Your smart speaker is always listening

Apr 12, 2019
And someone on the other side of it may be listening, too.
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Trying to cut tech giants out of your life is even harder than you think

Jan 30, 2019
"You basically can't use the internet without interacting with them," Gizmodo reporter Kashmir Hill says.
Privacy and technology reporter Kashmir Hill tried to cut herself off from big tech companies Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook.
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Amazon's Alexa was a surprise hit, but what's its next play?

Dec 18, 2018
As its popularity increases, so do questions about privacy and security.
“We take privacy and security very seriously," Toni Reid, right, of Amazon, told Molly Wood last week at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Next Gen conference in Laguna Niguel, California.
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Amazon pushes into Wi-Fi communication space with latest Echo version

May 9, 2017
In addition to everything else Amazon can do for you — recommend books, stream movies, let you shop for appliances and clothes and gourmet food, and get it all by overnight delivery — the company also wants to put a video-equipped digital assistant in your house. This is the latest iteration of Amazon’s Echo speaker […]

Artificial intelligence could soon eclipse touch screens

Dec 23, 2016
Silicon Valley is well on its way toward a world of voice-activated interfaces.
Shoppers test out the Google Home. 
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Tech trends to watch in 2017

Dec 22, 2016
Encryption, voice commands and 'intelligent things' will be big in the new year.
The Amazon Echo Dot uses voice activated technology. 
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Google wants to get into your home — again

May 18, 2016
The company unveiled Google Home to compete with Amazon's Echo.
A still from Google's demo video for Google Home.
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The Dispatch, Episode 5: Amazon's new Echo family

Mar 3, 2016
Another episode from Molly's dispatch, this time she tries out the Amazon Echo.
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Gadgets are on their way out

Jan 2, 2016
As software and cloud technology is becoming more advanced, gadgets are losing the spotlight and are becoming obsolete.
An iPhone streams a 'Facebook Live' live feed of the lobby at Trump Tower, November 29, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (
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