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Is Amazon Itself the Biggest Problem with Fake Reviews?

Amazon refused to publish my negative review of the Netgear R6700 Nighthawk router they sold me. Why? The problem of fake reviews on TripAdvisor, Amazon, Yelp, and other similar websites featuring user reviews to provide an important part of helping people make decisions is well-known.  There are problems with both fake positive reviews (where establishments arrange for fake positive reviews) and fake negative reviews (presumably created by jealous competitors).A year ago a couple of people in L...
Tags: Cellphones & Wireless, Reviews, Tech


Best Buy's Tax Day sale is going on right now — save $400 on a 15-inch MacBook Pro and up to $150 on the iPhone XS and XS Max

Insider Picks   writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. Best Buy is discounting a range of products for its 3 Day Tax Day Sale, including the iPhone XS and XS Max, a few MacBook Pro laptops, a Toshiba TV, and more. If you're in the market for a new tech product, it's well-worth looking th...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Trends, Best Buy, Sprint, Toshiba, Macbook Pro, Alexa, Insider Inc, Toshiba TV


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. . The fine relates to Google's abuse of its dominance in search advertising, with the firm pressuring third-party publishers to use its AdSense tool. Huawei's CTO for Germany has dismissed spying claims as absurd and "technically impossible." The entire debate, he said, was being conducted by non-technical experts and related to politicians' wider concerns about China.  Apple finally launched its second-generation AirPods...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Verizon, Europe, New York, Australia, Germany, Trends, Siri, Aol, Bill Gates, New Zealand, Jeff Bezos, Huawei, Alexa


Meet Q, The Gender-Neutral Voice Assistant

Most digital personal assistants such as Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa have the option to sound either male or female. The team behind Q aims to break through gender binary.
Tags: Apple, Amazon, News, Siri, Alexa


Use your marketing voice

Voice is one of the most significant trends we marketers have had to face in a while. Remember when the proliferation of mobile devices changed the way we designed and built websites? Voice is going cause the same upheaval and it’s going to come even faster and be more wide-sweeping than mobile ever was. If the last decade was our mobile marketing revolution, then the upcoming decade is the era of voice. The mobile revolution made it possible for brands to reach their audiences wherever they we...
Tags: Apple, Google, Walmart, Voice, Alexa, Branding, Purina, NPD Group Inc, Amazon Echo Google, Purina Alexa


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Google announced a huge gaming initiative: A Netflix-like video-game streaming platform named Stadia. The service is intended to run high-resolution blockbuster games on any device that runs Google's Chrome — from smartphones and tablets to computers and TVs. Google unveiled a new controller for its Stadia gaming service on Tuesday, which connects to Google's data centers and pairs with whichever device the game is being ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Samsung, Trends, Tesla, EA, Snapchat, Netflix, Aclu, New Zealand, Ubisoft, Stephen Collins, Alexa, Trump, Facebook Twitter


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Tesla is asking employees to volunteer and help deliver 30,000 cars before the end of the quarter. Sanjay Shah, a senior vice president at Tesla, asked employees to help deliver 30,000 cars over the last 15 days of the quarter. Netflix says it won't be joining Apple's upcoming TV service. "We prefer to let our customers watch our content on our service," CEO Reed Hastings told reporters at the company's offices in Hollywood...
Tags: Apple, Google, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Youtube, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Netflix, Square, Hyundai, Kia, The Washington Post, Pewdiepie, GDC, ZTE


Here are the 85+ startups that launched at YC’s W19 Demo Day 1

Y Combinator’s incubator classes have gotten huge. With over 200 companies, the Winter 2019 class is by far YC’s largest yet. Meanwhile, the incubator prepares to shift its headquarters from Mountain View to San Francisco. It’s so large, in fact, it’s had to change the way it does Demo Day. Rather than all pitches happening on one stage, they were split across two stages (the “Pioneer” and “Mission” stages) running in parallel. So even if you were in the building, you couldn’t see all the pit...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Y Combinator, Hbo, New York, Instagram, Navy, China, India, Nigeria, Africa, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco


Hey, Google, Siri or Alexa: Which voice assistant handles these 100 questions best?

