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IT pros in Washington, DC, are ready to ditch their current jobs and flock to Amazon's HQ2, a new survey says (AMZN)

Washington, DC, information-technology professionals are happy that Amazon is opening up one of its HQ2 campuses in the area, a new poll indicates. Almost three-quarters of them said they would be willing to leave their current job to work for Amazon. Many are hoping that Amazon will pay higher salaries. But there are other reasons they like the idea of working for the tech giant. While Amazon has faced a slew of protests over its decision to hire up to 25,000 people for its new HQ2 offices i...
Tags: Google, Amazon, New York, Congress, Virginia, San Francisco, Trends, Washington Dc, Pentagon, Dc, Seattle, Alexa, Trump, AMZN, Crystal City Virginia, Amazon Many


Amazon knocks $50 off the Sonos Beam soundbar and smart speaker

If you're looking to add some oomph to your home audio setup, then through February 3, the Alexa-enabled Sonos Beam is on sale for $50 off, bringing this excellent sound bar down to just $349 on Amazon. The post Amazon knocks $50 off the Sonos Beam soundbar and smart speaker appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Trends, Home Theater, Alexa, Sonos Beam


Cortana wants to be friends with Alexa and Google Assistant

Microsoft no longer wants to compete against Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant in the digital assistant space. Instead, it wants to transform Cortana into a skill that can be integrated into other digital assistants. The post Cortana wants to be friends with Alexa and Google Assistant appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Amazon, News, Microsoft, Cortana, Trends, Computing, Alexa, Digital Assistant


Microsoft’s Cortana wants to be friends with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa

Microsoft no longer wants to compete against Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant in the digital assistant space. Instead, it wants to transform Cortana into a skill that can be integrated into other digital assistants. The post Microsoft’s Cortana wants to be friends with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Amazon, News, Microsoft, Cortana, Trends, Computing, Alexa, Digital Assistant, Amazon Alexa


Thousands of current and former HP sales people will receive over $5,000 thanks to a $25 million lawsuit over messed up pay (HPQ, HPE)

Business Insider continues to obtain more details on the settlement by HP and HPE to salespeople after a nine-year lawsuit battle. We have now learned that 2,189 current and former California HP employees will be receiving settlement payments, with an average payment of $5,430.06. Some will be receiving much more and some less. The case involved former salespeople first launching a lawsuit nine years ago claiming that HP's computer systems weren't tracking commissions properly and they weren't...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, California, Satya Nadella, Trends, Hp, Alexa, Business Insider, HP Inc, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Parrott, Jeffery Wall, Franklin Azar, Jonathan Parrott


Amazon patents a technology to help Alexa fight fake voice attacks

Amazon filed a patent this month for a new technology that looks like it would help its digital assistant Alexa fight fake voice attacks that could potentially fool Alexa's biometric security protocols. The post Amazon patents a technology to help Alexa fight fake voice attacks appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, News, Trends, Smart Home, Alexa, Smart Speakers, Voice Technology, Biometric Authentication


Alexa gets a Sims 4 integration, while Sims get an off-brand in-game Alexa

Approximately one in five Sims under my care will die in a kitchen fire. Those who survive will face an even bigger threat: smart speakers. EA and Maxis recently announced The Sims 4 would arrive on Amazon‘s Alexa smart speakers in the form of a new Alexa skill. And, as art imitates life, your Sims are also getting their own smart speaker with a virtual assistant called “Lin-Z.” The Amazon collaboration means The Sims 4 is the latest AAA title to debut on the Alexa platform, joining Skyrim. But,...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Gaming, EA, Artificial Intelligence, Maxis, Alexa, Sims


NRF 2019: It’s A Visionary Retail Revival

NRF 2019 attracted more than 800 exhibitors that demonstrated to more than 37,000 attendees. If last year’s theme was (Alexa’s) voice, this year’s show was all about computer vision driving: Frictionless retail. Computer vision specialist Scandit, with clients such as Sephora and Louis Vuitton, showed that any retailer can offer a grab-and-go experience like Amazon […]
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Sephora, Alexa, Nrf, Louis Vuitton, Scandit


