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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and President Trump met behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss social media ahead of the 2020 election. The meeting was held to discuss "the world of social media in general," Trump said in a Twitter post. Trump tweeted on the same day that Twitter is "very discriminatory," and said the social media company removes his followers. Trump has previously accused social media companies of anti-conservati...
Tags: Apple, Twitter, Elon Musk, Cook, Softbank, Trends, Tesla, Fbi, Tim Cook, Nintendo, Warren Buffett, Jack Dorsey, Costco, Justice Department, Alexa, Joe


MoveEasy to launch ‘Concierge for Life’ Amazon Alexa skill in May

Post-transaction service company MoveEasy on Tuesday announced the upcoming launch of “Concierge for Life,” a new Amazon Alexa skill.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Alexa Skill, MoveEasy, Back-end Brokerage Solutions, Concierge For Life, Ven Ganapathy


Voiceflow, which allows anyone to make voice apps without coding, raises $3.5 million

The market for voice apps has opened up — Amazon Alexa’s platform alone has over 80,000 skills as of earlier this year — and there’s little sign of that growth slowing now that smart speakers have hit critical mass in the U.S. To capitalize on this trend, Voiceflow, a startup making it easier for product teams to build voice applications for Alexa and Google Assistant, has raised $3 million in seed funding. The round was led by True Ventures, and includes participation from ProductHunt founder R...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Apps, Toronto, Tech, Alexa, Invision, Clark Valberg, Bream, Conrad, Amazon Alexa, Braden, Ream, Andrew Lawrence, Kevin Hartz, Voiceflow


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Samsung says it will delay the consumer launch of its folding phone, the Galaxy Fold, after reviewers reported their review units malfunctioning. Samsung says it will announce the new release date in the coming weeks. Tesla kicked off a special event on Monday to show off its robo-taxi tech. Some experts have warned that CEO Elon Musk's previous comments about Tesla's self-driving software could be unsafe and even unethical. El...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Samsung, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Panasonic, State Department, Wall Street Journal, Lidar, Alexa, Elizabeth Holmes


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Facebook said that it has "unintentionally uploaded" the email contacts of 1.5 million new Facebook users since May 2016. The Silicon Valley company said the contact data was "unintentionally uploaded to Facebook," and it is now deleting them. Four reviewers of Samsung's Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone have said that the phone's display broke after just two days of use. The company said the Galaxy Fold's display is durable eno...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, UK, India, Samsung, Trends, Siri, Silicon Valley, Alexa, Madras, Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc, Amazon com Inc, Mountain View California, Amazon Alexa


Facebook working on creepy new voice assistant nobody wants or needs

Since early 2018, Facebook's artificial intelligence team has been developing an AI voice assistant to compete with the likes of Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri, reports Salvador Rodriguez of CNBC/NBC News. “The effort is coming out of the company’s division that works on long-term tech projects and hardware, including the company’s virtual reality Oculus headsets. A team based out of Redmond, Washington, has been spearheading the effort to build the new AI assistant.” Excerpt: The tech comp...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Post, Technology, News, Siri, Tech, Faceboook, Alexa, Josh Constine, Amazon Alexa, AR VR, Redmond Washington, CNBC NBC News


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Netflix posted its biggest quarter ever for paid subscriber growth, adding 9.6 million net paid subscribers globally. But the company's guidance for subscriber growth was weaker for the second quarter than Wall Street expected, sending the stock sliding. Apple and Qualcomm settled their patent dispute, sending Qualcomm's share price up. The pair have agreed to drop all litigation, and Apple will buy Qualcomm chips for the iPh...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Uber, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, UK, Saudi Arabia, China, India, Nbc News, Trends, Intel, Netflix, Alibaba


