Want to know more about Amazon Echo, the HP laptop battery recall, ransomware, web printing and switching to Android? I have an Amazon Echo. I am really concerned it is listening all the time. Does it have any privacy settings? A: The fact remains that Echo records all of your commands, and the microphone is always active because the device is always listening for a "wake phrase."
Amazon's Echo smart speaker is about to get a hot new rival – the Apple HomePod. The device was originally supposed to go on sale last year and was ultimately delayed, but latest rumors suggest a HomePod release date is just around the corner. The HomePod is a direct rival to the Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers. It's powered by Apple's Siri virtual assistant, and can be controlled by voice commands. Just like the Echo, HomePod will perform tasks like playing music or telling you about the weather.
File photo - A man takes a selfie in front of the CES logo during the 2018 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Jan. 10, 2018. While great laptops and 2-in-1s come out every year, we don't see significant innovation taking place in computing on an annual basis. But this year at CES, we saw some upending of the standard quo on a number of levels. The trends we saw from the show floor have us both curious and excited about the future of computing. Some will undoubtedly end up in dead ends -- and others will probably become the new status quo in just a few years.
This year's CES had a lot of interesting and exciting new gadgets, but there were a few that stood out from the crowd. Fox News has compiled a list of five categories and the offerings that stood out from the competition. Best wearable: Smart glasses used Amazon's Alexa Vuzix Blade Smart Sunglasses made a lot of "best of" lists this year at CES and for good reason – Vuzix could achieve what Google Glass didn't. It allows you to keep your head up while interacting with your device. The Vuzix glasses have a couple of standout features, including the ability to query Alexa, Amazon's voice-enabled intelligent personal assistant.
File photo: People stand in front of a logo at Facebook's headquarters in London, Britain, December 4, 2017. Step aside, Amazon Echo Show: Word has it that Facebook is developing its own home video chat device. According to a report from streaming news service Cheddar, the new voice-controlled device, dubbed Portal, may be priced at $499. Cheddar's sources say Facebook is planning to unveil the device in early May and begin selling it via pop-up stores and online in the second half of the year. It will reportedly feature a screen on the front like Amazon's Echo Show and Lenovo's new Android Assistant-equipped Smart Display, plus a camera with a wide-angle lens and facial-recognition technology that will help users connect with their Facebook accounts.
The three new concept robots from LG Electronics are aimed at the services industry, in areas like hotels, airports and supermarkets. Here come our new robot overlords. A Korean tech giant has announced three new robots that take aim at the vast and fast-growing global service industry sector. Technologists and economists have long predicted that artificial intelligence and automation would one day sync up to eliminate millions of mostly low-wage jobs in the future. South Korea's LG Electronics is planning to sell robots to solve tasks currently completed by humans.
In 2018, the evolution will not focus as much on faster phones or bigger televisions (although those things will happen). Instead, artificial intelligence will evolve, likely faster than any of us can predict. To give you a hint of what's to come, here are a few gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that push the AI envelope. Cameras already recognize us -- just try the new iPhone X. But this smart baby monitor camera can even tell if the infant is breathing and send you real-time data and alerts.
Smart & Safe Tech: Amazon Echo has enabled voice control of smart security devices to keep your home safe. It wasn't exactly the happiest New Year's news from our tech overlords. In the first week of 2018 we learned that "most of the computers in the world" have dangerous security flaws that make them vulnerable to hackers, criminals, authoritarian regimes, our own security services –you name it. For months the tech giants have been aware of fundamental design problems in the tiny microprocessors that power everything from smartphones to laptops to commercial servers. It means that pretty much anything you do online is at risk.
The International Space Station sits at an altitude of approximately 220 miles above the Earth in this photo taken by Expedition 27 crew member Paolo Nespoli from the Soyuz TMA-20 following its undocking. Inside NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley is a test environment that simulates the International Space Station's pressurized capsules. Here, aerospace engineers test the new Astrobee intra vehicular activity (IVA) robots, which will be heading to the ISS in the spring. These robots are 1-by-1-foot cubes, with an array of LED communication lights. They can function autonomously or be remotely controlled from Houston.
No matter how many Amazon Echo commercials you see, it takes a little time to adjust to Alexa. Putting a virtual assistant in your home signals a change in lifestyle, sort of like adopting a puppy. There will be a lot of trial-and-error, but once you find your rhythm, you'll forget what life was like without her. The Amazon Echo listens for the wake word, "Alexa." But, frankly, I was shocked by how many conversations were recorded by my Echo that did not include the wake word.