Wednesday in CE: Smart TVs Vulnerable to Hacking, Spying Warns Consumer Reports
After analyzing smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, TCL, and Vizio, Consumer Reports has found several problems with their security. In particular, they found that Samsung and TCL's branded Roku TV are totally vulnerable to changing channels, controlling the volume, and installing third-party apps.
Consumer Reports issued a report saying that Roku TVs and players are vulnerable to hacking. This is a mischaracterization of a feature. It is unfortunate that the feature was reported in this way. We want to assure our customers that there is no security risk.
Roku enables third-party developers to create remote control applications that consumers can use to control their Roku products. This is achieved through the use of an open interface that Roku designed and published. There is no security risk to our customers’ accounts or the Roku platform with the use of this API.
This isn't the first, and probably won't be last, we hear of smart TVs being hacked or spying on consumers. Market researcher GFK accounts that half of the TVs sold in the first half of 2017 were smart, giving a higher risk to many consumers.
Foxconn Cuts 10,000 Jobs as Robotics Future Unfolds
In an aggressive move to move to more automated workers, Foxconn's panel arm, Innolux, is looking to eliminate more than 10,000 jobs this year reports Nikkei Review. Reports say up to 75% of production will be fully automated by the end of 2018. Most of Innolux's factories are in Taiwan.
"We will reduce our total workforce to less than 50,000 people by the end of this year, from some 60,000 staff at the end of 2017," Honorary Chairman Tuan Hsing-Chien said in a press conference.
Tuan's pledge came a few days after Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou said the company would pour in some $342 million to overhaul its manufacturing process by using artificial intelligence. Innolux does not sell to Apple but supplies TV, notebook, monitor and smartphone displays to a wide range of customers including HP, Dell, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, TCL, Hisense, Panasonic, Hitachi, and Sharp.
As other major display makers such as LG Display, Japan Display and China's BOE Technology Group are eager to churn out organic light emitting diode, or OLED, displays that are chiefly made by Samsung Electronics currently as they hope to gain orders from Apple. But Innolux said it would not compete in such a crowded market.
This is a major step in the world of automation and efficiency but doesn't bode well for future job growth for humans.
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