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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 […]



Google exec issues warning over future of AI

May 4th, 2018 at 7:29 am » Comments Off

Google co-founder Sergey Brin sent the message in a letter to Alphabet shareholders (Source: Getty) One of Google’s top execs and president of Alphabet Sergey Brin has raised concerns about the AI revolution in a letter to Alphabet’s shareholders. In his annual letter sent to shareholders of Google umbrella organisation Alphabet yesterday, Brin said that […]



Amazon made an Echo Dot for kids, and it costs $30 more than the original

May 3rd, 2018 at 8:47 am » Comments Off

Those with an Amazon Echo device in their homes have likely already exposed their children to Alexa. Now, Amazon wants to give kids the opportunity to turn Alexa into their friend with the new Echo Dot Kids Edition. The hockey puck-like smart speaker doesn’t look too different from the original Dot, but it comes with […]



Amazon has a top-secret plan to build home robots

April 28th, 2018 at 9:20 am » Comments Off

Prototypes can navigate from room to room like driverless cars. Company hopes to start testing bots in homes later this year. Ten years ago, Amazon introduced the Kindle and established the appeal of reading on a digital device. Four years ago, Jeff Bezos and company rolled out the Echo, prompting millions of people to start […]



1 out of 5 US homes with wifi now have a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo

April 26th, 2018 at 9:38 am » Comments Off

Smart speakers have been a hot ticket item in recent years. Products by Amazon, Google and Apple, which allow consumers to play music, order food and get news just by talking to the device, have already experienced a surprisingly strong adoption in the US market. This chart by Statista which is based on comScore data, […]



Anyone can now create Alexa skills in a matter of minutes

April 21st, 2018 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

Amazon on Thursday unveiled “Alexa Skill Blueprints,” code-free templates that any Alexa owner, regardless of experience level, can use to create customized Alexa skills in a matter of minutes. Amazon included over 20 templates across four categories — Fun & Games, At Home, Storyteller, and Learning & Knowledge — with plans to add more.



Alexa Is a Revelation for the Blind

April 21st, 2018 at 11:28 am » Comments Off

Legally blind since age 18, my father missed out on the first digital revolution. “Is it ‘Electra?’” my father asks, leaning in close to the Amazon Echo my mother has just installed. Leaning in close is his trademark maneuver: Dad has been legally blind since age 18, the result of a horrible car crash in […]



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