PINs and text messages can be inferred from smart speaker recordings, study shows

Malicious attackers can extract PIN codes and text messages from audio recorded by smart speakers from up to 1.6 feet away. That’s according to a new study authored by researchers at the University of Cambridge, which showed that it’s possible to capture virtual keyboard taps with microphones located on nearby devices, like Alexa- and Google Assistant-powered speakers.

Amazon Echo, Google Home, and other smart speakers pack microphones that are always on in the sense that they process audio they hear in order to detect wake-up phrases like “OK Google” and “Alexa.” These wake-phrase detectors occasionally send audio data to remote servers. Studies have found that up to a minute of audio can be uploaded to servers without any keywords present, either by accident or absent privacy controls. Reporting has revealed that accidental activations have exposed contract workers to private conversations, and researchers say these activations could reveal sensitive information like

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Cyber Monday Bluetooth speaker deals: Best discounts on Sony, JBL, Ultimate Ears and more

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Cyber Monday is here and that means some big savings to be had on all kinds of tech, including Bluetooth speakers. Just because parties are canceled this year doesn’t mean you can’t rock out by yourself with some pounding tunes coming through a new wireless Bluetooth speaker. Want to get a new one but don’t know where to look? We’ve put together a list of what we think are the best deals — or at least the ones worth considering — this Cyber Monday for everything from tiny Bluetooth speakers that cost less than $50 to bigger “party” models that typically cost over $300. We’ll update this post as we spot additional deals.

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Best Target Black Friday savings: Save on iRobot Roomba, Apple Watch Series 3, JBL portable speaker, more

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

It’s finally here. Target’s big Black Friday sales are happening, with huge discounts available on portable speakers, fitness trackers, Roomba vacuum cleaners and much more. Worried about missing out on better deals? You don’t have to at Target. If you buy any product that’s labeled “Black Friday Deal” and the price goes lower than what you paid for it before Dec. 24, Target will offer you a price adjustment.

We also want to note that Target is matching sale pricing on Amazon brand devices. (To be clear, those sale prices on Amazon devices are available from Amazon, of course, as well as from Best Buy.) And Target is one of several retailers trying to keep up with consumers trying to snag

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Best Smartphone, Headphone And Speaker Deals


  • Consumers will likely find tons of great deals on a variety of products for Black Friday
  • Retailers such as Best Buy and Amazon are offering smartphone, headphone and speaker deals
  • The iPhone SE, Samsung A51, Motorola Moto G Stylus and more are selling for low prices

Black Friday is almost here, and many consumers are already on the lookout for the best deals this year, even with the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing.

Every year, Black Friday sales make popular and highly sought-after items and devices available for less than the usual price. This year’s Black Friday isn’t any different: consumers can still expect to find the best deals for gadgets and accessories they need and want.

Here’s a quick look at some of the best smartphone, headphone and speaker deals.


Motorola’s budget Galaxy Note competitor just got even more budget-friendly. Best Buy is selling the Moto G

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Which speaker are you listening to? Hearing aid of the future uses brainwaves to find out — ScienceDaily

In a noisy room with many speakers, hearing aids can suppress background noise, but they have difficulties isolating one voice — that of the person you’re talking to at a party, for instance. KU Leuven researchers have now addressed that issue with a technique that uses brainwaves to determine within one second whom you’re listening to.

Having a casual conversation at a cocktail party is a challenge for someone with a hearing aid, says Professor Tom Francart from the Department of Neurosciences at KU Leuven: “A hearing aid may select the loudest speaker in the room, for instance, but that is not necessarily the person you’re listening to. Alternatively, the system may take into account your viewing direction, but when you’re driving a car, you can’t look at the passenger sitting next to you.”

Researchers have been working on solutions that take into account what the listener wants. “An electroencephalogram

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Amazon has slashed 42% of the price off the new Echo Dot smart speaker

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The Amazon Echo Dot 4th Generation is on sale for the first time ever. (Amazon)

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Amazon’s Echo Dot has been given a fresh new look this season, with a spherical design replacing the puck of old.

Now in its fourth generation, the humble Dot has evolved into a fully-fledged smart speaker.

For the first time since its release, the All-new Echo Dot has a massive 42% slashed off the price. Usually £49.99 RRP, the latest version of its best-selling smart speaker is now only £28.99.

Why we love it

Amazon’s Echo Dot may be small – measuring just 100mm wide – but it offers all the smarts of its larger

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Here’s how to buy Apple’s new $99 smart speaker

If you’ve been waiting for Apple to make a smaller, more affordable smart speaker, you’re in luck. The HomePod Mini, unveiled in one of several virtual Apple events this fall, is available for preorder ahead of the holiday shopping season. Customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Spain, the UK and the US can now order the HomePod Mini on Apple’s website


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The HomePod Mini is the $99 smart speaker Apple announced in October. It’ll be available in white and space gray, priced at $99 (£99, AU$149). That’s the same price as the newest (also spherical) Amazon Echo and Google’s brand-new Nest Audio.

See it at Apple

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Interest in the HomePod Mini appears to be high in some regions, with Apple already pushing back shipping dates. As of Wednesday, the HomePod Mini in space

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R.I. political status quo upended as House Speaker trails at the polls

“That is a game changer,” Providence College political science Professor Adam Myers said. “We are in a new era of Rhode Island state government.”

While progressives have been making inroads in recent elections, the House and Senate have been led by Mattiello and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, both Democrats with “A” ratings from the NRA who voted against abortion rights legislation last year.

“It’s most likely going to lead to an increase in progressive social legislation coming out of the State House,” Myers aid. “And I think, increasingly, the House will start to resemble a legislative chamber like we see in a lot of blue states.”

Amid the pandemic, the state is facing enormous budget deficits, hoping for further federal aid while bracing for potential spending cuts, job reductions, or tax increases.

So a loss by Mattiello would have major implications for looming state budget and taxation decisions, Myers

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Apple Wins Patents for possible future HomePod Mini Speaker Technology + Magnetics supporting a Dual Display iPad


In May Patently Apple posted a patent application report titled “Apple Reveals new Speaker System Design that is focused on Operating at Cooler Temperatures.” Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple this patent that relates to a next generation audio system or speaker that is focused on running cooler to ensure quality audio and safeguard components.  


Unlike many larger electronic devices, such as computers, for example, many home audio systems may be premised on limited noise during operation, which may remove items like cooling fans from some home audio systems that may produce audible noise with the cooling operations.


Apple’s patent FIG. 1 below shows a schematic cross-sectional elevation view of an audio system that may include microphones or recording devices, antennas or other communication features, lighting and/or power capabilities, cameras, sensors including environmental sensors and motion sensors or positioning sensors and more.


By incorporating a duct

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Sunday deals: $8.49 Bluetooth speaker, $14 foaming soap dispenser, $325 iPhone XR, more

Welcome to the weekend. After a flurry of sales last week, we might be in a bit of a lull before early Black Friday deals start to kick in next week. Even so, it’s far from a deal desert. There are still a few Amazon devices on sale at Best Buy, leftovers from last week’s 60-hour sale event. And here are some more great deals to carry you through the weekend. 


Amazon seller: VicTsing Direct

Price: $8.49 with promo code VTBH338AB (red model) or VTBH338AC (black model)

The R4 has been around awhile; it always sells out quickly when there’s a deal like this, and people always seem pretty happy with it. I can see why: It’s a splash-proof, Bluetooth 5.0 speaker that promises up to 24 hours of uninterrupted play time. 

And, remember, not every situation demands premium audio. If you just want to, say, listen to

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