We asked Amazon's supplied questions to Google, and vice versa; Siri joined the experiment as well. The results: Each platform showed their flaws.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Google, Amazon, Usa, News, Siri, Usa Today, Alexa


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Tech firms scrambled to keep dozens of copies of videos showing the New Zealand mosque shooting off their platforms. YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter struggled to stop users ripping and uploading copies of the original video, and the distressing footage was easily discoverable the day after the incident. Facebook, facing huge criticism over live streaming, says it removed 1.5 million videos of the New Zealand shooting in 24 ho...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Instagram, North Korea, Trends, Andreessen, New Zealand, Andreessen Horowitz, Wall Street Journal, Alexa, Marc Andreessen, Kim Jong, Chris Cox


Amazon’s Alexa has 80,000 apps but no runaway hit

Alexa poses problems for developers, who encounter a steep learning curve in building voice apps. Even after creating an app, there's no guarantee people will find it.
Tags: Amazon, Business, Technology, News, Alexa


Apple’s ambitious vision for the future of TV is finally about to take shape. Here’s why it matters more than ever.

Apple laid the foundation for its approach to the TV market when it announced its refreshed Apple TV in 2015, and a new streaming service would serve to further that vision. It's a critical move for Apple as it looks to combat slowing iPhone sales and maintain its status as an innovator in the industry. The service will represent a new product category for Apple as next-generation gadgets like augmented reality glasses and autonomous driving software are still said to be in development. When ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Hbo, Samsung, Trends, Bloomberg, Apple TV, Netflix, Tim Cook, Apple Watch, Pebble, James Corden, Oprah, Amazon Echo, Steven Spielberg


Think about privacy the next time you ask Alexa the weather

As long as voice assistants are on the rise, data privacy should be too. The market is now saturated with voice assistants from Siri and Google Assistant to Facebook Portal and Amazon Alexa. In January, Amazon announced that more than 100 million Alexa enabled devices have been sold globally. And, Google boasted that more than 1 billion devices, including Android phones, have the Google Assistant built-in. Whether it’s your alarm clock, bluetooth speaker, or even microwave, voice assistants can ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Opinion, Siri, Alexa, Podium, Facebook Portal and Amazon Alexa In January Amazon


This is why a self-regulated Google is better for business and for the consumer

Jay Friedman is president of Goodway Group. In this op-ed, he explains why a self-regulated Google — rather than government intervention — is better for both business and consumers. Government regulation meant to deflate the monopoly could have the unintended consequence of derailing future innovations, meaning everyone loses. It’s been suggested plenty of times, but Elizabeth Warren   officially fired the first shot   in what looks to be a sure path toward anti-trust proceedings against Amer...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Elizabeth Warren, America, Trends, Warren, Alexa, Sxsw, Mount Rushmore, Amazon Facebook, Instead Google, Jay Friedman, Goodway Group, YouTube Improve


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Chris Cox, a key Facebook executive and lieutenant of Mark Zuckerberg, is leaving the company amid a reorganization. Zuckerberg announced the news in a memo to employees that he also shared publicly on Thursday. Uber plans to launch its IPO next month, Reuters reports. The timing of the IPO means it should arrive soon after Uber's main rival Lyft. Tesla unveiled its new Model Y on Thursday night. CEO Elon Musk presented the new ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Elon Musk, China, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Wall Street Journal, Alexa, Zuckerberg, Reuters, El Chapo, Chris Cox


This $40 smart socket lets you control regular light bulbs with your phone — it works with all 3 major smart assistants too