Amazon launches a certification program for Alexa skill developers

Developers building voice-enabled applications for Amazon Echo and other Alexa-powered devices will now have a new way to validate their abilities, with Amazon’s launch of a new AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – Specialty certification. This is the first time Amazon has offered a certification program for Alexa developers, the company says. Certification programs are standard in the technology industry — and AWS already offers a training program and certifications of its own that allow organiz...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Tech, Bloomberg, Aws, Amazon Echo, Amazon Web Services, Alexa, Kevin Kelly, Amazon Alexa, Smart Speakers, Alexa Skill Builder Specialty, Alexa Developer Console, Alexa Every, AWS Certification and Education Programs


Tried And Tested Travel Accessories That’ll Make Your Life On The Road Substantially Easier

If you travel a lot, you probably have a few things you always throw in your travel bag . And when you are away very often, traveling with mediocre gear is totally out of the question. After all, unwise packing can lead to massive delays, inconveniences, and a foul mood. So, if you don’t want any of the headaches that accompany these situations, we suggest you better save yourself the trouble and get these travel accessories by 4x44africa which offers all kinds of equipment and products to fi...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Sponsored, Amazon Alexa, Collapsible Umbrella


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Multiple YouTube viewers tracking the devastating fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris reported that live streams and news videos were displaying an information panel related to the September 11 terror attacks in the US. The information panels were automatically triggered as the fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral captured global attention. A New York Times investigation into how Google furnishes law enforcement with phone data e...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Lyft, Pinterest, Microsoft, India, US, Trends, Eu, Bloomberg, New York Times, Paris, Times, Foxconn, Alexa


Wieden & Kennedy takes top honors at Ad Age's 2019 A-List & Creativity Awards

For the second year in a row, Wieden & Kennedy took the highest honor at Ad Age's A-List & Creativity Awards Gala. The event was held at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan Monday night. See all of the 2019 A-List & Creativity Awards winners here. The agency topped Ad Age’s annual A-List on the strength of culture-leading campaigns for Nike, KFC, Bud Light and OkCupid and strong revenue growth in its New York office. Its work with the sportwear brand for the 30th anniversary of “Just Do It” fea...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, New York, Nbc, Australia, Advertising, NFL, Colin Kaepernick, Los Angeles, Chobani, Nike, Diageo, Netflix, Brooklyn, New York Times, Manhattan


Vizio is discounting a handful of great 4K TVs up to 75 inches — save up to $200 this week

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. Vizio is known for offering great TVs at affordable prices, and for a limited time its prices are even more affordable thanks to a series of deals. TVs range from the 55-inch E-Series TV, to the much larger 75-inch P-Series TV, which...
Tags: Google, Trends, Walmart, Best Buy, Vizio, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Dolby Vision HDR, Insider Inc, 4K TV Vizio


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Hackers were able to gain access to people's Microsoft emails accounts by abusing a weakness in the help portal. Microsoft told TechCrunch the hackers could not read users' emails, but Motherboard reports otherwise. Facebook's activist shareholders are making another dramatic bid to oust Mark Zuckerberg and abolish the firm's share structure. Investors will vote on two proposals to overhaul Facebook's governance at the social ne...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Lyft, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Instagram, Microsoft, China, Toronto, San Francisco, Trends, Britain, Ford, New York Times, Muslim


Home is where the heart is — and the office, mall and movie theater

Our homes have changed, becoming more complicated but also more significant in our lives. It's time to reconsider the home and it's importance in our lives.
Tags: Technology, Opinion, Lifestyle, Radio, Airbnb, Nest, Amazon Alexa, Select, Google Home


Smart speakers: five ways to get one on the cheap

Want to dip your toe in the voice-controlled world of Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant? Here are best, cheapest ways to startSales of smart speakers are soaring despite some people’s concerns over privacy, with Amazon’s Alexa leading the charge into homes in various Echo devices and Google’s Home and Assistant snapping at its heels.They come in various shapes, sizes and prices, but if you just want to dip your toe into the burgeoning voice-powered world, what’s the cheapest way to get Alexa...
Tags: Google, Technology, Money, UK News, Consumer affairs, Tablet Computers, Voice Recognition, Amazon Alexa, Smart Speakers


