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Does Google Home Mini's Privacy Issue Set Company Back In Smart Home Race Against Amazon?

When a Google Home Mini review unit secretly recorded thousands of messages, it spelled bad news for Google, especially at a time when it's competing with Amazon to win the smart home race.

Smart Home October 13, 2017

Target Teams Up With Google’s Voice Shopping Service To Take On Amazon

Thanks to a partnership between Target and Google, customers may now order items from the retail store using their Google Home smart speaker. Voice shopping on Target will also expand to smartphones going forward, as Google confirmed.

Business Tech October 13, 2017

Alexa Now Able To Recognize Different Voices And Answer Back With Personalized Replies, Just Like Google Assistant

Alexa is now capable of recognizing voices, which will allow it to issue personalized responses to different users. This will be a very useful feature for people sharing an Amazon Echo, such as the family members in a home.

Apps/Software October 11, 2017

Amazon Finally Decided To Launch A Waterproof Kindle: Will The New $250 Kindle Oasis Be The Best E-Reader?

Amazon has finally unveiled a waterproof Kindle with the new Kindle Oasis. The updated version of the premium Kindle model, however, is more than just an e-reader you can take to the bathtub.

Gadgets October 11, 2017

How Amazon Plans To Cope With Echo Show Losing YouTube: $30 Discount, Beefier Video Platforms

Amazon has just put the Echo Show on sale, slapping it with $30 discount. The company is also reportedly planning on making its video platforms more friendly for advertisers to compete with YouTube.

Smart Home October 10, 2017

Google Home Mini vs. Amazon Echo Dot: Battle Of The $49.99 Smart Speakers

Google has unveiled the Google Home Mini, and as a result, the Amazon Echo Dot just gained a notable competitor in the budget smart speakers game.

Google October 7, 2017

Alexa, Start My Car: Nissan To Soon Integrate Amazon Alexa Into Modern Models

Nissan will soon integrate Amazon's Alexa into the NissanConnect Services systems of its modern vehicles, including the 2017 Nissan GT-R. This will allow owners to launch various functions, such as starting the car and unlocking doors, through voice commands.

Car Tech October 5, 2017

Google Reportedly Building An Amazon Echo Show Competitor: Is This Why It Disabled YouTube On The Smart Speaker?

Google might be developing Manhattan, its own take on the Amazon Echo Show. Tipped to be released this year or next year, the device will support YouTube, Google Assistant, and much more.

Google October 1, 2017

The Second-Gen Amazon Echo Is Finally Here, Plus A Bunch Of Other Alexa Devices Too

Amazon has added new and exciting products to its Echo line, including a newer, shorter, and cheaper version of the Echo that’s basically similar to the old model. There’s also the Echo Plus, Echo Spot, and so much more.

Smart Home September 28, 2017

No More YouTube On Amazon Echo Show, Because Google

Amazon Echo Show users won’t be able to watch YouTube on their smart speakers anytime soon. Google has blocked its video broadcasting platform from the device, saying it violated the terms of service.

Gadgets September 27, 2017

Amazon And Apple Are Friends Again: Apple TV 4K Listing Shows Up On Amazon Momentarily

It seems Amazon is set to sell the Apple TV again after pulling them out way back in 2015. Several people noticed that an Amazon listing for the 4K-capable media player showed up, but it has since been taken down.

Apple September 27, 2017

Amazon Fire HD 10 Is A Steal At $150: Features Full HD Screen, 10-Hour Battery, And Hands-Free Alexa

There’s a new tablet it town. Amazon’s new Fire HD 10 tablet, which costs a mere $150, is giving other devices a run for their money, especially with its Full HD screen, 10-hour battery, and hands-free Alexa.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech September 20, 2017

Two New Amazon Fire TV Models Leaked: One Of Them Works Like An Echo Dot

There are two new Amazon Fire TV models coming this year, according to AFTVNews. The first one resembles the Google Chromecast, while the second one will take voice commands like the Alexa-powered Echo Dot.

Gadgets September 11, 2017

Amazon HQ2 Will Be As Big As The One In Seattle: Here’s Why US Cities Will Fight For It

Amazon has announced that it’s on the prowl for a city to build a second headquarters in. Amazon HQ2 has quite the list of requirements, though the potential economic benefits make up for it.

Business Tech September 8, 2017

Amazon Faces Lawsuit Over Fake Solar Eclipse Glasses

A couple claimed to have suffered headaches and eye problems after using the eclipse glasses manufactured by American Paper Optics and sold by Amazon. The lawsuit claims the plaintiffs did not receive the recall notice.

