Amazon Alexa auditors could reportedly access user locations

It emerged earlier this month that thousands of Amazon employees are reviewing some Alexa recordings (which are captured after you’ve said the wake word). The auditors transcribe, annotate and analyze a selection of commands to help improve Alexa. Bu…

How Oppo fit a 10x zoom camera into its 5G phone

Oppo may have already teased its first 5G smartphone in Zurich earlier this month, but today, the company is bringing its entire Reno family — including the mid-range Reno and the flagship Reno 10x Zoom — to Europe. This means the Chinese br…

Penske debuts fast charging stations for electric delivery trucks

Today, Penske Truck Leasing opened 14 DC fast charging stations at four facilities in Southern California. According to the company, they’re the first high-speed charging stations specifically designed for heavy duty, commercial electric vehicles in…

Mark Zuckerberg debuts his own ‘Tech and Society’ podcast

Yes, you read that correctly. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has launched his own podcast, Tech & Society with Mark Zuckerberg, that has the company founder siting down with luminaries to chat about (what else?) the social impact of technology. The…

Facebook’s AI missed Christchurch shooting videos filmed in first-person

In the 24 hours after the Christchurch shooting, Facebook removed 1.5 million videos worldwide, but more than a month later, footage was still circulating on the platform. Now, the company says its AI had a hard time detecting the footage beca…

San Francisco could be the first US city to ban facial recognition tech

The Chinese government has drawn widespread condemnation in recent months over its extensive use of public surveillance and facial recognition technology to monitor the movements of some 12 million Muslim citizens. “It’s a ‘Muslim tracker’ funded by…

Pew: Twitter users are younger and more Democratic than most Americans

A recent report from the Pew Research Center says Twitter users are younger, more highly educated, have higher incomes and are more likely to identify as Democrats compared to the general public. They’re also more likely to support immigration and se…

The creators of the first laundry folding robot are bankrupt

When the Laundroid was first announced almost three years ago, then shown off at last year’s CES, it was meet with a fair bit of both intrigue and derision. But now Seven Dreamers, the company behind it, says the company is out of money.
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Google makes it easier to find work-from-home jobs

While truck drivers can’t operate their rigs from a home office just yet, telecommuting is an increasingly attractive option to many people for a host of reasons (wearing pajamas all day, for one thing). But having to slog through job postings to fin…

Nintendo’s lower-cost Switch might arrive in late June

That rumored lower-cost Switch might show up sooner than you think. Bloomberg sources maintain that Nintendo’s more affordable console will “likely” arrive by the end of June, or not long after the big E3 expo in the middle of the month. Don’t expe…