Project Alias is a ‘smart parasite’ that stops smart speakers from listening

Two designers chose to do something about nosy smart speakers. The result is Project Alias, a "smart parasite" that whispers nonsense to Google Home and Alexa until it hears a specific wake word. The post Project Alias is a ‘smart parasite’ that stops smart speakers from listening appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Trends, Alexa, Google Home


Need a smart speaker? Amazon knocks $50 off Sonos Beam soundbar with Alexa

If you're looking to add some oomph to your home audio setup, then through February 3, the Alexa-enabled Sonos Beam is on sale for $50 off, bringing this excellent smart sound bar down to just $349 on Amazon. The post Need a smart speaker? Amazon knocks $50 off Sonos Beam soundbar with Alexa appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Trends, Home Theater, Sonos, Sound Bars, Alexa, Sonos Beam


Need a smart speaker? Amazon knocks $50 off the Sonos Beam sound bar with Alexa

If you're looking to add some oomph to your home audio setup, then through February 3, the Alexa-enabled Sonos Beam is on sale for $50 off, bringing this excellent smart sound bar down to just $349 on Amazon. The post Need a smart speaker? Amazon knocks $50 off the Sonos Beam sound bar with Alexa appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Trends, Home Theater, Sonos, Sound Bars, Alexa, Sonos Beam


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Netflix's stock fell after a slight Q4 revenue miss and solid subscriber-growth numbers. The results came just days after Netflix unleashed its biggest price hike ever, which increased its most popular plan from $11 per month to $13 per month. Facebook is restructuring its augmented reality glasses division as it inches closer to launch. Facebook is moving hundreds of employees to a new product-focused augmented reality group as...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Cook, Instagram, Microsoft, US, San Francisco, Trends, Netflix, United States, Tim Cook, Jack Dorsey, Seattle, Donald Trump, Huffington Post


CEO Satya Nadella says that Microsoft is embracing Amazon's Alexa instead of fighting it — and he wants to be friends with Google, too (MSFT)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says that it no longer sees its Cortana smart assistant as a competitor to Amazon's Alexa.  Instead, Nadella says that he wants Cortana to be thought of as a skill, or app, for Amazon's Alexa — something that Alexa users can already try for themselves.  But Nadella doesn't want to stop there: He says that there's no reason why Cortana shouldn't be available on Google Assistant, too.  Rather than fighting Alexa and Google Assistant, Microsoft wants to be friends — in...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Cortana, Trends, Earth, Silicon Valley, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Harman Kardon, Javier Soltero, Amazon Alexa, Nadella, Google Home


The Henn na Hotel in Japan is firing most of its robotic workforce and hiring humans instead — highlighting the limits of automation

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers hours before it appeared on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here. T he Henn na Hotel in Japan, which from 2015 has employed almost 250 robots to meet guests’ needs, is cutting back on automation after its experiment failed to reduce costs or workload for employees, reports  The Wall Street Journal . The hotel will reduce its robotic workforce by more than half and return to more trad...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Japan, Trends, Lg, Wall Street Journal, Alexa, UBTech, Business Insider Intelligence, Henn na Hotel, Henn ha Hotel, Brookings Institution Though


7 Essential Trends That Will Shape Product Design in 2019

The pace of change has accelerated. Gone are the days when fashion trends could be measured in decades. Or a telephone was a one-time, long-term purchase. Now, new technologies supplant older ones every single year; and, in some cases, even faster. Today’s successful products have an even greater need to differentiate than in prior years. Today’s consumers want the newest technologies. But, they also want products that are environmentally responsible as the debates over climate change rage. The...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Internet Of Things, Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Sales, Lego, Innovation, Nintendo, Cnet, Alexa, Product Design, Sustainable Design, Self-care, Mackenzie Brown, DIGA


