Tech Q&A: What Alexa hears, offline Netflix, fun Facebook features, converting to HEIF and more

I have an Amazon Echo and I am really concerned that Amazon is listening all the time. Does the Echo have any privacy settings?

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AWS Gives IoT a Boost With New OS, Services


Amazon Web Services shone a spotlight on Internet of Things and machine learning technologies earlier this week, with the announcement of a new operating system and several new services designed to encourage radical expansion of their deployment and use across multiple industries. The new OS, Amazon FreeRTOS, simplifies development, deployment, security and maintenance of microcontroller-based edge devices, according AWS. FreeRTOS will help extend IoT technology to low-power devices such as smoke detectors, light bulbs and conveyor belts.

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Amazon Denies Rumored Plans for Ad-Supported Prime Video Service


Amazon has denied a report that it has been working on a free, ad-supported video platform to complement its subscription-based Amazon Prime Video service. Amazon has been in talks with various television networks, movie studios and other media entities about providing content to the site, according to the Monday report. Such a service would place Amazon in direct competition with Apple and other streaming video services for original content, which has become an important way for a new service to gain market share.

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Amazon Sneaks In Third-Party Seller Discounts


Amazon recently began reducing prices on merchandise sold by third-party sellers, ratcheting up its market share competition with discount stores, including Walmart and Dollar General. The company has started to display a new tag, “Discount Provided by Amazon.” Price cuts so far have been a little less than 10 percent on goods sold by independent retailers. Amazon has been making the cuts unilaterally and absorbing the losses itself, in order to provide customers with lower prices on an increasingly important mix of products.

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Amazon May Disrupt Prescription Drug Space Next


The rumor that Amazon has set its sights on disrupting the pharmaceutical industry has gained greater currency recently, just months after the company set the grocery business on fire with its acquisition of Whole Foods, and in the midst of its search for a second U.S. headquarters location. Amazon reportedly has taken major steps toward becoming a drug distributor and seller — actions that have caused concern among potential competitors and may have figured heavily in CVS’ negotiations to buy health insurance firm Aetna for $66 billion.

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Amazon to Let Delivery Drivers Open Your Front Door


Amazon on Wednesday announced a new service that will allow Prime members to receive in-home delivery of packages with the help of high-tech smart locks that allow drivers to open their front doors. Amazon Key will launch officially on Nov. 8 in 37 U.S. cities and surrounding communities, with additional locations to be added over time. The service will be available at no extra cost to Prime members, and it will work with standard, two-day, overnight and same-day deliveries. Customers can track the delivery using the Amazon Key mobile app.

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Not at home? Amazon wants to come in and drop off packages

Is Amazon taking convenience a bit too far? Some customers think so after the online retail mogul announced their newest product today: “Amazon Key.”

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5 weird and wonderful products powered by AI

AI is hot right now. Amazon Alexa is a powerful AI assistant, and our cars are becoming more and more adaptable to traffic (and other cars). Yet, some of the most interesting innovations in AI might not capture as much attention. An all-terrain patrol bot? How about a trash bin that can sort pop cans for you? And, an autonomous patio shade that learns how to adjust itself.

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Google exec discusses new Pixel devices, privacy, artificial intelligence and more

Google has stepped up the competition between itself and Apple and Amazon for consumers’ hard-earned dollars, launching several new products, including the Pixel XL 2. While the products generally have similar features, the search giant is trying to use artificial intelligence as its hook.

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3 Timely E-Commerce Shipping Tips


Shipping has become a key part of success in the online shopping revolution. Amazon has raised consumer expectations dramatically when it comes to shipping, and etailers have been scrambling to keep up. Because changes occur on a near-daily basis in the shipping world, here are some tips for getting ahead of the game. The faster you can get your goods out the door and into your customers’ hands, the better. Consumers increasingly expect their purchases to arrive quickly, and they’re drawn to two-day, next-day and even same-day shipping offers.

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Amazon Deploys Army of Echoes Against Oncoming Threats


Amazon has unveiled five new Echo products that raise the bar in the automated home market. Among other things, Amazon has improved the sound quality in its second-gen Echo speaker to compete with several new competitors in the high-end audio segment. The new Echo has a new speaker architecture, a dedicated tweeter, Dolby sound processing, and a 2.5 inch down-firing woofer. The new smart speaker uses Amazon’s second generation far-field technology, which offers improved wake word-processing, better beam-forming and enhanced noise cancellation.

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How important is Amazon's NFL deal for Amazon and the future of the league?

Amazon is set to begin hosting the first of its 10 Thursday Night Football games with tonight’s match-up between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. As consumers continue to be faced with a deluge of content options and cord-cutting becomes more popular, it remains to be seen whether consumers will fork out an extra $99 per year for something they can already get for free.

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Amazon unveils new products, including new Echo speaker, Fire TV

Amazon unveiled a host of new products on Wednesday, including a new Echo speaker and a pair of smart glasses with built-in Alexa functionality that wowed onlookers.

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Artificial Intelligence, Smart Speakers and You


The AI speaker war is now being waged, and it is escalating. Today you can choose between Amazon Echo and Google Home. Harman Kardon’s Invoke is coming this fall. By the end of the year, Apple’s HomePod will be competing in the market, and Samsung has indicated it will join the fray as well. With all these choices, how can you determine which smart speaker is right for you? Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home are the first generation of products in this new smart speaker and AI marketplace. They both do a good job — some of the time.

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Amazon 'reviewing' website after suggesting bomb-making materials to customers

Amazon said it’s “reviewing” its website algorithm after it reportedly suggested bomb-making materials to customers after they made purchases.

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AWS to Sell Cloud Services by the Second


Amazon Web Services on Monday unveiled a new per-second pricing plan for EC2 instances and EBS volumes, which will take effect Oct. 2. The new pricing for Elastic Compute Cloud and Elastic Block Storage used with EC2 instances will allow greater flexibility and efficiency for customers wanting to expand their use of cloud computing data, AWS said. When EC2 launched in 2006, the only way to pay for the service was in one-hour increments, recalled Jeff Barr, chief evangelist at AWS.

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Oops! Amazon mistakenly sends out baby registry emails following glitch

Amazon mistakenly sent out emails to some of its users telling them a gift from their non-existent baby registry had been purchased.

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Amazon's lack of income tax paid has become an 'uncomfortable question'

Amazon has shown no sign of slowing down in recent years, expanding into areas such as cloud computing, logistics and most recently, firmly entrenching itself in the $800 billion grocery market with its acquisition of Whole Foods.

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