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  1. Amazon and other members of the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment have declared 'war' on pirate streaming devices and addons. While legal threats are issued left and right, the Amazon store is ironically still stocked up with books that explain to newcomers how to install some of the same addons Amazon is fighting. Last summer saw the birth of a new anti-piracy initiative, which has already made quite a few headlines. A coalition of the major Hollywood studios, Amazon, Netflix and several other media properties teamed up, launching the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE). Their ultimate goal is to beat piracy, with pirate streaming boxes as the main target. In the months that followed, several third-party Kodi-addon developers received threatening letters in the mail and on top of that ACE filed lawsuits against three vendors of alleged pirate streaming boxes. Their show of force hasn’t gone unnoticed. It triggered some developers and sellers to lay low or move out of the game entirely. At the same time, fully-loaded pirate boxes are now harder to find at ACE member Amazon, which has removed tens of thousands of listings. These boxes, which ship with a built-in media player as well as pirate addons, were not always hard to find though. In fact, Dragon Box, which is now being sued by Amazon and the others, was previously sold on Amazon. This is perhaps what prompted the company to argue as a defense that it had “Amazon’s implied authorization to promote and sell the device.” Clearly, these Dragon Boxes have now been stripped from Amazon’s inventory, but it’s still not hard to find several alleged piracy inducing items there today. For starters, there are still hundreds if not thousands of cheap media players for sale. While these may be perfectly legal, reviews of Amazon members show, sometimes with screenshots, how these can be easily set up to run pirate addons. Arguably, without 24/7 moderation this is hard to avoid. After all, people may also buy a PC on Amazon and recommend people to bookmark The Pirate Bay. Perhaps we’re nitpicking. What may be more problematic for Amazon is the widespread availability of “Kodi tutorials.” While Kodi is perfectly legal, some of these books go into detail on how to add “pirate” addons. The same tools Amazon is suing Tickbox, Set TV, and Dragon Box over. “Do you want to install Area 51 IPTV or Set TV on your Kodi and Amazon Fire TV Stick or Fire TV?” one guide mentions, referencing Set TV specifically. “Do you want to install Supremacy, Dogs Bollock, Covenant, Genesis Reborn and Neptune Rising?” it adds. Another book offers help on “How To Install Kodi And The Latest Downloads On Any Firestick” mentioning the addon Exodus, among others. Exodus was famously highlighted as a “pirate” addon by the MPA. And then there are books discussing how to install a wide range of addons with a “pirate” reputation, including Covenant which is specifically highlighted in the ACE lawsuits as a bad actor. None of these addons have been declared illegal in court, as far as we know, and writing about it isn’t illegal by definition. But, it is clear that Amazon itself sees these as pirate tools. This leads to the awkward situation where, on the one hand, Amazon is suing vendors who sell devices that ship with the Covenant addon, while they sell books that show people how to set this up themselves. We won’t make any judgments on whether these books or addons encourage infringement in any way, that’s not up to us. But for Amazon it’s not a good look, to say the least, especially since part of the profits for these titles go into its own pockets. Source
  2. Nearly 19 groups of Amazon shareholders have expressed reservations over sales of the company’s Recognition service to law enforcement, NBC and CNN report. In a letter addressed to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos last Friday, a copy of which was provided to NBC by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the undersigned warn against potential abuses of the facial recognition technology. And they point to recent scrutiny of Facebook over its data privacy policies, which have negatively impacted its stock. “While Rekognition may be intended to enhance some law enforcement activities, we are deeply concerned it may ultimately violate civil and human rights,” the shareholders wrote. “We are concerned the technology would be used to unfairly and disproportionately target and surveil people of color, immigrants, and civil society organizations … We are concerned sales may be expanded to foreign governments, including authoritarian regimes.” The shareholders, which include advocacy organizations like the Social Equity Group and Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment, join the ACLU and nearly 70 other groups protesting the online retailer’s practices. In a separate letter sent to Bezos on Monday, the ACLU argued that Amazon shouldn’t provide facial recognition systems to the government. News that Amazon had supplied U.S. law enforcement with computer vision technology broke in May, when the ACLU published freedom of information requests showing that the company’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) division worked with the city of Orlando, Florida and the Washington County Sheriff’s to deploy Rekognition. At the time, both offices said that they weren’t using the system to perform real-time facial tracking. The bulk of the controversy stems from research showing that facial recognition systems are susceptible to bias. A 2011 study found that systems developed in China, Japan, and South Korea had more trouble distinguishing between Caucasian faces than East Asians, and a separate study showed that algorithms from security vendor Cognitec performed 5 to 10 percent worse on African Americans than on Caucasians. In an email statement provided to VentureBeat last month, Amazon said that it requires customers to “be responsible” when they use Amazon Web Services and Rekognition. “When we find that AWS services are being abused by a customer, we suspend that customer’s right to use our services,” an AWS spokesperson said. “Amazon Rekognition is a technology that helps automate recognizing people, objects, and activities in video and photos based on inputs provided by the customer. For example, if the customer provided images of a chair, Rekognition could help find other chair images in a library of photos uploaded by the customer. ” Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. We’ll update this article when it does. Source
  3. US Senator from Arizona Jeff Flake speaks during a press conference A Portland woman recently told a local news outlet that her Amazon Echo device had gone rogue, sending a recording of a private conversation to a random person in her contact list. On Thursday, two senators tasked with investigating consumer privacy sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos demanding answers. In the letter, Republican senator Jeff Flake and Democratic senator Chris Coons, who serve respectively as chairman and ranking member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, ask Bezos to explain how exactly the Amazon Echo device listens to and stores users' voices. The senators also seek answers about what the company is doing to protect users from having that sensitive information misused. Amazon didn't respond to WIRED's request for comment. The letter, which was reviewed by WIRED, comes in the midst of what Flake calls a "post-Facebook" world, referring to the data privacy scandal in which Facebook says the data of as many as 87 million Americans may have been misappropriated by a political consulting firm called Cambridge Analytica. "Congress is feeling that we need to be ahead of the curve here," Flake told WIRED. "Companies are establishing procedures and protocols, and we need to know what they are to make sure that privacy is protected." The letter specifically cites the Portland story, in which an Echo mistook part of a background conversation for the word "Alexa." That caused the device to wake up. Once it started listening, the Echo misheard later parts of the conversation as a series of voice commands instructing it to send a message to one of the woman's contacts. The mishap in Portland wasn't caused by a glitch, the lawmakers write, but is instead an example of the Echo working "precisely how it was designed." The letter demands "prompt and meaningful action" to prevent it from happening again. "This incident makes it clear we don't fully understand the privacy risks we’re