Astronauts can attend Amazon's new cutting-edge tech conference for free (AMZN)

Amazon is introducing a new event called re:MARS, which focuses on machine learning, automation, robotics, and space technology. re:MARS is inspired by MARS, a private invite-only event hosted by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, focused on artificial intelligence and space. The first event will take place this year from June 4-7, and registration will open in March. Pricing information isn't available yet, but astronauts can attend for free. Amazon announced Thursday a new conference tha...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Las Vegas, Jeff Bezos, Amazon Web Services, Alexa, Bezos, Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory, ARIA Resort Casino, Automation Robotics, Invent Amazon, Now Amazon, MIT UC Berkeley


Amazon is holding a public version of its secretive MARS conference

All most of us will see from Jeff Bezos’s secretive MARS conference are a few photo shoots of the world’s richest man attempting to look as cool as possible around some very cool robotics. This summer, however, Amazon will be spinning the event out into a more public facing conference. Re:MARS retains the original event’s acronymic focus of Machine learning, Automation, Robotics and Space, bringing them to a larger scale for three days in Vegas. It’s a pretty solid looking lineup, though adm...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Jeff Bezos, Robotics, Alexa, MIT Media Lab, Kate Darling Research Specialist, MIT Sloan School of Management, Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Tom Soderstrom, Automation Robotics, Jeff Wilke, Andrew Lo the Charles E, Susan T Harris, MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering


7 Technological Innovations That Will Shape the Future of E-commerce

By Smith Willas A new wave of innovation is poised to disrupt the business yet again, especially the e-commerce sector. It’s opening up new channels and giving online businesses better ways to interact with customers. They are creating opportunities for new products, new markets, and new business dimensions. The rapid advancements in gadgets, internet access, bid data, and cutting-edge research are paving a way for a more interactive relationship between businesses and consumers. Thus the upcomi...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Business, Sales & Marketing, Alibaba, Voice, HubSpot, Alexa, Right Now, AR VR, Smith Willas, Apple Siri Amazon Alexa


Echo Input now available in India; Add Alexa to your existing speaker

Echo Input lets you easily add Alexa to your existing speaker through a 3.5mm audio cable (included in the box) or via Bluetooth. It features a four-microphone array so you…The post Echo Input now available in India; Add Alexa to your existing speaker appeared first on NextBigWhat..
Tags: Business, India, Tech, Alexa


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Federal prosecutors are investigating the Chinese electronics giant Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets from US companies. One such incident includes Huawei supposedly stealing robotic technology that T-Mobile uses to test its smartphones, according to the report. WeWork CEO Adam Neumann reportedly made millions of dollars by renting office space in buildings that he partially owns to his company, according to a Wall S...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Netflix, Tim Cook, Evan Spiegel, Lenovo, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Alexa, Adam Neumann, Niantic, Amazon Alexa, John Hanke


This just in: Alexa can now deliver the news like a professional newscaster

The Amazon Alexa team has given Alexa a newscaster voice that improves the way she delivers the news and reads Wikipedia articles, making the smart assistant easier to understand. The post This just in: Alexa can now deliver the news like a professional newscaster appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Wikipedia, Trends, Alexa, Amazon Alexa


The best robot vacuums you can buy

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Vacuuming is a real pain, but robot vacuum cleaners can suck up the dust for you. Of all the robot vacuum cleaners we tried, the iRobot Roomba 690 proved to be the best for most people with its easy-to-use app, smart features, great suction, and affordable price. Nobody likes household chores, but they have to be done. Unfortunately...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Roomba, Alexa, Business Insider, Electrolux, Deebot, Ecovacs, James Brains, Malarie Gokey, Lulu Chang, Smart Navi Mapping Technology


