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Is the Amazon Echo Flex mute button real or fake? #IoT #InternetOfThings #Alexa #DieShot @electronupdate1 Adafruit Industries Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! [Video]

It is always on the privacy-minded person’s mind: can I REALLY turn the microphone off on my Alexa or other Internet of Things device? The Amazon Echo Flex has a “Mute Microphone” button. Does it really do that???

The electronupdate blog finds out!

Let’s do a bit of reverse engineering to sort this question.

If one traces the signal from the push button switch it seems to flow to a small SMT part marked “ICFJ” (right most part of one’s circled below). To the left of this is a part marked “VC74” which will be a package of dual “D” flip flops and on the left the golden component is the microphone.

Decapping the chips helps find out what they are:

From here a bit more of the schematic can be teased out (simplified, some resistors not shown):

And the conclusion:

The  ‘mute’ button appears to be very real and functional.  When the button glows ‘red’ the power is removed from the microphones.

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PS5 UK re-stock LIVE: Argos, Amazon, GAME, Very and Smyths PlayStation stock latest | Gaming | Entertainment [Video]

PLAYSTATION 5 fans struck gold last week, with plenty of PS5 UK restocks going live. But is it going to be a similar story this week? Express.co.uk will be posting live updates on the PS5 stock situation in the UK, with the latest console restock news for Argos, Amazon, GAME, Very, Smyths and more retailers.