Internet

Your smart speaker data is used in ways you might not expect

Smart speakers offer amazing convenience—from playing your favorite tunes to re-ordering toilet paper—with only a simple voice command. But that convenience can come with a steep cost in privacy that many consumers aren't ...

Engineering

'Garbatrage' spins e-waste into prototyping gold

To Ilan Mandel, a Cornell robotics researcher and builder, the math didn't add up. How could a new, off-the-shelf hoverboard cost less than the parts that compose it?

Software

When your house spreads gossip about you

More and more of the devices that we surround ourselves with on a daily basis are connected to the internet. This makes them not only smart, but also vulnerable to cyberattacks and criminal acts.

Internet

Peekaboo! Here's a system to guarantee smart home privacy

Many internet-connected devices—let's use smart speakers as an example—share data to the cloud when you interact with them. How do you know your speaker isn't always listening? How do you know it's not sharing more information ...

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