Insider Picks   writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. The iDevices Socket allows you to control your dumb light bulbs with your phone or voice. It works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit, so should integrate with most smart homes. While it works well, it's not the best sol...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Trends, Philips, Philips Hue, Alexa, Alexa Google, Google Home, Apple Home, HomeKit Alexa, Insider Inc, Hue Hub


12 smart home gadgets that practically clean the house for you

Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. If you don't have the time or patience to clean your house, you're in luck: These smart cleaning gadgets will do it for you.  Robot vacuums, self-cleaning litter boxes, and even microwave cleaners can help you clean every inch of your ...
Tags: Google, Trends, Alexa, Insider Inc


More Google-powered speakers will be able to make calls (GOOGL)

Google is expanding calling capabilities through its Google Assistant to some third-party devices, according to  Android Authority . On a  support page , Google indicates that calling through the AI voice assistant is available on all Assistant-powered smart displays as well as on select speakers from Harman and Insignia. Expanding its calling capabilities could be key for Google in increasing its share of the smart speaker market and setting its devices apart from those of top compet...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Alexa, Harman, GOOGL, Android Authority, Google Home, Amazon Communication, Business Insider Intelligence s New Technologies


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Facebook is reportedly under criminal investigation over deals that gave Apple, Amazon, and other companies access to user data. The partnerships, first reported in June, gave those outside companies to data including friend lists, contact information, and even private messages — and not always with the user's consent. Uber is talking to SoftBank and Toyota about a $1 billion investment in its self-driving car business. The de...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, China, Softbank, US, Trends, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Toyota, Jack Dorsey, Daniel Ek, Eric Schmidt


How to Optimize Your Content for Voice Search

This article was contributed by Ellan Dineen. Research shows that the voice commerce sector was worth $1.8 billion in the US and $200 million in the UK during 2017. There’s no doubt that developments in technology and the rise of voice assisted devices around the world is changing the way content is managed and how users utilize the Internet. Voice search technology has a lot of advantages and understanding this technology can really give you an edge. This is especially true when it comes to mak...
Tags: Google, UK, Design, US, Siri, Seo, Blogging, Voice Search, Alexa, Google Voice Search, Blogging & Content Marketing, Ellan Dineen Research, Ellan


Google is reportedly cutting back on hardware, moving some workers to new jobs

Is the hardware honeymoon over at Google? That's certainly one interpretation of reports that have emerged from within the company suggesting Google seems to be trimming its product portfolio, or is about to. This despite the fact that the tech giant has enjoyed some degree of hardware success thanks to products like its Pixel smartphones and smart speakers that compete against Amazon's dominance in that market.Nevertheless, Google has begun reassigning employees away from is tablet and ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Motorola, News, Alexa, Rick Osterloh, Google Home, Nevertheless Google


Alexa and Google can control things outdoors, too, with this discounted weatherproof smart plug

You know what's cooler than having those gorgeous outdoor string lights in your backyard? Having those gorgeous outdoor string lights in your backyard and being able to control them with your voice using Alexa. The iClever Outdoor Smart Plug is a weatherproof Wi-Fi smart plug with two outlets, and each one can be controlled individually using Alexa or Google Assistant voice commands. Plug your string lights into one outlet, your fountain pump into the other, and enjoy! This nifty weatherproo...
Tags: Google, News, Palm, Alexa, Power Strip, Amazing Voice Controlled Power Strip


Apple Music comes to Fire TV

Apple Music is launching on Amazon Fire TV in the U.S. today, after rolling out in December to Amazon’s Echo line of smart speakers. The news is notable as it’s yet another example of the eased tensions between the two rivals following Apple CEO Tim Cook’s 2017 announcement of Apple’s agreement with Amazon. Their deal allowed Amazon’s Prime Video app to launch on Apple TV and saw the return of Apple products on Amazon.com. Since then, the companies have made several moves to honor their deal. La...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, Music, Media, Samsung, Tim Cook, Lg, Fire TV, Vizio, Amazon Fire TV, Streaming Service, Apple Music, Alexa, Amazon Their, U S Fire TV


