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Will HomePod keep your conversations private? (The 3:59, Ep. 237)

We compare the various smart speakers on privacy, discuss Amazon's reaction to Apple's HomePod and chat about former FBI chief James Comey.


People worried about their privacy may decide to skip smart speakers altogether.


Can Apple sell safety with its smart speaker?

Google Home and Amazon's Echo speakers encrypt your voice recordings. With its HomePod, Apple takes the extra step of anonymizing your data, so even it doesn't know who's asking what. We discuss whether that's really a selling point, and whether a person concerned about privacy would even want a smart speaker. 

We also discuss Amazon's response to the HomePod, as given by the head of its devices team. And we touch on some of former FBI director James Comey's testimony about Russia's hacking of the US elections. 

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.

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Will the HomePod keep your conversations private? (The 3:59, Ep. 237)


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