Is that voice-activated device on the conference table a spy?


One of the most promising “things” in the Internet of Things (IoT) is voice-activated devices that act as personal assistants. Home assistants such as Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod are becoming increasingly popular among consumers who enjoy the convenience of a device that will follow commands to turn lights on and off, order […]

When your personal digital assistant is a spy

It won’t be long before many or even most of our daily activities in and out of work will be conducted with the help of personal digital assistants (PDAs) such as Alexa, Cortana, Google or Siri. From checking daily appointments to sending messages to capturing personal and professional epiphanies, these PDAs promise to be the […]

Voice command devices: Ear candy or something useful?

“Alexa! Heads or tails?” “Alexa! What’s the weather in Dubai?” “Alexa! Turn up the heat to 75 degrees.” “Alexa! Tell me a bedtime story.” Having lived through many hype curves dating back to the Pet Rock, I can’t recall one that has created more buzz than devices like the Amazon Echo that respond to voice […]