10-05-2014 09:47 PM
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  1. wase4711's Avatar
    tin foil hats need to be issued to all Android users, "just in case"
    AndroidHabit likes this.
    10-01-2014 11:44 AM
  2. Ed Briggs's Avatar
    Every phone can now do this
    No, not every phone can do it with the screen off.
    10-01-2014 11:52 AM
  3. Linebarrel86's Avatar
    This is going to be great.

    Now, if only Google would improve how Google Now handles calendar appointments. Really wish it was more like Siri in this regard.
    10-01-2014 12:31 PM
  4. AndroidHabit's Avatar
    Sounds like spy software to me.

    THIS!!!
    10-01-2014 04:54 PM
  5. b_slow1's Avatar
    Yes, the Google Now listening feature is the one that's going to cause you to lose your privacy. It definitely won't be your Facebook account, or your Twitter feeds, or your instagram sh*t, or your selfies, or all the garbage that you store in the cloud, or all of the apps that you download that utilize personal information (but you just click "Accept" anyway).

    It's Google Now. Those a-holes!
    10-01-2014 05:18 PM
  6. Linebarrel86's Avatar
    People, do you really think Google gives a damn about each of you personally?

    If privacy is really and truly your top concern or priority, then stop using any electronic with a GPS.
    Stop using any and all email. Pay off, cancel and destroy all your credit/debit cards. Remove yourself from all of modern society, including working, paying into a 401K, social security and other forms of government assistance. Also, make sure your family and friends no longer have a way to communicate with you. PO box or otherwise.

    Only when you get off the gird completely, can you be free and have true privacy.

    And even that's shaky, as if you've been engaged in any of these things for the past decade or so, the government already has tabs on you.

    Never stop looking over your shoulder. Their watching...

    B
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    10-01-2014 05:44 PM
  7. AndroidHabit's Avatar
    People, do you really think Google gives a damn about each of you personally?

    If privacy is really and truly your top concern or priority, then stop using any electronic with a GPS.
    Stop using any and all email. Pay off, cancel and destroy all your credit/debit cards. Remove yourself from all of modern society, including working, paying into a 401K, social security and other forms of government assistance. Also, make sure your family and friends no longer have a way to communicate with you. PO box or otherwise.

    Only when you get off the gird completely, can you be free and have true privacy.

    And even that's shaky, as if you've been engaged in any of these things for the past decade or so, the government already has tabs on you.

    Never stop looking over your shoulder. Their watching...

    B
    True but there are still ways to live in society and stay off the grid. ;]
    10-01-2014 06:37 PM
  8. neo905's Avatar
    They don't know everything. What they do know is mostly in part based on what you decide to provide them. Myself, I'm not voluntarily giving them anymore than they already have. But to each their own. /adjusting tinfoil hat
    Have you ever used Ghostery? If you surf the internet, Google as well as a host of other companies are tracking you whether you like it or not. Unless you use a VPN that gives you a bit of anonymity but otherwise you are constantly being tracked. Let's not be naive here.
    10-01-2014 07:28 PM
  9. stackberry369's Avatar
    Google already knows everything about you, so if you're not doing anything illegal, I wouldn't worry about them "knowing" where you are

    I assume you can change the "OK Google" activator to something else..

    I've been using this with Nova on my M8 for awhile, and its a really nice feature
    Google doesn't know how many times I have relations a day lol

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    10-01-2014 07:54 PM
  10. Berylo's Avatar
    I agree about 800
    10-01-2014 08:03 PM
  11. chazglenn3's Avatar
    I works with the screen off on my M8 as long as the phone is on AC power. Doesn't on battery. Comes in handy when charging at night on the night stand.
    10-01-2014 09:12 PM
  12. Le0_Br4zUc4's Avatar
    Every phone can now do this
    Incorrect, every phone has detection from any screen, including lockscreen. Screen off, that isn't available.
    10-01-2014 09:57 PM
  13. haker1us's Avatar
    Yong people look at this things like ships with out knowing there is a freedom and imagination or was
    10-01-2014 09:59 PM
  14. Flip's Avatar
    It will now work with the screen off. http://i.imgur.com/S3PWFBt.png
    Wow that's awesome, that's one feature that kept me from leaving the Moto X
    10-01-2014 10:42 PM
  15. Flip's Avatar
    Oh god, i hope there is a way to disable this completely.

    Its a drag on battery, and a nightmare on privacy.

    I dont need to be a walking google ad machine. Whatever tiny convenience gain is not worth the cost.
    Yea I agree. I think some people do not know the power of Google now I literally use it for everything, even to open an app. Google now is very powerful if you use it
    Google Now is more efficient than going to a particular website to get information. Definitely. You can ask it directly instead of waiting for it to "learn" what you search for and present it. What the score of the game, the weather, etc. Comes right up. I can understand your concern about giving Google all of your information.
    10-01-2014 10:44 PM
  16. larrygeary's Avatar
    Yea I agree. I think some people do not know the power of Google now I literally use it for everything, even to open an app. Google now is very powerful if you use it
    Is there a good reference on how to make the best use of Google Now? I like it, but wish I could get it to be "smarter".

