Alexa and Google spy on you

Only after the Google SVP let the public know ‘He’d let guests know about smart speakers‘, there is more bad news on these smart home devices. Researchers found approved apps that deliberately turn these devices to spy on their owner.

Alexa is listening
Alexa and Google Home evasedrop

Amazon- and Google-approved apps turned both voice-controlled devices into “smart spies.”

Source: Alexa and Google Home abused to eavesdrop and phish passwords

Google chief: I’d disclose smart speakers

“Does the owner of a home need to disclose to a guest? I would and do when someone enters into my home, and it’s probably something that the products themselves should try to indicate.”

Well, d’uh. If Rick Osterloh, SVP of Devices and Services, says so. At least the BBC writes.

Google’s OnHub Gets New Smarthome Functionality

Googles approach to the smart home gateway on their OnHub Router.

This router wants to be more than a router—but Echo is still more robust for talking to your home.

http://fortune.com/2016/05/01/googles-onhub-smarthome/

Revolv Smart Home Service being shut down

Remember the Revolv home automation hub? Probably not. The device was released in late 2013, and while fantastic, it largely flew under the radar before Google’s Nest division bought the company,…

Well, neither do I remember the Revolv devices, and they’re apparently out of sale since they were acquired by Nest/Google. Now that their cloud service is being shut down, they make a good point for open standards though. Without the possibility to operate them further and their manufacturer out of business, the hardware will only be good as a doorstop starting May this year.

via: TechCrunch