Are you gearing up to shop til you drop for Prime Day? We have a few bits and pieces that are a must read before you click ‘add to cart’.
The news on data privacy concerns, home assistants spying on users, and high profile tech leaders recommending that you flee Facebook just keeps coming. Looks like there is no such thing as summer vacation when it comes to keeping up on the latest news that impacts your family and technology.
Here’s what you need to know this week:
AMAZON PRIME DAY PRIMER: Odds are REALLY good that your social media feeds are packed with information about Amazon Prime Day deals and that many sites are going to throw their hat in the ring to compete for your hard earned dollars. Amazon’s summer version of Black Friday is brilliant. They make billions from their invented shopping event.
But are those prices actually great deals? Here’s how to spot a bad deal on Amazon Prime Day (or any day for that matter.)
Also, we hate to burst your bubble, but Amazon has a huge problem with fake reviews. Here’s how to weed through the good, the bad, and the fake.
And if you’re looking to understand all the ways that shopping a Prime Day is bad for your wallet, this post breaks it all down.
I will say that I did score an OUTSTANDING deal on a Lego set that I squirreled away until Christmas—but as with any true Lego fan, I knew how much of a discount I was receiving, and I stopped with the one Lego set. Information and a mindset for balance, friends.
WHOOPS: Looks like an Apple Watch app was allowing users to eavesdrop on each other. They fixed it, so that’s nice of them. But this is why we’re so picky about our apps and settings.
WHOA: The amount of info that is being collected on you is astonishing. The number of companies that are selling it to the highest bidder is equally astonishing.
READ: You might expect that those sales emails are being tracked—when you open it, if you click on that offer—but what about individuals using email tracking pixels track you? Didn’t think they could? Think again.
READ: Teenagers are being targeted with sonic devices in Philadelphia parks as deterrent for vandalism.
READ: Apple Co-founder warns people to “get off Facebook” due to data privacy concerns.
YIKES: Patent applications by Google and Amazon give hints at the fact that these devices are always listening, even if you haven’t used the “wakeword.”
“Amazon filed a patent application for an algorithm that would let future versions of the device identify statements of interest, such as ‘I love skiing’, enabling the speaker to be monitored based on their interests and targeted for related advertising.
A Google patent application describes using a future release of it smart Home system to monitor and control everything from screen time and hygiene habits, to meal and travel schedules and other activities.”
READ: Guess who is the biggest threat to your summer screen time limits? Grandma and Grandpa!