Tech

Property tech companies are helping landlords spy on residents, collect their data, and even evict them. Critics are calling it an invasion of privacy that could reinforce inequality.

Landlords are increasingly using facial recognition software and other surveillance technologies to track tenants’ movements and collect their data. The companies selling “proptech” claim their products make residents safer, but some say flaws and biases mean they’re really just accelerating gentrification and invading people’s privacy. Researchers with the AI Now […]
Property tech companies are helping landlords spy on residents, collect their data, and even evict them. Critics are calling it an invasion of privacy that could reinforce inequality.
Lifestyle

This 75-carat crocodile ring costs over $600,000

Summary List Placement Parisian jewellery designer Lyda Courteille created a dazzling crocodile ring. The ring features a blue paraiba gem surrounded by tsavorite crocodiles. The ring costs over $US600,000. Courteille has been designing jewellery for over 10 years and has over 30 collections. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.
This 75-carat crocodile ring costs over $600,000
Tech

Lawmakers are seeking answers from Amazon about Ring’s partnerships with police, citing contradictions between its public statements and terms of service

The House oversight committee sent a letter to Amazon on Wednesday seeking answers about how its Ring home-security service partners with police departments. Ring has partnered with hundreds of police departments nationwide, providing tools for police to request footage from Ring cameras in the area of suspected crimes. Ring has […]
Lawmakers are seeking answers from Amazon about Ring’s partnerships with police, citing contradictions between its public statements and terms of service
Tech

Amazon’s first-ever employee says the company now scares him

Amazon’s first-ever employee told BBC’s Panorama program that although he looks at Amazon now and feels a sense of pride, the company also scares him. Shel Kaphan was the first employee to join Jeff Bezos after the latter founded Amazon in 1994. Panorama’s documentary focused in on how much data […]
Amazon’s first-ever employee says the company now scares him
Tech

We surveyed hundreds of Amazon Ring owners. The vast majority of them had heard about hacks, but were willing to overlook them.

Business Insider surveyed nearly 1,000 homeowners who use Amazon’s Ring home security devices. We asked people about a series of hacks targeting Ring users, as well as the company’s partnerships with police departments. While most owners were aware of security issues, the vast majority said the devices’ affordability and convenience […]
We surveyed hundreds of Amazon Ring owners. The vast majority of them had heard about hacks, but were willing to overlook them.
Tech

Amazon’s head of devices says the smart home is still ‘too complicated’ — and working with major rivals like Apple and Google is the way to fix it

Although the rise of virtual assistants like Amazon’sAlexa has made it easier to use connected household products, smart home devices are still generally “too complicated,” David Limp, Amazon’s senior vice president for devices and services, said in an interview with Business Insider. Part of how the company is trying to […]
Amazon’s head of devices says the smart home is still ‘too complicated’ — and working with major rivals like Apple and Google is the way to fix it
Tech

Scammers are using hidden or hijacked cameras to surveil unsuspecting people. From gas pumps to Airbnbs, here are the most unexpected ways people have been spied on in the past year.

Scammers are taking advantage of increasingly-compact hardware to use hidden cameras to spy on people. At the same time, hackers are finding new ways to hijack the multitude of cameras built into people’s phones and smart devices. 2019 was rife with stories about people finding hidden cameras in places ranging […]
Scammers are using hidden or hijacked cameras to surveil unsuspecting people. From gas pumps to Airbnbs, here are the most unexpected ways people have been spied on in the past year.
Tech

The cofounder of Wyze, the home security camera company that accidentally exposed millions of people’s data, says the incident was a ‘wake-up call’

Home security camera startup Wyze mistakenly exposed the personal data of millions of customers online in December, a cybersecurity watchdog reported this week. Wyze cofounder Dave Crosby told Business Insider the incident is a “wake-up call” that has led the company to reevaluate its security practices. The data exposure is […]
The cofounder of Wyze, the home security camera company that accidentally exposed millions of people’s data, says the incident was a ‘wake-up call’
Tech

