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Google keeps history of voice search records

Google could have a record of everything you have said around it for years, and you can listen to it yourself.

The company quietly records many of the conversations that people have around its products.

The feature works as a way of letting people search with their voice, and storing those recordings presumably lets Google improve its language recognition tools as well as the results that it gives to people.

But it also comes with an easy way of listening to and deleting all of the information that it collects. That’s done through a special page that brings together the information that Google has on you.

It’s found by heading to Google’s history page and looking at the long list of recordings. The company has a specific audio page and another for activity on the web, which will show you everywhere Google has a record of you being on the internet.

CloudPets teddy bears’ database exposed

CloudPets (a brand owned by Spiral Toys)data has leaked exposing kids’ recordings.

The data that was stored in a MongoDB was publicly facing network segment without any authentication required and had been indexed by Shodan (a popular search engine for finding connected things).

Unfortunately, things only went downhill from there. People found the exposed database online.

CloudPets had left their database exposed publicly to the web without so much as a password to protect it.

How a typo took down Amazon’s S3

Earlier this week, much of the internet ground to a halt when the servers that power them suddenly vanished. The servers were part of S3, Amazon’s popular web hosting service, and when they went down they took several big services with them. Quora, Trello, and IFTTT were among the sites affected by the disruption. The servers came back online more than four hours later.

In a note posted to customers, Amazon revealed the cause of the problem: a typo. On Tuesday morning, members of the S3 team were debugging the billing system. As part of that, the team needed to take a small number of servers offline. “Unfortunately, one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly and a larger set of servers was removed than intended,” Amazon said. “The servers that were inadvertently removed supported two other S3 subsystems.”

The subsystems were important. One of them “manages the metadata and location information of all S3 objects in the region,” Amazon said. Without it, services that depend on it couldn’t perform basic data retrieval and storage tasks.

After accidentally taking the servers offline, the various systems had to do “a full restart,” which apparently takes longer than it does on your laptop. While S3 was down, a variety of other Amazon web services stopped functioning, including Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), which is also popular with internet companies that need to rapidly expand their storage.

Amazon said S3 was designed to be able to handle losing a few servers. What it had more trouble handling was the massive restart. “S3 has experienced massive growth over the last several years and the process of restarting these services and running the necessary safety checks to validate the integrity of the metadata took longer than expected,” the company said.

As a result, Amazon said it is making changes to S3 to enable its systems to recover more quickly. It’s also declaring war on typos. In the future, the company said, engineers will no longer be able to remove capacity from S3 if it would take subsystems below a certain threshold of server capacity.

It’s also making a change to the AWS Service Health Dashboard. During the outage, the dashboard embarrassingly showed all services running green, because the dashboard itself was dependent on S3. The next time S3 goes down, the dashboard should function properly, the company said.

“We want to apologize for the impact this event caused for our customers,” the company said. “We will do everything we can to learn from this event and use it to improve our availability even further.”

Major cyberattack knocks Twitter, Paypal, Spotify offline on 21-10-2016

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Cyberattacks targeting a little known internet infrastructure company, Dyn, disrupted access to dozens of websites on Friday, preventing some users from accessing PayPal, Twitter and Spotify.

Dyn, whose customers include some of the world’s most widely visited websites, said it did not know who was responsible for the outages that began in the Eastern United States, then spread to other parts of the country and overseas.

The outages were intermittent, making it difficult to identify all the victims. But technology news site Gizmodo named some five dozen sites that were affected by the attack. They included CNN, HBO Now, Mashable, the New York Times, People.com, the Wall Street Journal and Yelp.

Dyn said attacks were coming from tens of millions of internet-connected devices — such as webcams, printers and thermostats — infected with malicious software that turns them into “bots” that can be used in massive denial-of-service attacks.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security last week issued a warning about this powerful new approach, noting it was concerned about the potential for new incidents after code for malware used in these crimes was published on the internet.

Dyn said late on Friday that it was fighting the third major wave of cyberattacks launched from locations spread across the globe, making them harder to fight.

“The complexity of the attacks is what’s making it very challenging for us,” said Dyn’s chief strategy officer, Kyle York.

Sony pictures hacked

Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked and five films leaked online by a group calling itself “Guardian of Peace” who claim “equality”.

The movies that have leaked online include Fury, Annie, Still Alice, Mr. Turner and To Write Love on Her Arms.

Sensitive internal data from internal Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) file servers have already been leaked too.