taking," Coons says. "Amazon owes it to the American people to be clearer about what’s happening with this technology." The letter asks Amazon to report the number of complaints the company has received from users about the Echo improperly interpreting a command. Among the nearly 30 questions contained in the letter are requests for details on when and how frequently the device sends voice data to Amazon's servers, how long that recording is stored, and how that data is anonymized. The senators also ask Amazon to share information on how long the Echo records a conversation after it hears the word "Alexa," and whether consumers have the ability to delete these recordings. The answers to some of these questions are a matter of public record. As WIRED has explained, the Echo microphone is always live, but it's only listening for its so-called "wake word." Once it hears the word, "Alexa," it begins recording and sends those clips to Amazon servers. That voice recording will stay there unless users take the time to manually delete it in the Alexa app. But other questions warrant further exploration. Flake and Coons want Bezos to explain, for example, "any and all purposes for which Amazon uses, stores, and retains consumer information, including voice data, collected and transmitted by an Echo device." That explanation may be buried in the company's terms of service somewhere, but the fine print that dictates what tech companies do with people's data is often viewed differently when magnified. Portland is hardly the first time users have reported their AI assistants misbehaving. Recently, users reported that their Echoes were laughing at them, a menacing quirk that Amazon attributed to the device mishearing the term "Alexa, laugh." Amazon calls these mistakes "false positives," where the algorithmic brain of Alexa believes it's hearing something it's not. But while these flukes make good headlines, the odds of an Amazon Echo mishearing its way through the multi-step process of sending a voice recording are slim. And yet, the senators' questions for Amazon are still valid. They extend far beyond the particulars of any single mistake and cut to the heart of a key issue facing tech leaders. For decades now, companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon have collected unlimited amounts of data on their customers, given them minimal control over that data, and offered even less transparency into how they collect and store it. Now, after seeing how data can be manipulated for political purposes through the Facebook scandal, lawmakers are reevaluating the freedom they've given tech companies all these years. "The age of innocence is gone," says Flake. Source
  4. Amazon US will stop shipping orders to Australia as of July 1st Australian shoppers will find themselves limited to a much smaller Amazon item selection beginning on July 1st. Instead of being able to visit and make purchases from international versions of Amazon’s web store — as most of us can do — they’ll be redirected to the local Australian site. Geoblocking isn’t the only strategy Amazon is taking; Amazon.com and the company’s other sites will no longer ship to Australian addresses as of the same date. When I say “much smaller,” Amazon’s local Australia site still sells tens of millions of products, but it’s definitely a significantly lesser total than you’d find from Amazon’s US site. Reuters estimates that it offers one-tenth of Amazon.com’s selection. All the basics should be readily available, but this will be a real problem for certain item categories. The move is the result of Amazon’s unwillingness to cooperate with Australia’s updated GST (goods and services tax), which would require the online retail giant to collect a 10 percent tax on all purchases that are shipped to Australia from overseas; previously the GST only applied to imported items over A$1,000. “While we regret any inconvenience this may cause customers, we have had to assess the workability of the legislation as a global business with multiple international sites,” an Amazon spokesperson told The Sydney Morning Herald. The legislation was lobbied for by local, smaller online and brick-and-mortar retailers like Harvey Norman. “They think they have the right to pay no tax in Australia,” the company’s executive chairman Gerry Harvey told the Herald. “They’ve done the dirty on the government. They’ve done the dirty on the public.” Accusations that Amazon attempts to skirt around or mold tax laws to its liking are nothing new, but this is one instance where consumers are going to feel the brunt of the standoff. The Herald notes that some savvy shoppers are already looking into utilizing package redirection services so that they can continue getting their very particular items from Amazon — even if shipping will take a little longer. Amazon reportedly “baulked at the massive administrative burden of tracking Australian GST from all overseas transactions,” according to Australia’s ABC News. eBay had also once warned that the revised GST legislation would similarly force it to block Australian shoppers from importing items, but it has since changed its tune. “We won’t block Aussie buyers, redirect them, or require them to pretend they are located overseas. Australians will continue to be able to buy from any eBay site,” a spokesperson said. “This requires major changes to eBay’s global systems and we are working to have these ready by July 1st.” Source
  5. Amazon has announced that its Amazon Music app on iOS and Android now comes with hands-free listening via Alexa. The update brings Alexa wake word capability to the app providing “full integration of voice capabilities”. With the new tool, users can play music by mood, activity, genre, lyrics, artist or song title, and create playlists. Additionally, all the playback controls such as pausing and skipping can be done through hands-free voice commands. In a statement, Amazon said: The new feature is available today for Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music users; simply download the latest version of the app from your platform’s respective app store. If you decide you don’t want the functionality, you can toggle it on and off through the app’s settings. Availability of the new feature is limited. While the firm’s announcement states that it is available in the U.S. and Canada, the Google Play 'What’s New' section states that the feature is limited to the U.S., UK, and Germany. Source
  6. A Portland family contacted Amazon to investigate after they say a private conversation in their home was recorded by Amazon's Alexa -- the voice-controlled smart speaker -- and that the recorded audio was sent to the phone of a random person in Seattle, who was in the family’s contact list. "My husband and I would joke and say I'd bet these devices are listening to what we're saying," said Danielle, who did not want us to use her last name. Every room in her family home was wired with the Amazon devices to control her home's heat, lights and security system. But Danielle said two weeks ago their love for Alexa changed with an alarming phone call. "The person on the other line said, 'unplug your Alexa devices right now,'" she said. "'You're being hacked.'" That person was one of her husband's employees, calling from Seattle. "We unplugged all of them and he proceeded to tell us that he had received audio files of recordings from inside our house," she said. "At first, my husband was, like, 'no you didn't!' And the (recipient of the message) said 'You sat there talking about hardwood floors.' And we said, 'oh gosh, you really did hear us.'" Danielle listened to the conversation when it was sent back to her, and she couldn't believe someone 176 miles away heard it too. "I felt invaded," she said. "A total privacy invasion. Immediately I said, 'I'm never plugging that device in again, because I can't trust it.'" Danielle says she unplugged all the devices, and she repeatedly called Amazon. She says an Alexa engineer investigated. "They said 'our engineers went through your logs, and they saw exactly what you told us, they saw exactly what you said happened, and we're sorry.' He apologized like 15 times in a matter of 30 minutes and he said we really appreciate you bringing this to our attention, this is something we need to fix!" But Danielle says the engineer did not provide specifics about why it happened, or if it's a widespread issue. "He told us that the device just guessed what we were saying," she said. Danielle said the device did not audibly advise her it was preparing to send the recording, something it’s programmed to do. When KIRO 7 asked Amazon questions, they sent this response: “Amazon takes privacy very seriously. We investigated what happened and determined this was an extremely rare occurrence. We are taking steps to avoid this from happening in the future." Amazon offered to “de-provision” Danielle’s Alexa communications so she could keep using its Smart Home Features. But Danielle is hoping Amazon gives her a refund for her devices, which she said their representatives have been unwilling to do. She says she’s curious to find out if anyone else has experienced the same issue. "A husband and wife in the privacy of their home have conversations that they're not expecting to be sent to someone (in) their address book," she said. < Here >
