Google drops YouTube from Amazon's Fire TV, Echo Show

Google is pulling YouTube from Amazon’s Echo Show and Fire TV devices over the online retailer’s refusal to carry certain products from the search company.

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Artificial Intelligence vs. Echo's Eavesdropping and Google's Home Invasion


There’s a lot of excitement about all the new artificial intelligence technology hitting the market — like Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home smart speakers, among many other products. However, there’s also growing concern over how these devices may invade our privacy. These AI devices are designed for use throughout our homes — and despite the companies’ assurances to the contrary, some people worry that they could be listening to every word we utter. Granted, they have to listen when we want them to give us answers or carry out tasks.

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Amazon's Alexa May Get Into Your Head


Developers at Amazon’s secret Lab 126 reportedly have been working on audio-only smart glass technology that would allow users to communicate with its virtual assistant Alexa. The smart glasses would connect wirelessly to users’ smartphones and transfer communications through a bone-conduction audio system that would negate the need for headphones. Amazon plans to release the device before the end of the year. In addition to the eyeglasses, Amazon is working on a Web-based home security camera that would connect with its Echo smart speakers.

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Linux Gains Ascendance in Cloud Infrastructures: Report


Linux is now the dominant operating system on Amazon’s AWS cloud service and is growing rapidly on Microsoft’s Azure platform this year, according to a report on public cloud adoption trends Sumo Logic released on Tuesday. The company’s second annual State of Modern Apps report reveals usage trends on AWS, Azure and Google clouds, and how they impact the use of modern apps in the enterprise. The report gives organizations a set of frameworks, best practices and hard stats to guide their migration to the cloud.

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Walmart, Google Enter Voice-Shopping Fray


Walmart and Google, two of Amazon’s biggest rivals, on Wednesday announced a partnership that will let customers use Google’s Home speaker and a number of voice-assisted mobile devices to shop online at Walmart. Their mutual goal is to eat away at Amazon’s dominant share in the e-commerce shopping space and the smart speaker space, in order to curb the growth of its giant ecosystem, which threatens to smother competition in both industries. The partnership is an indication of just how powerful a rival Amazon has become.

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What is an Amazon Dash Button, and should you buy one?

Amazon’s miniature shopping gadget looks fun and easy to use, but the question still lingers for some: What is an Amazon Dash Button? Here, we break down how it works and the benefits to owning one.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/08/11/what-is-amazon-dash-button-and-should-buy-one.html

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How Amazon Is Transforming Retail


Amazon’s plan to buy Whole Foods Market has raised many new questions. If the company is successful in making the acquisition, and then successful in operating the business, it could transform the entire grocery industry. If we pull the camera back, we can see how success on the grocery side could foreshadow Amazon’s success in many other parts of the retail environment, furthering the expansion that began two decades ago in the book business, when Amazon challenged Borders and Barnes & Noble.

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FTC to Take a Gander at Amazon's Discount Pricing Practices


The FTC reportedly is looking into Amazon’s discount pricing practices in response to a complaint filed by Consumer Watchdog over the company’s pending $14 billion purchase of the Whole Foods grocery chain. “Asking informal questions about issues potentially related to a corporate acquisition is a natural part of the FTC review process,” observed Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT. That said, it might be worth considering whether Consumer Watchdog’s allegations might be a shield for politically motivated actions by the FTC, he added.

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Alexa calls cops on man allegedly beating his girlfriend

A New Mexico man was arrested for allegedly beating his girlfriend and threatening to kill her — after Amazon’s Alexa called police, authorities said.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/07/10/alexa-calls-cops-on-man-allegedly-beating-his-girlfriend.html

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Amazon is licensing Echo microphone tech to third party device makers

Amazon’s Echo speakers have become a hit for the company and now it is licensing out the microphone technology to third-parties.

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Amazon's Alexa can clean your house for you

“Hey Alexa — clean my house for me.” Alexa, Amazon’s all-knowing and doing voice assistant can now help you vacuum, thanks to a partnership between the Seattle-based retail giant and iRobot, a maker of consumer robots.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/03/15/amazons-alexa-can-clean-your-house-for.html

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"Human, the milk has spoiled." Soon Alexa will run your smart home, and your life

Voice assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home require you to start talking before they give you information. What would happen if Alexa could start talking first?

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/03/10/human-milk-has-spoiled-soon-alexa-will-run-your-smart-home-and-your-life.html

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Can Former Amazon Fire TV Exec Save Apple TV From Itself?


Apple has hired Tim Twerdahl, the former head of Amazon’s Fire TV unit, in an effort to revive its struggling Apple TV business, which has been losing market share to rival streaming content services. Twerdahl reportedly joined Apple this month as VP in charge of product marketing for Apple TV, and the company shifted the unit’s former head to a post responsible for negotiating content deals. Amazon hired Twerdahl in 2013 as general manager of the Amazon Fire unit. Twerdahl previously was a vice president for smartwatch developer WIMM Labs.

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6-year-old gets gift after donating dollhouse accidentally ordered on Alexa

The Dallas 6-year-old who accidentally ordered a high-end dollhouse via Amazon’s Alexa has received a gift from the dollhouse maker.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/01/24/6-year-old-gets-gift-after-donating-dollhouse-accidentally-ordered-on-alexa.html

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6-year-old accidentally orders high-end treats with Amazon's Alexa

Amazon’s Alexa sure is one high-class shopper.

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