    The one thing I don't like is when you Google something you wish you'd never seen, you try to forget it, and then Google Now brings it BACK. Brrr.
    10-01-2014 10:58 PM
  17. bertsirkin's Avatar
    If you're all worried about security, be assured there is NONE. Assume you're always being listened to.

    Business people traveling to China know that they can't bring their personal cell phones with them, because of espionage concerns. ANY cell phone is subject to evesdropping, even if it's OFF. They can even browse the information on your phone if it's off.

    From Covert listening device - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) :

    "Mobile phone (cell phone) microphones can be activated remotely, without any need for physical access.This "roving bug" feature has been used by law enforcement agencies and intelligence services to listen in on nearby conversations. A United States court ruled in 1988 that a similar technique used by the FBI against reputed former Gulfport, Mississippi cocaine dealers after having obtained a court order was permissible."

    From:https://www.schneier.com/blog/archiv..._securi_2.html

    "When Kenneth G. Lieberthal, a China expert at the Brookings Institution, travels to that country, he follows a routine that seems straight from a spy film.

    He leaves his cellphone and laptop at home and instead brings "loaner" devices, which he erases before he leaves the United States and wipes clean the minute he returns. In China, he disables Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, never lets his phone out of his sight and, in meetings, not only turns off his phone but also removes the battery, for fear his microphone could be turned on remotely. He connects to the Internet only through an encrypted, password-protected channel, and copies and pastes his password from a USB thumb drive. He never types in a password directly, because, he said, "the Chinese are very good at installing key-logging software on your laptop."
    10-02-2014 08:28 AM
  18. eamarille's Avatar
    The paranoia people have over new technologies are simply astounding. 1st of all, if you carry a smartphone, you can always be tracked, even if you have GPS off. It isn't hard to get a decent location on someone based off of cell tower pings. 2nd, and the one I find most important, is that the average Joe has nothing of importance going on for someone to bother with. Unless you have specifically been targeted because of the amount of money you make, the job you have, etc, criminals and the government isn't gonna worry about you.
    10-04-2014 11:01 PM
  19. bertsirkin's Avatar
    I'm not sure it's paranoia - I think it's more that people don't realize that they give up privacy in the name of convenience, and when they find out that they've lost even the slightest amount of privacy, they freak!
    10-04-2014 11:33 PM
  20. Slashyou's Avatar
    So it responds to "Ok Google" all the time no matter what is on the screen or what app is running? Does it respond when the screen is off?

    Currently, my Samsung S3 may be in the home screen to use the "Ok Google" voice prompt.
    Nope the NSA paid Samsung to do this for their spy software
    Sounds like spy software to me.
    It will now work with the screen off. http://i.imgur.com/S3PWFBt.png
    10-05-2014 03:24 AM
  21. worwig's Avatar
    Nobody listens to me. I'm glad someone finally will.

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    10-05-2014 09:24 AM
  22. raf66's Avatar
    Google already knows everything about you, so if you're not doing anything illegal, I wouldn't worry about them "knowing" where you are
    I weep for our country when my fellow Americans ascribe to the horrendously misguided notion that they have nothing to fear about losing privacy rights if they're not currently doing anything wrong. What about when some jack-booted thug politicians decide in the future that what you're doing now IS wrong-i.e. exercising your 1st Amendment rights by posting criticisms of your government to forums/blogs, or espousing your deeply-held religious conviction on a particularly touchy subject to a friend via text or email, etc.

    There are lots of historical examples of privacy rights of individuals being trampled upon by overzealous governments. And in many of those examples privacy rights were eroded slowly and subtly, with no push-back from citizens since they didn't think it affected them.

    I recognize that when we use these smart phones we give up a bit of privacy, but a device listening to my every word every second of every day is a bit more than I need from an electronic device. Some things I can do on my own. And with Google's track record for privacy issues?
    mag44 likes this.
    10-05-2014 10:27 AM
  23. worwig's Avatar
    I recognize that when we use these smart phones we give up a bit of privacy, but a device listening to my every word every second of every day is a bit more than I need from an electronic device.
    Just disable it.

    Now if there was no off switch, or if we found that turning it off doesn't really turn it 'off', then you have a point. Until then, just turn it off if you are paranoid.
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    10-05-2014 04:54 PM
  24. bertsirkin's Avatar
    Just disable it.

    Now if there was no off switch, or if we found that turning it off doesn't really turn it 'off', then you have a point. Until then, just turn it off if you are paranoid.
    That's the point - turning it off does NOT really "turn it off" (read my earlier post in this thread). If privacy is an issue, there's an easy solution - get off the grid. No technology solution can provide you with "security", whatever you perceive it to be.
    10-05-2014 05:58 PM
  25. raf66's Avatar
    If privacy is an issue
    Um, yeah, privacy IS an issue. But we make a choice to use these devices, and I'll exercise my choice to disable this option to retain some level of privacy. That's, of course, assuming you CAN disable this option.
    10-05-2014 06:26 PM
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