Googles new Nest Hub Max smart display has a camera Can you

first_img reading • Google’s new Nest Hub Max smart display has a camera. Can you trust it? • See All Now playing: Watch this: The Google Nest Hub Max soups up the smart display A new frontier for privacy”We have to be better about our transparency, about how we actually deal with your data and your devices inside your home.” Rishi Chandra, the Google VP in charge of the new Google Nest brand, talked with me last week at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA about the Hub Max and the challenges of privacy in a home with a variety of cameras and sensors. “As we are defining our privacy principles, one thing we wanted to commit to was any time a camera is streaming information to Google, whether it’s through a Google Duo call or a Nest Cam feature, we want to be very transparent to the user that it’s happening.”The Hub Max indicates that the camera is recording with a green light and a message on the screen. The green light will always be on when it’s recording, even if you’re not home and checking on the stream from your phone. You won’t be able to use the Hub Max to secretly spy on anyone. Google I/O 2019 $199 See It HP Google I/O 2019 CNET Smart Home $157 4:47 See It Aug 26 • Android Q has a name: Android 10. Here’s how you’ll use it Here’s everything we’ve learned so far at Google I/O 2019.   CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Nest Amazon Privacy Facebook Google Dell Walmart Tags Now playing: Watch this: Facial recognition: Get to know the tech that gets to… Google Nest Hub Max: A closer look at Google’s bigger smart display $199 Comments 12 Photos $199 Review • This security cam watches over things when you can’t Jul 10 • How to get Android 10 right now 5:11 Jul 24 • Nest Hub Max: Google’s 10-inch Assistant smart display costs $230, debuts Sept. 9 Trustworthy? Angela Lang/CNET Google debuted a device called the Nest Hub Max at its Google I/O developer conference on Tuesday. It’s the first product under the new Google Nest brand, which combines the formerly distinct Google smart home and Nest teams. The Hub Max features a 10-inch high-definition touchscreen, powerful speakers, always-listening microphones and an embedded camera that can recognize your face.Just a few months ago, Google launched a similar but smaller product called the Google Home Hub, which will be renamed the Google Nest Hub to showcase the new brand. The Nest Hub doesn’t have a camera, and Google touted the omission as a way to give privacy-focused customers peace of mind. The camera on the Hub Max is the smartest cam on any smart display. In addition to recognizing your face, you can use it as a security monitor and get alerts if it detects motion. It’s also smart enough to recognize gestures and track your motion if you’re moving around while on a video call. The Hub Max is impressive, but it’s also potentially worrisome to have a camera like that watching you in your home. Google undoubtedly understood the concerns people would have with the Hub Max. Here’s how the search giant intends to keep your privacy intact with the Hub Max.Also read: Tell Google Home ‘stop’ and you can go right back to sleepGoogle slashes prices on its Home Max, Nest Hub and Google Home Share your voice 7 Aug 12 • Google will ask you to migrate your Nest account soon: Here’s what you need to know See it Mentioned Above Nest Cam Chandra noted that the mandatory green light is actually a shift for Nest Cams. Their default setting is to show a green light when they’re recording, but previously you could turn that off in the settings. Google is removing that option. While this move removes a customization option from the cam, it’s part of what Chandra called a new set of privacy principles from Nest.”We want to make sure that we as Google are transparent to everyone,” Chandra said. “When it’s going to Google, when it’s being recorded, that we are transparent to any user that comes into your house, whether it be the babysitter, the nanny, your guests, your family members, what have you.”Chandra noted that these steps are necessary as we move away from tech that’s strictly personal, such as a smartphone, toward tech that needs to be both communal and personal. He called the Google Nest Hub Max a representation of how the company wants to approach this dichotomy while keeping privacy intact. Anyone can interact with the Hub Max, but the Face Match feature allows it to also offer personalized notifications and information. Chandra called Face Match an example of how Google can “rethink the computing model to do really helpful things, but in a privacy sensitive way.” google-nest-hub-max-18The Hub Max can show personalized notifications after it recognizes you. Angela Lang/CNET The Face Match feature is optional. Chandra said