  7. In late 2016, Amazon introduced a new online service that could help identify faces and other objects in images, offering it to anyone at a low cost through its giant cloud computing division, Amazon Web Services. Not long after, it began pitching the technology to law enforcement agencies, saying the program could aid criminal investigations by recognizing suspects in photos and videos. It used a couple of early customers, like the Orlando Police Department in Florida and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon, to encourage other officials to sign up. But now that aggressive push is putting the giant tech company at the center of an increasingly heated debate around the role of facial recognition in law enforcement. Fans of the technology see a powerful new tool for catching criminals, but detractors see an instrument of mass surveillance. On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union led a group of more than two dozen civil rights organizations that asked Amazon to stop selling its image recognition system, called Rekognition, to law enforcement. The group says that the police could use it to track protesters or others whom authorities deem suspicious, rather than limiting it to people committing crimes. Facial recognition is not new technology, but the organizations appear to be focusing on Amazon because of its prominence and what they see as a departure from the company’s oft-stated focus on customers. “Amazon Rekognition is primed for abuse in the hands of governments,” the group said in the letter, which was addressed to Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive. “This product poses a grave threat to communities, including people of color and immigrants, and to the trust and respect Amazon has worked to build.” With the letter, the A.C.L.U. released a collection of internal emails and other documents from law enforcement agencies in Washington County and Orlando that it obtained through open records requests. The correspondence between Amazon and law enforcement officials provides an unusual peek into the company’s ambitions with facial recognition tools, and how it has interacted with some of the officials using its products. Many of the companies supplying the technology are security contractors little known to the public, but Amazon is one of the first major tech companies to actively market technology for conducting facial recognition to law enforcement. The efforts are still a tiny part of Amazon’s business, with the service one of dozens it offers through Amazon Web Services, its cloud computing division. But few companies have Amazon’s ability to effectively push widespread adoption of tech products. “The idea that a massive and highly resourced company like Amazon has moved decisively into this space could mark a sea change for this technology,” said Alvaro Bedoya, executive director at the Center on Privacy & Technology at the Georgetown University Law Center. In a statement, a spokeswoman for Amazon Web Services stressed that the company offered a general image recognition technology that could automate the process of identifying people, objects and activities. She said amusement parks had used it to find lost children, for example. And like with all of the company’s A.W.S. services, she said, the company required customers to comply with the law and to be responsible when using Amazon Rekognition. The United States military and intelligence agencies have used facial recognition tools for years in overseas conflicts to identify possible terrorist suspects. But domestic law enforcement agencies are increasingly using the technology at home for more routine forms of policing. The people who can be identified through facial recognition systems are not just those with criminal records. More than 130 million American adults are in facial recognition databases that can be searched in criminal investigations, the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law estimates. Facial recognition is showing up in new corners of public life all the time, often followed by challenges from critics about its efficacy as a security tool and its impact on privacy. Arenas are using it to screen for known troublemakers at events, while the Department of Homeland Security is using it to identify foreign visitors who overstay their visas at airports. And in China, facial recognition is ubiquitous, used to identify customers in stores and single out jaywalkers. There are also concerns about the accuracy of facial recognition, with troubling variations based on gender and race. One study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology showed that the gender of darker-skinned women was misidentified up to 35 percent of the time by facial recognition software. “We have it being used in unaccountable ways and with no regulation,” said Malkia Cyril, executive director of the Center for Media Justice, a nonprofit civil rights organization that signed the A.C.L.U.’s letter to Amazon. The documents the A.C.L.U. obtained from the Orlando Police Department show city officials considering using video analysis tools from Amazon with footage from surveillance cameras, body-worn cameras and drones. Amazon may have gone a little far in describing what the technology can do. This month, it published a video of an Amazon official, Ranju Das, speaking at a company event in Seoul, South Korea, in which he said Orlando could even use Amazon’s Rekognition system to find the whereabouts of the mayor through cameras around the city. In a statement, a spokesman for the Orlando Police Department, Sgt. Eduardo Bernal, said the city was not using Amazon’s technology to track the location of elected officials in its jurisdiction, nor did it have plans to. He said the department was testing Amazon’s service now, but was not using it in investigations or public spaces. “We are always looking for new solutions to further our ability to keep the residents and visitors of Orlando safe,” he said. Early last year, the company began courting the Washington County Sheriff’s Office outside of Portland, Ore., eager to promote how it was using Amazon’s service for recognizing faces, emails obtained by the A.C.L.U. show. Mr. Adzima, a systems analyst in the office, told Amazon officials that he fed about 300,000 images from the county’s mug shot database into Amazon’s system. Within a week of going live, the system was used to identify and arrest a suspect who stole more than $5,000 from local stores, he said, adding there were no leads before the system identified him. The technology was also cheap, costing just a few dollars a month after a setup fee of around $400. Mr. Adzima ended up writing a blog post for Amazon about how the sheriff’s office was using Rekognition. He spoke at one of the company’s technical conferences, and local media began reporting on their efforts. After the attention, other law enforcement agencies in Oregon, Arizona and California began to reach to Washington County to learn more about how it was using Amazon’s system, emails show. In February of last year, before the publicity wave, Mr. Adzima told an Amazon representative in an email that the county’s lawyer was worried the public might believe “that we are constantly checking faces from everything, kind of a Big Brother vibe.” “They are concerned that A.C.L.U. might consider this the government getting in bed with big data,” Mr. Adzima said in an email. He did not respond for a request for comment for this article. Deputy Jeff Talbot, a spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, said Amazon’s facial recognition system was not being used for mass surveillance by the office. The company has a policy to only use the technology to identify a suspect in a criminal investigation, he said, and has no plans to use it with footage from body cameras or real-time surveillance systems. “We are aware of those privacy concerns,” he said. “That’s why we have a policy drafted and why we’ve tried to educate the public about what we do and don’t do.” < Here >
