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Happy Friday! Here are the most interesting tech stories we read this week.

Nissan imagines Faraday cages in cars will stop phone use (Read by Alexandria H.)

It’s nearly impossible to drive anywhere without passing a billboard reminding you not to text and drive. Yet despite constant warnings, people still wind up in accidents from distracted driving. According to Nissan, the fix is simple and comes in the form of a “Signal Shield” conveniently built into the car’s armrest. The Signal Shield, also known as a Faraday cage, serves as a “phone-free space” that prevents cellular, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi signals from passing through. Simply place your phone in the Signal Shield before you drive and never worry about getting a distracting call or text again. While having a phone-free space built inside every car is a great idea, the challenging part will be getting the driver to actually use it.

Amazon wants to put a camera in your bedroom. What could go wrong? (Read by Alexandria H.)

This week Amazon revealed the Echo Look, its newest addition to the Alexa-enabled device lineup and the first that can hear and see. With the Echo Look’s ability to see, users can now instruct Alexa to take full-length photos and short videos and use it in tandem with advanced algorithms to provide fashion tips on how you can improve your look. Albeit helpful, its seeing capabilities raise some major privacy concerns that definitely have me thinking twice about if and how I would use a device like this in my home. Read on for a list of privacy questions you should ask yourself before adding AI-equipped personal assistants with seeing capabilities to your home.

Email attack hits Google: What to do if you clicked (Read by Heidi B.)

If you received a “phishy” email this week inviting you to access a shared Google document, keep reading. According to Google, an email scam masking itself as a message from someone you know has been affecting users across the country. At this time Google is unsure how many users received the email or who created it, but this article provides tips on what to do if you received this – or any other – suspicious message. From basics like changing your password and not clicking questionable links to more detailed solutions like revoking Google drive access to suspicious users, this article is chock full of tips to keep you safe. Good luck!

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