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Google’s Nest Smart Home Hub Has A Secret Microphone Which Wasnt Supposed To Be A Secret

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The Google Nest Smart Home Hub has a secret microphone, to which google claims that it is nothing to worry about and that the mic is there just as a feature.

Google claimed earlier this month that the Nest device could also be used as a Google Assistant device, which made people furious and confused as they weren’t told about the presence of a mic in the hub. They didn’t tell the consumers about the mic in the tech specifications list, not even after the device was launched and the presence of Google Assistant as a feature was announced.

The company then admitted this mistake after realizing that customers didn’t exactly like the fact that their smart home device had a “SECRET MICROPHONE” built in.

A Google Spokesperson gave a statement to Business Insider saying


The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs, that was an error on our part. The microphone has never been on and is only activated when users specifically enable the option.

Nicole Adison, Google Spokesperson.

Google further claimed that the microphone is used to provide additional features that use the sound sensing features in the microphone to provide the users with additional features such as the ability to identify the breaking of a glass.

Even though the feature does sounds useful, it comes to us at a time when it is hard to trust tech companies due to all the violations in the promises made to users about consumer safety & privacy.

Consumers are not wrong to feel worried and confused as no matter who you are, data privacy is something that concerns almost everyone. Rumors about Facebook listening to people’s conversations using the microphone, or the fact that the Google Street View cars MISTAKENLY collected users personal data which was being transmitted over the unsecured WiFi networks, which did include email don’t exactly help reduce those concerns. Getting to know about the presence of a mic in one’s smart home hub machine can most definitely spite confusion in customers.

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Facebook Faces Technical Defaults While Instagram Faces Outage

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FACEBOOK IS FACING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES AND INSTAGRAM FACES DOWNTIME

Facebook has stopped working for some of its users due to some technical errors which the company claims to be ‘facing downtime’ due to maintenance.

Users trying to access the platform are being displayed this message-


Facebook will be back soon, Facebook is down for required maintenance right now, but you should be able to get back on within a few minutes. In the meantime, read more about why you’re seeing this message. Thanks for your patience as we improve the site.

Some users were able to get online but were unable to do certain things such as upload photos or update statuses.

Instagram is also facing downtime as users are unable to upload posts, add stories or send messages via DM’s. Some are unable to log into their accounts and are being shown ” Error ” prompts while attempting to.

According to site DownDetector, these outages were seen in the UK and the United States east coast but recently, users are reporting difficulties with the platform in India too.

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Spotify Adds A Million New Users In India Within A Week

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Spotify has been dropping hints for over 6 months about a possible launch in many new countries including India, until a week ago, when Spotify silently opened its platform up for India and rolled out the downloadable version of the app to the play store and app store. A week after its rollout, spotify adss a million new users from India.

Spotify is one the most used streaming service in the world with over 207 million users as of February 2019, however, due to its absence in India, streaming services such as Google’s Play Music, Times Internet-backed Ganna, JioSaavn, Wynk music have been the dominators but a wave of excitement was seen among Indian’s when they heard about Spotify.

According to reports via India Music 360 published by Nielson, Indians at an average spend 20 hours a week listening to music. India has huge music streaming market and with a user penetration of 6.3 percent, the numbers are expected to grow and reach a user penetration of 7 percent, which when we consider India’s population is a lot.

Delloite and IMI ( Indian Music Industry ) suggested that India’s audio and video market is currently valued at approx $280 million providing over 150 million monthly active users across platforms.

Spotify not only has music but also streams podcasts and considering how audio is going to be the next big thing because of things like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, the market will see huge spikes in the increase in number of podcasts which would give spotify the edge over a bunch of other competitors such as Google Play Music or JioSaavn

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Tesla Will Be Fine Without CEO Elon Musk, Says Shareholder

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According to one of Tesla’s largest shareholder, Elon Musk would be fine if the Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC) decided to oust Musk as CEO of Tesla.

James Anderson, Baillie Gifford Global Equities head, in an interview said that


“We wouldn’t be against him having a different role, I don’t think he needs to be CEO”

James Anderson

James Anderson claimed that the current CEO Musk should consider taking the role of “Chief Ideologue”

Anderson’s firm has roughly 7.7 percent stake in the firm making it worth over $3.5 Billion. The only bigger shareholder after him is Musk himself with 20 percent stake.

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission asked that Musk should be held in contempt of court for a tweet musk sent about the Tesla production numbers which were allegedly misleading.

Following that, Musk was asked to explain himself to the Court by a federal Judge till March 11.

This all goes back to when Musk tweeted about having secured the required funding to take Tesla private whereas in reality, there was no such funding.

Following that, the SEC had musk step down from the post as chairman but allowed him to remain as the CEO of the company, and that all the Tesla related “tweets” he send out would be approved by the company’s lawyers.

Following the announcement of their new Tesla Model 3 for just $35000, the shares continue to slide and were down 3 percent this Tuesday and since last Thursday’s price cut, it has fallen more than 14 percent.

Analysts Brian Johnson and Steven Hempel said in their research notes that


Much of the bull narrative has rested on Tesla being the next Apple, selling high-volume EVs . . . at high gross margins, in part aided by a unique branded retail presence — a narrative we see as undermined by the recent price cuts”


Brian Johnson and Steven Hempel
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