Space September 5, 2017

Microsoft And Amazon Join Forces So You Can Use Cortana On Echo, Alexa On Windows 10 Devices

Microsoft and Amazon have decided to partner up in the voice assistant race. Pretty soon Windows 10 users can summon Alexa, and Echo users can call for Cortana on their smart speakers.

Apps/Software August 31, 2017

Amazon Echo Now Out Of Stock Because A New Model Is On The Way: Apple HomePod Competitor?

After putting it up for sale and on display at several Whole Foods locations, the Amazon Echo has gone out of stock. Could Amazon be clearing out stock to prepare for the Echo 2?

Gadgets August 30, 2017

On Its First Day Owning Whole Foods, Amazon Slashes Prices Dramatically, Sells Discounted Amazon Echo Devices In-Store

Amazon’s Whole Foods acquisition has taken effect. Not only has Whole Foods slashed down prices of some products, but it has also begun selling Amazon Echo devices inside physical store locations.

Business Tech August 29, 2017

FTC Approves Amazon’s $13.7 Billion Whole Foods Acquisition: Critics Worry Over Antitrust Issues

The Federal Trade Commission has given Amazon the green light to proceed with its acquisition of Whole Foods, a landmark decision that will put Amazon in the brick-and-mortar map. Critics, however, are disappointed.

Business Tech August 24, 2017

Watch Out, Amazon: Google And Walmart Are Partnering To Enable Voice-Based Shopping

Walmart customers will soon be able to use their Google Home smart speaker to order items. Both companies have entered a partnership that aims to define the future of online shopping.

Gadgets August 23, 2017

Amazon Echo Is Only $100 For A Limited Time: Clearing Stock for Next-Generation Smart Speakers?

Now through Sept. 4, Amazon will offer all its main Echo smart speakers at discounted prices. Could this be an indication that the next-generation Echo devices are on the way?

Gadgets August 22, 2017

The Anker Eufy Genie Is A Cheaper Version Of The Amazon Echo Dot: What Does The $35 Alternative Offer?

Anker announced the Eufy Genie, an even cheaper way to get Alexa into customers' homes compared to the $50 Amazon Echo Dot. The Eufy Genie, which will be sold for $35, comes with the same features as the Echo Dot.

Smart Home August 10, 2017

Blu Claims There’s ‘Absolutely No Spyware Or Malware’ On Its Devices Amid Amazon Pullout

After Amazon pulled Blu devices from its store over privacy concerns, Blu has now refuted all claims, saying there’s no such thing. But given Blu’s track record with privacy, Amazon might have a hard time believing that.

Security August 2, 2017

Amazon Echo Hack Can Make The Smart Speaker Spy On You: Here's How To Keep Yourself Safe

A newly discovered Amazon Echo hack can allow attackers to receive all the audio recorded by the smart speaker's microphone. Here's how you can stay safe from spying Amazon Echo devices.

Smart Home August 1, 2017

Jeff Bezos Just Became The World’s Richest Person, But Only For A Few Hours

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, briefly surged past Bill Gates as the world’s richest person but climbed back down when the company’s stock reversed direction several hours later. For now, Bezos has to sit happily in the number two spot.

Business Tech July 28, 2017

The Roomba Could Soon Invade Your Privacy: iRobot Wants To Sell Your Home's Maps

Colin Angle, the CEO of Roomba maker iRobot, revealed plans to sell the home mapping data collected by the cleaning robot to tech companies. The data will help improve smart home devices but possibly at the cost of user privacy.

Smart Home July 25, 2017

Android Amazon App To Get Alexa Integration Via Latest Update

After rolling it out for iOS devices, Amazon has finally brought Alexa to Android users via the Amazon mobile app, enabling the use of certain voice-capable functionalities. There’s no reason to get too excited, however.

Apps/Software July 21, 2017

Amazon Spark Is The New Instagram-like Social Network Designed For Online Shoppers

Amazon just launched its new tool, Spark, for Prime members in the United States, with the aim to make online shopping a more social experience. Think of it as Instagram, but with things you can buy.

Apps/Software July 20, 2017

Amazon Shoppers Report Fake AMD Ryzen Chips: Here's How To Avoid The Scam

Fake AMD Ryzen chips have turned up on Amazon, and according to the online shoppers who fell victim to the fraud, they got a cleverly packaged Intel Celeron. That said, here's how to avoid the scam.

Computers July 18, 2017

Amazon's Alexa Is Now Available For HTC's U11. How Does It Compare To Other Digital Assistants?

