World Tech Update- Smart TV eavesdropping, drone no-fly zone, Google’s new dog robot

IDG News Service | Feb 12, 2015

On World Tech Update this week, Samsung responds to smart TV privacy concerns, a new database promises a drone no-fly zone around your house and meet Google’s dog-like robot that likes getting kicked.

Thanks for joining us here on World Tech Update. I'm Nick Barber

Should you worry that ​your smart TV is listening to your most private conversations? Samsung says no. Language in the company's privacy policy stoked fears of digital spying in recent days. The policy originally cautioned people against sharing personal information around its voice-controlled TVs. But Samsung has now removed this sentence, which triggered the concerns: "Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition." In a blog post the company clarified that it collects interactive voice commands only when a person makes a search request, which requires deliberately pressing a button on the remote control and speaking into the remote control's microphone.

Apple broke a stock market record this week when it closed at 711 billion dollars on Tuesday. According to the Wall Street journal it's a first for a US company. Number two Exxon Mobile has a market cap of about 385 billion and the closest tech competitor is number four, Microsoft at 349 billion.

Don't want a drone flying around your house? A California aviation enthusiast launched a database at noflyzone.org that promises to allow people to set up no fly zones around their properties. At launch only three drone makers have agreed to honor the requests, which have no legal basis. The extent of the no-fly zone is up to each drone maker, but the sites creator is recommending it extends 500 feet. So far data is only provided to 3 manufacturers, Ehang, Hexo+ and (Unique) Yuneec. The creator hopes others will join in time, but adherence to the database is purely voluntary and the no-fly zone list isn’t legally binding.