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Amazon Go - The futuristic grocery store with no checkout line
Amazon launched Amazon Go, it’s very own physical grocery store, in Seattle today. As is the case with nearly everything the company does, the store has its own Amazonian twist to it: no cashier and no waiting in lines. You just enter, pick up your stuff and walk out, because the Amazon Go app will track your purchases and...
Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Tap sold 9x more units in 2016 holiday season than 2015
If you've been comfortable with websites tracking your activities for the past so many years, you probably won't have a problem with Google Home and Amazon Alexa recording your voice that using that data.But what do they use those voice clips for? Have you ever wondered? But wait a minute. If you think this an exposé on how Amazon and...
Windows 10 HomeHub - what is it and when is it coming?
A while ago, there was some confusion about the Windows 10 HomeHub feature when Windows Central first reported it. The cited resource links pointed to a LinkedIn profile update by one of Microsoft's Level II software engineers in China, Guangjun Wang, who put this on his LinkedIn profile:So that's where the rumors began, after which it was reported by Windows...
Three new artificial intelligence (AI) products from Amazon - Lex, Polly and Rekognition
Amazon recently announced three major services that are aimed at making things easier for developers to exploit Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities. AI has been one of the weakest links in Amazon’s robust stack of cloud infrastructure services which, incidentally, took the company to the top of the cloud industry due their breadth and depth offered. Meanwhile, tech majors Google,...
AWS Snowmobile
At Amazon Web Services' re:invent conference in Las Vegas this November, one of the show-stoppers was a big white 18-wheel trailer truck. Its purpose: to carry exabytes of data back and forth from the customer to AWS for upload to the cloud. Its name: AWS SnowMobileWhile this might seem like a joke - and, apparently, that what a lot...
Amazon Echo Alexa to get hundreds of new voice commands
A few days ago, Amazon announced that it would bring in several hundred commands for its Amazon Echo device's voice assistant, Alexa, through a new library addition to the Alexa Skills Kit.Until now, Alexa has been able to act on no more than a handful of commands - 15, in fact. Each "intent" is used to understand a user command,...
Amazon Web Services launches two hybrid cloud products - Snowball Edge and AWS Greengrass
In what has thus far been Amazon's most vocal acceptance of a hybrid cloud model, AWS has launched two products that their customers can install on-premise.While this could be seen as AWS simply launching more products to support its cloud business, these two products signify a major acknowledgement of the need for hybrid cloud computing. Until now, Amazon has...
Microsoft artificial intelligence
Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Data Group, Joseph Sirosh, wrote on the company’s official Azure blog about how the company is moving from “A PC on every desktop” to “deep learning in every software”.Though the statement might seem a bit loaded, it does sum things up about the direction in which Microsoft, a company known around the world...
At a revised estimate of $3.39 billion in online sales on a single day, Cyber Monday 2016 is very likely to break all past records for this category. According to Adobe Digital Insights, the day's sales are expected to close at that figure, which exceeds the earlier expected number of $3.36 billion, making it the biggest sales day in e-commerce history.Here's what...
Google Shopping offers lower prices on nearly 60% of items compared with Amazon.com
Amazon is reportedly launching no less than 75,000 deals for Cyber Monday this year. Surprisingly, however, Google Shopping offers lower prices on nearly 60% of the items verified by pricing research firm 360pi.In comparison to Amazon's marketplace, Google Shopping had lower prices on 58% of the items. Matched with Amazon proper, that figure came in at 59%. That means...
Best Cyber Monday apps and browser extensions for deals, coupons, discount codes and comparison shopping
Why get trampled by doorbuster crowds on Cyber Monday? If Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday are anything to go by, it would seem that more consumers than ever before prefer shopping online. Related Post: Online Shopping Volume Crosses $1 Billion by 5pm on Thanksgiving Day Earlier this week we showcased some great shopping apps for iOS and Android for Black Friday shopping - online as...
According to a Reuters report released 2 hours ago, online shopping on Thanksgiving crossed the $1 billion mark during the evening. More shoppers than ever have decided to stay home and shop from the comfort and warmth of their couches this year as online shopping volume grew 14% over last year just on Thanksgiving Day alone.Ever since Amazon came...
Shopping apps are all the rage this year. It's not that they haven't been popular before, but just looking at the number of options for Black Friday 2016 alone will show you how demand has grown over last year.Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile users haven't been left out of the action this year. Microsoft Store has quite a...
Google Intel partnership to accelerate cloud adoption
Google and Intel recently announced a strategic partnership that aims to accelerate cloud adoption in the enterprise segment. The deal brings together two companies that have been a bit late to the cloud race and aim to close the gap with the current leaders in their respective segments. Intel and Google will be working together on four thrust areas:...
Amazon Prime for $79 for one year, November 18 only
Amazon keeps outdoing itself again and again. After announcing a slew of deals for Prime members, they've also launched a special ONE DAY offer for Amazon Prime. Shoppers can get a full year of Amazon Prime for just $79, but it's only available on November 18.The company has announced this on their site as part of their celebration of...