Sure, being able to look back along your timeline to recall something (like the name of that Sardinian cafe by the water) has its conveniences. But who among us isn’t concerned about the long-term use of our private data?
Well, following a recent update, Google Maps users can have their timelines automatically expire.
With a recent change to Alexa, you can now opt-out of having your voice recordings reviewed by Amazon’s employees.
Why the change? Is it the reports of Google and Apple employees listening in on personal exchanges recorded by the voice-activated assistants? Or perhaps it’s a response to European courts rulings limiting what companies (like Amazon) can do with the data collected by said voice-activated assistants.
To Opt-Out of Human Review
Open the Alexa app on your phone or tablet.
Select Settings, Alexa Privacy, then Manage How Your Data Improves Alexa.
Locate the setting “With this setting on, your voice recordings may be used … manually reviewed.” and tap OFF.
With Google‘s “Interpreter mode” your Home devices can act as an on-the-fly translator. One person speaks one language, the other person speaks another, and GoogleAssistant tries to be the middle man between the two.
To get started, you just say something like “Hey Google, be my Spanish interpreter.”
To poorly paraphrase M. Twain, “reports of Google+’ demise are exaggerated.”
Although the consumer product is at death’s door, the enterprise version will continueon and is being improved. G Suite users of Google+ will soon be able to tag content, and admins will be able to better moderate, promote and review post metrics.