Best Buy is offering amazing deals on Vizio's 4K TVs, including P-Series and E-Series models

Insider Picks   writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. If you're looking for a top-tier TV with excellent image quality, the Vizio P-series is an excellent way to go. For a limited time, Best Buy is offering an amazing deal on the 75-inch P-Series 4K smart TV. You can also get discou...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Best, Netflix, Vizio, Hdr, Alexa, Dolby Vision HDR, Insider Inc, Vizio TV, Christian de Looper, Malarie Gokey


Add Streaming Audio to Your Old Speakers with These Devices

Amazon You don’t need to throw out your good old speakers to add streaming audio to setup. All you need is a streaming audio device. They’re easy to use, and they’re not too expensive. There are a lot of audio streaming products on the market, though, and they all have different quirks and features. Some are specifically made for Amazon and Google smarthomes, and others are made to add streaming features and whole-home audio to large hi-fi setups. Lucky for you, we’ve taken the time to fin...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Crafts, Ebay, Walmart, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Chromecast Audio, Amazon Google, Google Home, Amazon Echo Input, eBay Sonos


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Google told dozens of employees in its laptop and tablet division to find new jobs at the company, raising questions about its hardware plans. The restructuring involves Google's "Create" division, which is responsible for developing and manufacturing the Pixelbook laptop and Pixel Slate tablet amongst the company's wider swath of "Made by Google" products. A leaked email revealed that Elon Musk must approve all new Tesla hir...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, Trends, Tesla, Netflix, Huawei, Bernie Sanders, Weibo, Alexa, Trump, Sanders, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Facebook Facebook, Amazon Alexa


Creative agency Virtue introduces genderless voice Q to challenge biases in technology

Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana and Bixby–almost all virtual assistants have something in common. Their default voices are women’s, though the role that plays in reinforcing gender stereotypes has been long documented, even inspiring the dystopian romance “Her.” Virtue, the creative agency owned by publisher Vice, wants to challenge the trend with a genderless voice called Q. The project, done in collaboration with Copenhagen Pride, Equal AI, Koalition Interactive and thirtysoundsgood, wa...
Tags: TC, Gender, Enterprise, Microsoft, Tech, Voice Assistants, Alexa, Inclusion, Apple Amazon, Bixby, Q, Virtue, Voice Technology, Siri Alexa Google Assistant Cortana, Copenhagen Pride Equal AI Koalition Interactive, Anna Jørgensen


Amazon's Alexa has 80,000 Apps -- and No Runaway Hit

Amazon's Echo-branded smart speakers have attracted millions of fans with their ability to play music and respond to queries spoken from across the room. But almost four years after inviting outside developers to write apps for Alexa, Amazon's voice system has yet to offer a transformative new experience. From a report: Surveys show most people use their smart speakers to listen to tunes or make relatively simple requests -- "Alexa, set a timer for 30 minutes" -- while more complicated tasks pro...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Google Play Store, Tech, Alexa, Alexa Amazon, Mark Einhorn


The best HomeKit devices you can buy to build your smart home

Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. If you decide to build your smart home with devices that are compatible with Apple's HomeKit ecosystem, you want to be sure that you're choosing the right gadgets. We've rounded up the best HomeKit devices you can buy to build your ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Trends, Siri, Philips, Hue, Dolby Vision, Philips Hue, Cnet, Homekit, Alexa, Belkin, Dolby Atmos, Google Home, Apple Home, HomePod


‘Alexa – open Platinum Agent’

RE/MAX Platinum Living has developed an Alexa skill in-house that allows consumers to contact agents directly through their Amazon echo devices.
Tags: Amazon, Technology, Radio, Alexa, Lead Generation, Industry News, Brokerage, Select, RE/MAX, Alexa Skill, Platinum Agent, RE/MAX Platinum Realty



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