  8. They asked Amazon if it collects kids' data and if third parties can access the info. Amazon's Echo Dot and its accompanying version of Alexa for kids called FreeTime raised eyebrows and questions about children's privacy from the start. Now, Sen. Edward J. Markey (Massachusetts) and Rep. Joe Barton (Texas) want to know what the e-commerce giant is doing to ensure the privacy of kids who use the speaker and the voice assistant. The lawmakers have penned a letter to Amazon asking if kids' interactions with the speaker are saved and shared with third parties. They also want to know if the company worked with child development experts when they designed the device. The tech giant answered some of the lawmakers' concerns in a statement, telling CNET that "Amazon takes privacy and security seriously, and FreeTime on Alexa is no different." It explained that parents have the ability to delete children's recordings not only from the device, but also from its servers, and that no developers outside the company can access them. Also, the speaker will only record sounds when it hears the specified "wake word," which switches on the mic -- parents can press the mute button at the top of the speaker to prevent that from happening, as well. Amazon also explained that it adheres to the "Children's Online Privacy Protection Act," which states that companies must provide a "clear and comprehensive online privacy policy describing their information practices for personal information collected online from children." Companies must also "obtain verifiable parental consent, with limited exceptions, before collecting personal information" from kids. If you ask the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood group, though, those responses are nowhere near enough. Its Executive Director, Josh Golin, said "Amazon wants kids to be dependent on its data-gathering device from the moment they wake up until they go to bed at night." He described the Echo Dot Kids as "another unnecessary 'must-have' gadget" that's potentially harmful. Further, he said AI devices "interfere with the face-to-face interactions and self-driven play that children need to thrive." Due to various high-profile hacks and data leaks in recent years, such as Facebook's Cambridge Analytica fiasco, people are now more conscious of their data privacy. The letter and CCFC's statement don't really come as a surprise, especially since the device in question was designed for children. Amazon said it's working with the lawmakers to answer all their questions, which they have to provide in full by June 1st. < Here >
  9. OK Google, we get it. You are smarter than the other assistants. This has been the subtext of recent Google I/O developer conferences. Google talked about its progress in taking on Amazon and Apple. In terms of market share, Google has a long ways to catch up. According to Voicebot.ai, a website that focuses on voice computing, Amazon has Alexa in some 12,000 connected devices, compared to 5,000 for Google and just 194 for Apple's Siri. But in smarts, Google topped not just our informal survey, but many recent ones as well, including surveys from online marketing firm Stone Temple and investment company Loup Ventures. We spent the weekend asking the same 150 questions to the Google Assistant on Google Home, Amazon's Alexa via the Echo speaker and Apple's Siri on the iPhone. Google answered correctly 80% of the time, compared to 78% for Amazon and 55% correct for Siri. A quick caveat for our methodology—if Google and Amazon gave us a complete, audio answer to the question, that counted as a successful response. When an assistant said it wasn't set up to respond, or didn't know, that counted as a fail. And when Siri responded with a "Here's what I found on the Web," and a link to look it up ourselves, that also counted as a non-answer. (We tried some of those questions again with Apple's HomePod, which is a $350 speaker rival to the Echo and Google Home, but didn't fare much better. While it did answer one query, the rest returned with a "I can't get the answer on the HomePod" response.) Our questions came from a variety of courses: we cribbed from the 800 questions posed in recent surveys by Loup, the suggested queries on Amazon, Google and Apple's websites to ask their assistants, and topics offered by social media. Google, via the Home speaker, told us how to get to the nearest Mexican restaurant, what time the Avengers movie was playing at the cineplex, who won the Best Picture Oscar of 1989, the date and flight number of my next scheduled airline flight and the definition of a first cousin once removed. What it couldn't tell us was also quite interesting. Some notable Google Assistant failures. It couldn't: Read our latest G-mail email aloud. Which Siri could do, but not Alexa. Google the movie "Back to the Future." Tell me "Who was Jesus Christ." Answer if aliens really exist and why cats have whiskers. (Alexa has answers for both and Siri was happy to tell me about Jesus.) Alexa indeed was surprisingly strong when it came to hard core science factoids that Google excels in, like naming the melting point of gold, how far away the Moon is from the Earth and citing the weight of the Sun. It can translate 'good morning' in German (all three can do this) and tell you how to say 'thank you' in Japanese. (As can Google, Siri can't.) Both Google and Amazon can play your morning news briefings—Siri doesn't do this. Alexa can read recipes, and being that it's Amazon, also order paper towels, batteries, dog food or even shop for an iPad. Siri couldn't do any of this with audio directions, instead "Here's what I found on the Web," and links. Google Home could do all the shopping as well, by sending you to Google Express, it's answer to Amazon, but it puts a $100 limit on purchases, so the iPad was out, but the other products could be sent. With Siri, as always, it's a matter of managed expectations. It generally could answer most of the questions posed by Apple on the Siri section of its website, like using it to call and text friends, set timers and appointments, relay information ("When is the L.A. Galaxy's next home game?) and tell what the weather would be like today, tomorrow and on the weekend. But we've got some caveats. Apple suggests we ask Siri to play "the top song from 1985," on its website. Yet, when I ask, it says, "Sorry, I don't know what topped the charts on that date." Google Home has come a long way since we first reviewed it in 2016 and it got so many questions wrong. We'd like to see simple improvements like learning how to "Google" information more effectively (the Back to the Future query was an easy one), read my latest e-mail and texts aloud, improve on sports stats ("What's Alabama's record this season?" was missed and learn how to answer the Jesus question. To close the gap even more, Bret Kinsella, the publisher of Voicebot, which focuses on voice computing, thinks Google has done a great job showcasing the utility of the product —now it should be more fun. "I'd like to see them humanize it more, have it do more things you can do as a family." like letting users know what's on Netflix tonight or adding more games. But seriously, it's Apple that has its work cut out for it, not Google. And we'd like to offer a simple suggestion. Stop having Siri direct us "to the Web," and instead announce actual answers, just like Google Home and Alexa. Siri's super low 55% response rate on our survey is due to the fact that it keeps offering non hands free, "Here's what I found on the Web," links, when its rivals offer true audio replies. For many of the questions, Apple is competitive. even when it's system clearly had the answers. When asked to tell me where to get a car repaired on locally, instead of reading me choices, it sends links to the Firestone shop. Ask where to buy golf clubs and you get a link to a nearby golf course. Inquire about recipes for a Tom Collins drink or how to make banana bread, and Siri directs you to look it up online. Apple has the data. If Amazon and Google could do it, there's no good reason why Siri couldn't join this party. Make that one shift, and the successful query gap could be closed significantly overnight. < Here >
