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Amazon's Facial Recognition System Can Identify 100 People In A Single Image (And That's Potentially Terrifying)

Amazon sold its real-time facial recognition technology to US law enforcement and the ACLU is objecting. This is because the technology, called “Amazon Rekognition,” has the ability to identify up to 100 individuals in a single photo in real-time.

Apps/Software

Echo Dot Kids Raises Privacy Concerns: Why Parents Shouldn't Buy The New Smart Speaker

Amazon recently went under fire over some concerns about the potential harm of Echo Dot Kids. Amid the issues presented by experts and lawmakers, should parents still buy it for their kids?

Smart Home May 16, 2018

San Francisco, Chicago About To Get Amazon Go Cashierless Stores

Amazon Go, Amazon's cashierless convenience store, is coming to San Francisco and Chicago. The retailer confirmed the news after recently putting up an ad seeking for store managers for outlets in both cities.

Business Tech May 15, 2018

Blame Amazon Echo: Alexa Now A Less Popular Baby Name

Fewer parents are naming their baby girls 'Alexa' since the debut of Amazon Echo. 'Alexa' is the wake-up command that triggers the voice-controlled smart speaker to listen.

Smart Home May 14, 2018

OnePlus 6 Price, Release Date, And Renders Leaked On Amazon

The OnePlus 6 price and release date were leaked through an Amazon Germany product page. Here's what we found out about the flagship smartphone killer ahead of the official OnePlus 6 announcement.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech May 13, 2018

Alexa, Siri, And Google Assistant Follow Malicious Voice Commands Hidden In Music

Researchers have found a way to hide malicious voice commands in music that Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant will follow. Are hackers already using this method to victimize users, and how can you protect yourself against it?

Security May 11, 2018

Amazon, Lennar Team Up To Create 'Smart Homes' Built With Alexa

Amazon revealed that it is teaming up with home builder Lennar to create houses that have built-in Alexa technology. Users can test out the houses in Amazon Experience Centers across the country.

Gadgets May 9, 2018

Microsoft Introduces Cortana And Alexa Integration At Microsoft Build Conference

Microsoft shocked the technology world when it announced a collaboration with Amazon at the 2018 Microsoft Build Conference. The companies are working on a way to integrate their two smart assistants.

Apps/Software May 7, 2018

Amazon Hardware On Sale, Just In Time For Mother's Day: Grab Discounts For Echo, Kindle, And Fire Devices

Husbands and sons looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift might want to check out the latest Amazon hardware discounts. Special offers include 30 percent off for the Echo Show and 25 percent off for the Kindle.

Gadgets May 6, 2018

Amazon Launches A $23 Kid-Friendly Book Box For Prime Customers

Amazon announced that it will debut a new program for Amazon Prime members and their families. Prime Book Box is expected to strengthen literacy among kids from newborns to 12-year-olds.

Internet May 1, 2018

Whole Foods Receives Public Backlash After Partnership With Asian Restaurant Yellow Fever

Whole Foods became a target of online criticism after it had announced its partnership with a restaurant called Yellow Fever. The name has been tagged as racist, but the owner said it is a fusion of culture and food.

Life & Style April 29, 2018

Amazon Prime Jumps From $99 A Year To $119: Still Worth It?

Heads up, Amazon Prime members: the company is raising annual subscription fees to $119. The price hike applies for students as well, bringing the annual cost to $59.

Internet April 27, 2018

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition Brings Parental Controls And Alexa For Kids, At $79.99

Amazon launched a new Echo Dot Kids Edition smart speaker that comes with special features, a kid-friendly Alexa, and a two-year warranty with a free replacement. The device is up for pre-order now at $79.99, and here's what it brings.

Gadgets April 26, 2018

Amazon Reportedly Working On Home Robot Project Vesta: Here's What We Know About The Secret Project So Far

Amazon is reportedly working on a home robot and has already built a prototype called Vesta. There aren't a lot of details about the robot Amazon is working on.

Robotics April 25, 2018

Amazon Teases ‘Fire TV Cube,’ Will Reportedly Come With Far-Field Microphones Like Echo Devices

Amazon is close to unveiling what’s called the Fire TV Cube. The device is rumored to have Echo-like voice command capabilities and also act as your everyday streaming device.

