CBS New York: Study Looks At How Fake News Thrives On Social Media

CBS New York: Study Looks At How Fake News Thrives On Social Media. ” A new study by Columbia University shows people tend to question news less when they see themselves in a public group compared to how often they fact-check information while alone, a trend which may explain how fake news spreads on social media.”

Engadget: Police seek Amazon Echo data in murder case

Wow. Police are hoping Amazon Echo data will help in a murder investigation. “Amazon’s Echo devices and its virtual assistant are meant to help find answers by listening for your voice commands. However, police in Arkansas want to know if one of the gadgets overheard something that can help with a murder case. According to The Information, authorities in Bentonville issued a warrant for Amazon to hand over any audio or records from an Echo belonging to James Andrew Bates. Bates is set to go to trial for first-degree murder for the death of Victor Collins next year.”

Free Tool for Customizing Amazon Echo

A new tool is designed to make Amazon’s Echo very customizable. “Alexa, the voice-activated service that’s part of Amazon’s Echo interactive speaker, can order products, play music and wake you up in the morning. But can Alexa be taught to talk and control a wider range of smart devices with custom commands? A new tool from Unified Computer Intelligence makes that possible. The tool can also train Alexa to automate home tasks via custom voice commands.”