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Why did Amazon make an Alexa-controlled microwave?
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Internet regulator considered for UK
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GoPro Hero 7 camera films smooth videos without gimbal
The latest action cam automatically stabilises footage without separate equipment.
John Hancock adds fitness tracking to all policies
One of the largest life insurance providers in North America will now sell only "interactive" policies that collect health data.
Vote Leave data firm hit with first ever GDPR notice
AggregateIQ is appealing against the accusation that it mishandled personal data and broke GDPR rules.
3D-printed gun pioneer Cody Wilson charged with sexual assault
Cody Wilson flew to Taiwan before he could be detained, police in Texas say.
Facebook told to speed up changes or face 'sanctions'
Brussels says Facebook must improve its information flow by 31 December or face sanctions.
Equifax fined by ICO over data breach that hit Britons
The UK's Information Commissioner's Office imposes a fine of £500,000 on Equifax.
Jellyfish robots to watch over endangered coral reefs
The soft-bodied machines are designed to explore fragile marine ecosystems without causing damage.
Sony unveils mini PlayStation Classic console
Tekken 3 and Ridge Racer are among the titles on Sony's new miniature PlayStation.
US judge allows e-voting despite hack fears
The judge, in the state of Georgia, is "gravely concerned" about hacking - but allows e-voting to go ahead.
3D printing shop closes after accusations of idolatry
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Breck Bednar murder: Film warning of online grooming launched
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'Wild West' Bitcoin 'should be regulated'
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IBM launches tool aimed at detecting AI bias
IBM is launching software which will monitor algorithms in real time and highlight how they make decisions.
Poor Toad: How Stormy Daniels ruined Mario Kart
When details from her tell-all memoir were published, one detail stood out.
Facebook accused of job ad gender discrimination
Women in three US states were allegedly not shown job ads for certain "male-dominated professions".
Soylent meal replacement gets UK launch
The Silicon Valley drink product has changed its formula for the British market.
Almost half of UK internet users 'harmed' online
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Elon Musk sued for libel by British Thai cave rescuer
The billionaire had accused cave diver Vernon Unsworth of being a "child rapist", without evidence.
Lyndsey Scott says models can also be coders
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Google bans birds on bikes from algorithm contest
The search giant launches a contest for images that can defeat its image-recognition systems.
NovaSAR: UK radar satellite launches to track illegal shipping activity
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TripAdvisor suspends reviews for 'Bude tunnel'
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Google admits changing phone settings remotely
The firm apologises after an "experiment" activates settings remotely on some Android phones
WEF: Robots 'will create more jobs than they displace'
Robots will create more jobs than they replace, although many roles will become redundant, a report says.
Amazon investigates staff bribery claims
The practice is particularly "pronounced in China", according to the Wall Street Journal.
Teen quizzed over 'g-force' moped YouTube stunt
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Cyber attack led to Bristol Airport blank screens
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A new reality? Putting Magic Leap One to the test
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Ifa 2018: Glowing wall tiles respond to strokes
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Falling off Segway's self-balancing skates
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8K TVs unveiled by Samsung and LG at Ifa tech show
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Black chat shows prosper online
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Salesforce billionaire Marc Benioff to buy Time magazine
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How China's GPS 'rival' Beidou is plotting to go global
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Hologram phone calls - sci-fi or serious possibility?
With 5G, experts say we could enjoy virtual reality in HD on our mobiles and even project holographics.
Will we ever get self-healing smartphones?
How likely is it that we will see mobile phones that use self-healing materials any time soon?
Tackling food waste in Nigeria with an app
Nigerian tech entrepreneur Oscar Ekponimo has invented an app which will help cut down on food waste.
The rise of the payment app: 'I hardly use cash any more'
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Beyond pizza
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Motoring ahead
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5G race
China, the US and the UK are all vying to dominate the market for next-generation mobile networks.
Facebook and Myanmar
A perfect storm of factors led the social media giant to be used to spread hate against Muslims.
Print me well
Specialised printers are helping to create organic replacement body parts more quickly and safely.
Apple v Amazon
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Fighting fakes
As disinformation tools get smarter, some are finding ways to spot the fakes before they get shared.
Dating blues
Dating apps are hugely popular around the world, but some think they're making many of us unhappy.
Quantum race
Quantum computers promise to be blisteringly fast, helping us solve many of the world's problems.
How artificial intelligence can edit your pictures
Researchers at MIT have created an artificial intelligence that makes editing your pictures simpler.
The security alarm 'smoking out' burglars
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Robot boat sails across the Atlantic and other tech news
BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the week's best technology stories.
The waterslide with virtual reality
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GoPro Hero 7 stabilisation put to the test
How does the GoPro Hero 7 compare to last year's model - and can it turn the company around?
Playing 'Not Tonight' - the dystopian Brexit video game
The game imagines a dystopian post-Brexit future where citizens of European heritage are exiled.
Salford scientists show how cars could power your home
The electric cars with stored power that could be transferred to a dwelling.
Video games created using artificial intelligence
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London Fashion Week 2018: Robots take over the runway
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Bristol tech start-up firm pioneers growing salad indoors
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Daughter says vexed relationship with Steve Jobs is 'very much my own story'
Lisa Brennan-Jobs' stinging account of her fraught relationship with her father, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, has drawn criticism from the rest of the family.
Lisa Brennan-Jobs had a complicated relationship with her father. "He was young and he was starting this rocket ship career," she tells Christiane Amanpour "I don't imagine I fit into that so well."
Livestreaming is big business in China, with the top livestreamers making more than $100,000 per month broadcasting regular shows through a multitude of apps. Could livestream fever take hold in the United States?
Silicon Valley execs face Capitol Hill grilling
Executives from Facebook and Twitter will appear on Capitol Hill today for Congressional hearings. See live updates.
As competition for the world's first operational hyperloop heats up, CNN asks how the super-fast transport system could change lives and business in the UAE.
The next episode of "Declassified" explores the CIA's HEXAGON satellite, used to spy on the Soviet Union.
"Declassified" explains how the HEXAGON satellite program gave the U.S. an advantage over the Soviet Union.
Wonders of the universe
No Isolation founder Karen Dolva wants to use technology to help people stay connected.
'Fortnite' plans its own World Cup next year
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All the questions about 'Fortnite' you were too embarrassed to ask
The insanely popular video game "Fortnite" is sweeping the globe while amassing a minor fortune for its creators. Here's why.
Organic matter has been found on Mars in soil samples taken from 3 billion-year-old mudstone in the Gale crater by the Curiosity rover, NASA announced Thursday. The rover has also detected methane in the Martian atmosphere.
Hyperloop for cargo aims to deliver at over 600 mph
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It seems like every week we're finding new uses for drones. Here's some of the most interesting out there today.
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An explainer on how to sign in with your cable provider to watch CNN in our iOS app.
"Letting anyone publish anything for free and get rewarded based on the attention that they can drive was -- is a bad concept in itself," says Ev Williams.