Alexa gets a professional ‘newscaster’ voice for reading the day’s news

Amazon already gave Alexa the ability to whisper, and now it’s rolling out another way to change the assistant’s speaking style – it’s giving Alexa a “newscaster” voice. Starting today, when U.S. customers ask Alexa “what’s the latest?” to hear the day’s news, Alexa will respond using a voice that’s similar to how a professional newscaster delivers news. The voice knows which words should be emphasized for a more realistic delivery of the news, explains Amazon. To achieve this new voice, Amazon ...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Wikipedia, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Voice, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Neural TTS, Andrew Breen, TTS Research


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. 1. Huawei's CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei broke a years-long silence to deny that his company spies for the Chinese government, and to say he misses his daughter, arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, 'very much.' Ren hasn't spoken to the international press for three years. 2. Ren Zhengfei tried to dispel the narrative that Huawei is a victim of the US-China trade war, calling President Donald Trump a great president. Ren called f...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Ipo, US, Trends, Netflix, Tencent, SEC, Airbnb, Donald Trump, Huawei, Costco, Pewdiepie, Alexa, Cto, Deliveroo


Banking With Alexa: What Works, What Doesn’t

A pioneer with voice banking shares results from their early foray with Amazon's Alexa as they look to take the service to the next level. The post Banking With Alexa: What Works, What Doesn’t appeared first on The Financial Brand.
Tags: Amazon, Finance, Alexa, Digital Banking Strategies


Polk’s Alexa-enabled soundbar now supports multi-room music

Polk Audio today announced its Command Bar, an Alexa-enabled soundbar, will receive a software update adding Amazon‘s multi-room music (MRM) protocol. It’s the first third-party smart speaker to do so. The Command Bar is among the best sounding speakers featuring Alexa support, but it suffers from a lack of features when compared to Amazon‘s first-party products. Until now, it was an isolated speaker (plus sub-woofer) that sounded great, but couldn’t join the party if you wanted to make the whol...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Alexa, Polk, Polk Audio, Command Bar, Plugged


Amazon’s updated base model Fire TV stick now comes with an Alexa remote

If you're looking to take your older TV into the streaming era, Amazon's most basic Fire TV Stick model just got more compelling than ever: Buyers can now get a free Alexa voice remote with their Fire TV Stick purchase. The post Amazon’s updated base model Fire TV stick now comes with an Alexa remote appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Home Theater, Fire TV Stick, Alexa


Polk Audio’s Command Bar joins Alexa’s multiroom music party

Polk's Command Bar is a home theater soundbar with Alexa built in. But with a new update, it can also be grouped with Amazon's Echo products and other third-party speakers for a multi-room experience. The post Polk Audio’s Command Bar joins Alexa’s multiroom music party appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, News, Trends, Home Theater, Alexa, Soundbar, Polk, Polk Audio 's Command Bar, Multi-room Music, Whole-home Audio, Polk s Command Bar


Polk’s Command Bar joins Alexa’s multi-room music party

Polk's Command Bar is a home theater soundbar with Alexa built in. But with a new update, it can also be grouped with Amazon's Echo products and other third-party speakers for a multi-room experience. The post Polk’s Command Bar joins Alexa’s multi-room music party appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, News, Trends, Home Theater, Alexa, Soundbar, Polk, Multi-room Music, Whole-home Audio, Polk s Command Bar


How to Find Hidden Keywords to Double Your Organic Traffic

By Kedy Semark SEO is all about getting your website up in search engines. Tracking keyword ranking is as old as SEO industry itself, you have various options to track ranking as of now. But do you have any idea you have so many hidden keywords which are getting traffic to your website and you are not even aware of it? For all that you do in SEO like keyword research, Content creation, link building and much more you need software to track, maintain and streamline your work. You can get many sof...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Business, Sales & Marketing, Alexa, Google Search Console, Right Now, CSV, Kedy Semark SEO, Alexa Tool Alexa, RankWatch, Kedy, Twitter Keywords, WindNight Shutterstock



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