Smart but nosy: Latest gadgets want to peer into our daily lives
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Westwind RV & Golf Resort, Coyote Room, 9797 S. Frontage Road GOING ON: Save a life — make an appointment today INFO: Email activi[email protected]windenterprises.com or call (928) 342-4533
CRAFT FAIR, COAT DRIVE
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Desert Rose, 1545 S. 14th Ave. GOING ON: Craft fair, donate a new or gently used coat for the Crossroads Mission INFO: (928) 343-0807
WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Yuma Palms Mall GOING ON: Bring in flyer, show on smartphone or tell the cashier you’re there for the cause and Chipotle will donate 33 percent of proceeds to Saddles of Joy
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Yuma County Adult Probation, Administration Building, 410 Maiden Lane GOING ON: Donations are needed to rebuild the blood supply after the holidays INFO: Contact Frank Silva at [email protected] or call (928) 373-1690
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Yuma Regional Corporate Center, 399 W. 32nd St. GOING ON: January is national blood donor month — save a life today INFO: Contact Elizabeth Hammonds at volunteerser[email protected]maregional.org or call (928) 3361105
TRISH HATLEY CONCERT BLOOD DRIVE
WHEN: 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. WHERE: Gila Ridge High School, 7150 E. 24th St. GOING ON: There is no better gift than the gift of life make an appointment today INFO: Contact Kayla Semler at ksem[email protected]maunion.org or call (928) 502-6400
WHEN: 10 a.m. WHERE: Foothills Library, 13226 E. South Frontage Road GOING ON: Learn how suicide is a national and local public health problem, how to recognize someone at risk of suicide and common myths and facts surrounding suicidal behavior; free
PADRES IN YUMA
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Wellton Library, 28790 San Jose Ave. GOING ON: This spring marks the 50th anniversary of the San Diego Padres’ inaugural spring training season in Yuma; learn about Yuma’s many tries to attract professional teams, what Padres’ players and management had to say about Yuma and why the long, happy Yuma-Padres relationship ended in 1993; free
“HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH”
WHEN: 4 p.m. WHERE: YRMC Cancer Center, 2375 Ridgeview Drive GOING ON: Dr. Abhinav Chandra, YRMC Cancer Center medical director, will present information and lead a tour of the center; presented by YRMC Foundation Series; number of attendees is limited; free INFO: To RSVP, call (928) 336-7043 or 336-2445
WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Village area of Yuma Palms Regional Center GOING ON: Yuma Big Band will perform, providing big, brassy excitement; bring own seating; free INFO: Go to YumaJazz.com
THURSDAYS AT THE THEATRE
WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Historic Yuma Theatre, 254 Main St. GOING ON: Watch the Hebrew, Arabic drama with English subtitles “In Between;” brought by the AWC Foundation, sponsored by KAWC Colorado River Public Media, AWC/ NAU Academic Library and Yuma Art Center; proceeds go in part to help fund scholarships for students at AWC COST: $5 admission, $2.50 AWC/NAU-Yuma, UA Yuma or ASU students, faculty or staff with ID
LAS VEGAS — Many of the hottest new gadgets are also the nosiest ones.
Last week’s CES tech show in Las Vegas was a showcase for cameras that livestream the living room, bathroom mirrors that offer beauty tips and gizmos that track the heartbeats of unborn children. All will collect some kind of data about their users, whether photos or monitor readings; how well they’ll protect it and what exactly they plan do with it are the important and often unanswered questions.
These features can be useful — or at least fun — but they all open the door for companies and their workers to peek into your private life. Just this week, The Intercept reported that Ring, a security-camera company owned by Amazon, gave a variety of employees and executives access to recorded and sometimes live video footage from customers’ homes.
Our data-driven age now forces you to weigh the usefulness of a smart mirror against the risk that strangers might be watching you in your bathroom. Even if a company has your privacy in mind, things can go wrong: Hackers can break in and access sensitive data, or your ex might hold onto a video feed long after you’ve broken up.
“It’s not like all these technologies are inherently bad,” says Franziska Roesner, a University of Washington computer security and privacy researcher.
But she said the industry is still trying to figure out the right balance between providing useful services and protecting people’s privacy in the process.
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