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Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition promises an ageappropriate Alexa

first_imgAmazon has a new Alexa speaker, the Echo Dot Kids Edition. Amazon Amazon updated its Echo Dot speaker back in 2018, so it’s no surprise that the tech company decided to revamp its original Echo Dot Kids Edition with a next-gen device as well. At a glance, Amazon clearly drew inspiration from the third-generation Echo Dot, which has a more rounded shape, complete with mesh fabric and a few color options. The new Echo Dot Kids Edition costs $70 (Amazon says it will be on sale for $50 for “a limited time”) and comes in rainbow (pictured above) and “frost blue” color finishes. See it at AmazonNote that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.Amazon says the new Echo Dot Kids Edition is “70% louder” than the first-gen version and includes a year of FreeTime Unlimited. FreeTime Unlimited is a subscription service that offers Alexa features just for kids — and provides controls for parents, as well as a variety of non-Echo features on Fire tablets and other devices for children. Which Amazon Echo speaker should you buy? Amazon’s new Alexa features put more emphasis on privacy Pre-Prime Day deal: The Amazon Echo is only $65 But what about your kid’s privacy? Amazon has recently come under fire following reports that the company holds on to transcripts of your Alexa conversations, even after you’ve deleted the audio clip. Amazon has since introduced new features, such as the  “Alexa, delete everything I said today” command. Child advocacy groups also have issues with the first-generation Echo Dot Kids Edition, according to a report in May claiming that the speaker violates privacy laws, prompting a request for an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. Amazon recently introduced the Echo Show 5 as well, which is scheduled for a June 26 release. The Echo Show 5 is a smaller smart display with a 5.5-inch screen and a built-in privacy screen. It doesn’t have kid-specific features, but you might want to get a full sense of what’s on the horizon for Echo devices before you buy. Read more about Alexa privacy.The new Echo Dot Kids Edition is available for preorder now and is expected to ship later this month. Read more: Which Amazon Echo speaker should you buy? 1:58 Further reading Smart Speakers & Displays Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers All of Amazon’s Alexa smart speakers reading • Amazon launches new Alexa device for kids but privacy issues will still scare some parents Kids try to stump Alexa Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Tags Share your voice 0 15 Photoscenter_img Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Post a comment Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected • See All CNET Smart Home Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Examples of Alexa skills only available via FreeTime Unlimited include Disney Dance Floor by Disney Publishing, Baby Shark Adventures by Pinkfong and Ghostbusters by Sony.New FreeTime Unlimited Alexa features include news reports via National Geographic and News-o-Matic with the command, “Alexa, what’s my news?” Alexa Skill Blueprints is also new. With Blueprints, parents and kids can “build an interactive adventure story” from an existing template and more.The FreeTime Unlimited parental controls service will cost Amazon Prime customers $3 per month. Without Prime, the service costs $5 per month.  CNET Smart Home Now playing: Watch this: Alexa Amazonlast_img read more

Fake Indian rupee factory busted in Keraniganj

first_imgA team of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) unearthed a counterfeit Indian banknote factory in Shubhadya Uttarpara of South Keraniganj, on the outskirts of Dhaka early on Thursday.The RAB men also arrested two—Liakat Ali, 35 and Md Jahangir Alam, 40 — along with counterfeit Indian currency worth Rs 1 million during a drive in the area.“Being tipped off, a team of RAB arrested Liakat from Shubhadya Uttarpara  and seized fake rupees worth Rs 1 million, a printing machine and other materials from his house around 3:00am,” said RAB-3 commander lieutenant colonel Imranul Hasan at a press briefing at RAB media centre in Dhaka in the afternoon.Based on information from Liakat, RAB team arrested Jahangir Alam, who used to supply high quality ink to him, from another house in the area, he said.RAB-3 detained Liakot Ali and his associate at Dakkhin Keraniganj. Photo: CollectedLiakat has been involved with the production of counterfeit banknotes for the last 10 years, said Imranul.“Liakat used to produce counterfeit Bangladeshi currency notes earlier but he started producing Indian rupees when it became too risky to print local currency,” the RAB-3 commander said.They would sell the fake banknotes to suppliers who, in turn, sold those in the border areas and to several money exchange centres, Imranul told the newsmen.The RAB-3 commander Imranul also said they were investigating the names of the money exchange centres that bought fake currency.last_img read more

