A new patent reveals Amazon’s potential plans to allow people to make Alexa commands without using a wake word. This feature, if implemented, would raise a lot of privacy concerns.
Apps/Software May 24, 2019
To avoid warehouse work from becoming too tedious, Amazon is now letting employees on some of its warehouse locations play games. But not in a way you might be expecting.
Business Tech May 23, 2019
Amazon’s new warehouse will be much smaller than its other ones. However, it’ll have stricter safety measures for hazardous items such as bear repellent and pepper sprays.
Security May 19, 2019
Amazon is now slowly rolling out Alexa Guard to all Echo owners. Here’s what it does, and how to set it up so you know when there’s something fishy going on in the house.
Smart Home May 15, 2019
Earth is the best planet in the solar system, says Jeff Bezos. The only way to save it is to start living beyond it and establish human colonies on free-floating artificial worlds in space.
Space May 14, 2019
As promised late last month, Amazon is now offering one-day shipping for Prime orders. It’s not showing up yet on some accounts, so your mileage may vary.
Internet May 11, 2019
Amazon’s newly updated Alexa app for Windows 10 now lets users access the digital assistant hands-free. It comes with voice command support for Pandora, as well.
Microsoft May 7, 2019
Various robots already perform an awful lot of jobs and help workers at Amazon warehouses around the country. But they’re not yet smart not enough to replace humans entirely.
Business Tech May 2, 2019
Spanish-speaking people in the United States can begin talking to Alexa in Spanish soon, according to Amazon. Here's what you need to know about the company's plans for Spanish language support.
Apps/Software May 1, 2019
Amazon’s alleged Hi-Fi music streaming option will offer listeners songs that sound better than CDs. No word yet on when it might come out, though.
Internet April 27, 2019
Amazon Prime members could soon get their items in just one day by default. The company has revealed that it’s working to make this new option the new standard moving forward.
Business Tech April 26, 2019
All Kohl’s stores around the country will begin accepting Amazon returns this July, marking an expansion to an earlier pilot program by both companies. Some items are ineligible, though.
Gadgets April 24, 2019
In a bid to prevent fraud, Amazon is asking delivery drivers to take selfies to prove they’re not just criminals and thieves. This system has a lot of potential flaws, however.
Security April 22, 2019
Google and Amazon have seemingly halted their years-long feud. As a result, expect YouTube on Fire TV soon, and Prime Video access on Google Chromecast and Android TV.
Apps/Software April 22, 2019
Amazon has launched a new free tier of Amazon Music for owners of Alexa-enabled devices, such as the Echo. It's ad-supported, but it gives customers access to thousands of stations and the top playlists on the platform.
Apps/Software April 19, 2019
Amazon is launching an ad-supported music streaming service before this month ends. The music catalog would be limited, and record labels would be paid on a per-stream basis.
Apps/Software April 15, 2019
A recent report found out that Amazon workers listen to users' conversations with Alexa. Good thing there's a way to stop them from doing so or at least limit what they can access.
Security April 13, 2019
Amazon workers' petition to address climate change is the largest environmental campaign made by tech workers to date. Over 4,200 employees participated in the campaign.
Earth/Environment April 11, 2019
Most companies with voice-enabled products employ supervised learning, in which humans aid in teaching artificial intelligence to better sort and categorize data. In the case of Alexa, that means thousands of workers listening to private voice recordings.
Security April 11, 2019
Amazon announced that it will add medical skills to Alexa, its virtual assistant. These new skills are expected to make healthcare services more convenient and accessible to customers.
Apps/Software April 8, 2019
Amazon has decided to bring back Miracast support for some reason, now rolling out to Fire TV Stick 4K owners. Hopefully you’re device still supports the old screen mirroring standard, though.
Apps/Software April 8, 2019
AI scholars have rallied behind an MIT researcher who revealed a major glitch in Amazon's facial recognition software. The issue lies in the alleged inability of Rekognition to properly detect the faces of women of color.
Apps/Software April 5, 2019
MacKenzie Bezos becomes the world's fourth richest woman as she and ex-husband Jeff Bezos split their shares in Amazon. Find out the details of one of the most expensive divorce settlements ever here.
