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AWS growth rate slowdown
Amazon Web Services, or AWS, is the undisputed leader of the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) segment within cloud computing. Amazon Web Services' growth rate has been slowly edging lower and lower in recent years, but the question is whether the growth is slowing down because of Amazon's (AWS's) own size, because of the increased level of competition or...
In many ways Google Assistant is far superior to Amazon Alexa. Although both are essentially AI-based smart voice assistants, each has a specific strength. For example, Assistant has the support of Google's powerful search engine and ecosystem of services, while Alexa has the massive Amazon retail catalog to tap into, and the ability to control a variety of smart...
Amazon Alexa now has over 10,000 skills
About 18 months ago, Amazon told developers that they were opening up their Amazon Alexa voice assistant to everyone, allowing them to develop Alexa Skills for various purposes.Soon after they opened up the floodgates with Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), they reached a milestone of 5,000 Alexa Skills. This week, Amazon announced that there were officially 10,000 skills from creators of...
voice shopping
Barely a year after Amazon launched its first ever Voice Shopping Weekend in November 2016, Walmart and Google have teamed up to take on the e-commerce giant on its own turf. Starting this September, users of Google Assistant on Google Home smart speakers, Android devices and other products will be able to pick from hundreds of thousands of SKUs (stock-keeping...
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...
India announces 100% foreign direct investment allowance in the online marketplace segment. This is a red carpet for international players to tap into what will be a $55 billion market in the next three years. Of significance is the possible entrance of Alibaba in the form of a replication of their China model in India. Amazon is in a fix because of...
Amazon Echo
Is your Amazon Echo always listening to you and recording all your conversations? In short, yes and no. The Echo's AI system is always listening for the wake word - Alexa or Computer or whatever you've set it to - but it is not always recording. The recording starts when the wake words are spoken, and the recording is...
AWS
There’s constant talk about the top cloud service providers being in a price war against each other. That war is reportedly being promoted and executed by none other than current cloud leader Amazon Web Services. At 1redDrop, we wanted to know the reality of the situation, so we took a look at one of Amazon’s key cloud services -...
Google tops most valuable brands in America list for 2017
The Google brand is now the most valuable one in America, according to a new ranking by valuation and strategy firm Brand Finance. Apple, which was the top brand for the past five consecutive years, has finally lost out to Google because "Recent missteps have served to over-exploit the goodwill of its customers."By brand, the Google name is now...
Prime Video launching original programming in India
Nobody really knows who invented membership/loyalty programs. Perhaps the Romans mainstreamed the idea with their welfare programs targeting the poor, but it is the airlines industry of our times that took it to the next level with their loyalty programs that are geared to benefit frequent fliers.But the benefits of a membership program are simple enough. For the user, you...
amazon fulfillment costs
As the United States' retail wars rage on, every company is already in the "do whatever it takes" mode, slashing prices, enhancing delivery methods, simplifying returns processes, increasing stock keeping units and so on. But what goes on in the background? For example, how do they move the goods, how efficient are the procurement and shipping processes, and how...
Echo Show home security accessories
Every Amazon Echo smart speaker product on the market today has one thing in common with its siblings - the ability to work in any direction, no matter where you are, relative to the device. Except the Amazon Echo Show that's just been launched and shipping out next month. The touchscreen display that's supposed to make it better might...
Google Home and Amazon Echo sales estimates 2017
Earlier this week Google announced that owners of Google Home will be able to use Google Assistant to do voice shopping from participating retailers on Google Express. Amazon first launched voice shopping with Amazon Alexa on Amazon Echo devices at the start of the holiday season last year, and even had a blowout Alexa-only voice shopping weekend to kick...
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...
Safra Catz Oracle CEO criticizes AWS cloud computing offerings
The cloud computing wars and the race to add the next client have become so intense that it has reached a stage where tech leaders are taking potshots at each other. Oracle and Amazon have always been at each other's throats, touting their own excellence and highlighting the other's failures, and Google's Diane Greene also took a thinly veiled dig...