Echo spying

12/31/16 LME Weekly Summary

12/31/16 LME Weekly Summary

Links to all of the previous week’s posts along with a brief summary of each.

Alexa, Witness In A Murder Case? Yes. But No, Alexa’s STILL Not Spying On You.

Alexa, Witness In A Murder Case? Yes. But No, Alexa’s STILL Not Spying On You.

Pay no attention to those hysterical, pearl-clutching headlines: the reports on this should only reassure you Alexa is NOT spying on you.

Echo NEST Integration + Google’s Echo Rival

Echo NEST Integration + Google’s Echo Rival

NEST integration was finally rolled out yesterday in the Smart Home tab of the Alexa app and I’m going to get to that later in the post, but first I’d like to address what everyone seems to be talking about most on the various Echo and Alexa -related boards I frequent: Google’s rumored competitor to […]

Should You Erase Echo History?

Should You Erase Echo History?

Ever since Time ran a how-to on erasing Alexa’s stored history of your requests and commands earlier this week—a feature that’s been available since the day the Echo launched, by the way—, the internet’s been abuzz with other outlets picking up that article’s ball and running with it. And of course, the “The Echo’s Actually […]

Echo Security Concerns

Echo Security Concerns

Earlier this month SlashGear reported on Echo owner Robert Paradiso, who hacked together an Echo / Raspberry Pi system for controlling a power wheelchair with his voice. Here’s the video, from YouTube.     Paradiso explains in the video description: “Using a Raspberry Pi running a Hue emulator, Echo ‘thinks’ it’s turning lights on and […]

Don’t Believe The Paranoid Types & Luddites: No, Alexa Does NOT Eavesdrop On Your Conversations

Don’t Believe The Paranoid Types & Luddites: No, Alexa Does NOT Eavesdrop On Your Conversations

*SIGH* Another day, another grossly misleading, click-baity article about people who are convinced their Echo is spying on them. We might expect this sort of Cold War era throwback thinking from Pravda (Amazon issues spying device to bug everything you say), but shame on you for engaging in the same kinds of groundless scare tactics, […]

Is Alexa Spying On You?

Is Alexa Spying On You?

In a word, no. A Google search will turn up plenty of paranoid ravings about Amazon gathering Echo owners’ private conversations without their permission or knowledge, but take those posts for what they are: paranoid ravings. The Echo is always on and always listening for your chosen wake word, but Alexa doesn’t start paying attention […]

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