All tagged 08-2017

Amazon says Alexa’s speech is protected by the First Amendment - The Verge

In an era of always-on devices I'm glad to see Amazon not freely handing over our privacy. If you own an amazon echo you should definitely read through this article. 

Amazon has filed a motion to dismiss a search warrant for recordings from an Echo owned by a suspected murderer. Amazon argues that both its users’ requests to Alexa and the response the company produces are protected under the First Amendment. The company says it should only have to turn this data over if law enforcement meets a high burden of proof.

Ring Video Doorbell for Your Smartphone | Ring

Over the weekend I picked up a ring "Video Doorbell" and I must say I am impressed with it out of the box. 

For those that have not heard of ring, they are a California-based company bringing video doorbells and security cameras to homes.

I was impressed as soon as I opened the box seeing everything I would need for installation included, screwdrivers, drill bits, and even a level it made installation a cinch. 

Setup on our iPhone was simple and quick, connect to its wifi run through the settings and switch it over to your home wifi. These video doorbells also use inferred for motion detection given you and alert even before they press that button. I'm still playing with the sensitivity to find that sweet spot

You also get two-way audio communication through the bell. 

Keep a look out for a full review, but so far I'm impressed with the company as a whole.