Gadgets April 25, 2018

Amazon Key Can Deliver Packages To Your Car: Perks And Limitations

Amazon wanted to deliver packages straight to the trunk of your car, and it ensures that it's safe. Amazon Key in-car deliveries are launching in 37 U.S. cities, but only for select vehicles.

Apps/Software April 24, 2018

Amazon Alexa Blueprints Enable All Users To Create Customized Skills And Responses In Minutes

Amazon just launched a new tool called Alexa Blueprints, allowing anyone to create customized skills and responses without any coding skills. Here's how it works.

Apps/Software April 19, 2018

Here's How Alexa May Help You Become A Better 'Call Of Duty: WWII' Player

Activision has rolled out the 'Call of Duty' Alexa Skill, which may help you become a better 'Call of Duty: WWII' player. The free Alexa skill will function as a personal coach, providing players with advice to improve their game.

Video Games April 19, 2018

There Are Now 100 Million Amazon Prime Members: Should You Join Too?

Amazon Prime now boasts 100 million members, a stunning achievement for Jeff Bezos’s company. Here are just some of the perks you’ll get when you join the $99-a-year program.

Internet April 19, 2018

Amazon's New Android Web Browser Is Called 'Internet'

Unbeknownst to many, Amazon released an Android-based web browser, and it has been available in India for over a month now. Called the Internet, Amazon described it as fast, light, and private.

Apps/Software April 19, 2018

Alexa-Enabled Amazon Fire TV Editions Of Toshiba And Insignia Smart TVs Launching In Collaboration With Best Buy

Amazon and Best Buy geared up to launch Fire TV Editions of Toshiba and Insignia smart TVs this summer. The special editions will come with Alexa baked-in, promising a superior TV experience.

Gadgets April 18, 2018

Amazon UK Employees Reportedly Peed In Bottles So They Wouldn't Get Fired For Taking Bathroom Breaks

An undercover author who infiltrated an Amazon warehouse has claimed that its workers pee in bottles for fear of getting penalized over bathroom breaks. Amazon, meanwhile, refuted the claims.

Business Tech April 18, 2018

What You Need To Know About Amazon Alexa — Secrets Revealed

Amazon Alexa has revolutionized the way our homes work and Amazon Echo is a big part of that. Here are 20 facts about this technology that you need to know.

Gadgets April 17, 2018

Ring Video Doorbell Price Cut Makes It A Lot Cheaper At Just $99

Ring just made the Video Doorbell more affordable at $99.99. The price cut took place after Amazon concluded its $1 billion acquisition of the smart home company.

Smart Home April 12, 2018

Amazon Fire TV Stick And Fire TV 4K On Sale: Which One Should You Buy?

Amazon is offering discounts for the Fire TV Stick, sold for $29.99, and the Fire TV 4K, sold for $49.99. Both devices come with a wide range of apps and the Alexa voice remote, so which one should you buy?

Gadgets April 9, 2018

Amazon Now Lets You Use Echo Speakers As Intercoms With Alexa Announcements

Amazon has added an intercom feature in Alexa, which lets it broadcast an announcement in the user's own voice throughout all Echo devices. Speaking to all family members through Echo is now possible with a single command.

Smart Home April 6, 2018

Lenovo's Mirage Camera With Daydream Goes Up For Preorder

The Lenovo Mirage camera with Daydream was spotted on Amazon as currently available for preorder. The listing revealed that it will arrive on May 4.

Gadgets March 26, 2018

Amazon Patents New Delivery Drone That Responds To Human Gestures

Amazon's new delivery drone can react to people waving or flailing their arms around. It would be able to adjust its behavior depending on the gesture that a person makes.

Gadgets March 23, 2018

Amazon Rolls Out Alexa Brief Mode For Echo Owners Who Want Less Words And More Beeps

Amazon Echo owners discovered that Brief Mode for Alexa has quietly started rolling out. If the feature is activated, the digital assistant will replace simple voice responses with a beep tone.

Apps/Software March 17, 2018

Ecobee's Switch+ Lets You Bring Alexa To Your Light Switch

Ecboo finally debuted its Switch+, which costs $99 and is available for preorder now. The product features voice controls with Amazon Alexa technology onboard.

