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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Coping With Software Licensing Challenges in the Cloud


A majority of independent software vendors were dealing with an escalating assortment of organizational issues monitoring and monetizing their software capabilities, according to a survey of ISV executives, which Vanson Bourne conducted last year on behalf of Gemalto. As many of those ISVs move to the cloud and Software as a Service delivery models, they face even greater obstacles achieving their business objectives. Corporations and consumers alike no longer are interested in acquiring on-premises or even downloaded software.

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Amazon, Walmart Gear Up for Summer E-Commerce Throwdown


It’s summer, and Walmart and Amazon are celebrating by escalating their e-commerce competition. Amazon on Thursday announced it would hold its second annual Prime Day on July 12. A shopping day for Amazon Prime members worldwide, it is billed as the biggest global Amazon event ever. The company will offer more than 100,000 bargains, with new deals popping up at five minute intervals throughout the day. Last year’s Prime Day was a bigger day for sales than the biggest Black Friday ever, up to that point, Amazon pointed out.

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Tim Cook says government should withdraw demands to unlock iPhone, form commission to discuss implications

Article Image Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook issued a memo to his employees on Monday, escalating the war of words between his company and the U.S. government, and calling on officials to form a commission or panel of experts to discuss the implications of unlocking the iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooters.

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Jawbone announces Up4 fitness band with NFC payments, releases Up2 mid-tier offering

In what appears to be Jawbone’s attempt to keep up in an escalating wearables arms race, the company on Thursday unveiled the Up4 fitness tracker with built-in NFC payments provided in partnership with American Express.



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