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UK users of Amazon Echo smart speakers will now be able to talk to Domino's Pizza's own AI ordering assistant by asking Alexa to connect with it online. "Hey Alexa, launch Domino's" will now automatically put you in conversation with Dom, with whom your can order your pie.It's not a very "intelligent" system for an AI-based utility because you'll...
Amazon Echo with Alexa
Alexa, the personal assistant on Amazon devices like Echo and FireTV, comes equipped with a bunch of skills, like playing music, controlling home automation devices (to an extent), ordering products on Amazon.com and so on. The virtual assistant from Amazon is based in the cloud and getting better each day, moving into more and more devices.Now, Alexa is set...
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...
Snap inc spectacles now on Amazon
Have you been staying away from buying a pair of Snap Inc. 'Spectacles' because you either had to wait 5-10 days for an order on their website or hunt down a yellow kiosk? Amazon is now offering several colors of Spectacles with free two-day shipping.It's great news for consumers that Snap Inc., the company that owns the social media platform...
AWS
The cloud is beckoning big business. Companies such as Netflix, Instagram, Capital One, and Ancestry.com are now in the cloud, and their platform of choice is Amazon Web Services (AWS).AWS has a significant influence in the cloud computing world, leading the market for more than 10 years. It took cloud IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) mainstream and continues to change this...
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Amazon is reported to be working on a standalone messaging app called Anytime.With the growing need for integrated messaging solutions, Amazon felt the need for a more customized app to engage the modern user. Anytime, a full-featured standalone messaging app for desktops, PCs, smartphones, tablets and smart watches is designed with everything a user looks for in a messaging app, and...
Microsoft facial recognition artificial intelligence
If you're following Microsoft, you've probably heard about "Seeing AI", a recently released iOS app that allows visually impaired users to utilize their iPhone camera to identify people and objects, describe scenes and do a lot more using the power of artificial intelligence.While Microsoft casually whistled its way into iTunes with this iOS app, Apple continues to struggle with...
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...
Amazon Prime Day 2017
Although Amazon's third Prime Day has a ton of deals on nearly every product segment, the July 11 virtual event is focusing heavily on the grocery market. With deals on ice cream, sparkling water, fruits and even alcohol, Prime Day 2017 in at least 30 U.S. cities appear to be testing grounds for Amazon's One-hour and Two-hour delivery services.Analysts are...
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If smart speakers - or, more specifically, the AI entities that reside within - were reckoned on the basis of how many specific skills they possessed, Amazon Alexa would still be right on top of the pile. As of June 30, 2017, Voicebot.ai says that Alexa has 15,069 skills. In comparison, Google Assistant on Google Home and Android-based hardware...
Google Home and Amazon Echo sales estimates 2017
A new study by 360i, which involved asking both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa a set of 3,000 questions, showed that Google's virtual assistant was six times smarter than Amazon's voice assistant. GA was able to answer an impressive 72 percent of the questions posed, while Alexa only managed a modest 13 percent.On the one hand, it's unfair to...
Whole Foods acquisition - Amazon Web Services AWS Microsoft Azure Office 365
When Amazon announced its intent to buy Whole Foods Market earlier this month, it sent waves across the retail industry. That's understandable, because Amazon is an e-commerce force to be reckoned with, and entering the brick and mortar retail space meant even tougher competition in the retail market. Interestingly, Microsoft was pulled into the fray because of Microsoft Azure...
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An Amazon patent application has just been published, and it reveals a futuristic idea for a drone delivery system using a beehive-like tower from where drone units can pick up packages and dock for recharging purposes.Large warehouses and fulfillment centers are okay when you have enough space, like outskirts of cities and closer to rural populations. But what about urban locations,...
Amazon's latest hardware product, the Dash Wand, makes it extremely easy to add items to your Amazon shopping cart. Whenever you start to run low on something, just point the wand's infrared beam at the barcode on the product and press the button, and Amazon Alexa will automatically add it to your shopping card. You can also ask Alexa...
Amazon Whole Foods Microsoft Azure Office 365
While everyone is busy talking about Amazon agreeing to acquire Whole Foods Market for a whopping $13.7 billion, there's something else going on in the background on the cloud computing side of things. Whole Foods just happens to be a very big client for Microsoft Azure, a direct competitor to Amazon's AWS.Though it might seem obvious for AWS to...