  10. The team behind secure messaging app Signal says Amazon has threatened to kick the app off its CloudFront web service unless Signal drops the anti-censorship practice known as domain-fronting. Google recently banned the practice, which lets developers disguise web traffic to look like it’s coming from a different source, allowing apps like Signal to evade country-level bans. As a result, Signal moved from Google to the Amazon-owned Souq content delivery network. But Amazon implemented its own ban on Friday. In an email that Moxie Marlinspike — founder of Signal developer Open Whisper Systems — posted today, Amazon orders the organization to immediately stop using domain-fronting or find another web services provider. Amazon has said that it’s banning domain-fronting so malware purveyors can’t disguise themselves as innocent web traffic. But Signal used the system to provide service in Egypt, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where it’s officially banned. It got around filters by making traffic appear to come from a huge platform, since countries weren’t willing to ban the entirety of a site like Google to shut down Signal. Now, Marlinspike says that domain-fronting is “largely non-viable” in those countries. “The idea behind domain fronting was that to block a single site, you’d have to block the rest of the internet as well. In the end, the rest of the internet didn’t like that plan,” he writes. While the Signal team is considering options to provide the same service without Amazon or Google domain-fronting, it doesn’t look like there’s an immediate solution on the horizon. “In the meantime, the censors in these countries will have (at least temporarily) achieved their goals. Sadly, they didn’t have to do anything but wait,” says Marlinspike. Source
  11. Zello rose to fame in August 2017 when the 'walkie-talkie' app was used by relief effort volunteers and those stranded in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Russian government, however, wants to take the app down and this week it was revealed that the country's telecoms regulator told ISPs to prepare to block 15 million IP addresses, most belonging to Amazon, in order to do so. Russia is developing a track record of being one of the most aggressive countries on the site-blocking front. Already many thousands of sites are rendered inaccessible to the general public but just how far will the government go to achieve its aims? If reports coming out this week hold true, extremely far indeed. The controversy centers around an app called Zello, which acts as a kind of ‘walkie-talkie’, assisting communication between close friends or in groups of up to a thousand people. The app gained a lot of press in 2017 when it was revealed it was being used as an unofficial rescue co-ordination tool while Hurricane Harvey was battering the United States. It quickly shot to the top of the download charts after being downloaded a million times in a day. But while the app clearly has some fantastic uses, Zello seems to represent a challenge to the authority of the Russian government. Under the so-called ‘Yarovaya law‘, services like Zello, ISPs, and other telecoms companies, are required to register with Russian telecoms watchdog Rozcomnadzor. Amendments to come into force this year also require them to store the actual content of user communications for six months and metadata (such as who communicated with who, when, and for how long) for three years. Encrypted services are also required to share keys which allow law enforcement bodies so that they can decrypt messages sent and received by users, something which has communications and VPN companies extremely concerned. Until now, Zello has reportedly failed to register itself so as a result, the service has become a blocking target for Russian authorities. Zello uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) and last summer it was reported that dozens of Amazon’s IP addresses ended up on Russia’s official blacklist. This week, however, a much more worrying proposition raised its head. Operators of at least four Internet service providers confirmed to Russia’s Vedomosti that Rozcomnadzor had issued recommendations that they block access to Zello. Copies of letters to the ISPs were published on Telegram and according to reports, most if not all of the country’s ISPs were targeted. While blocking Zello would be bad enough, the suggestion of how that should take place is nothing short of astounding. The letter speaks of “an experiment” in which ISPs take action to block 36 Internet subnets – representing a staggering 15 million IP addresses – in order to take Zello down. A total of 26 of those subnets have been identified as belonging to Amazon, accounting for 13.5 million IP addresses in total. Some are reportedly operated by Comcast, others by Softlayer, with the remainder connected to companies in China. “The subnets selected by Roskomnadzor are not all Amazon’s IP addresses, but they account for a significant portion of the addresses from two large regions of the United States where the company’s data centers are located,” Vedomosti said, quoting a source familiar with Amazon’s infrastructure. Zello founder and technical director Alexei Gavrilov said that he wasn’t surprised by the news and noted that he’d learned about the list of addresses from Telegram channels. However, it’s claimed that Zello doesn’t completely depend on the listed subnets, meaning that hundreds or thousands of other services unrelated to the app would end up as collateral damage, should they be blocked. Neither Rozkomnadzor nor Amazon have commented publicly on the news and Russia’s Ministry of Communications has refused to comment. Fortunately, at the time of writing there have been no reports of ISPs mass-blocking IP addresses connected to Zello. Whether Russia would really flex its muscles so broadly and aggressively just to prove a point is unknown but with the growing war on privacy the way it is, almost anything seems possible. TorrentFreak
  12. Apple is now the only company more valuable than Amazon. Amazon has surged 35 percent this year, dwarfing Alphabet's 4 percent gain. Meanwhile, Facebook's slide has dropped its value back below Berkshire Hathaway. Amazon has passed Alphabet and now trails just Apple among the list of the world's most valuable companies. The e-commerce giant rose 2.7 percent on Tuesday lifting its stock market value to $768 billion. Alphabet, the parent of Google, fell 0.4 percent and is now valued at $762.5 billion. While the U.S. tech mega-caps have rallied in the past year, Amazon's performance has dwarfed them all, with the stock surging 85 percent over the past 12 months, including 35 percent to start 2018. Investors have been piling into Amazon, betting that the company's growing and very profitable cloud computing business will provide the cash needed for investments in original content, physical stores and continuing to build data centers and warehouses. Meanwhile, Facebook's plunge has dropped the social network's market value below Berkshire Hathaway. Facebook, now the seventh most valuable company, has lost over 9 percent of its market capitalization in the past two days following revelations on Friday and over the weekend that Cambridge Analytica had misused data tied to 50 million Facebook users. Microsoft is the fourth biggest company by market cap, followed by China's Tencent. Source
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    Amazon Chime is a communications service that transforms online meetings with a secure, easy-to-use application that you can trust. Amazon Chime works seamlessly across your devices so that you can stay connected. You can use Amazon Chime for online meetings, video conferencing, calls, chat, and to share content, both inside and outside your organization. Amazon Chime frees you to work productively from anywhere.Make your online meetings effortless with Amazon Chime. Meetings start on time, and they’re easy to join. Meetings call you, and with a single tap or click, you can join or notify participants that you’re running late. A visual roster shows who is in the meeting and who is running late, and allows anyone to mute background noise. Amazon Chime automatically reconnects you if you get dropped. Crystal clear audio and HD video keep you focused on the discussion.Take your meetings anywhere with a rich, easy-to-use application available for Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows. Meetings and chats are always synchronized, you can join meetings from any device, and you can switch seamlessly between devices anytime – even in the middle of a meeting.Use one application to conduct online meetings, video conferencing, chat, screen sharing, and file sharing, both inside and outside your organization. You don’t need to switch between applications to collaborate. Instantly go from a chat to a call, share your screen, and even invite more people, with a simple click or tap, all in the same application.With Amazon Chime, you can feel confident you’re communicating securely. All your communications are encrypted, your chat history is never stored on your devices, and you can restrict your meetings to verify who is participating. In addition, Amazon Chime can be set up to adhere to your company’s login policies. Amazon Chime is a service offered by Amazon Web Services, where security is the highest priority.Note: Amazon Chime Pro is free to try for 30 days, with no credit card required. After 30 days, you can continue to use Amazon Chime Basic for free, for as long as you’d like, or you can purchase an Amazon Chime subscription. Source:https://www.filehorse.com/download-amazon-chime/ Official Download:https://aws.amazon.com/chime/
