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|This is the Daily Tech News for Thursday April 11th, 2019. In LA, I'm Tom Merritt|
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|:31||TM||Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
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|sl||At the Google Cloud Next conference, Google announced that Google+ for enterprise, which isn't being shutdown like the consumer network, will be rebranded as Google Currents. If the name sounds familiar, it was also the name of a previous Google magazine app.||http://9to5google.com/2019/04/10/google-currents-rebrand/|
|jry||Preorder reservations for the Samsung Galaxy Fold open Friday April 12. No money is required to reserve the right to preorder. The $1,980 device will be released April 26.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/11/18306037/samsung-galaxy-fold-preorder-reserve-spot-date-price|
|tm||In a statement, the Netherlands’ Authority for Consumers & Markets said it will investigate Apple for abusing a dominant market position "by giving preferential treatment to its own apps." The investigation will center on Apple which has received the most complaints, but the regulator is also asking app makers to flag any problems on the Google Play Store as well.|
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|:33||jry||The US Department of Justice has charged Julian Assange with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion of a classified computer system. The indictment accuses Assange of helping Chelsea Manning in "cracking a password stored on the United States Department of Defense computers connected to the Secret Internet Protocol Network, a United States government network used for classified documents and communications." The Washington Post printed excerpts of a chat between Assange and Manning where Assange says he gave hashes of passwords to "our guys" to crack. Ecuador removed its asylum protection of Assange Thursday accusing him of "intervening in the internal affairs of other states." He has been arrested on a charge of breaching bail and an extradition request from the US.||https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/mb8qyn/julian-assange-charged-with-hacking-conspiracy-not-publishing|
|:36||sl||Security researchers Mathy Vanhoef and Eyal Ronen disclosed five vulnerabilities being called Dragonblood, that affect WPA3 WiFi security and authentication. They include a denial of service attack, two downgrade attacks, and two side-channel information leaks. The last four of those can be used to exfiltrate user passwords by exploiting flaws in the Dragonfly key exchange. The downgrade attacks cause the network to use an older insecure password exchange system. The side-channel leaks force networks to use leaky algorithms that allow a password to be discovered after repeated attacks. The WiFi Alliance announced a security update for the WPA3 standard to mitigate the attacks. Vendors must now integrate the changes into their firmware.|
|:38||tm||Acer announced its ConceptD line of laptops marketed at people who do video editing and illustration. The Concept D9 is a transformer with a 17.3-inch 4K Display and built in Wacom pen support. It has a 9th Gen Core i9 processor, up to 32GB of RAM, an RTX 2080 GPU, up to 1TB of NVMe SSD storage. The ConceptD 7 has a 15.6-inch 4K display with 9th gen Core 7 and RTX 2080 Max-Q. And the ConceptD5 drops down to 8th gen Core i7 Radeon RX Vega M graphics and a max of 16 GB of RAM. There were also two Concept D desktops. The 500 has a 9th gen Core i9 Nvidia Quadro RTX 400 GPU and up to 64 GB DDR5 RAM. It's coming in June. But the piéce de resistance is the ComceptD 900 desktop has dual Xeon Gold processors with 40 cores, Nvidia’s Quadro RTX 6000 GPU, and up to 192GB of RAM all for only $19,999.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/11/18306324/acers-conceptd-wood-patterned-pc-humidifier|
|:40||jry||Nvidia has released a driver that lets you turn on ray tracing effects in GeForce GTX 10- and 16- series cards like the GTX 1080 and GTX 1660. For those not keeping close track ray-tracing is one of the big advantages of getting an RTX card, though only Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Battlefield V, and Metro: Exodus yet support it. Nvidia's own benchmarks show none of the GTX cards get beyond 25 fps on Tomb Rider, except the 1080 Ti which hits 34 fps. The RTX cards range from 44 to 84 fps.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/11/18305084/nvidia-driver-ray-tracing-gtx-gpu-graphics-card|
|:43||sl||Ford CEO Jim Hackett told the Detroit Economic Club Tuesday "We overestimated the arrival of autonomous vehicles." Ford still plans to launch an autonomous car fleet in 2021 but it will be geo-fenced because in Hackett's words "the problem is so complex." Hackett still believes fully autonomous vehicles will come saying, “Logistics and ride structures and cities all get redesigned. I won’t be in charge of Ford when this is going on, but I see it clearly.” Ford is testing its autonomous vehicles in Miami, Washington, D.C. and Detroit.|
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|:47||Is Anyone Listening to You on Alexa? A Global Team Reviews Audio - Bloomberg||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-10/is-anyone-listening-to-you-on-alexa-a-global-team-reviews-audio|
|Smart speaker recordings reviewed by humans - BBC News||https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47893082|
|Bloomberg spoke to seven Amazon staff members who "review" recordings from Amazon Voice Services in order to improve responses.|
According to Bloomberg Apple and Google also have staff review recordings to help improve systems.
Reviewers transcribe and annotate voice clips then add them to data for the machine learning algorithm to use to improve. One example was a worker in Boston who said they looked specifically for people saying "Taylor Swift" and marked them to make sure to mean the musical artist.
Amazon said in a statement to Bloomberg it does this to "an extremely small sample of Alexa voice recordings". and claimed "Employees do not have direct access to information that can identify the person or account as part of this workflow. All information is treated with high confidentiality and we use multi-factor authentication to restrict access, service encryption and audits of our control environment to protect it.”"
In a screenshot shared with Bloomberg, the reviewer sees recordings from Amazon are associated with an account number, customer first name and device serial number.
According to a white paper from Apple, Apple voice recordings are linked to a random ID number which is reset every time Siri turns off. ID numbers are stripped from any voice recordings kept for more than 6 months. Human reviewers do not receive the random ID.
Google says its clips are not associated with personally identifiable info and voices are distorted to disguise the customer.
|WHAT SMART SPEAKERS DO|
- Have a mic and a small buffer that checks for a wake word. This buffer is continually emptied.
- No security research has found that any speaker continuously sends voice data to a server.
- When the wake word is detected the recording is sent to the server for processing and response.
Amazon- You can stop letting recordings be used to "help develop new features". And you can listen to and delete recordings.
Apple says it cannot let you see or delete your recordings because it doesn't know which are yours since they are not associated with any personally identifiable information.
Google lets you listen to and delete recordings on the My Activity page. You can also switch off "web and app history tracking" and "voice and audio activity" for Google Assistant.
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|In an interview with Justin earlier this week on the Politics Politics Politics podcast, Eric Geller who covers cybersecurity at Politico discussed the actual risks of elections getting hacked. Here's what he thinks might become one of the more frequent attacks on voting.||:88 "One thing that we haven't heard......quickly becomes really problematic"|
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|Just install an ATM machine that could dispense Amazon Gift Cards for cash. Scan the card on entry and scan again on exit to receive change or insert more cash.|
I do not see any problem, but there are always people that will try to game or scam the system! A Security Guard/cashier will still be necessary in any case.
Michael (Mike) Keepper (kepper)
|Warren on the future of iTunes branding- |
I like to make the comparison of a club and a bar. You go to a bar to have a drink and you may dance. You go to a club to dance, and you may have a drink.
iTunes started as a music file manager that could sync your player. However, it quickly became a tool for device syncing that had features such as management of all types of media files. It changed its fundamental function and became something different.
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