Amazon's Alexa has arrived on the HTC U11 smartphone. What does the new digital assistant bring to the table in comparison to other digital assistants?

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech July 17, 2017

Amazon Anytime Could Be The New Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp Competitor

Amazon might soon unveil a brand-new messaging platform. Reportedly rivaling Facebook Messenger, Amazon Anytime will feature much of the same features as others, but with encryption, for good measure.

Apps/Software July 17, 2017

Amazon Could Be Facing Anti-Trust Hearing Over Whole Foods Deal

Amazon's deal with Whole Foods could be in trouble. David Cicilline from the House of Representatives antitrust subcommittee has called for a hearing.

Business Tech July 15, 2017

Prime Day Was Bigger Than Cyber Monday Or Black Friday

This year's Prime Day was one of the biggest days in Amazon's history. Sales surpassed those of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Business Tech July 14, 2017

Third-Party Developers May Gain Access To Your Alexa Audio Recordings

Amazon could grant developers access to transcripts of Alexa user recordings. Reports say the move is the company’s way of staying competitive in the smart speaker race, especially with Apple and Google in the pack.

Security July 13, 2017

Amazon Echo Sales For This Year's Amazon Prime Day Already Three Times More Than Last Year

Amazon Echo sales for Amazon Prime Day 2017 are already three times more compared to last year's version of the annual shopping event. According to sources, thousands of Amazon Echo devices are being sold per minute worldwide.

Smart Home July 11, 2017

Google Home Bundle Offered On eBay For $99 Before Amazon Prime Day: Will It Sway Customers Away From The Amazon Echo?

Google and eBay teamed up to launch a $99 Google Home bundle right before Amazon Prime Day. Will the offer be good enough to put a dent on the massive sales expected for the Amazon Echo in the annual event?

Google July 10, 2017

Amazon Prime Day 2017 Shopping Tips: How To Get The Best Deals

Excited for the Amazon Prime Day 2017? You're not alone, and that means you'll have a ton of other customers to compete with. On that note, here's how to get the best deals during the big sale.

Internet July 8, 2017

Amazon Wants More Alexa Developers, Launches Worldwide Alexa Dev Days Program

Amazon has now officially announced the Alexa Dev Days program, which invites developers around United States and Europe to learn about creating voice apps. The move can maintain Amazon’s lead in the voice apps market.

Apps/Software July 6, 2017

Amazon Offers Certified Refurbished Amazon Tap Now For $69.99, Today Only

The certified refurbished Amazon Tap is now available at just $69.99, part of Amazon's run-up deals to Prime Day 2017. Certified refurbished means that it's as good as new and $69.99 is the lowest price yet, but it’s a today-only offer.

Gadgets July 6, 2017

Amazon's Alexa Now Has Over 15,000 Skills, Grew Faster Than Google Assistant And Cortana

The number of Alexa Skills has now surged past the 15,000 mark, cementing Amazon’s lead in the voice-enabled devices and apps. But while the figure looks impressive, it still boils down to quantity versus quality.

Apps/Software July 6, 2017

Amazon Prime Day 2017 Brings Exclusive Alexa Voice Deals With A 2-Hour Head Start

Amazon has officially announced that it's bringing back Alexa voice deals for this year's Prime Day, offering additional perks. The sale will start two hours early for Alexa voice shoppers.

Internet July 5, 2017

Amazon, Apple, Google And Other Tech Stocks Did Not Crash: Just A Glitch

The share prices of some of the world's largest technology companies appeared alarmingly wrong, seemingly trading at the same $123.47 per share. It was all due to a data glitch and no trades were made at incorrect prices.

Business Tech July 4, 2017

Attention, Amazon Prime Members: Prime Day Is July 11 And Will Offer New Deals Every 5 Minutes

Amazon has announced the start date for its third annual Prime Day. This year, the retail giant will offer Prime members more deals than ever.

Internet June 30, 2017

Attention, Amazon Prime Members: Nokia 6, Moto E4, And Alcatel Smartphones Are On Sale Just For You

Amazon has just added the Nokia 6, Moto E4, and three Alcatel smartphones to the Prime Exclusive Phones program. That means they're up for sale at discounted prices, but they come with a potential deal breaker.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech June 28, 2017

Amazon Echo Discount Brings Price To Lowest Ever: One-Day Deal

Amazon has knocked $50 off the price of the Echo speaker, but it's a limited-time offer. The deal is only good for Monday, June 26.

Gadgets June 26, 2017

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