  15. There’s a bit of a flaw in the Motorola-made Amazon Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. Confirmed by several owners of the device in several different parts of the United States, this flaw is… kind of unbelievable. All one needs to do to bypass lockscreen security is fail their fingerprint sensor test, press the power button, and tap the ad. Once the user taps the ad, the ad’s link connects to the device’s web browser. Once the user is in the web browser, they’re also inside the phone’s security lock. As such, there is no security on this smartphone. Advertisements make this smartphone a little less expensive than its non-Amazon counterpart. Ads make this phone very insecure. ALSO: Moto Display must be turned on for this combination of moves to unlock the phone. But without a password or a proper fingerprint, any user seems to be able to log in with ease. Amazon’s ads are this phone’s undoing. It’s a real bummer since this phone is such a great piece of hardware. One example of a user trying this flaw out is shown above, and another is shown below. A reddit thread confirms that this is not an isolated incident. This is a real deal, and users of these phones should take all precautions to secure their phone by alternate means. This monstrous security flaw likely has a relatively simple fix on the developer side – but the damage is already done. Amazon and/or Motorola has to answer for this flaw as soon as possible, and send out an update to stop the glitch immediately. This is just nonsense. Stick around as we see what Amazon and/or Motorola has to say about this situation, hopefully soon. source
  16. I've noticed "client_test/0.16.15.0" appearing as a "client" on some of my seeds. It does not download anything, but hangs out for hours, so I did a lookup on the IP addresses, which vary a bit. All come back the same. Registrant Name: Legal Department Registrant Organization: Amazon.com, Inc. Registrant Street: PO BOX 81226 Registrant City: Seattle Registrant State/Province: WA I'm the sole seeder of some of these old media files. I'm surprised they even care. Does this mean Amazon loves me, or what ? Should I expect chocolates or a SWAT team ? :(
  17. There are a number of reports of fake Ryzen processors being sold by third party sellers on retail sites such as Amazon and eBay. Although this is the first time we have seen fake Ryzen processor for sale, the scam isn’t new. In the past, we have seen counterfeit Core i7 processors sold by reputable retailers, as well as fake AMD A-Series A8-7600 processors making the rounds on Amazon. In this case, it seems the crooks behind the caper used low-cost Celeron processors for the scam. The process works something like this: The scammer buys a handful of legitimate high dollar AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processors, scans the CPU heatspreader, and then prints a sticker and applies it to the face of the fake CPU (in this case an old Celeron processor). The scammer returns the counterfeit processor to the box, reseals it, and then sells it on eBay / Amazon. This type of scam works because the counterfeit processor looks authentic from the outside of the package. In some cases, the fake product is actually meant to scam the retailer. As some of you are aware, retailers often place returned merchandise back in active inventory and resell it. It could also end up on Amazon’s Warehouse Deals site, after which the fake product ends up in the hands of a retail customer. It is unfortunate that these things happen, but there are a few things you can do to prevent falling victim to this type of scam. Avoid third-party sellers on sites like Amazon, Newegg, Wal-Mart, and others. Pay for purchases with a credit card or services like PayPal that offer hassle-free refunds. Make sure you check the AMD website for tips on recognizing a fake processor or check the serial number on Intel’s website to verify the processor you purchased is legitimate. Article source
  18. Amazon and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have agreed to drop all ongoing litigation, paving the way for Amazon to refund over $70 million to customers whose kids made unauthorized in-app purchases. The legal dispute between the two started in 2014 when the FTC filed a complaint against Amazon for failing to obtain parental consent for in-app charges made by kids via apps distributed via the Amazon App Store. The FTC called this "unlawful billing" and filed an official complaint in July 2014, which it won in April 2016, when a federal court ordered Amazon to pay over $70 million representing unauthorized in-app charges incurred by children between November 2011 and May 2016. Amazon and FTC agree to drop ongoing litigation Besides the refund, the court also denied the FTC's request for an injunction that would have forbidden Amazon from engaging in a similar practice in the future. Amazon appealed the ruling, while the FTC appealed the court's decision to deny the injunction. Now, one year later, the two sides agreed to drop their appeals, effectively agreeing to the court's original decision, meaning Amazon will have to start refunding parents for any unauthorized charges. Amazon promised to publish details about its upcoming refund program in the following days. Similar FTC complaints targeted Apple and Google The FTC won similar cases against Apple and Google in January 2014, and September 2014, respectively. Apple agreed to refund over $32.5 million, and Google to $19 million. Unauthorized in-app charges happen because many apps are offered as free downloads, but offer in-app charges while kids are playing the game. Without prior warning, parents that install these apps on their kids' phones and tablets have no clue of the financial risks they're exposing themselves to. There have been many cases reported in the media where kids racked up bills of tens of thousands of dollars just by playing a game [1, 2, 3]. Source
  19. Alexa in Amazon app for iOS Amazon’s virtual AI assistant, Alexa is one of the most competitive on the market, as it can be found on Echo speakers and a number of smartphones, including Huawei Mate 9. Now, Amazon decided to make the virtual assistant available to even more users. Amazon app for iOS has just received an update, which includes Alexa. The virtual assistant is now integrated into the app, while the update is expected to rollout in stages, reaching all users in about one week. Alexa can be accessed by tapping on an iPhone’s microphone in the search bar. The virtual assistant answers to questions, helps users with online shopping and plays music upon request. The virtual assistant can be used for accessing books in the user’s Kindle library, as well as songs from Amazon Music Unlimited, Prime Music and purchased songs and albums. Amazon might update its Android app as well Playback controls are featured on the screen when media starts playing and audio will continue to stream, in the background when users dismiss them. Alexa can provide users with updates on the news, weather information and traffic details. Alexa can also help manage smart home devices and seems to give users access to all features that are also found on Amazon’s smart speaker line. At this point, it’s unclear if Alexa will be included in a possible update to Amazon’s shopping app for Android. However, Alexa is making its way to a number of smartphones, including Moto Z, Moto Z Force and Moto Z Play. Last month, Motorola introduced a new Moto Mod modular accessory which offers an enhanced speaker with Alexa integration. The competition in the market of virtual personal assistants is about to become even more heated this month after Samsung launches the Galaxy S8 with its own virtual assistant Bixby. Currently, the market includes such AI assistants like Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant. Source