the Hub Max will store all face models on the device itself and it will perform the processing locally as well so that the information never leaves the Hub Max. Blake Kozak, a senior analyst at smart home and security analysis firm IHS noted that as far as security cams in general, on-device storage provides “an enhanced-level of security compared with cloud-storage. By storing footage locally, consumers can rest assured that the risk of hackers gaining access to the footage is far less than if the footage is stored in the cloud.” Several Google representatives also noted that Face Match is meant solely as a personalization feature and it’s not meant for security. You won’t be able to make purchases on the Hub Max verified only by your face.Cameras and dataThe mute switch on the back of the Nest Hub Max will also function as a hard switch for the camera. It will essentially cut power to the cam so it can’t be used. Even though the switch is functionally the same as a physical shutter, I’m sure an actual physical shutter would give added peace of mind to some shoppers.google-nest-hub-max-6The mute switch cuts the power to the camera. Angela Lang/CNET “Overall, many manufacturers, especially in Europe, are making security cameras with shutters,” said Kozak. “So when the camera is off or not recording, it is clear for the consumer that their privacy is intact.”In addition to disabling Face Match, you can use the settings in the Google Home app to disable any drop-in viewing of the camera — so you won’t be able to check on the live feed of the cam when you’re out and about.You’ll also find a tab in the Google Assistant app settings called “You.” While the tab can help you see more personalized search results and organize your contacts, it will also house your activity history and privacy settings in one place so you can easily make changes.Competing for privacyGoogle isn’t the only company with a renewed emphasis on privacy. Last week, Facebook touted a new focus on privacy at the company’s F8 developer conference. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said “The future is private” and announced scholarships to help students create secure and private artificial intelligence. Facebook has been mired in privacy scandals recently, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal and mishandling customer data.Amazon, Google’s main competitor in the smart home space, came under fire recently when it was revealed that Amazon workers listened to your conversations with the company’s digital assistant and had access to private data. Google faced backlash recently as well after it was revealed that the hub of the Nest Secure system — the Nest Guard — had a built-in hidden microphone.With the Hub Max’s new facial recognition abilities, Google is stepping into an area of tech with lots of privacy implications. Storing all Face Match data locally is a nice touch, but you can still use the cam as a security device and with Nest’s premium Nest Aware subscription, it can use facial recognition to customize alerts based on who it sees.If having an extra camera in your home will make you worried, Google will continue to offer the cameraless Google Nest Hub. As far as the Hub Max, Google is saying the right things at the very least. I also appreciate the new “You” tab and hope it legitimately makes it easier to manage your privacy and usage settings. That said, only time will tell if the company’s promises of privacy will hold up to its growing roster of increasingly personalized smart home gadgets. Smart Home Preview • Here’s everything you need to know about the new Nest Cam Nest Cam Indoorlast_img read more

While We Might Be Divided Dan Rather Says Theres More Of What

first_img 00:00 /11:50 – / 9 Listen X Michael Hagerty These days, we’re so used to hearing how divided we are as a nation. But not everyone sees it that way.Long-time CBS News anchor and Houston-area native Dan Rather spoke here last week about just that. He’s on a book tour discussing What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, his collection of essays on the values and characteristics he feels most Americans share – despite their political affiliations. Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse interviewed Rather onstage at the Brazos Bookstore event.Rather spoke about how he got interested in journalism. He told of how being bedridden with rheumatic fever – with only the radio as his companion – gave him a hunger to explore the world around him. He discussed the sense of optimism that led him to write the book. And he compared how this current climate for journalism and journalists compares to what he’d seen over the course of his long career.MORE: Dan Rather – Extended Conversation Xcenter_img 00:00 /39:14 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more