Day: February 4, 2019

Nest Secure Has an Unlisted, Disabled Microphone

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Android Authority: Owners of the Nest Secure alarm system have been able to use voice commands to control their home security through Google Assistant for a while now. However, to issue those commands, they needed a separate Google Assistant-powered device, like a smartphone or a Google Home smart…

Apple Watch alerts emergency authorities after Norway man falls in bathroom – CNET

Police were alerted by the user’s Apple Watch that the 67-year-old fell. They later found him bleeding on the bathroom floor. …read more Source:: CNet

Alphabet tops Q4 expectations

However, shares fell in after-hours trading when the tech giant reported growing losses in its “other bets” category. …read more Source:: ZDNet

6 Security Tips Before You Put a Digital Assistant to Work

If you absolutely have to have Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant in your home, heed the following advice. …read more Source:: DarkReading

ESP8266 And Alexa Team Up To Tend Bar

After a hard day of soldering and posting memes online, sometimes you just want to yell at the blinking hockey puck in the corner and have it pour you out a perfectly measured shot of your favorite libation. It might not be the multi-purpose robot servant we were all hoping to have by the 21st…

Firefox To Block Auto-Playing Audio Starting March 2019

An anonymous reader writes: Starting with Firefox 66 — scheduled for release on March 19, 2019 — Mozilla plans to block auto-playing audio on both desktop and mobile — a feature it began to test on Nightly builds last year. The new rule will apply to any website that plays audio without user interaction in…

Spy Campaign Spams Pro-Tibet Group With ExileRAT

Referencing the Dalai Lama, the spam campaign is targeting recipients of a mailing list run by the Central Tibetan Administration. …read more Source:: Threatpost

Facebook at 15: Zuckerberg still thinks he’s empowering you all – CNET

Also, Facebook’s spending a fortune on safety and security these days. …read more Source:: CNet

Amid polar vortex… Honeywell gets frosty reception after remote smart thermostat tech freezes up for a week

Just use manual control, says biz. Then why did we buy ‘smart’ controls, ask customers Honeywell’s remote-control “smart” thermostat platform has been down for a week, leaving thousands of customers fuming.… …read more Source:: TheRegister

VW reportedly ditches plans for hybrid GTI, resumes old-fashioned hot hatchery – Roadshow

VW’s planned hybrid GTI was killed off by new boss Herbert Diess, Autocar reports. …read more Source:: CNet