Mobile & Technology

Worried Alexa is spying on you? This $99 gadget will stop it from listening

Earlier this year, we had the Paranoid. Now, it’s the Alexagate. Both are devices that disable the microphones on Alexa or Google Home devices, adding more cost to your smart-home convenience in the name of privacy.

The Alexagate, like the Paranoid Home Wave, clamps onto your Amazon Echo device and jams the microphone by emitting loud ultrasonic sounds, out of range of human hearing but perhaps not your dog’s. However, at $99, the Alexagate costs twice as much as any of the three $49 Paranoid devices, as well as the Echo Dot

That may be because, like the Clapper of infomercials past, the Alexagate can be toggled off and on by three loud claps. So if you want Alexa to dim the lights or open the door, just clap three times and voila! — Amazon’s voice assistant can start listening to you again. 

Or, you can just

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Giannis or LeBron? MVP debate shouldn’t be about age

James Harden’s whereabouts were finally revealed, but the mystery was hardly solved. Just before midnight on Tuesday, the 2017-18 MVP entered the NBA bubble in Orlando, joining the hundreds of NBA players already on location for the resumption of the 2019-20 season.

The public knew this bit of information solely because the Houston Rockets’ official Twitter feed posted a video of the Rockets star walking into the Disney property, paired with the caption, “The Beard has arrived!”

Other than that, Harden’s trip to Orlando was kept secret.

This was big news. The NBA’s leading scorer hadn’t been seen from, or heard from, in several days as his team practiced in Orlando without him. Rumors explaining the superstar’s absence swirled on the internet and ran throughout the insider gossip mill around league circles.

Reporters tried to get to the bottom of it. The Rockets had touched down in Orlando four days

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Dribble handoff: Who will be college basketball’s player of the year in the 2020-21 season?

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College basketball has seen plenty of repeat champions recently with North Carolina, Duke, Villanova, and UConn each winning two of the last 11 NCAA Tournament titles. Name brand programs Louisville, Kentucky, Villanova and Virginia filled in the gaps over that span.

But when it comes to another measurement of college basketball success — producing national player of the year winners — parity is more prevalent. The last 11 Naismith College Player of the Year winners are all from different schools, and a couple of them came from mid-major programs.

BYU guard Jimmer Fredette won the honor in 2011, and Dayton’s Obi Toppin exploded onto the national scene to earn the award last season. Can you guess which program most recently produced two Naismith award winners? It wasn’t Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina or Villanova.

It was Oklahoma, with

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Ant Group – the $200bn technology titan you’ve never heard of

 Jack Ma, founder and CEO of the Alibaba Group - Jacques Brinon /Earns Alibaba
Jack Ma, founder and CEO of the Alibaba Group – Jacques Brinon /Earns Alibaba

He is known for his lavish parties and eccentric tastes. In the past Jack Ma, the 55 year-old billionaire founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has attended the group’s annual company festivals dressed up as a punk rocker or as Michael Jackson.

But the public float of his second company, Ant Group, could turn out to be his biggest extravaganza yet.

The forthcoming listing of the payments firm, which was announced on Monday, is expected to value it at $200bn (£158bn) – making it easily the most valuable listing of 2020 anywhere in the world.

Ant Group, formerly Ant Financial, provides mobile payments services across China and further afield with 1 billion users. Its products include mobile payments apps, backend payment services and digital wallets and is the market leader in China’s $16tn digital payments industry.

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Trump argues with Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile over his campaign’s spammy text messages

Trump argues with Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile over his campaign's spammy text messages
Trump argues with Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile over his campaign’s spammy text messages

The U.S.’s biggest mobile phone carriers aren’t quite getting the “” from President Donald Trump.

Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are currently embroiled in a debate with Trump and his 2020 campaign’s legal team over what constitutes illegal spam text messages. According to , the problems started in early July when a third-party company contracted by the three major mobile carriers blocked unsolicited text messages sent by the Trump campaign. The undisclosed firm was hired by the mobile companies to screen for spam.

The Trump campaign claims these text messages were sent manually and therefore did not violate the Federal Communication Commission’s regulations ban as it pertains only to automated messages.

According to the rules listed on the FCC’s website, text messages sent to mobile phones “require the called party’s prior express consent if they are generated

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How To Choose The Right Web Design Firm

It may have been several years since you last engaged somebody to design your company website. If this is the case, it will now be outdated. You will be losing business to competitors who will have quality, well-designed websites with effective navigation and exciting layouts. You may also be embarking on a website for your company for the first time. You need to ensure you get the best value for money when you start to think about a new company website.

If you want the web design company, you use it to source and supply these for you? Will you require any web design company you select to update your website on an ongoing basis? Does somebody within your company have the necessary editing skills to update your website designs for you? Are you looking for a local web design company, or are you happy to look further afield? Do … Read More