Why Your Credit Card Company Wants to Replace Magnetic Strips With Microchips

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Fraud-deflecting microchip embedded credit cards are on their way to your wallet in October 2015. But, according to Visa and MasterCard, that’s not soon enough.With mass credit card hacking nearing epidemic levels — as evidenced by the recent eBay, Michael’s, Target and Neiman Marcus breaches — next year’s October deadline for all U.S. merchants to switch to “chip-and-PIN” credit card systems could be too late.Major credit card companies are urging merchants to prepare for and adopt microchipped cards now, ahead of the deadline, as recently reported by the Associated Press.  Related: Tips for Keeping Your Travels Identity Theft FreeOnce D-Day arrives 17 months from now, credit cards with magnetic strips on the back will be phased out. Swiping your credit card will be a thing of the past. Instead, all credit cards will be equipped with metallic squares on the front containing EMV (short for Europay, MasterCard, Visa) microchips.You will insert your chipped cards into the slot of a special card reading point-of-sale terminal. The device will read your card’s microchip. If you have a PIN number for your card (some card issuers will offer this smart option), you’ll need to enter it. Either way, you’ll still reportedly have to sign for your purchase before your transaction is complete.The EMV chips are designed to protect users from fraud and counterfeiting, supposedly significantly better than magnetic strips ever could. They turn cardholder data into a one-time, one-of-a-kind encrypted digital signature that proponents of the technology claim is incredibly difficult to copy or duplicate. (That is at least until thieves figure out how to hack those, too, which is pretty much inevitable, being that nothing is hacker-proof any more.)Related: Don’t Get Hacked — Tools to Fight Cyber AttacksMicrochipped cards also store considerably more information about cardholders than magnetic strips. Some worry this will leave them especially vulnerable to identity thieves equipped with scanners that could snoop the personal data contained within them, reports The Sacramento Bee.      The cost of new cash registers and training necessary to upgrade to EMV chip card payment acceptance systems have given most U.S. retailers cold feet thus far, along with years and years of hairy disputes over how processing the new technology will generally work.While merchants, issuers and processors bicker here in the States, 80-plus countries around the world have already embraced chip-and-PIN credit cards, including most in Western Europe, along with our neighbors in Mexico and Canada.  Related: Target’s Security Breach Stresses Need for Better Cyber SecuritySo far, a few American credit unions and large banks, including Bank of America, Citibank and JPMorgan Chase, have beat the looming 2015 deadline, already rolling out microchipped cards and encouraging customers to upgrade to them for free.Target — which, forgive the ironic pun here, was the target of a data breach last December that exposed the names, phone numbers, and mailing and email addresses of up to approximately 110 million individuals — is poised to be the first major U.S. retailer to issue its own branded EMV-chipped cards, the Associated Press also reports. The Minneapolis-headquartered company’s $100 million initiative is scheduled to bring microchip credit card terminals to some of its 1,789 stores in the U.S. as early as this September.For those whose personal, private and “confidential” information was compromised in the massive Target hack, myself included, chipped cards can’t reach critical mass soon enough. And, yes, please sign me up for a PIN number, too.   Related: Retailers Not Giving Up the Battle Over Credit-Card Swipe Fees May 27, 2014center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min readlast_img read more

Lenovo Officially Closes 291 Billion Acquisition of Motorola Unit From Google

first_img China’s Lenovo Group Ltd said Thursday it has closed its $2.91 bln acquisition of the Motorola handset unit from Google Inc, paving the way for a fresh assault on the U.S. smartphone market.The purchase comes as Lenovo, the world’s leading PC maker, ramps up its effort to diversify its business and establish itself as a smartphone maker with global appeal.Google acquired the iconic smartphone brand and its prized patent portfolio in 2012 for $12.5 billion but struggled to reverse Motorola’s years-long decline. Under the Lenovo deal, Google will retain a significant portion of Motorola’s patents.(Reporting by Gerry Shih) Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 1 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Register Now » October 30, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

Have you seen these parking spaces taped off This is why

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA number of parking spaces are currently cordoned off in the city centre. Several Sentinel readers contacted us to say the spaces, on Broad Street in Hanley, were coned off and bags had been put over the ticket machines. Now the council have revealed the parking spaces have been cordoned off so coaches and take children to and from the pantomimes at the city centre’s theatres. Read MoreCCTV appeal after doctor assaulted at railway station A Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said: “Parking is suspended on the street so that the coaches can pick up and drop off children attending the pantomimes at the theatres over the next couple of days. “Signs installed on street and cones and the machines are bagged off.”last_img read more