Tech Q&A: Eavesdropping Echo, flammable laptops, switching to Android and more

Want to know more about Amazon Echo, the HP laptop battery recall, ransomware, web printing and switching to Android? Then read this column.

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E-Commerce Trends in 2018: Voice, Subscriptions, Personalization


The mushrooming popularity of smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home will fuel e-commerce in the coming year. “You’re going to have a whole new frontier of commerce space driven through voice and brand recognition,” said Michael Levine, marketing vice president at Photon. “It’s going to be a different type of playing field for these brands. “Where it used to be more visual, it’s now going to be driven by voice.” Retailers will start adapting to the new smart speaker technology and learning how to engage consumers with it.

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The best Alexa commands to try with your new Echo

No matter how many Amazon Echo commercials you see, it takes a little time to adjust to Alexa. Putting a virtual assistant in your home signals a change in lifestyle, sort of like adopting a puppy. There will be a lot of trial-and-error, but once you find your rhythm, you’ll forget what life was like without her.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/12/30/best-alexa-commands-to-try-with-your-new-echo.html

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Amazon sold 'tens of millions' of Alexa devices this holiday season

Amazon has shown off some stats for the holiday season, and as usual it hasn’t held back with the superlatives. Among the data we learn that one of its smart speakers was its biggest seller this holiday season.

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Amazon 'Digital Day' to offer deals on apps, games, comics

Mark your calendars, deal hunters: Amazon is bringing back a one-day, post-Christmas promotion it started last year offering steep discounts on all kinds of digital content.

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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.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/10/19/5-weird-and-wonderful-products-powered-by-ai.html

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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.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/10/05/google-exec-discusses-new-pixel-devices-privacy-artificial-intelligence-and-more.html

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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.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/09/28/how-important-is-amazons-nfl-deal-for-amazon-and-future-league.html

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