It has been a good 24 hours for standard values. Motion Smoothing may no longer be the default setting on TV & # 39; s. Fitbit has really had a chance to make the de facto standard smartwatch for Android users, who really need one. And the best standard of all: the standard opt-out for Siri recordings.
Here is our story about this: Apple apologizes for Siri audio recordings and announces future privacy changes.
An important part of this story is that Apple apologized directly. That apology is fully justified and I would like to explain briefly why.
If you haven't followed all the drama about smart assistants to save your voice on their servers so that people could listen, I wrote a piece about it earlier this month. The most important way that Apple was (and is) better is to use Siri's user data more aggressively (but there is a limit to how anonymous recording of your voice can be. Apple's somewhat updated policy may find it here and they are worth reading.
But when it came to it manage the data that Apple was storing was actually Siri worse with privacy settings than Amazon or Google. For example, you could not use Siri without your voice being saved and possibly being listened to by a person. Secondly, Apple did not (and will not) offer a portal where you can view and delete all your voice recordings and transcripts.
The only way to remove that data was to easily disable Siri and Voice Dictation. And that was the biggest problem: switching off Siri was far too difficult. There was no button for it, you just had to know that a few vague related settings worked. There was no easy opt-out. Google and Amazon were not angels, but their past with privacy scandals made sure they knew what to do if their respective assistant listening scandals struck.
Apple had to climb. It closed all human assessments and then collapsed to find a solution. Then restore the company that put it where you would expect it: further from all others.
There is now a standard opt-out for Siri recordings and a promise that external contractors will not hear your voice. There is also a clear, simple button that you can enable to log in if you want to be helpful. Apple may not have had the experience of dealing with privacy scandals that are needed to give users clearer control over the data it immediately saved, but it is also a fast learner.
Amazon and Google must follow Apple's example with the standard opt-out. It is not only nice to say, it is a best privacy practice.
How Smart Assistants handle your voice recordings
|Are my voice recordings saved by default?||Yes||No||Yes|
|Can I use it without saving my recordings?||No||Yes||Yes|
|Can I delete these recordings?||Yes, including voice commands||Yes, but it's not easy||Yes|
|Are recordings linked to my account?||Yes||No||Yes|
Here are some other great technical stories of the day
TV manufacturers unite to tackle the scourge of smoothing movements
I love this. I am a little annoyed that "we don't ruin the video by default" is now becoming a marketing function instead of the standard, but whatever. Next step: bringing directors together to force TV makers to stop following what we watch and selling that data. In the meantime, Jon Porter explains what the Filmmaker mode does:
The UHD Alliance, a collection of companies that work together to define viewing standards, has announced Filmmaker Mode, a new TV setting designed to display movies as they were originally controlled, with as little post-processing as possible. Although the mode affects multiple settings, such as image speed, aspect ratio, over-scanning, and noise reduction, the most important element is to disable motion smoothing.
Sony announces super-fast A6600 and A6100 mirrorless cameras & # 39; s
I know that they are totally different camera classes, but I have to think that there are some vloggers who bought the RX100 VII impulsively because it has a microphone connection and eye-tracking autofocus and is kicking itself a bit. Cameron Faulkner has the details:
It also has Real-Time AF tracking and the new Real-Time Eye AF tracking that originally debuted in the A6400, which we reviewed earlier this year. Sony has added a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a first for the company's alpha-series cameras.
Fossil smartwatch review & # 39; Gen 5 & # 39 ;: the best of a Wear OS situation
I have reviewed the Fossil Carlyle and really liked it and would love to wear it every day. But that doesn't mean I think you should buy it. It's a cleaner, less annoying software experience than a Galaxy Watch for non-Samsung owners, but $ 295 for Wear OS is not a good investment. The 3100 processor from Qualcomm is not the smartwatch savior we were hoping for. I really have no idea where Google is going from here.
Fitbit announces the new Versa 2 smartwatch and the affordable Aria Air smart scale
It happens: a few hours after I posted a review of the Fossil Gen 5 Wear OS watch, Fitbit announces the Versa 2. It still doesn't look great, but hopefully it is more personal than in photos. I also hope that Fitbit works a little more on the software and the more traditional & # 39; smartwatch things & # 39; on top of the fitness functions. Android users have really grim choices when it comes to smart watches. It is a market that is just waiting there to be taken.
At this point, Google should release this thing: Pixel 4 is said to appear on photos leaked on Telegram
Think about this for a moment: Apple is trying harder to make a good music app on Android than Google is now.