Internet April 5, 2019
According to a new report, Amazon is set to roll out a pair of wireless Alexa-powered earbuds. It's said to work and look like Apple's AirPods.
Wearable Tech April 4, 2019
Amazon rolled out Alexa for Business Blueprints in the United States and will launch it soon in other regions. It allows the customers to create and publish private skills for the workplace without having to write a single line of code.
Apps/Software April 1, 2019
Americans who shop online while drunk reportedly spends as much as $400 a year, which is equivalent to $48 billion annually. Amazon is the favorite choice of drunk shoppers by a mile, followed by eBay and Etsy.
Life & Style March 26, 2019
Amazon's cheapest Kindle just got an upgrade. On March 20, Amazon released a new version of its basic Kindle, now with a better screen and front light.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech March 22, 2019
Amazon is the latest online giant that's cracking down on unscientific and potentially dangerous misinformation. Two books were removed from the online platform, both promoting unproven cures for autism.
Public Health March 15, 2019
Ticketmaster teamed up with Alexa to help fans buy tickets online. With certain voice commands, users can now search for events and book the tickets right away.
Smart Home March 8, 2019
Amazon's new grocery stores will be spread out across the country and take on Walmart, Publix, and many other established retail locations. It’s not clear whether they’ll be cashier-less, as are Amazon Go stores.
Business Tech March 2, 2019
Nicholas Stover needed to use the bathroom more often because he has Crohn's disease, but he was fired for 'time theft.' He is seeking a minimum of $3 million in damages.
Business Tech February 25, 2019
Documents reveal that AMI, the parent company of tabloid National Enquirer, has threatened to publish nude photos of Jeff Bezos. But the Amazon CEO isn’t playing its game.
Business Tech February 8, 2019
Scout are sidewalk delivery drones Amazon is now using as part of a small test. Will they replace normal delivery methods in the not-so-distant future? Time will tell.
Gadgets January 24, 2019
No more push-to-order for German folks. With plenty of nudging from a consumer watchdog, a high state court has ruled that Amazon Dash buttons are breaching certain laws and must be stopped.
Business Tech January 12, 2019
Amazon hasn’t had much luck in the gaming department, with a few Fire TV games that no one cares about. But maybe a new cloud-based video game streaming service might just make it a formidable player once and for all.
Internet January 11, 2019
A streaming service from IMDb, perhaps the greatest movie information resource on the internet, sounds rad. Even more rad? It’s free and has top-rated movies.
Movies/TV Shows January 11, 2019
Ring allowed its employees to access customers' video recordings, reports claim. If true, then the company's workers may have been viewing users' live feed and histories since 2016.
Smart Home January 10, 2019
Amazon has finally debuted Showroom, a virtual living room for furniture shoppers. With it, customers can see how a living room will look with certain items before hitting the purchase button.
Internet January 5, 2019
Amazon has sold more than 100 million Alexa devices to date. While it didn't go into specifics of the sales figure, it did say that the Echo Dot exceeded expectations during the holiday season and sold out for January.
Gadgets January 4, 2019
Amazon is rumored to be expanding Whole Foods in big ways. Not only will it bring Prime Now to all outlets, but it’s allegedly building even more stores in a bunch of different states.
Business Tech December 31, 2018
France is going to implement its own tax on Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon, which are collectively known in the EU region as GAFA starting Jan. 1. Other countries in the EU including the UK are also pushing to impose their own taxes to tech giants
Business Tech December 18, 2018
Rocco, an African Grey Parrot kicked out of a sanctuary in UK, was caught ordering food and housewares through Amazon Alexa while his owner was away. Moreover, the bird reportedly interacted with the virtual assistant 40 times a day.
Animals December 17, 2018
Amazon doesn’t want to lose profits over selling CRaP items, which stands for products that “Can’t Realize a Profit.” As such, it’s asking brands to make some big changes.
Business Tech December 17, 2018
The $30 Amazon Echo Wall Clock works with Alexa but doesn’t have its own microphone. It’s great for people who already have Echo devices in their household.
Gadgets December 15, 2018
Amazon has now fulfilled its promise to put back Chromecast devices on its site. The unfortunate thing, however, is that Google is still stubborn in letting the streaming sticks have Prime Video.
Google December 13, 2018
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