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Secret mic in Nest gear wasn’t supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone

Secret mic in Nest gear wasn’t supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone

Whoops! Oh gosh +Comment Google has apologised for not telling Nest smart home kit owners there was a microphone in their gear. The £99 Nest home alarm talks to Google’s servers over the internet, offering home monitoring and alert functions. Here’s a snapshot of the product page for the system, taken on 15 December: And...

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U wot, m8? OMG SMS is back from dead

U wot, m8? OMG SMS is back from dead

Not exactly… But we might be seeing a toe twitching Text messaging volumes have been in decline for the past decade as smartphones, bundled data plans and the ubiquity of Wi-Fi allowed people to bypass telco charges and use OTT (over-the-top) messaging apps like WhatsApp. But like vinyl and CDs, SMS may be enjoying a...

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We definitely don’t need more towers, says new Vodafone boss scraping around for €8bn savings

Steady as she goes with 5G Vodafone’s new group CEO has vowed to keep shareholders happy by continuing to pay out dividends in his first earnings conference, despite reporting a €7.8bn loss and falling revenue. Former bean-counter Nick Read, a certified chartered accountant, officially took over from Vittorio Colao on 1 October, and has pledged...