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The Smart Home Appliance and You

The recent rumor that iRobot had engaged in talks with Apple, Amazon and Google parent Alphabet to sell the data its Roomba vacuum cleaner gathers caused widespread privacy concerns.
Roomba maps homes — the spatial dimensions of rooms and distances between furniture and other objects — and the data it collects would be valuable to any of the major players battling to control the smart home.

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Windows Mobile: The walking dead never die

Microsoft’s Windows Mobile smartphone operating system:

A) Is alive, well and kicking.
B) Is finally about to be killed after billions of dollars thrown down the drain.
C) Continues to live a zombie life.
D) Is … wait. Microsoft has a smartphone operating system? Who knew?

The correct answer is C, but D would be an understandable response. In fact, A is the only answer with no truth about it. Microsoft has spent billions of dollars on Windows Mobile over the past 21 years (counting from the introduction of the Windows CE operating system for mobile devices), including paying approximately $7.9 billion to buy Nokia in 2014 — and then writing off $7.6 billion of the purchase in 2015. So there’s truth in answer B, except for the part about Microsoft preparing to kill it off.

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