SAN FRANCISCO - Amazon yesterday added the ability to tell its Alexa digital assistant to forget what it has heard in a move that could assuage concerns about Echo devices remembering conversations. The command "Alexa, delete everything I said today" will get the virtual aide to do just that, the internet colossus said in an online post. Amazon added it was working on narrowing the command to ordering Alexa to delete what was just said. Alexa is the brains in voice-controlled Echo smart speakers, which feature microphones. Concerns have been raised that internet-linked smart speakers with built-in microphones or cameras could snoop on private conversations or moments. The new feature will be added to an Alexa privacy hub that provides controls for information shared with or by Echo devices, which also allow microphones and cameras to be turned off. Microphones and cameras on Echo smart speakers can also be turned off. ALSO READ: Amazon shareholders support selling face recognition … [Read more...] about Amazon digital assistant Alexa gets new skill: Amnesia
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Business Amazon.com Inc on Wednesday launched a smaller version of the company's Echo Show smart speaker, which is powered by its popular voice assistant Alexa. 29 May 2019 10:05PM Bookmark REUTERS: Amazon.com Inc on Wednesday launched a smaller version of the company's Echo Show smart speaker, which is powered by its popular voice assistant Alexa.Priced at US$90, the new device, called Echo Show 5, features a 5.5-inch screen, a camera and a speaker and is much cheaper than its earlier version, which is priced at about US$230.The latest device also comes with an optional magnetic stand for an additional US$20, the company said.The e-commerce giant had originally launched the Echo Show, a touchscreen device that allows video calling, in 2017.The new Echo Show device also comes with additional privacy protections, having a built-in camera shutter, while still being able to talk to Alexa.The device is available for pre-order starting Wednesday and will begin shipping in the … [Read more...] about Amazon launches smaller Echo Show device for US$90
By Christopher Mims WSJ Sat., May 11, 2019 Amazon.com Inc. has a Facebook Inc.-size problem: It’s become such a gigantic, sprawling, powerful business that its inevitable missteps are beginning to erode trust in its products and services, good will in Washington, and its ability to achieve globe-spanning dominance. Let’s pause to reflect that the company that has made one-day shipping of tens of millions of items the industry standard is also the global leader in cloud computing services, owns the Whole Foods grocery stores (and is building a second chain), helps police departments identify criminals, is building its own air cargo fleet, has an $11 billion-a-year advertising business, is working on a plan to give everyone on Earth internet from space, has put always-on microphones in at least 1 in 10 U.S. homes, built an Oscar-winning film and TV studio from scratch, and is competing directly with UPS, FedEx, Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, the … [Read more...] about Amazon’s Size Is Becoming a Problem
When Uber begins trading on Friday, it will cap one of the largest ever tech initial public offerings and join a crowd of big-name startups making their stock market debuts this year. Not since the dot-com boom have so many richly valued tech companies gone public in such short succession: Shares of Lyft and Pinterest are now trading, and Slack, WeWork and Palantir are expected to follow soon. But this crop of tech companies is markedly different from those that came up during the late 1990s. Many rode the rise of mobile connectivity and cloud computing in the last decade to multibillion-dollar valuations. They are more mature, having spent years as private companies building their businesses. But a number remain deeply unprofitable, and the time they spent in the private markets, increasing in size and value, has ultimately raised questions about where they go from here. By staying private for longer, tech startups have been able to avoid public scrutiny When Netscape, Yahoo and … [Read more...] about News How does Uber IPO differ from dot-com boom?
By Betsy Morris WSJ Thu., May 9, 2019 Amazon.com Inc. is improperly recording and preserving the conversations of young users through its Echo Dot Kids devices, according to a complaint to be filed with federal regulators by a coalition of privacy and child-advocacy groups. The complaint, which alleges Amazon stores the data in the cloud even after parents actively try to delete it, is one of the first to accuse the company of the sort of privacy abuses that have embroiled Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google. It claims that Amazon’s practices violate federal law protecting the online privacy of kids, and calls on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate. The Wall Street Journal reviewed a draft version of the complaint, which the advocacy groups say they intend to file with the FTC on Thursday. A spokesperson for Amazon said the company is compliant with federal privacy laws and that its privacy policies are disclosed on the company’s … [Read more...] about Amazon accused of violating kids’ privacy