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Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018

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The weirdest tech of CES 2018

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Ford will begin testing self-driving cars in an unnamed city

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Intel wants this drone to fly you around

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Nvidia went all out for PC gaming at CES 2018

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Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

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Pogue's Basics: Access YouTube's free music and sound effects

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Why Equifax needs to give up some details about how it got hacked

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The best alternatives to Apple's new iPhone

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Pogue's Basics: Link to a Facebook post

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Why you might not want a laptop with a 4K display

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Hate and violence around the globe? There’s an app for that.

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Masontown shooting: Multiple injured including police officer at Pennsylvania courthouse

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Teen Abducted by Tad Cummins Recounts Twisted Advances by Ex-Teacher

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McDonald's spared in EU tax probe

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Monsanto asks judge to throw out $289M award in cancer suit

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Elizabeth Smart's kidnapper released from prison

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U.S. judge dismisses GM ignition switch criminal case

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Aston Martin's Next Mid-Engined Hypercar Is Coming in 2021

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Netanyahu tests Israeli fast train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv

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2 patients drown as van swept into floodwaters

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Alibaba Backpedals On Promise To Bring 1 Million Jobs To U.S., Blames Trump Tariff War

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Police Shot and Killed a Gunman Who Injured Four People in a Pennsylvania Courtroom

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Israeli air force chief to give Moscow findings on Russian plane downing

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10 European Castles and Palaces You Need to Add to Your Travel Bucket List

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Hezbollah leader Nasrallah says group will stay in Syria until further notice

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Burt Reynolds' last cars to be sold at auction

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Judge throws out lawsuit by ex-wrestlers over concussions

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Trump Boasts About Steel Industry’s ‘New Life' As More Steelworkers Vote To Strike

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Creator of 3-D printed guns flies to Taiwan amid U.S. sex assault accusation

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Thousands protest UN job cuts in Gaza

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Puppies With Hair Ties Around Their Mouths Rescued From Kansas Apartment

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UN chief: No inter-Korean success without US-NKorea success

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Netanyahu hits out at Iran after Syria friendly fire incident

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The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Looks Similar, Hides a Big Change Underneath

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China's Alibaba doubles down on chips amid cloud computing push

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The Food Network's Pioneer Woman has a line of floral Instant Pots at Walmart and they are precious

The Food Network's Pioneer Woman has a line of floral Instant Pots at Walmart and they are preciousCalling everyone who watches the Food Network as if it's a religion: Your obsession is about to get worse. We're sure you've heard of the Pioneer Woman (she's kind of a big deal) — and if you've seen her show, you know that she is the definition of a precious human. She's designed a new line of Instant Pots with flowers on them, which debuted at Walmart this week, and it's the cutest thing we've ever seen. SEE ALSO: Best Instant Pot cookbooks on Amazon This floral Instant Pot comes in the form of the six-quart LUX, the 6-in-1 model that pressure cooks, slow cooks, sautés, cooks rice, steams, and warms. According to their website, Instant Pots use 70% less energy than the average pressure cooker, but somehow cook food, as their title states, instantly — well, 2-10 times faster, but that's the closest to instant you're gonna get. And the fact that these are launching right before holiday shopping kicks into high gear — coincidence? I think not. I'm sure you already have a list of people in your head who would love to have this puppy sitting on their counter, or you're already ordering one for yourself (raises hand). There are two floral options: A royal blue one with a water color theme or a teal one with an adorable vintage floral pattern. The latter is already sold out (are we surprised?), but we're sure it'll be back ASAP for the hungry holiday shoppers. Find them for $99 each here. Image: walmart Get the floral Instant Pot LUX  — $99 See Details


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Germany's Merkel sees a lot of work to do on Brexit by October

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Texas Great-Grandmother Shoots Alligator She Claims Ate Her Horse

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