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Privacy advocates want the FTC to investigate Samsung's smart TVs

2 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) wasn't convinced when Samsung explained that its smart TVs aren't actually eavesdropping on people. In fact, the privacy group has just asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether the Sou...

MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

Sets can't reach the internet, turned into dumb boxes Samsung smart TVs have been turned into dumb goggle boxes for the past two days – after the devices have been unable use the internet. Coincidently, Sony smart TVs are also having troubles using the web.…

Privacy advocate tells FTC that Samsung smart TVs are “deceptive”

In a complaint filed this week, nonprofit group challenges voice recognition and recording.

Attention Professional Arts Journalists: We Have the Job You’ve Been Looking For

13 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

We're hiring. a6photo/Shutterstock Do you like writing? Are you smart? Do you know and love the arts (music/film/TV/performance/books/comics)? Do you know and love Seattle? Do you have professional experience that differentiates youShow More Summary

Privacy Group Files F.T.C. Complaint Against Samsung’s Voice-Operated TVs

yesterdayTechnology : Bits

The Electronic Privacy Information Center accused Samsung of violating federal laws with a technology that allows viewers to operate the company's Internet-connected smart TVs with voice commands.

Sling TV: A Revolution in Television?

Sling TV: A Revolution in Television? February 24, 2015 Sling TV is meant to replace cable and satellite subscriptions. For $20 a month, users can stream some of their favorite networks live via their favourite portables, like smartphones and tablets. Show More Summary

Big Barbie Is Watching You: Meet The WiFi-Connected Doll that Talks to Your Kids & Records Them

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, Earlier this month, I highlighted the fact that the latest Samsung Smart TV can and will listen to your conversations, and will share the details with a third party in the post: A Very Slippery Slope – Yes, Your Samsung Smart TV Can Listen to Your Private Conversations. Show More Summary

Keen: How The Internet Is Destroying Us

It’s supposed to bring humanity to the next level. We now couldn’t live with out it. But… You need only have read the stories this month about how smart TVs can spy on us in our living rooms to realise that Orwell’s vision in Nineteen Eighty-Four, of a Big Brother society, is becoming a reality. [...]

Your Smart TV Could Tell Others All About Dumb Stuff You Do

Shutterstock By Bob Sullivan Read it and weep: "Samsung may collect and your device may capture voice commands and associated texts so that we can provide you with Voice Recognition features and evaluate and improve the features. Please...Show More Summary

Do You Control Your Smart TV Using Voice Commands?

For the superstitious, and conspiracy theorists, an Orwellian revelation...

What You Tell Your Samsung Smart TV Isn’t Encrypted When It’s Uploaded

Last week, the world collectively freaked out when we learned that Samsung’s smart TVs can take things that we say in our living rooms and uploads them to a third-party transcription service. The gadget-maker tried to calm us all down by explaining how the service works, but there’s a problem: people may have assumed that data is encrypted. It’s not. … [More]

Millennials are dumping their TV’s; how will the sports networks respond?

Millennials have bucked the traditional trends that baby boomers and Generation X grew up with. As millennials move forward with smartphones, tablets, smart watches and other devices, they find the one thing they can do without is the TV set. Show More Summary

Samsung’s Smart TVs don’t just spy, they transmit your speech in unencrypted plaintext

Samsung's new Smart TV's don't actually secure your intercepted voice data -- they transmit it in plaintext.

10 Smart Storage Solutions for Your TV Room

Need a media room makeover? I certainly do. There's a lot of stuff that goes into entertainment, even for those of us who like to keep life more minimal. So check out these amazingly easy ways to get your space organized in a flash so you can enjoy more movies, tunes, and fun. (See also: How to Get...

Sony To The Digital Future: We Surrender

Sony appears ready to concede defeat in its effort to put its stamp on the digital future. CEO Kazuo Hirai broadly hinted that the company may sell off its struggling smartphone and smart TV operations as it focuses on more profitable—but generally much less exciting—parts of its business, Reuters reports. Show More Summary

Samsung TV Security Hole Opens Door For Hackers

A recent study has demonstrated that voice data transmitted via Samsung smart TVs lacks encryption and may be open to savvy hackers.

TVs are the linchpin in Samsung’s Internet of Things future

Samsung’s Internet of Things direction will be away from Android and towards Tizen as it hopes to ease its reliance on the Google-made operating system. All of the Samsung smart televisions coming to Australia in 2015 will run an open-sourced operating system called Tizen. Show More Summary

Are Samsung TVs Too "Smart" for Their Own Good?

Samsung recently unnerved customers with an unusual warning. Are its TVs getting too smart for their own good?

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