  20. Google gets some big names in its corner Tech companies are joining forces to fight against the FBI's desire to get its hands on people's emails. Apple, Amazon, Cisco, and Microsoft have all filed an amicus brief in support of Google. Silicon Valley giants have known for years how difficult it is to fight against the government, especially when it wants to get its hands on the data of your users. This time, they're working together to back Google who was ordered by a court to hand over emails in response to an FBI search warrant. In this particular situation, the court said it doesn't matter if Google has the emails stored on data centers that are not on the territory of the United States. “When a warrant seeks email content from a foreign data center, that invasion of privacy occurs outside the United States — in the place where the customers’ private communications are stored, and where they are accessed, and copied for the benefit of law enforcement, without the customer’s consent,” reads the brief filed by the tech giants Apple, Amazon, Cisco, and Microsoft. There's a flip side They believe that granting access to the FBI only creates a precedent for other countries to demand emails sent and received by US citizens, stored on US soil, by using the same methods. This, of course, would be severely frowned upon by those very same courts that are now ordering Google to supply the FBI with data on its customers stored in foreign data centers. "Our sister nations clearly view US warrants directing service providers to access, copy, and transmit to the United States data stored on servers located within their territory as an extraterritorial act on the part of the US government," the file further reads. Google has previously said that it would battle against the court order and it seems that it has decided to bring in backup. In a similar situation, the court sided with Microsoft, which is probably part of the reason the company decided to join in on the matter. There's also the fact that all these companies face the same difficulties when fighting against the government's overreach and that such a decision could be used as precedent in cases against themselves. Source
  21. Amazon’s First Amendment fight was short lived. After pushing back against investigators, the tech giant handed over data from an Echo believed to contain vital information pertaining to 2015 murder. The move, which occurred on Friday, was initiated by defendant James Bates, who agreed to allow police to review the information retained on his smart home assistant. Bates plead not guilty to the murder of Victor Collins, an acquaintance who was found floating dead in the hot tub at his home in Bentonville, Arkansas. The defendant told police he woke up to find Collins dead, believing the drowning to be accident. Investigators, on the other hand, believe Collins was strangled and drowned – and that Bates’s Amazon Echo may hold the key to his involvement in the incident. Bates was charged with the murder in February of last year, and police approached Amazon with a warrant for information from the home assistant. Amazon complied in part, handing over a record of transactions. But the company pushed back against a request to hand over audio data, with a lengthy filing that demanded, Amazon argued that handing over such data would constitute a violation of consumer rights and that the investigators’ case wasn’t cause enough to hand over data collected by the Echo’s on-board microphones. The real first amendment battle, it seems, will have to wait for another day, as it was Bates himself who offered up the information. A hearing this Wednesday may offer more insight into what precisely the Echo heard, and perhaps more broadly, how much information the hub is gathered (and saved) via its always-on mics at any one given time. For Amazon and other hardware makers, this case is likely just the beginning of conversations around privacy and First Amendment rights surrounding over-more ubiquitous home assistants. We’ve reached out to the company for comment. By Brian Heater https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/07/amazon-echo-murder/
  22. The major internet outage across the United States earlier this week was not due to any virus or malware or state-sponsored cyber attack, rather it was the result of a simple TYPO. Amazon on Thursday admitted that an incorrectly typed command during a routine debugging of the company's billing system caused the 5-hour-long outage of some Amazon Web Services (AWS) servers on Tuesday. The issue caused tens of thousands of websites and services to become completely unavailable, while others show broken images and links, which left online users around the world confused. The sites and services affected by the disruption include Quora, Slack, Medium, Giphy, Trello, Splitwise, Soundcloud, and IFTTT, among a ton of others. Here's What Happened: On Tuesday morning, members of Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) team were debugging the S3 cloud-storage billing system. As part of the process, the team needed to take a few billing servers offline, but unfortunately, it ended up taking down a large set of servers. "Unfortunately, one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly, and a larger set of servers was removed than intended," Amazon said. "The servers that were inadvertently removed supported two other S3 subsystems." …Whoops. As for why it took longer than expected to restart certain services, Amazon says that some of its servers have not been restarted in "many years." Since the S3 system has experienced massive growth over the last several years, "the process of restarting these services and running the necessary safety checks to validate the integrity of the metadata took longer than expected." The company apologized for the inconvenience faced by its customers and promised that it will be putting new safeguards in place. Amazon said the company is making "several changes" as a result of this incident, including steps to prevent an incorrect input from triggering such problems in the future. The typo that caused the internet outage this week also knocked out the AWS Service Health Dashboard, so the company had to use its Twitter account to keep customers updated on the incident. Due to this, Amazon is also changing the administration console for the AWS Service Health Dashboard, so that it can run across multiple regions. < Here >
  23. Mozilla: The Internet Is Unhealthy And Urgently Needs Your Help Mozilla argues that the internet's decentralized design is under threat by a few key players, including Google, Facebook, Apple, Tencent, Alibaba and Amazon, monopolizing messaging, commerce, and search. Can the internet as we know it survive the many efforts to dominate and control it, asks Firefox maker Mozilla. Much of the internet is in a perilous state, and we, its citizens, all need to help save it, says Mark Surman, executive director of Firefox maker the Mozilla Foundation. We may be in awe of the web's rise over the past 30 years, but Surman highlights numerous signs that the internet is dangerously unhealthy, from last year's Mirai botnet attacks, to market concentration, government surveillance and censorship, data breaches, and policies that smother innovation. "I wonder whether this precious public resource can remain safe, secure and dependable. Can it survive?" Surman asks. "These questions are even more critical now that we move into an age where the internet starts to wrap around us, quite literally," he adds, pointing to the Internet of Things, autonomous systems, and artificial intelligence. In this world, we don't use a computer, "we live inside it", he adds. "How [the internet] works -- and whether it's healthy -- has a direct impact on our happiness, our privacy, our pocketbooks, our economies and democracies." Surman's call to action coincides with nonprofit Mozilla's first 'prototype' of the Internet Health Report, which looks at healthy and unhealthy trends that are shaping the internet. Its five key areas include open innovation, digital inclusion, decentralization, privacy and security, and web literacy. Mozilla will launch the first report after October, once it has incorporated feedback on the prototype. That there are over 1.1 billion websites today, running on mostly open-source software, is a positive sign for open innovation. However, Mozilla says the internet is "constantly dodging bullets" from bad policy, such as outdated copyright laws, secretly negotiated trade agreements, and restrictive digital-rights management. Similarly, while