FILE - In this May 9, 2018, file photo a second generation Echo that controls the blinds as well as televisions and lighting at an Amazon Experience Centers model home in Dallas, Texas. Many of these internet-connected speaker devices listen constantly for commands and connect to corporate servers to carry them out. Typically, they will ignore private chatter and transmit sound recordings only when you trigger the device, such as by pressing a button or speaking a command phrase like "OK Google.” Some gadgets also have a mute button to disable the microphones completely. But there's no easy way for consumers to verify those safeguards. (Nathan Hunsinger/The Dallas Morning News via AP, File)
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December 31, 2019 - 10:43 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Did someone invite a spy into your home over the holidays? Maybe so, if a friend or family member gave you a voice-controlled speaker or some other smart device. It's easy to forget, but everything from internet-connected speakers with voice assistants such as Amazon's Alexa to...
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December 02, 2019 - 11:05 am
Thanksgiving came and went, but the deals are still going strong for Cyber Monday. As the post-turkey day air begins to fill with the sounds of the holidays, this year brings a new sound to the holiday household: the sound of voice commands to smart devices through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant...
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