Smart Home March 14, 2018

Amazon Prime Users Will Get Free PC Games Every Month From Twitch Starting March 15

Twitch Prime will now offer a lineup of free games on a monthly basis. The program, which is similar to PlayStation Live and Xbox Live Gold, will kick off this March.

Video Games March 14, 2018

New ‘Follow-Up’ Mode Allows Alexa To Complete Back-To-Back Requests With Using Wake Word Over And Over

Heads up, Amazon Echo users: Alexa can now perform multiple commands in a series of voice prompts. You’ll still be limited to one request at a time, but this time without saying Alexa over and over.

Apps/Software March 10, 2018

Cheap Amazon Prime Memberships Now Available For Medicaid Recipients

Amazon Prime is now more than half off for Medicaid recipients. Instead of the regular $12.99 per month, the low-cost version for those on Medicaid costs just $5.99 per month and offers all benefits of the regular subscription.

Internet March 8, 2018

Alexa Randomly Laughs, And It's Freaking Out Amazon Echo Owners

A weird glitch has been causing Alexa to randomly laugh, and it is freaking out Amazon Echo owners. Amazon proposed a solution, but it is unclear if the fix will really solve the problem.

Apps/Software March 8, 2018

Amazon Alexa Is Having Some Major Issues: Voice Commands For Most People Aren’t Working

Many users were startled on March 2 when all of their Echo devices started becoming unresponsive, with Alexa unable to follow commands. It seems there’s been a problem with Amazon Web Services.

Gadgets March 4, 2018

BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition Now Available: Here's Where To Buy

U.S. customers may now also avail of the Blackberry KEYone Black Edition. This limited edition version is already being sold online by a couple of retailers.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech March 3, 2018

Amazon To Stop Selling Nest Products As Feud With Google Escalates

Amazon reportedly informed Google-owned Nest that it would not be selling its newer products, saying that the decision came from higher-ups. In response, Nest decided to pull its products from Amazon altogether.

Smart Home March 3, 2018

Amazon Trying To Teach Alexa New Trick: Translating Languages In Real Time

Amazon is planning to teach Alexa how to translate languages in real time, according to Yahoo Finance. The feature will not be ready any time soon, but it will make Alexa-powered devices such as the Amazon Echo much more useful.

Apps/Software March 2, 2018

Amazon's Alexa Adds Voice Commands For The Oscars 2018

Amazon updated its Alexa-enabled devices to provide the latest updates on the 2018 Oscar Awards. Here are all of the voice commands you should know.

Apps/Software February 26, 2018

Amazon Slashes Fire TV Prices: $30 For Streaming Stick And $50 If You Want Go 4K

Amazon just cut the price of its popular streaming sticks in an effort to lure more customers to Prime Video. The entry-level stick now only costs $30, while those who want 4K will have to spend a bit more.

Gadgets February 26, 2018

Amazon Being Pressured To Cut Ties With NRA

Florida's recent school shooting put the NRA back in the public eye, and Amazon is being dragged along. The streaming service is being pressured to drop the channel.

Internet February 23, 2018

CS: GO Streamer James 'PhantomL0rd' Vargas Files Lawsuit Against Twitch Over 2016 Suspension

Popular streamer James "PhantomL0rd" Varga started a legal battle with Amazon-owned Twitch. The dispute stemmed from Varga’s suspension from the streaming site in July 2016, which led to his eventual departure.

Video Games February 21, 2018

Essential PH-1 'Halo Gray' Color Option Is An Amazon Exclusive, And It's Got Alexa Built-In

The Essential Phone in Halo Gray finish is now ready for preorder on Amazon at $449.99. The actual sale will start Feb. 21, and according to Amazon, after Feb. 24 the handset will return to its regular price of $499.99.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech February 17, 2018

Amazon Is Working On Its Own Custom AI Chips For Alexa: Report

Amazon is reportedly developing its own custom AI chips to speed up on the smart functionalities of Alexa. The in-house chip will render Alexa faster, as the processing is mostly in-device instead of tapping the cloud at all times.

Smart Home February 12, 2018

Amazon Is Laying Off Hundreds Of Employees As It Shifts Focus To Alexa, AWS

Amazon is cutting back on the number of employees on its Seattle operation. Hundreds will be laid off in the coming weeks, which the company said is part of adjustments to focus on growth-extensive businesses such as Alexa and AWS.

Business Tech February 12, 2018

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