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It’s not just Amazon: Google employees also listen to your recorded voice commands

By | July 12th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

It seems Amazon isn’t the only company who hires people to eavesdrop on conversations you have with your voice assistant – Google has now been caught out doing the same thing, too.

Belgian broadcaster VRT NWS has reported that Google hires contractors to listen and transcribe audio recordings of users talking to Google Assistant, either via a smart speaker or their phones.

One such contractor provided the broadcaster with over 1,000 recordings for an investigation into the transcription process. It was found that many of the recordings included identifiable personal details of users, while 153 conversations were seemingly recorded by accident, as the wake command of “OK Google” or “Hey Google” wasn’t used to trigger the digital assistant.… Read the full article

Aussies can get $10 off any Amazon order in this Prime Day promo

By | July 10th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Australia's second edition of Amazon Prime Day is just a few sleeps away but the promos from the e-commerce giant just keep coming. 

After offering extended free trial periods for both Audible and Kindle Unlimited, and making international Prime eligible purchases free (with no minimum spend), Amazon Australia is giving shoppers the opportunity to save $10 on eligible purchases.

There are caveats of course – firstly you'll need to be a Prime member who has never streamed anything on Prime Video before, and watching a trailer or bonus content does not count.… Read the full article

Instagram is hoping to combat cyber bullying via two new tools

By | July 9th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Instagram has had a major problem with online bullying on its platform and Adam Mosseri, the head of the Facebook-owned company, says he’d rather have fewer users than allow bullies to thrive. 

But, instead of blocking posts or banning offenders, Mosseri has announced that new tools will be rolled out on Instagram to curb the spread of bullying online.

One tool will use artificial intelligence (AI) to identify offensive comments while the other will give users the power to restrict certain accounts from publicly commenting on their posts.… Read the full article

Study reveals ISP-supplied broadband modems under-performing

By | July 5th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The NBN is pushing to make 50Mbps download speeds (and 20Mbps upload) the norm in Australia, but many customers are opting for the 100Mbps speed tier when they sign up for a new connection. However, if you find you aren’t able to get those speeds, it may be the fault of your broadband modem.

A new study commissioned by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has revealed that several ISP-supplied modems are incapable of handling 100Mbps speeds on a fibre-to-the-node/building (FTTN/FTTB) connection.… Read the full article

Samsung is getting sued in Australia for ‘misleading’ Galaxy phone ads

By | July 4th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is taking South Korean electronics giant Samsung to court, alleging the smartphone maker has misled consumers about the water resistance of Galaxy handsets.

According to the ACCC, "Samsung has widely advertised on social media, online, TV, billboards, brochures and other media that the Galaxy phones are water resistant and depicted them being used in, or exposed to, oceans and swimming pools."

This depiction, says the watchdog, is false advertising and wrongly represents Galaxy phones as being "suitable for use in, or for exposure to, all types of water, including in ocean water and swimming pools".… Read the full article

Get four months of Amazon Music Unlimited for just $0.99

By | July 4th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Prime Day 2019 is only days away, but that isn't stopping Amazon Australia from offering early promotions exclusively for its Prime members.

Existing Aussie Prime members who have never tried Amazon's Music Unlimited service before can sign up now and get four months of tunes for just $0.99. This music streaming service normally costs $11.99 a month after a 30-day free trial period, so you'll be saving quite a packet with this offer.

Keep in mind, though, that this offer ends July 16 and is only available to Prime members signing up to the service for the first time.… Read the full article

Nikon’s D6 flagship sports DSLR could arrive in time for the 2020 Olympics

By | July 4th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Nikon may be axing some of its DSLRs but, if the rumor mills are to be believed, not all of them. One of the new models we can look forward to is a potential replacement for the three-year old Nikon D5.

We’ve been hearing whispers of the Nikon D6 for a while now, but nothing concrete. Yet, Nikon Rumors is suggesting that prototypes are already being tested so that the camera can be launched in early 2020.

If the D6 truly is a replacement for the D5, that timing would make sense, as the Japanese camera maker would be keen to offer sports photographers brand new kit to use at the 2020 Olympics to be held on Nikon’s home turf of Tokyo.… Read the full article

Nikon may be axing some of its DSLRs in favor of mirrorless versions

By | July 3rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

For those looking to buy a new DSLR, there's quite a few models from Nikon to choose from, although only eight of them are currently active. But, if rumors are to be believed, three of them will be the last of their kind.

Nikon Rumors is reporting that the D3500, the D5600 and the D500 will be axed, although it has been suggested that they may be replaced by mirrorless versions instead. This rumor is given weight by Nikon’s own statement from last year that the new Z mount will be used “to pioneer the future”.… Read the full article

Amazon Australia offers free expedited delivery on international purchases

By | July 2nd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

It’s set to be the biggest Prime Day yet and in the lead up to Amazon’s massive annual sale, the online marketplace is offering its Australian Prime members plenty of incentives to participate, like getting a three-month long free trial to check out Audible and Kindle Unlimited.

To sweeten the deal, Amazon Australia is also offering free expedited delivery on items bought from the Global Store section of the site, even if the price of the product is under $49.

This, however, is a limited time offer expiring at 11:59pm AEST on July 21 and is only available on Prime eligible products shipped and sold by Amazon US.… Read the full article

Australian ISPs want stronger laws on blocking malicious online content

By | July 2nd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

A taskforce made up of tech companies like Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Amazon, alongside Australian ISPs, has proposed specific laws be put in place giving the country’s eSafety Commissioner more power to block sites sharing malicious and abhorrent violent content online.

This proposal comes in the wake of the Christchurch shootings in March, when the massacre of innocent people at prayer was streamed live and shared online by other sites.

At the time, Australian ISPs began proactively blocking websites hosting the video or sharing the shooter’s manifesto, relying on a vague subsection of the 1997 Telecommunications Act which gives the eSafety Commissioner the power to issue written directives to ISPs.… Read the full article