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Netflix and Amazon Binged Wins at the Golden Globes

And ‘Aquaman’ continues to rule the box office.
Source: Wired

Amazon is getting more serious about Alexa in the car

Amazon today announced a significant partnership with Telenav, a connected car and location-based services provider. As part of the collaboration, Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa, will now be part of Telenav’s in-car navigation systems.

As it stands, Alexa lacks a lot of information that is pertinent to drivers. This collaboration should massively help to change that. The partnership is also designed to enable carmakers to bring Alexa inside more of its vehicles.

“Navigation is among the most popular use cases for in-car technology, and we’re excited to be working with Telenav to make it easier for automakers and suppliers to support voice-first navigation through Alexa,” Amazon Alexa Auto VP Ned Curic said in a statement. “Using the Alexa Auto SDK, Telenav is helping make Alexa a truly integrated part of the in-car navigation system, and providing customers with a more useful, consistent experience at home and on the go.”

Back in September, Amazon announced Echo Auto, an in-car accessory that enables consumers to install Alexa into their cars themselves. Amazon had also previously made Alexa available through certain cars from the BMW Group.

What’s different about this announcement is that Amazon now has the ability to bake in Alexa from the start.

Amazon also today announced a partnership with HERE Technologies to bring a voice-first in-vehicle navigation system into the more than 100 million vehicles today that are equipped with HERE. With this collaboration, announced at the Consumer Electronics Show, people will be able to plan their trips while at home and then, once they get in the car, the navigation system will already know what to do and where to go.

Based on the looks of these two announcements, it’s clear Amazon is ready, more than now than ever before, to be inside your car.


Source: TechCrunch

DuckDuckGo: No, we’re not using browser fingerprinting to track you

Non-tracking search engine DuckDuckGo has denied a claim made in a forum post suggesting it’s using browser fingerprinting as “absolutely false”. The post has been shared on social medium by some security professionals.

Browser fingerprinting is a common but controversial technique. Many websites — and their advertisers — try to track you by collecting as much information about your browser, including its plugins and extensions, and your device, such as its make, model, and screen resolution, to create a “fingerprint” that’s unique to you.

That fingerprint is used to track you across websites to figure out which sites you visit — and which targeted ads to serve up.

No wonder some users were surprised.. We checked the site using CanvasBlocker, a popular privacy extension used to block trackers from fingerprinting your browser, and obtained the following readout:

(Screenshot: TechCrunch)

DDG has carved out a small but growing space for itself in the search market as a pro-privacy Google alternative by saying it does not track or profile users — but instead displays ads based on basic keyword search.

If it was using browser fingerprinting to track users, that would very clearly go against long-stated non-tracking principles.

But founder and CEO Gabe Weinberg assures us it is not, saying this is a case of a false positive.

He told TechCrunch: “Fingerprinting-detection libraries unfortunately create false positives because they don’t anticipate good actors using some browser APIs for non-nefarious purposes for which they were designed. We know this not only because we’re falsely identified here (and have been elsewhere) but because we are building this type of detection into our mobile app and browser extension and don’t similarly want to make false claims.”

Asked which browser APIs might be triggering the flag Weinberg said DDG uses getBoundingClientRect() to “determine size of browser and how to layout the page”, adding: “I think that is the one that set this one off in particular.”

CanvasBlocker’s default setting is to not block fingerprinting but to return “fake readouts,” which returns a new random value each time a website tries to fingerprint. In this case, it seems that the site’s browser resizing code was triggering the plugin.

The company’s head of search, Brian Stoner, has also responded to the forum claim via Reddit, writing: “We are absolutely NOT doing any fingerprinting whatsoever. Please see our privacy policy, it’s pretty clear on this: ‘We don’t collect or share personal information’.”

“We use a variety of browser API’s to deliver a search experience that is competitive with Google’s. Many “fingerprint” protection extensions take a scorched earth approach, blocking any browser API that could be exploited by a bad actor.”

DuckDuckGo said late last year that it’s now processing 30 million daily searches, up by more than 50 percent year-over-year.


Source: TechCrunch

Lovot, the love robot, offers a warm hug of friendship for a ridiculous price at CES 2019 video – CNET

Lovot has all kinds of sensors, but it’s really just made for cuddling and it will cost an arm and a leg.
Source: CNET

LG takes up the mantle of brewer with HomeBrew countertop beer bot – CNET

The LG HomeBrew works with single-use capsules that can make up to a gallon of beer with the push of a button.
Source: CNET

Sprint and Samsung plan to release a 5G phone this summer – CNET

The carrier adds another device to its planned lineup of phones that use the next-gen wireless tech.
Source: CNET

Huawei MateBook 13 vs Apple MacBook Air 2018

Both the MacBook Air 2018 and the Huawei MateBook 13 are thin, light, and powerful, but, considering the freshly announced MateBook 13 from CES 2019, you might be wondering how it stacks up against the MacBook Air. 

The post Huawei MateBook 13 vs Apple MacBook Air 2018 appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Motorola Solutions acquires VaaS, makers of automated license plate readers, for $445M

Motorola Solutions, which split off from Motorola Mobility back in 2011, has added a new license plate capture tool to it law enforcement suite with the acquisition of VaaS International Holdings today for $445 million in cash and equity.

The acquisition should help enhance the company’s set of law enforcement products. “Within the public safety space [Motorola Solutions] provides an end-to-end suite that police departments can use. From radios to video analytics to the software the dispatch centers use to take in and respond to 911 calls, making sure all of the moving parts are integrated,” a company spokesperson explained.

As with most acquisitions of this sort, VaaS sees this as an opportunity to expand its markets and capabilities faster than it could on its own. “We believe commercialization of these new applications can be accelerated under the Motorola Solutions brand and reach, and we look forward to working together to grow and diversify our commercial business,” Todd Hodnett, co-founder of VaaS and president of Digital Recognition Network said in a statement.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a digital rights group, defines automated license plate readers (ALPRs) as cameras that “automatically capture all license plate numbers that come into view, along with the location, date and time. The data, which includes photographs of the vehicle and sometimes its driver and passengers, is then uploaded to a central server.”

The EFF claims that a camera mounted on a single squad car in a city can record up to 1800 license plates a minute, or up to 14,000 in a night. This data is then stored indefinitely by law enforcement, according to EFF. Motorola Solutions points out that they follow all applicable laws when it comes to collection and saving of this information.

“We continue to invest in compliance and auditing to ensure that data is protected and that access to the data follows the strictest regulatory and audit requirements. As we invest in data to help protect citizens, speed up and drive efficiency in investigations we are also investing in protecting the rights of citizens and public safety personal,” Andrew Sinclair, general manager and corporate vice president, Software Enterprise, Motorola Solutions told TechCrunch. It is worth noting that this type of data has been misused by some in the past..

VaaS projects 2019 revenue to reach $100 million from a combination of commercial and law enforcement business. The company name comes from the fact it’s made up two holding companies: Vigilant Solutions for law enforcement users and Digital Recognition Network (DRN) for commercial customers. Both of these entities will continue to operate as they get incorporated into the Motorola Solutions family.

The company was founded in 2014 and raised $5 million, according to Crunchbase data.


Source: TechCrunch

Qualcomm-FTC lawsuit: Everything you need to know – CNET

The antitrust case could decide how smartphones get made in the future.
Source: CNET

Razer lights up with a new display and updated Blade gaming laptop video – CNET

The Razer Blade 15 Advanced gets new Nvidia RTX GPUs, while the Raptor 27-inch monitor has a genius cable-management solution.
Source: CNET

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