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Security researchers expose new Alexa and Google Home vulnerability October 21, 2019

Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge Security researchers with SRLabs have disclosed a new vulnerability affecting both Google and Amazon smart speakers that could allow hackers to eavesdrop on or even phish unsuspecting users. By uploading a malicious piece of software disguised as an innocuous Alexa Skill or Google Action, the researchers showed how […]

Security researchers expose new Alexa and Google Home vulnerability

Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge

Security researchers with SRLabs have disclosed a new vulnerability affecting both Google and Amazon smart speakers that could allow hackers to eavesdrop on or even phish unsuspecting users. By uploading a malicious piece of software disguised as an innocuous Alexa Skill or Google Action, the researchers showed how you can get the smart speakers to silently record users, or even ask them for the password to their Google account.

The vulnerability is a good reminder to keep a close eye on the third-party software that you use with your voice assistants, and to delete any that you’re unlikely to use again where possible. There’s no evidence that this vulnerability has been exploited in the real world, however, and SRLabs disclosed their…

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Security researchers expose new Alexa and Google Home vulnerability
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How to Watch Tonight's Orionid Meteor Shower

Your favorite fall meteor shower is back! The Orionids peak tonight, although they should be visible anytime between roughly October 2 and November 7 of 2019.

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How to Watch Tonight's Orionid Meteor Shower
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Google’s Nest Mini is a great-sounding upgrade over the Home Mini

It can’t hang with more expensive speakers, but it can hang on the wall

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Google’s Nest Mini is a great-sounding upgrade over the Home Mini
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Train to be a certified cyber security professional for just $39

Cyber crime is responsible for a staggering amount of damage and chaos around the world. Want to be a part of the solution? Then train for a career in this demanding field with The A to Z Cyber Security and IT Certification Training Bundle.

This e-training bundle is perfect for anyone who has an interest in putting a stop to cyber crime. It includes twelve courses that’ll introduce students to ethical hacking methods, show them how to test a network for weaknesses, and identify problems so they can be fixed prior to being exploited. It’s fast, flexible, and you can even apply your training in preparation for several certification exams

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Train to be a certified cyber security professional for just
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Monday's Best Deals: Instant Pot Smart, TRTL Travel Pillow, Halloween Candy, and More

An Instant Pot with WiFi, a Trtl Travel Pillow, and a Halloween Candy Gold Box lead off Monday’s best deals from around the web.

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Monday's Best Deals: Instant Pot Smart, TRTL Travel Pillow, Halloween Candy, and More
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Alexa and Google Assistant fall victim to eavesdropping apps – CNET

Security researchers developed eight voice apps that could listen in on people and potentially steal their passwords. Alexa and Google Assistant fall victim to eavesdropping apps – CNET
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Are You Morally Obligated to Tell House Guests About Your Smart Devices?

Should you ever tell someone that you’ve stashed a smart speaker, camera, or display in your home somewhere? If the person lives with you, absolutely. If you’re having some friends over, though, is this overkill? Do you have a responsibility to let people know, or are you making a mountain out of a (smart) molehill?

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Are You Morally Obligated to Tell House Guests About Your Smart Devices?
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The all-new Kindle 2019 e-reader hits an all-time-low $65 – CNET

Or get the Paperwhite for $90, which ties its lowest price ever. Either way, it’s a great time to be a reader. The all-new Kindle 2019 e-reader hits an all-time-low – CNET
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First look: Surface Pro 7 follows a familiar path

The latest entry to the Surface Pro family looks just like its predecessors, except for the addition of a single USB Type-C port. Ice Lake CPUs also add improved power management, but otherwise, this device offers little to win new fans. First look: Surface Pro 7 follows a familiar path
Source: ZDNet Microsoft

The best Apple AirPods and Beats Wireless headphone deals – CNET

All of the biggest discounts on the company’s wireless earbuds and headphones. The best Apple AirPods and Beats Wireless headphone deals – CNET
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Pixel 4 Review: Google Needs to Do More to Stand Out