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Uber filed for its long-awaited IPO on Thursday. The ride-hailing company could net a valuation of more than $100 billion as it hits the stock market. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British police at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Thursday morning. The US requested his extradition and charged him with conspiracy to hack classified US government computers, in a document naming US Army intelligence analyst C...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Twitter, Europe, London, Saudi Arabia, Disney, US, Trends, Tesla, Bird, Julian Assange, Hitler, Jeff Bezos, Wikileaks, National Enquirer


Amazon staff listen to customers' Alexa recordings, report says

Staff review audio in effort to help AI-powered voice assistant respond to commands When Amazon customers speak to Alexa, the company’s AI-powered voice assistant, they may be heard by more people than they expect, according to a report.Amazon employees around the world regularly listen to recordings from the company’s smart speakers as part of the development process for new services, Bloomberg News reports. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Technology, Privacy, Internet, World news, Data Protection, Alexa, Bloomberg News, Amazon Alexa, Artificial intelligence (AI


Amazon Alexa now offers long-form news coverage in addition to Flash Briefings

One of the top use cases for Amazon Alexa is its ability to quickly summarize the day’s headlines via its customizable “Flash Briefing” skill. Now, Amazon is rolling out a new feature that will allow Alexa device owners to get more in-depth news from their preferred news provider, with this week’s launch of “long-form news.” Currently, the new feature works with news from Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, Newsy and NPR, Amazon says. Getting the news is already a top voice activity among smart spea...
Tags: Amazon, Media, Tech, Cnn, Speaker, Npr, Cnbc, Alexa, Newsy, Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Smart Speaker, Longer, Smart Speakers, Alexa Skill Store, Bloomberg CNBC CNN Fox News Newsy


New privacy assistant Jumbo fixes your Facebook & Twitter settings

Jumbo could be a nightmare for the tech giants, but a savior for the victims of their shady privacy practices. Jumbo saves you hours as well as embarrassment by automatically adjusting 30 Facebook privacy settings to give you more protection, and by deleting your old tweets after saving them to your phone. It can even erase your Google Search and Amazon Alexa history, with clean up features for Instagram and Tinder in the works. The startup emerges from stealth today to launch its Jumbo privacy ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, New York, Instagram, Microsoft, Privacy, Funding, Google Search


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Video conferencing company Zoom could be valued at $8 billion in upcoming IPO. Zoom has set an IPO price range of $28 to $32 per share, giving the company a $8.25 billion valuation on the upper end of the range. Tesla laid off dozens of salespeople after its disappointing Q1 delivery report. A Tesla representative confirmed the layoffs to Business Insider and said the affected stores remain open. Congress is planning to grill F...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Spacex, Elon Musk, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Washington Post, Trends, Tesla, Snapchat, Wall Street Journal, Oracle, Alexa, Piper Jaffray


Sonos partners with Ikea and announces $99 speaker

Ikea and Sonos are partnering on a a new range of connected speakers that will be available in August 2019. The Symfonisk speakers aren’t just cheap Ikea speakers with a Sonos logo. You’ll be able to control the speakers from the Sonos app just like a normal Sonos product. Ikea and Sonos showcased two different models for now — a bookshelf speaker that will cost $99 and a table lamp speaker that will retail for $179. They will available in black and white. The idea is to hide those speakers in s...
Tags: Gadgets, Spotify, Tech, Ikea, Sonos, Amazon Alexa, Sonos Beam, Symfonisk


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Britain just laid out plans to end the internet's Wild West days and take a world-leading role in regulating big tech. If internet platforms fail to keep hate speech and content relating to sexual abuse, violence, terrorism or self-abuse off their services, they will face huge fines under the proposed new rules. Amazon paid $97 million to acquire Eero in a fire-sale deal that left some shareholders with practically nothing, acco...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Spotify, Elon Musk, Pinterest, US, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Britain, New Zealand, Nasdaq, Wall Street Journal, Christchurch


