Alexa listening to and laughing at you [alert]

http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/24/technology/alexa-secret-recording/index.html Alexa has many talents. Amazon’s voice assistant can play music, set timers, order a pizza, and send recordings of private conversations to random people in its users’ contact list. It’s funny when these things happen to other people.   It’s not so funny when it happens to you.   It’s funny when Alexa is doing this, […]

Search Engines, Answer Engines

You’ve seen many “search engines”, including one that has even made its way to become a verb:  “google” is no longer just a site to do searching, but we now routinely use “let’s google that name”.   Nouns become verbs, and verbs become nouns — how many “reads” and “writes” did you do in the […]

Please Forget Me [howto]

Pleeeease release me, let me go. Instructions on how to have Google forget, or at least delete information on your searches. http://www.wired.co.uk/article/google-history-search-tracking-data-how-to-delete Your voice searches are also recorded and available for replay. Deleting your Amazon Alexa and Google Home searches https://www.google.com/amp/bgr.com/2016/12/30/how-to-delete-amazon-echo/amp/ Your library probably keeps a list of everything you borrowed, and your searches as well. […]