The new Pixel 4 is a solid higher-end phone. But dollar for dollar, it pales against the latest iPhones and Galaxy devices. Here’s why. Pixel 4 Review: Google Needs to Do More to Stand Out
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Pixel 4 and 4 XL: Industrially chic in glowing orange – CNET

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL come with a new industrial design and square camera element, all belted in on the sides by a slick-looking aluminum band. And good news, the Pixel 4 XL loses the Pixel 3 XL’s ugly notch. Pixel 4 and 4 XL: Industrially chic in glowing orange – CNET
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How to Come Up With New Ideas According to Hartmut Esslinger, founder of Frog Design

Most people can’t really innovate, says Hartmut Esslinger, founder of frog design. He and his company (now celebrating fifty years in business) helped design Apple’s portable computers, Sony’s Walkman, and many websites, apps, gadgets, and high-end medical and dental equipment. These are his principles of innovation.

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How to Come Up With New Ideas According to Hartmut Esslinger, founder of Frog Design
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Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15-inch review: it’s a bigger Surface Laptop

The new 15-inch Surface Laptop is a familiar package with new dimensions

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15-inch review: it’s a bigger Surface Laptop
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Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review: I wish this looked like a Surface Pro X

Minor improvements in a familiar package

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Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review: I wish this looked like a Surface Pro X
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Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL review: more than the sum of its sensors

The fourth-gen phone has five big new features

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Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL review: more than the sum of its sensors
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Make smoked trout dip only if you’re prepared to be hooked forever

Like any good Corn Belt Catholic, my earliest experience with fish was being forced to eat it on Fridays instead of the meaty stuff I’d much rather have had. Variations on the theme included freezer-burned fish sticks, badly cooked catfish, and canned tuna. I’ve been off the stuff to this very day. Even as an adult, I…

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Make smoked trout dip only if you’re prepared to be hooked forever
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How the smartphone became the remote control of your life – CNET

We bet you couldn’t quit your phone even if you wanted to. How the smartphone became the remote control of your life – CNET
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2019 Tokyo Motor Show preview: Debuts from Honda, Mazda, Toyota and more – Roadshow

Whether you’re after electric cars, sports cars or something out of left field, Tokyo’s got it. 2019 Tokyo Motor Show preview: Debuts from Honda, Mazda, Toyota and more – Roadshow
Source: CNet

2020 Toyota RAV4: Model overview, pricing, tech and specs – Roadshow

Toyota’s compact SUV adds a new TRD Off-Road trim for 2020, and a plug-in hybrid model is on the horizon, too. 2020 Toyota RAV4: Model overview, pricing, tech and specs – Roadshow
Source: CNet

What's Coming and Going From Netflix the Week of October 21, 2019

I know things have been grim, entertainment-wise. Succession is done for the season. Joker is allegedly terrible. We’ve had weeks on end of kind of crummy Netflix offerings. But take heart, indoor children! We’ve got a bunch of promising viewables this week and I’m willing to bet at least one of these N.O.’s is right…

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What's Coming and Going From Netflix the Week of October 21, 2019
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Huawei exec acknowledges it's struggling without Google support – CNET

It’ll take years for the company to develop its own alternative apps, an exec told the Financial Times. Huawei exec acknowledges it's struggling without Google support – CNET
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Windows 10 1909 and 1903: These are our new CPU requirements, says Microsoft

The 1909, 1903 updates require Snapdragon 855, 8cx, and Intel Comet Lake CPUs as a minimum on new devices. Windows 10 1909 and 1903: These are our new CPU requirements, says Microsoft
Source: ZDNet Microsoft

Finally Get An Instant Pot, Or Accessorize the One You Already Own, With a Bunch of Great Deals

Instant Pot Smart Wi-Fi | $100 | Amazon

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Finally Get An Instant Pot, Or Accessorize the One You Already Own, With a Bunch of Great Deals
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This new AI tool can spot if you are nervous or confused

Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a technology that is more accurate at tracking complex facial expressions such as awkward giggles, nervousness or confusion. This new AI tool can spot if you are nervous or confused
Source: ZDNet Microsoft