The 27 biggest tech scandals of 2019

The past year has seen one tech controversy after another. From WeWork’s failed IPO to Jeff Bezos’ divorce and his explosive blog post accusing the National Enquirer of blackmail, no month has been tame. Below, we’ve highlighted the biggest scandals of 2019. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The […]
The 27 biggest tech scandals of 2019
Tech

More than 3,000 Ring users’ passwords were leaked online, potentially giving hackers access to people’s addresses, credit card info, and camera footage

The log-in information of 3,672 Amazon Ring camera owners were leaked this week, Buzzfeed News first reported. Ring users’ personal information was left exposed, giving potential intruders access to their home addresses, credit card information, and footage from Ring cameras at their homes. The exposure is the latest in a […]
More than 3,000 Ring users’ passwords were leaked online, potentially giving hackers access to people’s addresses, credit card info, and camera footage
Tech

Ring says it will introduce new security features after hackers broke into a camera in an 8-year-old’s bedroom, where they could watch and talk to the child

A Tennessee family said that hackers broke into a Ring home-monitoring camera in their 8-year-old daughter’s bedroom, and the intruders were able to watch and speak to her. After the incident, Ring told Business Insider “We will continue to introduce additional security features to keep our customer’s Ring accounts and […]
Ring says it will introduce new security features after hackers broke into a camera in an 8-year-old’s bedroom, where they could watch and talk to the child
Tech

From Alexa-powered smart glasses to a serious AirPods competitor, these are the 8 wildest and coolest new gadgets Amazon unveiled on Wednesday

Amazon announced a vast array of new gadgets Wednesday. Standouts included the company’s first smart glasses,Echo Frames, and wireless earphones,Echo Buds. The big focus for Amazon’s product blitz was Alexa-powered electronics, as Amazon moves from smart speakers to the smart home. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. On Wednesday […]
From Alexa-powered smart glasses to a serious AirPods competitor, these are the 8 wildest and coolest new gadgets Amazon unveiled on Wednesday
Tech

Use this map to see if your local police department has access to Amazon Ring’s unofficial surveillance network of video doorbells

Amazon’sRing video-doorbell company has partnerships with hundreds of local police departments, giving them access to the locations of Ring doorbells in nearby neighbourhoods. Ring recently provided the Washington Post with an interactive map showing the more than 400 agencies that are partnering with the company. The close relationship between Ring […]
Use this map to see if your local police department has access to Amazon Ring’s unofficial surveillance network of video doorbells
Tech

Amazon is more cosy with the police than you might realise

Residents with AmazonRing smart doorbell cameras haven’t been receptive to certain police department requests for video footage, according to a Vice report. Some police departments have asked Amazon’s Ring for advice on obtaining more footage from unreceptive residents, and Ring provides them with advice. The Amazon device maker encourages police […]
Amazon is more cosy with the police than you might realise
Tech

Amazon-owned home security firm Ring has access to real-time 911 call data

Ring, the home security company owned by Amazon, pulls through 911 call data in real-time, documents obtained by Gizmodo show. The data is reviewed and then turned into news alerts on Ring’s app “Neighbours,” although only for a specific set of eight crimes. Ring confirmed it uses the data when […]
Amazon-owned home security firm Ring has access to real-time 911 call data
Strategy

A startup founder who built a mock set in his backyard to practice his ‘Shark Tank’ pitch ultimately turned down a Shark’s offer — and Amazon later acquired his company for $1 billion

Jamie Siminoff appeared on “Shark Tank” in 2013, pitching his startup, Doorbot. In the months leading up to the taping, Siminoff practiced constantly, using the mock set he’d built in his backyard and fielding potential questions from friends. Ultimately, Siminoff rejected an offer from Kevin O’Leary and left without making […]
A startup founder who built a mock set in his backyard to practice his ‘Shark Tank’ pitch ultimately turned down a Shark’s offer — and Amazon later acquired his company for $1 billion