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How to turn off the microphone in your Nest devices in 3 easy steps

Google’s Nest devices come with microphones that are enabled when you activate Google Assistant. Google says the microphone in Nest devices is turned off by default, and you have to enable Google Assistant during setup to turn on the mic. If you enabled Google Assistant during setup, you can turn […]
How to turn off the microphone in your Nest devices in 3 easy steps
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Sen. Warner blasts Google for hidden Nest microphone: Federal agencies and Congress ‘must have hearings to shine a light on the dark underbelly of the digital economy’

On Tuesday, Google apologised for not disclosing to consumers that its Nest security system – specifically, its Nest Guard device – contained a microphone that, when enabled, can listen to users’ voices and sync with its Assistant product. Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, […]
Sen. Warner blasts Google for hidden Nest microphone: Federal agencies and Congress ‘must have hearings to shine a light on the dark underbelly of the digital economy’
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A California woman says her family experienced ‘sheer terror’ after their Nest security camera was hacked, warning them of a North Korean missile attack

A Northern California family experienced “five minutes of sheer terror” after their Nest surveillance camera was hacked, warning them of a North Korea missile attack, according to The Mercury News. The camera rang out the detailed message: “North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles headed to Los Angeles, Chicago and Ohio,” though […]
A California woman says her family experienced ‘sheer terror’ after their Nest security camera was hacked, warning them of a North Korean missile attack
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Amazon just bought Blink, a startup that makes wireless security cameras

Amazon has acquired Blink, a startup that makes wireless security cameras. Terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed, but Blink will continue to operate under Amazon’s umbrella. Amazon is getting into the home-security game with its latest acquisition. The ecommerce giant has acquired Blink, a startup that makes wireless home-security […]
Amazon just bought Blink, a startup that makes wireless security cameras
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Alphabet could reportedly fold Nest into Google’s hardware division

Hardware company Nest may be folded into Google’s hardware division, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The company is currently owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Nest – which makes smart thermostats, home security systems, and doorbell cameras – was acquired by Google in 2014 for […]
Alphabet could reportedly fold Nest into Google’s hardware division
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These eerie spider robots will let you nap in their web

VIDEO: The latest project from the Institute for Technologies and Architectural Research is an eye-catching one! Graduate Maria Yablonina designed Mobile Robotic Fabrication System for Filament Structures. It includes two wall-climbing robots that hand off a micro filament fibre to build a large nest structure.
These eerie spider robots will let you nap in their web