Red Alert Bubbles on Your Phone Are Driving Your Loved One Crazy
Jon Ambrose was lying in bed playing a word game with his wife on her iPhone last winter when she left the room for a few minutes. After 12 years of marriage, the 33-year-old computer engineer got his first close look at her phone's home screen. What he saw shocked him: thousands of unread emails, 45 pending app store updates, a dozen-plus unchecked voice mails.
The Eureka Moment That Made Bitcoin Possible
Bitcoin and other digital currencies have been on a wild and much-publicized ride: Over the last year, the value of a single bitcoin has soared tenfold from $2,000 to $20,000 and then dropped by half again. A mystery surrounding the creator of the cryptocurrency, who has never been convincingly identified, has burnished its allure, and innovators and speculators now circle the globe attending high-priced industry conferences, many hoping to make their fortune. Bitcoin didn't just materialize from thin air.
Google Home speakers outsold Amazon's Echo line for the first time last quarter
Over 3.1 million Google Home speakers were sold during the first quarter of 2018, beating Amazon's 2.5 million Echo devices for first time since the two companies began competing in the smart speaker market. It's worth remembering Amazon has outsold Google in the smart speaker market every quarter, since at least the beginning 2017, according to Canalys. Amazon remains the overall market leader, though Google is quickly catching up.
New US tariffs a headache for foreign automakers
US President Donald Trump's threat to impose steep tariffs on auto imports will hit foreign automakers that export a large number of vehicles to the US market, but many also manufacture cars domestically. These automakers have invested billions of dollars in their US facilities. Honda is the sole foreign automaker manufacturing a large majority of its locally-sold cars in the United States.
Battlefield V's creators: female characters are 'here to stay'
DICE has a message for these angry voices: their female characters aren't going anywhere. Player choice and female playable characters are here to stay. Battlefield V executive producer Aleksander Grndal echoed this sentiment, explaining via Twitter that We will always put fun over authentic. I would not be against certain classes that have historically had female fighters having female fighters.
Apple will start reporting government requests to remove apps from the App Store
Apple issued one of its bi-annual transparency reports today, and apart from the usual numbers on account takedown requests, the company issued a statement saying that it'll soon start reporting government requests to take down apps from the App Store. These requests will relate to alleged legal and / or policy provision violations, Apple says. I'd be interested to know why the requests were filed and what apps were affected, but Apple hasn't said if it'll call apps out by name.
Heightened debate in US as EU privacy rules take effect
Amid a global scramble to comply with new EU data protections laws, the debate on privacy has intensified in the United States with some calling for similar measures for Americans, and others warning the rules could fracture the global internet. Large US tech firms have pledged compliance with the EU rules, and have in many cases promised to extend the same protections worldwide. Some US activists argue that the implementation offers an opportunity to give more privacy and data protection benefits to Americans.
ZTE deal would lift sanctions for fine, management shuffle, administration tells lawmakers
In exchange, the Trump administration would lift a ban on US companies selling parts to the tech giant. Trump asked his Commerce Department to investigate the restrictions on ZTE in April following a request from Chinese President Xi Jinping. Earlier reports of a deal prompted bipartisan resistance in Congress, where lawmakers want assurances the company will honor sanctions. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wrote on Twitter that the deal was good only for China and ZTE.
'Smart' gadgets: Ways to minimize privacy and security risks
Revelations that an Amazon Echo smart speaker inadvertently sent a family's private conversation to an acquaintance shows the risks that come with new technologies. Amazon blamed an unlikely string of events, and the company already has many privacy safeguards built into the device. Just remember to turn it back before you leave, or you defeat the point of having a security camera. The downside is that users are often unaware of all the things their gadgets can do, good or bad.
How sensors are giving us another way to peek inside our bodies
The bacteria, molecules, and chemicals in our bodies hold important clues about our health, and scientists are creating sensors that can tap into this information in the easiest way possible. The MIT team wants to test their sensor in humans, too, but they need to make a few improvements first. In a study published in Nature Electronics last week, scientists engineered an implantable sensor that can help with physical therapy. Tooth-mounted sensors could become available sooner than sensors deep in our bodies.
I don't know why GDPR is so funny, but it is
GDPR is 56,000 words, which is about the length of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. It should not have made me laugh, but it turns out GDPR is so inherently funny that I still loled repeatedly, scrolling for more of that good content. Perhaps GDPR is funny because it turns the unbearable status quo of the internet around on itself.
'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' plans its own assault on battle royale genre
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, out Oct 12, takes a new strategic tack, abandoning a single-player story in favor of adding a Battle Royale game mode. Traditionally, Call of Duty also ships out a story mode played by a single player and the Black Ops series has some memorable ones including 2012's flashback-filled Black Ops 2. The game developer didn't offer a lot of details about the Blackout battle royale entry during the Black Ops 4announcement event last week.
White House has deal to lift sanctions on China's ZTE: report
The White House says it has reached a deal with Chinese telecoms giant ZTE that would lift crippling sanctions slapped on the company, The New York Times reported Friday. Alternatives On Thursday, Ross said that at Trump's request, his department was looking at alternatives to the harsh penalty he choose to impose. Top Republican and Democrat senators have denounced the compromise and one even vowed to block it.
Bayer's Monsanto takeover less lucrative than expected
German pharma and chemicals giant Bayer said Friday that savings from its hoped-for takeover of US seeds and pesticides behemoth Monsanto will be smaller than previously thought. The German firm needs to find some 44 billion euros in new cash-from borrowing and issuing new shares-to fund the $62.5-billion Monsanto takeover, German business daily Handelsblatt calculated Friday. It's manageable if the agrochemical division plus Monsanto turns into the promised cash machine, Handelsblatt judged.
Facebook's new political ad rules could upend June 5th primaries
Facebook introduced new disclosure rules for political advertisements this week designed to block bad actors from meddling in elections. The rules that Facebook implemented in the United States this week require anyone wishing to buy a political ad to verify their identity. Only after the candidate or advocacy group enters that authorization code on Facebook can they purchase political ads. The company promoted the new process with a blog post and messages inside Facebook directed at administrators of political pages.
Facebook will ban hateful images of Pepe the Frog but not much else
Facebook's internal policies on Pepe the Frog - now considered an anti-Semitic hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League - offer a little leeway for what is allowed on its platform. Documents obtained by Motherboard show that the platform doesn't outright ban Pepe images, but rather, it only deletes them if shown in the context of hate, endorsed by hate groups to convey hateful messages.
The 20 most Instagrammable pool floats of 2018
Over-the-top pool floats have been blowing up the summer scene for the past few years. If you want to make a splash at your next beachside, poolside, or lakeside gathering, bring along one of the most popular pool floats of 2018. If you want one that will be a head-turner and a like-getter on Instagram, you'll want to check out all the most popular and most unusual pool floats of 2018.
A genetic algorithm predicts the vertical growth of cities
Spanish researchers have created an evolutionary genetic algorithm that, on the basis of the historical and economic data of an urban area, can predict what its skyline could look like in the coming years. Scientists have realized that the growth of cities follows patterns similar to those of certain self-organized biological systems. Inspired by nature, they have developed genetic algorithms that predict how the number of skyscrapers and other buildings in an urban area will increase.

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