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In The News 02-17-2017

Thursday, February 16th, 2017 by | Filed Under: In The News

Vizio Pays $2 Million Settlement For Tracking TV Viewers

Vizio, one of the biggest manufacturers of TV in the world is paying the Federal Trade Commission and The New Jersey Attorney General more than $2 million to settle a complaint alleging that the company installed software on smart TVs to track users’ viewing habits without their permission.


Under the terms of the settlement, Vizio will now have to get express consent to enable that data collection. According to the complaint, this practice has been going on for nearly 3 years. The software was called “Smart Interactivity” and consumers were not told that screenshots of what they were viewing were being sent to Vizio servers and used to target advertising to those viewers.

Headset Helps Legally Blind See

If you were a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation, you probably remember the special visor worn by Geordi LaForge than enabled the blind crew member to see. Well, just like communicators and tablets and being able to talk to a computer, and all that other good stuff that came to pass, the headset made by eSight helps the legally blind regain their vision.


A camera captures everything in the user’s field of vision and enhances the feed, displaying it on two OLED screens in front of their eyes. The screens can be adjusted to a precise position to take advantage of whatever amount of vision the user has while maximizing side peripheral vision.  It can help users read and write, view a board in a classroom, and make walking and taking public transport safer.  Users can control the device with a handheld remote.

Microsoft Adds  Premium Subscriptions

Microsoft is launching its premium-grade email service. The introductory price is $19.95 (though that will increase to $49.99)

Users will get an ad-free inbox and five inboxes with a custom domain name address.  (mail would go to instead of  This service is targeted at small businesses and families who might each want their own ad-free address.

There’s already a $20 per year ad-free version of with 5 inboxes for those who don’t require their own custom domains.  And, of course, is free if you don’t mind tolerating the ads.

~ Cynthia




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10 Responses to “In The News 02-17-2017”

  1. Tommy Godard says:

    I have a Visio 40″ smart TV. This info is good to know. Very inappropriate.

  2. John Anderson says:

    Vizio P502uiB1E 50″ — don’t use it with my computer yet….

  3. Nancy Wainwright says:

    We have a Vizio and it will be the last Vizio product we buy!

  4. Virginia Smith says:

    Article regarding this issue and how to disable it was featured in my weekly “Money Talks News” newsletter. Here is the link:

  5. James Klutts says:

    I have a 55″ Vizio Smart TV and was unaware of being tracked. Thanks for the info.

  6. J. Asta says:

    I have one and my sister has 2.

  7. ron says:

    Great scam.
    Vizio collects and SELLS customer information for a couple of years. Government jumps in and collects 25 cents per customer in “back taxes”. I’m willing to bet that Vizio resold that information multiple times, for much more than they had to pay.

    But the customers privacy has been violated and they get no compensation.

  8. Samuel Kittle says:

    I did not Know , and I have Three (3) Visio , A 32″ A 26″ and a 72 “

  9. JJM says:

    2 Vizios – 1 in living room, other in son’s bedroom. Extremely seldom use for anything but Sat TV. Glad to know before I dump Sat and subscribe to Internet TV. Fact is, any smart device in your home, as well as wireless utility meters, can be used to SPY on you.

  10. Jo Ann Oxsen says:

    I have a Vizio smart TV. The original article I read on this in a newspaper or on FaceBook instructed how to opt out of this on the TV and I did so.

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