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AppleMagazine #414

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United States
Ivan Castilho de Almeida
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26 Issues

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8 min.
why the future of amazon's alexa promises to be both complicated and ubiquitous

THOUGHTS AS VARIOUS NEW ECHO DEVICES BREAK COVER The days when Amazon’s Echo smart speaker was deemed a mere novelty now seem like a distant memory. At an excitingly packed event in Seattle, the online-store-turned-tech-company unveiled a staggeringly large array of new devices housing the now-iconic voice assistant Alexa, providing us with a tantalizing insight into how Alexa could extend its reach far outside the home. However, as the assistant becomes more ubiquitous, could familiar issues about privacy grow in complexity? PRIVACY CONCERNS CONTINUE TO LINGER It’s not that Amazon didn’t acknowledge the whole issue of privacy as the Seattle event opened. In August, Bloomberg reported that Amazon had decided to allow Alexa users to opt out of their voice recordings being human-assessed through a program designed to improve the assistant’s responses. “We’re…

2 min.
amazon offers a way to delete alexa recordings automatically

Users of Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant can now request that recordings of their voice commands delete automatically. Amazon says it saves such commands to improve the service. But the practice has raised concerns with privacy experts who say the recordings could get into the wrong hands, especially as Amazon and other companies use human reviewers rather than just machines. Previously, users had to go into Alexa’s settings and delete recordings manually. Users can now ask Amazon to automatically delete recordings after three months or 18 months. But users need to specify that in the settings, as recordings are kept indefinitely by default. And there’s no automatic option for immediate deletion. Users would still need to do that manually. When users ask for automatic deletion, a warning will pop up saying that doing…

3 min.
ups gets government approval to become a drone airline

UPS has won government approval to operate a nationwide fleet of drones, which will let the company expand deliveries on hospital campuses and move it one step closer to making deliveries to consumers. Many regulatory obstacles remain, however, before UPS — or other operators who are testing drones — can fill the sky over cities and suburbs with drones carrying goods to people’s doorsteps. United Parcel Service Inc. said Tuesday that its drone subsidiary was awarded an airline certificate last week by the Federal Aviation Administration, the first U.S. company to get such a broad approval. Even before getting that designation, UPS Flight Forward, as the subsidiary is called, has operated more than 1,000 flights at WakeMed’s hospital campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. The designation removes limits on the size of the company’s potential…

8 min.
renewable: apple flyingthe flag for greener world

With Apple winning a United Nations award for its use of 100% renewable energy and the company making great strides towards cleaning up its carbon footprint, we take a closer look at the future of one of the world’s most sustainable and eco-conscious technology giants… INVESTING IN GREEN ENERGY “Truly innovative products leave their mark on the world instead of the planet,” Apple proudly states on its website. It’s a big claim for a company that produces millions of iPhones, iPads, MacBooks and other technology products that, in the majority of cases, are used only for a year or two before they’re discarded for the latest model. Indeed, Apple has built its business on “newness” and innovating its products from the ground up every year, whether that’s a major new development like…

5 min.
big tech’s eco-pledges aren’t slowing its pursuit of big oil

Employee activism and outside pressure have pushed big tech companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Google into promising to slash their carbon emissions. But there’s another thing these tech giants aren’t cutting: Their growing business ties to the oil and gas industry. When Microsoft held an all-staff meeting in September, an employee asked CEO Satya Nadella if it was ethical for the company to be selling its cloud computing services to fossil fuel companies, according to two other Microsoft employees who described the exchange on condition they not be named. Such partnerships, the worker told Nadella, were accelerating the oil companies’ greenhouse gas emissions. Microsoft and other tech giants have been competing with one another to strike lucrative partnerships with ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, BP and other energy firms, in many cases supplying them…

6 min.
does outsourcing affect our personal connection to food?

The growing options for outsourcing meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking can be called time-saving blessings or culture-destroying curses. In the end, they’re probably a complicated mix of both. The positive spin goes something like this: Assuming you can afford it, you’ll save precious time by clicking a few digital boxes and getting someone else to choose your vegetables and deliver your groceries. No time to plan a meal? An ever-expanding list of meal kit services including Blue Apron and HelloFresh will send you premeasured ingredients to whip up a variety of recipes — complete with step-by-step, photo-enhanced instructions. All that for around $8 to $10 per person. No time to cook? Get a week’s worth of frozen meals delivered courtesy of Home Chef, Freshly or a host of other local and national…