NEWSLETTER: BEWARE OF AI ASSISTANTS & GOOGLE PIXEL SMARTWATCH IN WORKS?

NEWSLETTER: BEWARE OF AI ASSISTANTS & GOOGLE PIXEL SMARTWATCH IN WORKS?

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ALEXA, SIRI, AND GOOGLE ASSISTANT CAN HEAR HIDDEN SOUNDS

THE STORY

A group of researchers at University of California, Berkeley published that they can send hidden commands to virtual assistants like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant.

WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED?

It’s been around 2 years, researchers in USA and China have been trying to play with virtual assistants. In 2016, they started practicing to how to embed and send hidden commands, which are inaudible to human hear but could be heard by a virtual assistant.

Back in 2016, by the use of Artificial Intelligence, they showed that smartphones and speakers could be hacked. When the user is not using the device, it could be used to open a website or even for dialing a call.

Earlier this month, researchers University of California, Berkeley issued a research paper, which says that they could insert commands directly into recordings of music or spoken text. So, when an individual is listening to some music on Amazon Echo Speaker, it might hear an instruction to add something to the shopping list.

Nicholas Carlini, a fifth-year Ph.D. student in computer security at U.C. Berkeley and one of the paper’s authors said, “We wanted to see if we could make it even more stealthy”.

On this technique, while talking about the exploitation of this techniques, Mr. Carlini added, “It may only be a matter of time before someone starts exploiting them. My assumption is that the malicious people already employ people to do what I do.”

WHAT AMAZON, GOOGLE, AND APPLE HAS TO SAY?

Earlier, Amazon stated that they don’t disclose specific security measures. But, the essential and preventive steps have already been taken to ensure Amazon’s Echo Speaker is safe and secure to use. Whereas, Google, on the other hand, stated that their Assistant is under ongoing process and it has features to avoid inaudible commands.

Apple also ensured the same, that its smart speaker, HomePod, has a feature, where it will be able to prevent hidden and undetectable commands. Nevertheless, this news has raised even more questions and trust issues regarding AI assistants.


GOOGLE COMING WITH PIXEL SMARTWATCH THIS YEAR

THE STORY

Google is going to be launching several hardware this year, which includes Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, second-gen Pixel Buds, and will also introduce a Pixel-branded watch.

WHAT ARE THE REPORTS?

According to reports, Google will be launching three wearables along with the Pixel phone and Pixel buds this year in October at the annual hardware event. The three wearables are reportedly dubbed as ‘Ling’, ‘Triton’, and ‘Sardine’.

This report was leaked and revealed by the phone leaker and informant Evan Blass on Twitter. He tweeted, “Besides the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and second-gen Pixel Buds, a reliable source tells me — with high confidence — that Google’s fall hardware event will also introduce a Pixel-branded watch. Have a great summer!”

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?

These wearables will be based on and will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor. And also, will have more battery life and features as compared to other smartwatches.

Recently, Google at the I/O Developer Conference revealed about the latest version of their WearOS, which can be expected in new Google Pixel Smartwatch.

Anuj is a content writer for Systweak and being from an engineering background, likes to get more in-depth with technology and gadgets. He likes playing video games and reading in his free time.

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