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Light Commands
Laser-Based Audio Injection on Voice-Controllable Systems
Light Commands is a vulnerability of MEMS microphones that allows attackers to remotely inject inaudible and invisible commands into voice assistants, such as Google assistant, Amazon Alexa, Facebook Portal, and Apple Siri using light.

In our paper we demonstrate this effect, successfully using light to inject malicious commands into several voice controlled devices such as smart speakers, tablets, and phones across large distances and through glass windows.
hack  security  voice  lasers  GoogleHome  amazon_echo  LightCommands 
november 2019 by cataspanglish
Bezos on why failure is not failure
April 11, 2019 | By | FT Alphaville : Izabella Kaminska

According to Bezos no customer was asking for Echo before it was launched, thus Amazon's foray into listening tech was definitely them wandering. And yet, if they'd listened to market research (a firm no thank you!) they'd have lost out on more than 100 million sales of Alexa-enabled devices. So there.
Alexa  Amazon  Amazon_Echo  AWS  big_bets  experimentation  failure  Jeff_Bezos  large_companies  market_research  scaling 
april 2019 by jerryking
Amazon Kills The Physical Dash Button 03/01/2019
“We’ve seen customers increasingly using programs like Alexa Shopping, which provides a hands-free shopping experience, and Subscribe and Save, which lets customers automatically receive items every month,” states the Amazon announcement. “We’ve decided to shift the Dash program focus as of February 28, Dash button devices are no longer available for purchase on Amazon globally. Existing Dash button customers can continue to use their Dash button devices.”
internetofthings  amazon_echo 
march 2019 by JohnDrake
Storyline - the easiest way to create an Amazon Alexa skill without coding
There's no way to create Amazon Alexa skills unless you're a good engineer. Storyline makes it easy with a visual drag-n-drop interface.
voice  amazon_echo  web_development 
august 2018 by dberkowitz

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