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Google’s newest smart home device is
always listening...and watching: Firm
launches $229 Nest Hub Max with camera
that can recognize every member of the *

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Posted By: Ribicon, 9/9/2019 6:30:42 PM

Google’s latest smart product has some users wary, as concerns grow over the ‘spying’ abilities of internet-connected home devices. The firm launched the successor to its Nest Hub (formerly called the Home Hub) on Tuesday, offering its Smart Display with Google Assistant and a bigger, 10-inch screen. And, unlike those before it, the $229 Nest Hub Max has a built in camera that can recognize different faces.(Snip) ‘Whenever you walk in front of the camera, Nest Hub Max recognizes you and shows just your information, not anyone else’s,’ Google explained in a release earlier this year.

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Imagine installing such a device before it's made mandatory, and paying for it (along with the internet connectivity) besides.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: jalo1951 9/9/2019 7:07:18 PM (No. 175750)
Don't have a smartphone, or a smart tv. No Alexis or whatever the name is. If I need a light on I turn it on, turn on my own stove or radio, and if I need a grocery list I write it down. I don't "talk" to the fridge and ask it to make me a list. I don't have a charge card or a debit card. If you have all these devices and enjoy them I am happy for you. But I don't want anyone listening to me, watching me. I have a computer and an ipad. I have covered the cameras on them. I am very aware how much info is out there just by using those devices. Frankly it creeps me out to think that someone somewhere is watching and listening. Paranoid? Maybe but as long as I can lock my own doors and turn on my own lights I'll keep doing it
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Sorosisbehindit 9/9/2019 7:23:24 PM (No. 175759)
This world is full of idiots who are willing trade privacy for convenience and technology. I pay an extra $14/month to keep my old electric meter. I don't want my electric company installing their new smart meter. I prefer they not know when I am at home or away. I prefer they not communicate with all of my appliances (and sell that information to their "business partners").
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Reply 3 - Posted by: DVC 9/9/2019 7:28:31 PM (No. 175763)
You can BUG YOURSELF! What a deal!
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Reply 4 - Posted by: bgarrett 9/9/2019 7:30:20 PM (No. 175765)
not me!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Starboard_side 9/9/2019 7:46:08 PM (No. 175776)
Just wait until they have autonomous vehicles, and they can dictate when and where you can go, and how much it will cost you. And, when the tech titans all cover the camera on their computer and laptop, then you know they don't even like what they are doing. Did everyone literally check the "I agree", and it enabled them to collect all this data, to hear conversations, to view who is in the room, etc...
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Reply 6 - Posted by: offrope 9/9/2019 9:25:12 PM (No. 175824)
They'll tell you the camera is a feature, not a "bug".
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Rumblehog 9/9/2019 10:10:05 PM (No. 175841)
This crap is getting creepy. The next guy to be a billionaire is the tech wizard who invents these devices with the "Las Vegas" philosophy. What happens in your home stays in your home.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: whyyeseyec 9/9/2019 10:31:58 PM (No. 175857)
And would this camera be able to possibly photograph one of your children getting out of the shower or walking unclothed through the house? If so, who would be seeing that!! carp is getting sick. This carp is getting sick. There is no sound reasoning for a company to know this much about anyone. Where are the civil libertarians? Congress?? Anyone???
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Omen55 9/9/2019 11:10:39 PM (No. 175875)
Inviting & paying to have big brother in your home. Orwell didn't see this coming.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Trigger2 9/10/2019 3:19:24 AM (No. 175931)
Google wants even more spying on you and you get to pay for it. Win/Win for them. Lose/Lose for you.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Strike3 9/10/2019 5:03:38 AM (No. 175952)
It's a marketeers dream. Most of this tech stuff simply results in an endless stream of ads that target anything you have looked up previously on the Internet, talk about getting or actually buy. Nobody's life is that interesting that somebody is out there watching live but the capability is there and will one day be further abused, like the school administration that handed out camera enabled laptops to every student and encouraged them to leave them on all the time.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Smart11344 9/10/2019 1:42:20 PM (No. 176428)
I've lived 75 years and a hard wired door bell is all I have ever needed. I will never use an internet device to do anything in my home.
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