CNET: Amazon bolsters Alexa privacy after user trust takes a hit. “The choice to deviate from Big Tech’s playbook underscores how serious a problem privacy issues have become for voice assistants, particularly Amazon’s Alexa. The list of woes includes news that human reviewers listened to users’ private conversations, a common practice to train digital assistants but one many customers didn’t know about. Amazon’s child-friendly Echo Dot Kids Edition smart speaker has also worried parents over how it uses and stores kids’ data.”
Architect Magazine: Architecture Researchers Help Document First Amphitheater Discovered in Europe in 150 Years
Architect Magazine: Architecture Researchers Help Document First Amphitheater Discovered in Europe in 150 Years. “Going forward, the team will turn over the large point cloud data sets of this information to Volterra officials as the municipality undertakes a multiyear, multimillon dollar effort to excavate the structure. The digital maps may help archaeologists relocate roads and drainage to access the amphitheater and to ensure that shifting the existing sediment does not damage ancient walls. With excavation underway, the team plans to return in the fall to continue the digital archiving of the structure.”
Search Engine Journal: 3 Places for SEO Beginners to Focus Their Time . “I’ve been in digital marketing for more than 20 years, so SEO is second nature to me now. But I’ve also put the time into learning SEO and staying up to date. What I’m saying is this: even I had to start somewhere with SEO, and if I can do it, anyone can. Here are three areas of SEO that I suggest you pay attention to as you hone your skills in the craft over time. This list isn’t exhaustive.” A rare argument for the importance of SEO that doesn’t leave me wanting to throw things.
CNET: Facebook will have to give UK police access to encrypted messages, report says. “Facebook and its messaging tool WhatsApp will have to give UK police access to users’ encrypted messages under an upcoming treaty with the US, says a Saturday report by Bloomberg, which cites a confidential source. The treaty, which covers other US-based social media platforms as well, would require the sharing in regard to investigations of serious crimes, such as terrorism and pedophilia, Bloomberg said.”
Engadget: Google used photogrammetry to create a detailed VR tour of Versailles. “If you don’t own a Vive or Rift headset (it’s only available on those two platforms for now), Google has also unveiled an online exhibition featuring over 390 assets, including objects, artifacts and paintings. You can go on a private tour of six of the Palace’s most famous rooms, with accompanying audio from historical experts.”
Lifehacker: Organise Your Life With These Google Assistant Hacks. “What’s the point of all these digital assistants, anyway? To make life simpler, of course. The Google Assistant, in particular, can not only help answer life’s burning questions and control smart devices, but it can also act as your very own personal reminder bot.”
Route Fifty: The Problem With the State-Level Investigation of Google. “The revolution in high tech is confronting liberal democracies with some of the most difficult public policy challenges since the Industrial Revolution, and the dawn of artificial intelligence promises far more to come. Antitrust enforcement will remain an important tool—particularly for protection against certain horizontal restraints on trade, such as price-fixing cartels. But in the current global free-for-all of antitrust enforcement against American’s tech giants, how much good can state officials in the U.S. reasonably do? The answer is, for the public, not much, but for themselves, quite a lot.”
Ditch that Textbook: 20 add-ons and extensions to supercharge your Google Slides presentations. “During our weekly #Ditchbook Twitter chat (Thursdays at 7 p.m. PST / 8 p.m. MST / 9 p.m. CST / 10 p.m. EST), we asked educators to share their favorite add-ons and extensions for Google Slides. As usual, they shared some amazing ideas!” Note this is a tweet roundup. While there is useful information here the annotation is uneven.
Mashable: ‘Minecraft Earth’ will open up to players in October and you can sign up right now . “Minecraft Earth is an augmented reality game in the vein Niantic’s 2017 hit, and its ‘early access’ phase of release is officially set to begin in October. Fans interested in participating can sign up starting on Sep. 28 at the game’s website.”
Neowin: Dropbox launches reimagined shared folders with Dropbox Spaces. “Dropbox has announced the availability of Dropbox Spaces, a re-imagination of shared folders for the modern-day. The feature turns shared folders into workspaces where you can collaborate with others.”
Genealogy’s Star: All of the MyHeritage LIVE 2019 Lectures Now Online. “I am not sure, but I think that this may be only the second time that an entire genealogy conference has been made available for free online with videos. The first time was from the MyHeritage LIVE 2018 Conference.”