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Tech Q&A: Recovering from Equifax, improving passwords, throwing Google off your scent and more

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Isabelle Olsson, Google's Head of Industrial Design for Home, speaks about the Google Home Mini during a launch event in San Francisco, California, U.S. October 4, 2017. Q: With the Equifax breach, I am worried that hackers can steal money from my bank account. A: The sheer number of victims is massive, and it keeps climbing with every new report. Meanwhile, Equifax has done a miserable job of comforting its customers, and the fallout has left far more questions than answers. The best thing you can do for your security is to establish two-factor authentication on your bank account.


Drone breach at Michigan prison went undetected for 2 months

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Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Chris Gautz said video surveillance shows that inmates at Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility received two packages dropped by a drone May 29. "It was later learned that two packages were successfully delivered (confirmed through video) to prisoners via drone. After the successful drone delivery, two phones were found inside the facility on prisoners." Gautz said the Corrections Department didn't previously disclose the successful drone drops because they "don't discuss all introductions of contraband."


Smartphone cameras are getting

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Big changes are coming to your phone's smartphone camera next year, with Qualcomm previewing an update to its image signal processor (ISP) that will better support features like face recognition and mixed reality. While the next major Snapdragon update won't arrive until next year, the changes planned for the Spectra ISP have major implications not just for the cameras on 2018 Android phones but for virtual- and augmented reality headsets as well. Specifically, Qualcomm is promising that its new camera module will feature improved biometric sensing for detecting people's faces and support for depth sensing that can power mixed reality features for smartphones and headsets. The iris authentication module provides always-on security that can support phone unlocking features.


Alexa can help in the kitchen

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Amazon's virtual assistant, Alexa, has become commonplace in many homes, picking your music and helping you book Uber rides. Many Alexa commands make Amazon's Echo essential. One caveat: Some Amazon Echo Show owners have reported that recipes quickly disappear from the screen. This is why the Ad Council and the Natural Resources Defense Council created the Save the Food Alexa skill, which aims to reduce waste by helping you use up your food before it goes bad.


Tech Q&A

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Top Google Assistant tips

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If you're an Android phone user, great news. If you like listening to music or podcasts on YouTube Music or Google Play, just ask Google Assistant to set you up. One of the best things about virtual assistants and old-fashioned typed searches is that you can ask just about any question and get an answer. If you're already using Google Assistant on other devices, such as Google Home, you'll find that it works a little bit differently on different devices.


7 cool things Alexa can do

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When Amazon's Echo hit the market, it was basically just a voice-operated speaker. Don't get me wrong--it was an attractive piece of technology and it responded well to voice commands, but a lot of people ended up with an Echo asked Alexa a few basic questions, like: What time is it? What's the weather report for Saturday? Click here for a list of Alexa commands you're not using but should be. Here's the question I get over and over again: What else can Alexa do?