Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 30th Mar 2012 22:21 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes HD Guru writes that new HDTVs now have all the hardware (webcams, audio mics, Internet connectivity) and software (facial and speech recognition, etc) to make them ideal for data collection on those watching. Samsung, the article's focus, does not disclose what OS its new HDTVs use, making it hard to judge whether they are secure from hacking. A follow-up article prints Samsung's privacy statement along with evaluation by Gary Merson of HD Guru.
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Missed opportunity
by jburnett on Sat 31st Mar 2012 04:06 UTC
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Too bad there isn't a way to link the camera to the blu-ray java engine. There could be some interesting applications (yes, even outside of the adult industry). Camera-interactive programming may be available on xbox and ps3, but development licenses are really expensive for those platforms. And we do not interact with laptops/tablets/smartphones the same way we do with TVs/game consoles. It would be really cool to see what interesting apps would come from underfunded garage development studios.

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