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Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 8:15 AM
— Some Alexa users are reporting a creepy experience, as some of Amazon’s voice assistant devices are malfunctioning with an unprompted, random laugh, CNN reported.
"We're aware of this and working to fix it," Amazon said in a statement, noting that the device can hear the command, “Alexa, laugh,” by mistake, CNN reported.
"We are changing that phrase to be ‘Alexa, can you laugh?’ which is less likely to have false positives, and we are disabling the short utterance 'Alexa, laugh.'" Amazon said in its statement. “We are also changing Alexa's response from simply laughter to 'Sure, I can laugh' followed by laughter.”
The speakers use microphones to detect phrases that Alexa can “hear,” which has some people concerned the listening devices could be collecting data that can be used by marketers or law enforcement officials, CNN reported.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:21 PM
— Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data grab scandal started with a personality quiz app but it’s not the only Facebook App you should be worried about, according to tech experts.
“You’ve probably given away a lot of information and unfortunately that information is used to manipulate people,” said Gayle Jenkins, the owner of DNA Computers in Kettering.
Jenkins found over 100 apps on her own Facebook account that have grabbed her profile information, friend list, posts, likes, or even photos she’s posted and photos she’s tagged in.
A look at my phone revealed over 70 apps including “Apply Magic Sauce.”
According to their website, the app translates individuals digital footprints into psychological profiles. Jenkins showed me how to get rid of it.
To remove or modify these Facebook Apps and quizzes using your phone:
Open the Facebook app
Click the menu (which is typically designated by three lines)
Select “account settings”
Choose apps you want to delete
To delete Facebook Apps on a desktop or laptop:
Log on to Facebook
Click the menu (the small triangle in the upper right corner)
Click “apps” (located in a list on the left side of the screen)
Select an app
Select the pencil icon to modify settings or click the “X” to delete the app
You can turn off all app access completely, but Jenkins recommends deleting apps one by one.
“if you scroll down past the apps there is a box where you can turn off Platform. Platform is the interface which allows Facebook to work with third-party websites and software. If you disable it, you can’t log into anything with Facebook anymore,” said Jenkins.
Jenkins warns of another big risk with access you grant these apps.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 12:15 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:07 PM
DAYTON — A downtown Dayton office tower being built to house to hundreds of CareSource workers caught fire Thursday, sending a large column of pitch-black smoke billowing, visible as far away as Troy and Beavercreek.
Company officials said they do not expect the mid-day fire to delay next year's projected opening.
RELATED: Dayton Fire: CareSource fire involves roofing materials
Dayton fire officials said the fire appeared to involve foam roofing materials on the top of the six-story building, called CareSource Center City, located at East First and North St. Clair streets.
RELATED: Dayton Fire: CareSource fire involves roofing materials
According to Dayton fire officials, everyone was able to get out of the building safely, and the only people believed to have been inside at the time the fire started were construction workers.
The heavy black smoke rising over downtown may have looked dramatic, but the fire was not particularly large or hazardous, said Dayton fire Chief Jeffrey Payne.
“This wasn’t a dangerous fire because it was outside and well ventilated,” he said.
The fire started shortly after noon on Thursday and was basically extinguished within 90 minutes, officials said. The fire would have been knocked out much sooner if it had not been six stories up.
Foam insulation stacked on top of the building apparently caught fire when work being done underneath it heated and ignited the materials, said Payne.
The biggest danger was that the burning foam would melt or warp the metal decking and overheat the supports, potentially leading to a collapse, he said.
But though some of the metal decking did warp, no parts of the structure collapsed, Payne said.
Crews put out the fire using the 137-foot aerial ladder truck. Firefighters also cooled the decking and hit hot spots with hoses.
Troy Erbes, vice president of the company constructing the new building, said all employees and construction workers are accounted for and there were no injuries.
“We had an incident on the roof of the building,” said Erbes, VP of Danis. “Some roof insulation caught on fire.”
Erbes said they are working to determine what ignited the fire. Danis and fire staff plan to sit down to discuss best construction practices and go over how to avoid future issues, fire officials said.
CareSource’s operations were not affected by the fire, and the organization does not believe the fire will delay the construction or opening of the new building, said spokeswoman Fran Robinson.
CareSource said in a statement it still planned to open its new downtown Dayton campus in the spring of 2019.
Construction started last year on the building, which is expected to house more than 600 employees.
“Family and friends of those who work in our four CareSource buildings in downtown Dayton should know that the fire did not approach any of our other buildings,” Robinson said.
The new tower is being built at the site of the former Patterson Co-op High School on the 100 block of East First Street.
CareSoure has become a major employer in Dayton, anchoring downtown with its employment base of nearly 2,000 workers.
Along with its 230 N. Main St. headquarters, CareSource bought a building it had been leasing called Ballpark Village, across from Fifth Third Field.
#TRAFFICALERT - Roads are closed downtown from Jefferson St. To St. Clair and from Second St. to Monument St. Due to a working fire. Please avoid the area.— Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) March 22, 2018
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:08 PM
TIPP CITY — The Tipp City Exempted Village Schools said Thursday that a middle school student faces misdemeanor charges including aggravated menacing and disorderly conduct after allegedly making written comments threatening intent to harm two adults within the building and to cause building destruction.
Tipp City police were notified and are investigating the incident. There were no injuries.
“The Tipp City Police Department does not deem the student to be an immediate threat to students, staff, or the community,” Superintendent Gretta Kumpf said in a written statement.
Kumpf said the district emphasized the police were confident there is no additional threat of harm from the incident. She said the student will remain out of school during the investigation.
Police said the threats were found in a classroom, turned over to administrators and a suspect identified. The juvenile admitted to writing the threats, police stated.
Police said charges were filed after contact with Miami County prosecutors. The student is charged with two counts of aggravated menacing and one count of disorderly conduct.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 9:01 AM
BEND, Ore. — An Oregon girl decided digging in the dirt was more her speed than watching her big sister’s JV soccer game. And that decision turned into a major discovery.
Naomi Vaughan found something that she called her “Moana rock” after it reminded her of the Heart of Te Fiti from the hit Disney film, last year, CNN reported.
The “Moana rock” turned out to be something that dated back at least 65 million years.
It was actually an ancient fossil called an ammonite. Ammonites are extinct marine invertebrates, CNN reported.
Paleontologists told Oregon Live that they’re not normally found in Bend, but have been discovered more than 80 miles away.
One paleontologist believes it came from an area further away, a town of Suplee, 112 miles east of Bend, Oregon Live reported. He believes that either there was a family connection between the two towns or that the fossil came from a school collection.
And while well-preserved ammonite fossils can fetch big bucks -- up to thousands of dollars, Vaughan’s sample may be worth about $10 or $20.