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The race to get tourists to suborbital space is heating up

July 14th, 2018 at 9:53 am » Comments Off

SPACE: FINAL FRONTIER or ultimate tourist destination? Possibly both—provided you have the cash. Already, you can buy tickets for (as-yet-unscheduled) flights aboard SpaceShipTwo, the crew vehicle developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. And at a NewSpace conference in Seattle last month, Blue Origin—helmed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos—announced that it has plans to sell tickets […]



Amazon is recruiting people to start delivery businesses. Here’s why I think some people could get rich

June 29th, 2018 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

There’s risk in any business. But if you asked me to invest in a business with these built-in advantages, I’d certainly listen. I know a lot of people who have made a ton of money on Amazon. Now, Amazon says it wants to recruit entrepreneurs to build a national network of small, independent delivery companies–driving […]



Jeff Bezos’Blue Origin will start selling tickets to space next year

June 29th, 2018 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

Blue Origin, the space-tourism startup owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, says it will start selling passenger tickets for trips into space in 2019. The timeline came from Blue Origin senior vice president Rob Meyerson, whose comments at an Amazon Web Services event were reported by Space News. Meyerson did not say how much the tickets […]



Smart speakers are becoming so popular, more people will use them than wearable tech products this year

June 3rd, 2018 at 10:49 am » Comments Off

Smart speaker users will reach 76.5 million by 2020, according to the latest eMarketer forecast. The average smart speaker user is still an older, millennial male, but the devices are gaining traction with younger, Gen X women with kids. Amazon Echo is the most popular, but is losing share. Google Home will likely slow Echo’s […]



Prime delivery, straight from the moon? Bezos dreams of heavy industry in space

May 31st, 2018 at 9:12 am » Comments Off

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is convinced that one day “we are going to have to leave this planet.” And he believes that his Blue Origin space company can help make it happen. Outlining his ambitious vision at the Space Development Conference in Los Angeles during a recent on-stage chat with GeekWire‘s Alan Boyle, Bezos said […]



Yes, Alexa is recording mundane details of your life, and it’s creepy as hell

May 29th, 2018 at 9:58 am » Comments Off

I’m not kicking our smart speaker out of the house just yet, but the consequences of having it in my family’s life are becoming clear. Since last year I’ve had a smart speaker in my living room—an Echo Dot. My family uses it mostly to ask Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa, to play music. But after […]



How Amazon is using Whole Foods in a bid for total retail domination

May 26th, 2018 at 8:18 am » Comments Off

The Seattle giant believes selling you groceries is the key to selling you everything else. At 9 a.m. on June 16, 2017, Whole Foods employees packed into the main level of the company’s Austin headquarters. Only an hour earlier Amazon had announced that it was acquiring the high-end natural grocer, and the corporate staffers were […]



Alibaba’s futuristic supermarket in China is way ahead of the US, with 30-minute deliveries and facial-recognition payment — and it shows where Amazon is likely to take Whole Foods

May 24th, 2018 at 12:30 am » Comments Off

The Chinese tech giant Alibaba is expanding aggressively into physical retail through investments in a variety of product categories to push its “New Retail” strategy of combining online and offline shopping. Its most critical New Retail venture has been Hema Xiansheng, a futuristic supermarket launched in 2015 that offers free 30-minute delivery and payment using […]



Amazon rolls out new ways to monetize Alexa’s skills

May 13th, 2018 at 9:02 am » Comments Off

All Alexa skills developers can now monetize their voice apps with in-skill purchases, Amazon announced last week. The introduction of in-skill purchasing allows skills developers to sell premium digital content — such as subscription services or one-time purchases that augment a skill’s free offerings — within an Alexa skill.



SoundHound has raised a big $100M round to take on Alexa and Google Assistant

May 8th, 2018 at 10:21 am » Comments Off

As SoundHound looks to leverage its ten-plus years of experience and data to create a voice recognition tool that companies can bake into any platform, it’s raising another big $100 million round of funding to try to make its Houndify platform a third neutral option compared to Alexa and Google Assistant. While Amazon works to […]



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