mobile has helped put more than three billion people online today, there were 56 internet shutdowns last year, up from 15 shutdowns in 2015, it notes. Mozilla fears the internet's decentralized design, while flourishing and protected by laws, is under threat by a few key players, including Facebook, Google, Apple, Tencent, Alibaba and Amazon, monopolizing messaging, commerce and search. "While these companies provide hugely valuable services to billions of people, they are also consolidating control over human communication and wealth at a level never before seen in history," it says. Mozilla approves of the wider adoption of encryption today on the web and in communications but highlights the emergence of new surveillance laws, such as the UK's so-called Snooper's Charter. It also cites as a concern the Mirai malware behind last year's DDoS attacks, which abused unsecured webcams and other IoT devices, and is calling for safety standards, rules and accountability measures. The report also draws attention to the policy focus on web literacy in the context of learning how to code or use a computer, which ignores other literacy skills, such as the ability to spot fake news, and separate ads from search results. Source Alternate Source - 1: Mozilla’s First Internet Health Report Tackles Security, Privacy Alternate Source - 2: Mozilla Wants Infosec Activism To Be The Next Green Movement
  24. Amazon Made its First Drone Delivery, and the Future is Now Drones are the new normal. By Jill Layton https://img.techwallacdn.com/tw-product-hero/techwalla//15/ae/15aed58ce3d475ff887bbb799db4fdd7.jpeg Amazon has officially made its very first commercial drone delivery to a customer in Cambridgeshire, England. The drone took off from a nearby Amazon warehouse, and the flight lasted 13 minutes, covering about two miles. The lucky customer was identified only as Richard B., but perhaps it was his order that secured him the history-making delivery. He ordered an Amazon Firestick and some popcorn. It doesn't get any more perfect than that. Jeff Bezos, Amazon's chief executive, tweeted that the company made the its first drone delivery on December 7th, which is a huge step in its experiments with automated shipments. https://img.techwallacdn.com/tw-product-hero/tw/83/82/8382b515ce4e90f901edfd42c0590c7e.jpg Amazon says it will be testing drone deliveries with two more customers in the same rural area, because Cambridgeshire is a small English city that's home to a large Amazon drone-testing plant. So if the tests are successful, dozens more customers could be added to the trial in the upcoming months, with the hopes that Prime Air will become the new Prime. Amazon Wasn't the First As exciting and as "Back to the Future"-esque as commercial drone delivery is, Amazon wasn't the first to make it happen. The company was beaten to the punch by two other lesser-known companies. Domino's managed to pull off the world's first commercial pizza delivery by drone as the world watched via a video posted to the company's Facebook page back in November. A peri-peri chicken pizza and a chicken and cranberry pizza was delivered to a customer in Whangaparaoa, New Zealand. And Just Eat claims to have delivered the first-ever meal by drone earlier this month, albeit it wasn't a flying drone. The online food delivery service delivered a meal by a six-wheeled robot, as reported by Venture Beat. https://img.techwallacdn.com/tw-product-hero/tw/1a/78/1a788e7990ac9ec0df980bc71d63cd2e.jpg A Turkish meal was delivered to a man in Greenwich, London. He wasn't expecting the delivery by robot, but was pleasantly surprised when it showed it up. Because robots. Clearly many companies are on the verge of major drone breakthroughs, and we're completely on board (not literally, it wouldn't fly). Join in on the Drone Fun But back to Amazon. The company doesn't just make drone deliveries, they also sell drones—and lots of them. So because life is weird, we're going to take this opportunity to make this a full circle tech moment and list some of Amazon's best-selling drones. Drones with an HD camera Syma X5C 2.4G 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter Equipped with a 2.0MP HD camera, this Syma drone can perform flips at the press of a button with 360 degree eversion. https://img.techwallacdn.com/tw-product-hero/tw/bc/1c/bc1ceb8de9557938d77af9e8a054cfd1.jpg It's wind resistant, can be flown indoors or outdoors and has a seven-minute flight time and a 100-minute charge time. Cheerwing Syma Headless Quadcopter Drone Another Syma drone, the headless/IOC lessens the steepness of the learning curve for the pilot, giving you the ability to enjoy flight while slowly learning each specific orientation of the quadcopter. https://img.techwallacdn.com/tw-product-hero/tw/80/6f/806fc0032fda84e0527daa9c0ac3e05f.jpg Take photos and video with the HD camera, and view them while flying on any iOS or Android phone. Drones with an HD camera, GPS and live view Blue Jay Aerial Photography Drone You can watch live video feed of your flight from your iPhone or Android with the FPV WiFi feature on the Blue Jay. The camera captures 720p high definition aerial photos and videos with a 2MP camera. https://img.techwallacdn.com/tw-product-hero/tw/b4/7d/b47d3fed7c39afc94581ac4bc7bd97d0.jpg It's an ideal beginner drone with a lot of the latest features typically found on higher end models. DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Drone Equipped with a 2.7K HD video camera, the DJI Phantom drone uses GPS to safely assist your flight. Achieve advanced camera perspectives with the Point of Interest, Follow Me and Waypoints modes. https://img.techwallacdn.com/tw-product-hero/tw/3e/a5/3ea58fb3f7e8c3699475058799525c9d.jpg Drones for beginners National Geographic Quadcopter Drone The easy to use National Geographic Quadcopter Drone is perfect for kids and novice pilots. Auto-orientation and 1-button controls allow you to take off, land and perform 360-degree flips, while built-in speed settings offer maneuverability and control. https://img.techwallacdn.com/tw-product-hero/tw/58/c6/58c64aadcbd2fd2f5c3e90e8913d6504.jpg Holy Stone Predator Mini Helicopter Drone Holy Stone uses a headless security system and enables any level of pilot to fly the drone safely. It has a 6-Axis Gyro Stabilization System, which makes the drone more flexible and stable. https://img.techwallacdn.com/tw-product-hero/tw/79/d1/79d1914917d9fe546fa3dc902155c0ee.jpg Flying time is around 6-8 minutes, with the charging time at 60-80 minutes. SOURCE
  25. Amazon has reset some customers’ passwords and asked them to change them, according to reports. Amazon says that during “routine monitoring,” it stumbled on a set of email and password sets posted online. Amazon isn’t the only online service to check for reused user credentials: both Facebook and Netflix prowl the internet looking for your username/password combos to show up in troves of leaked credentials. From Amazon’s message, sent to an unknown number of customers: While the list was not Amazon-related, we know that many customers reuse their passwords on several websites. We believe your email address and password set was on that list. So we have taken the precaution of resetting your password. We don’t know the size of the emails/passwords list that Amazon discovered. Nor do we know where, exactly, the credentials were found. All we know is that the drop spot wasn’t on anything Amazon-related. There have been scads of breaches recently. The user credentials could have come from the recent LinkedIn breach, for example. Other potential sources for the Amazon data set include the MySpace mega-breach, the Tumblr breach, or from the Yahoo breach of half a billion accounts. With each breach comes an increased chance that a reused set of login details will be discovered and potentially used by crooks to gain access to any account set up with those details. Amazon’s advice: Please choose a new password and do not use the same password you used with us previously. We also highly recommend that you choose a password that you are not using on any other sites. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Hallelujah and amen to all that! This is just one more example of why it’s such a bad idea to use a password twice. For more good reasons, here’s a detailed explanation of the dangers of password reuse. So yes, please do as Amazon suggests and change your password, not just on Amazon but also on any other sites where you use the same login. Make sure each online account has a different password, and make them all strong! Article source
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