How To Make Your Amazon Echo and Google Home as Private as Possible

How To Make Your Amazon Echo and Google Home as Private as Possible

To delete en masse, go to Alexa Privacy Settings on Amazon's website and then choose Review Voice History .For Google Assistant, go to and click the three dots in the upper-right corner.

Ikea and Sonos Made a Speaker That’s Also a Lamp

Ikea and Sonos Made a Speaker That’s Also a Lamp

The new Symfonisk range of products from Ikea and Sonos includes a traditional speaker and a hybrid speaker-lamp combo.

The Genderless Digital Voice the World Needs Right Now

The Genderless Digital Voice the World Needs Right Now

But as designers make that choice, they run the risk of reinforcing gender stereotypes, that female AI assistants should be helpful and caring, while machines like security robots should have a male voice to telegraph authority.

Ikea's Slow and Steady Plan to Save the Smart Home

Ikea's Slow and Steady Plan to Save the Smart Home

“We’ve learned a lot from Sonos, how they’re set up in terms of helping customers when they’re dealing with network issues, or products that are related to a Sonos speaker,” says Block.

Nest Cams Hijacked in the Name of PewDiePie and North Korea Pranks

Nest Cams Hijacked in the Name of PewDiePie and North Korea Pranks

Then they heard a hacker's voice on their Nest cameras saying, "I’m going to kidnap your baby, I’m in your baby’s room." For years, Internet of Things security woes have been epitomized by hackers accessing live feeds from video baby monitors.

The Rise of the Swiss Army Gadget

The Rise of the Swiss Army Gadget

“We already know that 80 percent of consumers are bringing a phone or a tablet into the bathroom to do something,” says Kohler project lead Jonathan Bradley.

8 Things to Expect From CES, Consumer Tech's Big Shindig

8 Things to Expect From CES, Consumer Tech's Big Shindig

TV manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, LG, Toshiba, and Sharp are widely expected to show off 8K displays at CES this year; LG has even pre-announced what the company claims is the world’s first OLED 8K display.

Your Voice Assistant May Be Getting Smarter, But It's Still Awkward

Your Voice Assistant May Be Getting Smarter, But It's Still Awkward

In September of this year, a report published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research rang the warning bell on virtual assistants, saying that they frequently didn’t understand health-related queries and that nearly 30 percent of the answers provided by the assistants “could cause harm if acted on.” And of course, voice control getting good presents just as many ethical problems as it does moments of ease.

How Amazon Alexa Uses Machine Learning to Get Smarter

How Amazon Alexa Uses Machine Learning to Get Smarter

Alexa has gotten smarter, in ways so subtle you might not yet have even noticed.Machine HeadSo-called active learning, in which the system identifies areas in which it needs help from a human expert, has helped substantially cut down on Alexa’s error rates.Those may sound like small tweaks, but cumulatively they represent major progress toward a more conversational voice assistant, one that solves problems rather than introducing new frustrations.

8 Best Smart Speakers (2018): Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana

8 Best Smart Speakers (2018): Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana

You can easily connect two other Sonos speakers for surround sound, or add a Sonos Sub to the mix to deepen those explosions.The Beam isn't the absolute best soundbar on the market, but it's good enough for most living rooms and its compact size makes it usable for many size TVs. If you own a Fire TV, the Beam can play movies and TV shows with voice requests, and will likely gain new abilities when Google Assistant is added.Buy the Beam for $399 from Amazon or Sonos(The Polk Command Bar ($250) is a workable, cheaper alternative)4.

The View From the Control Room: How InSight Landed on Mars

The View From the Control Room: How InSight Landed on Mars

As the final hours ticked by before InSight breached Mars’s atmosphere and headed to the surface, there was not much to do except wait, and worry.Engineers had sent the landing sequence commands to the spacecraft days ago, where they now sat onboard like little bombs, waiting for the proper time to execute themselves.