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An option to stop sharing Alexa conversations with humans

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The information that conversations with voice assistants were being listened to by humans did not go down well, and rightly so. Today, Amazon offers an option to exit the program, though it still remains enabled by default.

Apple and Google had been accused of making conversations with their devices heard by human third parties. Amazon too, but the e-commerce giant takes the lead, sort of, in adding an option to exit the listener.

Amazon can not listen to its conversations with humans

In the face of the public’s grumbling, voluntary or forced measures had to be taken. The Cupertino company announced it would suspend the program, pure and simple. Google does the same, but for only three months in Europe. Amazon, meanwhile, offers a button.

An option well hidden in the settings and enabled by default

The option in question is in the parameters of the Alexa application. It is a simple yes / no to accept or refuse to share some of your recordings with Amazon teams. These will still be sent to Amazon’s servers and stored (unless you manually delete them), but they will no longer be listened to by human employees. The option also specifies that these recordings “may be used to develop new features and improve our service.” It adds that “only a tiny fraction of the records are analyzed manually.”

We would have preferred that the option be disabled by default. By doing things in the way they did, Amazon could be slapped on the fingers by the European Union. According to the German CNIL, “the functioning of these virtual assistants must be transparent so that any person can give his informed consent.” An option enabled by default and hidden in the settings probably does not fall into the category of “transparent operation.”

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A self-professed tech and coding geek, Adam currently attends Yale University as a Computer Science major and, as a talented developer, has already made numerous contributions to open source Python libraries including SciPy and NumPy. He is the leading editor of Share Blog News and takes a major interest in technology news and the latest developments of all tech companies, especially Apple. His current phone is an iPhone XS.

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A collapsible iPhone and iPad by 2021?

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After launches of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, foldable smartphones are expected to multiply in 2020. And Apple could decide to embark down this round, without rushing as usual. Will we have a collapsible iPhone and iPad by 2021?

Most smartphone and tablet manufacturers are currently working on devices with foldable displays. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Huawei’s Mate X are still in demand, and the market is undoubtedly preparing to welcome these new products. In a note from UBS to its investors, analysts talk about the future of the iPhone and iPad, including the possibility of a collapsible iPad in 2020 and a collapsible iPhone in 2021. And if we believe these market experts, Apple customers would be extremely interested in such devices” some would not even hesitate to shell an extra $600 to benefit from this feature alone.

A foldable iPad and iPhone before 2021?

Although the Cupertino company remained very discreet during the design phases of these products, it is entirely logical to think that Apple is working on a device with a foldable screen. According to UBS analysts, the Apple brand will initially be trying a collapsible version of the iPad for 2020, before tackling the iPhone in 2021.

This is the prediction of several UBS analysts

We can trust Apple to consider the demand of the market before launching. The results of the Galaxy Fold and Mate X will be scrutinized. The Cupertino company will also seek to find real practical use cases for such a device – Apple is not known to offer gadget functions as soon as they are available.

Adam Still

A self-professed tech and coding geek, Adam currently attends Yale University as a Computer Science major and, as a talented developer, has already made numerous contributions to open source Python libraries including SciPy and NumPy. He is the leading editor of Share Blog News and takes a major interest in technology news and the latest developments of all tech companies, especially Apple. His current phone is an iPhone XS.

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Apple slams the use of VOIP in the background in iOS 13

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Apple remains very concerned about the protection of the personal data of its users. This involves explicit measures and others which are a little more technical, such as the one that interests us today concerning the use of VOIP in the background.

Via a small modification in iOS 13, Apple has prevented VoIP applications from accessing certain data in the background. A decision was taken to further protect the personal data stored on the devices of the brand that should interest some big names in the tech. This initiative has a direct and fairly strong impact on data collected by apps like Messenger or WhatsApp. Indeed, to be able to ring during a VoIP call when the application is not open on the phone, it uses the process of iOS PushKit. It is the latter that detects calls via the Internet. Its use was previously hijacked by developers to collect some data.

Apple seriously limits the use of PushKit in iOS 13

For example, WhatsApp uses PushKit for end-to-end encryption throughout the application. Snapchat and WeChat use it to collect data that goes beyond the call framework. These are the kinds of actions that Apple wanted to do away with by limiting the use of PushKit. With iOS 13, the Cupertino company now prevents the use of this process for purposes other than the triggering of voice calls.

Protecting personal data, and improving performance

Developers will have to rewrite some of their code to comply with new restrictions Apple. They have until April 2020, which should be more than enough time especially as some have already set to work. In addition to the issue of personal data, this new rule will result in the disappearance of some processes in the background and thus improve the overall performance of devices, including autonomy.

Adam Still

A self-professed tech and coding geek, Adam currently attends Yale University as a Computer Science major and, as a talented developer, has already made numerous contributions to open source Python libraries including SciPy and NumPy. He is the leading editor of Share Blog News and takes a major interest in technology news and the latest developments of all tech companies, especially Apple. His current phone is an iPhone XS.

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Face ID could happen soon in Apple Macs

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Face ID is a technology that was introduced by Apple some time ago. The system is still imperfect, of course, but it could soon arrive on devices other than just smartphones and tablets.

Face ID was launched at the same time as the iPhone X. More recently, the technology has been integrated into the iPad Pro. The question that arises today is when will it be proposed in the Mac. It would be a logical and natural evolution after all. And the good news is that it seems that the Cupertino company is thinking very seriously about the issue. The Apple brand publishes patents very regularly and today, in a document recently discovered, we learned that Apple has already reflected on the integration of Face ID in a computer.

Apple patents a system with Face ID for Macs

The patent in question, discovered just recently, describes how Face ID could be implemented in Macs. Of course, it would not necessarily be the same Face ID that we know on the iPhone or iPad. It could even be a more advanced version, especially because it would provide a smart standby mode. According to the description provided, it would be a question of several iterations of the sleep mode, based on timers. After a certain amount of inactivity by the user, the computer could automatically go into sleep mode. And we imagine that Apple would think of setting up safeguards to prevent the watch from going off when you’re just watching a movie or listening to music, for example.

Soon a smart sleep mode?

This patent moreover describes precisely the task allocated to a camera on the Mac. This one would be responsible for following the face of the user. Unfortunately, this is only a patent, and there is no guarantee that such a system will ever be implemented in Macs.

Adam Still

A self-professed tech and coding geek, Adam currently attends Yale University as a Computer Science major and, as a talented developer, has already made numerous contributions to open source Python libraries including SciPy and NumPy. He is the leading editor of Share Blog News and takes a major interest in technology news and the latest developments of all tech companies, especially Apple. His current phone is an iPhone XS.

2605 Copperhead Road, New Britain Connecticut, 06051
860-612-8283
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