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The smart hubs have eyes: Why the Amazon Echo Look should have you asking questions about privacy

May 11, 2017 - 11:07 -- Admin

By now, we've grown accustomed to our devices listening to us. Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa, Bixby, Cortana, and every other disembodied virtual taskrabbit has been hearing our commands—and who knows what else—for years. But, with its last two smart hub devices, Amazon has pushed one step beyond the microphone, asking users to install cameras in their homes. Yesterday, with the announcement of the Echo Show, Amazon reaffirmed its plan to have Alexa see you in addition to hear you.

Ring Video Doorbell review

May 10, 2017 - 10:43 -- Admin

Like most other smart doorbells, Ring lets you see who's at your door and interact with your guests before letting them in. Unlike its competition, however, Ring doesn't require dedicated electrical wiring; instead, it can work off of rechargeable battery power.

This giant feathered dinosaur had nests the size of monster truck tires

May 10, 2017 - 10:43 -- Admin

Big Bird is eight feet, two inches tall. That's big. The ostrich, the largest living bird is bigger, topping out around nine feet tall. But neither fictional nor factual birds can hold a candle to a new species of bird-like dinosaur called Beibeilong sinensis, which was likely around 26 feet long and weighed about 3 tons when fully-grown.

Lizards might lose their gut bacteria to climate change—and that's not great

May 10, 2017 - 10:43 -- Admin

The common lizard, as its name suggests, is common. Its range begins to the west in Ireland and stretches as far east as Japan, with an expanse that reaches as far north as the Arctic Circle and as far South as northern Italy. With so much of its range unoccupied by humans it's no surprise that Zootoca vivipara is a species of "least concern". But humans don't actually have to encroach upon the common lizard's habitat to cause the critter harm. We just have to turn up the heat.

Facebook created a faster, more accurate translation system using artificial intelligence

May 10, 2017 - 10:43 -- Admin

Facebook's billion-plus users speak a plethora of languages, and right now, the social network supports translation of over 45 different tongues. That means that if you're an English speaker confronted with German, or a French speaker seeing Spanish, you'll see a link that says “See Translation.”

Amazon's Echo Show smart hub has a built-in touchscreen for video calling, selling you stuff

May 10, 2017 - 10:43 -- Admin

Just two weeks ago Amazon introduced the $200 Echo Look, a smart-home hub that includes a built-in camera to help evaluate your outfit before leaving the house. Now, the company has taken another step, introducing its flagship hub, the $229 Echo Show, which has both a 5-megapixel camera and a 7-inch touchscreen display.