Amazon Alexa: Best to throw in the sea!
That Amazon employees have access to audio recordings of language assistant Alexa, Bloomberg revealed two weeks ago. Now, the business magazine with new findings. Accordingly, employees can also track the addresses of customers whose voice inputs they are evaluating. Because the files are linked to geodata whose coordinates can be easily translated into the network in real addresses. The confirmed Amazon staff who wants to remain anonymous, told Bloomberg. Thousands of US employees in multiple countries can not only hear what Alexa users say – they also know where their customers live. Until recently, phone numbers should have been displayed.
Although there is no evidence of abuse of this feature by Amazon employees, Bloomberg speaks of “too much access to customer data”. With Alexa’s data protection flaws becoming increasingly apparent, the technology magazine Gizmodo has made a clear recommendation to users of such services: “The technology of Amazon Alexa is a perfect product for today, it’s simple, it’s practical – and it’s a nightmare for privacy, which constantly reminds us that we live in a formidable technology future that we have created ourselves, whoever has Alexa or another language assistant at home should be warned, and who still does not put his echo speaker into the sea It’s your own fault, because Silicon Valley obviously has no interest in respecting our privacy. ”
The statement by Amazon itself states: “Access to internal tools is tightly controlled and only granted to a limited number of people who need these tools to train and improve the service by processing an extremely small sample of interactions Our policies strictly prohibit employee access to and use of customer information for other purposes, we have a zero tolerance policy for misuse of our systems, and regularly review employee access to internal tools and limit access when and wherever possible. ”
Disassembled: Galaxy Fold “alarmingly vulnerable”
IFixit’s repair specialists have dismantled Samsung’s Galaxy Fold helpline – literally. iFixit speaks of “alarmingly vulnerable” technology. After reading through the autopsy of the possibly permanently faded folding cell phone, it seems hardly comprehensible that Samsung wanted to bring the immature device tomorrow actually for $ 1,980 on the market. iFixit has discovered numerous poorly secured locations during its investigation that allow objects ranging from dust lice to the size of a guitar plucket (!) to enter the Galaxy Fold.
While conventional smartphones from the iPhone to standard phones from Samsung are so heavily glued that repairs are difficult, the folding Samsung can already be disassembled with low heat input in large parts. “Just a small amount of pressure from the user on the screen is enough to damage it,” says iFixit. Thus, it was “practically safe” that buyers would have to repair the display sooner or later. The hardware nerds confirm the previous findings on the controversial protective film on the screen: “Who removes the film kills the display.”
Cloud – but please from Germany!
Stiftung Warentest has examined eleven cloud services in its latest issue. The test victory was achieved with the Note 2.0 Web.de with its “Freemail online storage” before the “Magentacloud Free” of Telekom (2.1). The well-known competitors such as Dropbox and Google Drive (both 2.5) or Amazon Drive and Apple iCloud (both 3.0) landed clearly behind it. As usual from goods test, the US offerers failed to “very clear defects in data protection declaration, conditions of use or business conditions”. They each led to a devaluation by a complete grade.
On the other hand, if it were purely about functions, comfort and data security, the big US companies would have their noses clearly ahead. Thus, Dropbox and Google come on average for these three central criteria to a top score of 1.5, while Web.de is just under 2.0, and the Telekom at 2.1. In terms of data security, the second-ranked Telekom comes due to weaknesses in access protection and security features only to note 2.7 – Dropbox and Google directly behind, however, each on a 1.5. Apple’s iCloud even achieves the top score of 1.3 with the “best password protection” and “strong protection against data theft”. Apparently cloud users must therefore make a fundamental decision – between EU-compliant privacy policies and terms and conditions, and maximum comfort and data security.
Up to 5 GHz: These are the new muscle PCs
Intel has introduced the ninth generation of its i5, i7 and i9 mobile processors for notebooks. Flagship is the i9 chip 9980HK with a base speed of 2.4 GHz, which can be brought up to 5 GHz – a new milestone for mobile computers. Expensive 3D games are up to 18 percent faster than its predecessor, the rendering of 4K videos in Adobe Premiere Pro works up to 28 percent faster. Intel wants to market computers with this technology as “muscle books”. The first portable PCs and Macs with the Gen 9 chips are to appear during the year. According to The Next Web alone, Intel calculates 583 dollars for its new top processor.
Airbnb plans travel television
From the room broker to the travel multi! Airbnb wants to offer everything in the medium term, which has to do with vacation and travel. And this may soon include films and series about travel, which should promote the wanderlust of the clientele. According to Reuters, the US group is planning such shows, the preparations have been running for at least three years. First Harbingers: At the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, airbnb airs the documentary “Gay Chorus Deep South” on a queer choir from San Francisco. And Airbnb is also involved in the documentary series “Home” for Apple TV +. Travel TV could run both in the Airbnb app and on other platforms.
The end of LEAD: The Mark Zuckerberg podcast
Mark Zuckerberg has started his own podcast. In the new “Tech & Society” series, the Facebook boss talks to his guests about the future of technology and society. At least the content of episode 1 is not quite dewy. Zuckerberg’s conversation with Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner took place on April 1 and has already been posted on Facebook. Now it is also available as a podcast. According to The Verge, it’s still unclear how often the podcast will appear and which platforms it will be on. So far, “Tech & Society” is only available on Spotify, but not in Apple’s podcast app for iOS.
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