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Amazon Echo Dot Sonos Alexa
Amazon’s Alexa is getting smarter with every new feature added, and the current focus is on the overall entertainment experience at home. The recent addition, dubbed “multi-room music” for Amazon Echo devices, makes Alexa even smarter. Essentially, the new feature will allow device owners to synchronize music across multiple Echo devices in their home using voice commands. The company also said that an extension to...
Amazon Fresh pick up for Amazon Prime members
Amazon Prime has been a huge success for the online retail and technology company. Though there is no official confirmation about the number of members under the Amazon's membership program, BusinessInsider estimates the number to be around 65 million. That's a lot of members, but we must also note that Amazon barely has a presence in the +600 billion...
Alexa on Amazon Echo
Over the past month Alexa, the virtual assistant from the Amazon Echo smart speaker, has forayed far and wide. But, rather than looking at the short-term success of Alexa's capabilities, let's look at what this represents for Amazon and Bezos' strategy for building out the company's "pillars of longevity", if you will.The growth patterns of these pillars are strikingly similar....
Cloud Computing Supremacy: Has Microsoft Finally Snatched the Crown from Amazon?
As quarterly earnings results roll in, it's time to do our favorite topic - "who won the cloud computing race?" The three top cloud service providers - Amazon, Microsoft and IBM - continued their double-digit growth runs during this quarter, just like the previous one, but Microsoft may have just nosed ahead of its two key competitors this past...
Amazon Echo technology being licensed to device manufacturers
Amazon announced yesterday that it is making the high-performance far-field microphone array and voice processing technology found in Amazon Echo available to hardware makers.“Since the introduction of Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, device makers have been asking us to provide the technology and tools to enable a far-field Alexa experience for their products,” said Priya Abani, Director, Amazon Alexa. “With...
AmazonFresh
Amazon's grocery push has always been a stop-start game for the company. It piloted AmazonFresh, its grocery delivery service, in Seattle way back in 2006, and it hardly expanded its footprint since then. And, according to media reports, Amazon is now suspending AmazonFresh in many states around the country."The company emailed customers in at least five states on Thursday...
In this cloud industry review series, I've been talking about the biggest players in cloud, the edge they have over the competition, the pace at which they've been growing and where they are as at the end of 2016 - the Year of Cloud.The first article covered cloud infrastructure industry leader Amazon Web Services, while the second talked about...
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Amazon Prime is a proven customer magnet for the e-commerce giant's retail channels. By buttressing the core free two-day, same-day and two-hour delivery on the Prime membership with benefit after benefit, Amazon has almost guaranteed its growth for several quarters to come, if not years.Prime Video is now becoming a heavy hitter in the Amazon Prime lineup of goodies...
Amazon Prime Phones get two new models from Alcatel and Motorola
Amazon has added Alcatel A30 and Moto G5 Plus to its growing list of “Prime Exclusive Phones”. Amazon started selling unlocked, ad-subsidized smartphones exclusively for Prime members since last year, and the initiative has now grown to five models.Unlocked phones at a discounted price is not a bad deal, even if you have to put up with native advertising...
HTC U11 with Alexa
HTC U11, the latest Android smartphone from the Taiwanese device maker, is considered to be the best phone the company has launched in years. It is also the first HTC smartphone to give users access to Amazon's voice assistant Alexa.Amazon wants its Alexa voice assistant to be integrated with everything, from its Echo speakers to third-party appliances to in-car infotainment...
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This week, Amazon announced that Alexa, cloud-based Virtual Assistant that powers Amazon Echo, Fire TV and Tap, has crossed a significant benchmark of 1,000 skills.A skill is nothing more than a particular task you want Alexa to perform. Understanding what you’re saying and then responding to it, or even performing a function that you ask it to do -...
Amazon benefits from more competition online from Walmart and other retailers
Amazon, basking in the glory of its first quarter performance, was downgraded by Pacific Crest, a Wall Street firm, as increasing competition is expected to slow things down for the retail giant. This is the second big downgrade after another Wall Street firm, Raymond James, downgraded Amazon from overweight to underweight before the earnings release, citing lack of profitability.Amazon has been...
Samsung may invest up to $300 million in a U.S. factory and bring in 500 jobs
Samsung looks like it is the next large company with plans to expand its manufacturing presence in the United States, but the company on Wednesday clearly indicated that it may not have anything to do with President Trump's tax reform initiatives.In a statement to CNNTech, a Samsung spokesperson said:"Samsung began reviewing manufacturing operations early last fall to ensure that...
Elon Musk and Travis Kalanick join Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum
In a move that will give the tech industry much leverage for future initiatives, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick have joined President-Elect Donald Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum.As business advisers to Trump, they will bring industry-relevant knowledge to the Forum. In statement issued Wednesday morning, Trump said: "America has the most innovative and vibrant companies in...
Prime Day 2017
Amazon just announced that it had sold over seven times the number of Amazon Echo and related devices during Prime Day 2017 that it did on the last such online event. At least for now, we can safely say that Amazon is untouchable in the smart speaker space. With second-placed Google Home already holding a significantly lower market share, Prime...