Computers aren't just getting smarter, they're studying us more closely too. Whether it's in the name of public safety, fraud protection or simple convenience, we're feeding AI systems details that identify us and track our comings and goings.Equipped with electronic ears, eyes and brains, a sea of devices now monitor human activity and characteristics. The list includes everything from smart speakers, laptops and phones, to even doorbells and locks. You may not have noticed this trend, but it's real, and growing. CNET has spent the last two weeks documenting the current state of facial recognition technology, but that's just one method of gathering data directly from your person. Here are a few examples of how other biometric technologies have seeped into the fabric of daily life, and where things could go next. Fingerprint readers everywhere Devices that can read, capture and match fingerprints to specific individuals have been with us for decades. In 1969, the FBI … [Read more...] about Amazon, Google, AI and us: Are we too close for comfort?
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Welcome to Day 4 of our series about quitting the Big Five. We started the week looking at abandoning Amazon. Then we looked at fleeing Facebook and saying goodbye to Google. Today, we'll explore whether it's possible to manage without Microsoft. I'm basing my series on a project running on Gizmodo. Reporter Kashmir Hill attempted to go quit Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, one each week. Also on ZDNet:Day 1: Quitting the five tech giants: Could you abandon Amazon?Day 2: Quitting the five tech giants: Could you really flee Facebook?Day 3: Quitting the five tech giants: Could you say goodbye to Google?I'm not as brave as Ms. Hill. I'm not stopping any services. Instead, each day this week, I'm looking at one of the Big Five to let you know how far I think I could go in quitting (or how locked in I am). Managing without MicrosoftKashmir initially thought she did better with Microsoft, but found she was surprised at the subtle places Microsoft tends to show up, … [Read more...] about Quitting the five tech giants: Could you manage without Microsoft?
Jeff Bezos' divorce announcement this month has been a boon for the gossip pages, with tabloids dishing on the couple's massive fortune of roughly $140 billion and on Bezos' reported steamy texts to his new girlfriend.But beyond the world of TMZ and Page Six, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos' divorce could have a big impact on Amazon's ownership and create new challenges for the company. And though it's unlikely, that turbulence could even harm consumers by slowing Amazon's rapid pace of growth and innovation.Additionally, the divorce is expected to result in one of the most notable settlements in history, and likely the biggest, since Bezos is the world's richest person and runs one of the world's most valuable companies."Jeff remains very much focused on and engaged in Amazon," company spokesman Drew Herdener said Wednesday.Here's what you need to know about the divorce and what effects it may have.The split Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos jointly announced their divorce via Twitter on Jan. 9, … [Read more...] about Jeff Bezos’ $140 billion divorce: How it affects Amazon
In the course of a single generation, Amazon has grown from fledgling online bookseller to one of the most valuable and powerful corporations in modern history. The empire of CEO Jeff Bezos has grown so vast that critics, overseas regulators, and Washington politicians are all now wondering whether the company has become an unstoppable force, and what, if anything, is capable of reigning in its reach. A recent spat with Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) resulted in a minimum wage hike for tens of thousands of employees, but Amazon still operates largely without any meaningful checks on its power even as it aggressively expands into physical retail, the smart home, and warehouse and aviation robotics. Yet despite having a hand in so many different industries, consumers largely trust Amazon with everything from their personal information and buying habits to the literal conversations they have in their own homes. According to a study The Verge conducted in partnership with consulting firm … [Read more...] about How Amazon’s retail revolution is changing the way we shop
Tech-support scams probably aren't vanishing any time soon. But Microsoft's latest survey on the scourge found some positive news: more consumers today know that tech firms like Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft won't make unsolicited contact. More security news Edge computing: the cyber security risks you must consider Chrome, Edge, IE, Firefox, and Safari to disable TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 in 2020 Around 62 percent of all Internet sites will run an unsupported PHP version in 10 weeks A mysterious grey-hat is patching people's outdated MikroTik routers Microsoft's 2018 global tech-support scam research found that consumers have "developed a healthy skepticism" about unsolicited contact from tech and software companies. The scams includes calls, emails, and pop-up ads that purport to be from a well-known tech company claiming to offer a fix for malware or other tech problems. In 2016 Microsoft's global tech-support scam research found that 37 percent of respondents said it … [Read more...] about Tech-support scams: Microsoft reveals that fraudsters are still fooling too many people