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos said on Thursday that their divorce agreement had been finalized. MacKenzie Bezos said in a statement that she would grant Jeff Bezos all her interests in The Washington Post and Blue Origin, as well as 75% of the Amazon stock they owned and voting control over the shares she's retaining. Wannabe suitors are flooding MacKenzie Bezos with creepy messages now that she's poised to become one...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Washington Post, Trends, Jeff Bezos, Alexa, Zuckerberg, McDonald, Amazon Alexa, MacKenzie Bezos, Alexa Snap


This $75 wall outlet lets you plug in and control two devices separately using your favorite smart speaker or hub — here's how it works

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. Traditional smart outlets are great for people who want to quickly add smart control to appliances, but they're usually unsightly or bulky adapters and only control one device per outlet, or worse, cover up another outlet entirely. T...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Trends, Belkin, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant Amazon Alexa Apple, Insider Inc, Google Assistant Amazon Alexa


Daily Crunch: Apple cuts HomePod prices

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Apple’s HomePod gets a $50 price cut Announced in mid-2017 and released in early 2018, the Siri-powered product brought a very Apple approach to the category dominated by Amazon and Google, with premium sound and design at a premium price of $349. The $50 price drop puts the product under $300 — though...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Hardware, Yahoo, Mexico, Tech, Mit, Pandora, Alibaba, Huawei, Yahoo Japan, Alexa, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, HIPAA


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. More than 500 million Facebook users' personal data was left exposed on public servers by app developers. Researchers at security firm UpGuard found that the user data, which had been harvested from Facebook by third-party app developers, was sitting without any password protection on public Amazon servers it had been uploaded to. Verizon on Wednesday turned on its mobile 5G network, promising significantly faster speeds than ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Daily Telegraph, Alexa, Linus Torvalds, Motorola Moto, McDonald, Twitter Facebook, Twitter Facebook Instagram


Amazon drops price on smart power strips for Alexa and Google Home

Amazon has dropped prices on smart power strips that work with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Smart power strips cut clutter and cost less than multiple smart plugs in locations where there are several Alexa or Google Assistant devices. The post Amazon drops price on smart power strips for Alexa and Google Home appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Amazon, Deals, News, Trends, Smart Home, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Power Strips, Google Home


These Philips Hue outdoor light strips can brighten your backyard, patio, or stairs — and they only take 10 minutes to install

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. Outdoor light strips can add brightness and personality to any space and setting. The only problem is that there aren't many smart light strips that also look good themselves. The Philips Hue Lightstrip Outdoor (currently $90 on Amaz...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Trends, Philips, Philips Hue, Amazon Alexa, Philips Hue Lightstrip, Insider Inc, Google Assistant Amazon Alexa, Philips Hue Lightstrip Outdoor, Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus, Philips Hue Smart Bridge, Wi Fi Philips Hue, Philips Hue Lightstrip Outdoor on Amazon


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. YouTube's executives were aware the platform's issues with misinformation and hate speech, but chose to ignore internal warnings from staff about conspiracy theories and other questionable content. According to Bloomberg, worried employees tracked the rise of alt-right YouTubers and borderline content, but were essentially told not to rock the boat. YouTube placed multiple restrictions on content from far-right British activi...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Trends, Tesla, Eu, Bloomberg, Bbc, Ireland, Fca, Epa, Andreessen Horowitz, Environmental Protection Agency, Alexa


Amazon again slashes Whole Foods prices, doubles Prime member weekly deals

Amazon-owned Whole Foods announced a third round of price cuts that will see the grocer discounting hundreds of items, offering an average savings of 20 percent. Produce is an area of specific focus in this wave of price cuts, with lowered prices on seasonal items including greens, tomatoes, tropical fruits, and more. In addition, Amazon will expand its Prime benefits offered to Whole Foods shoppers with a larger selection of weekly deals, the company says. Lowering prices at Whole Foods was one...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Ecommerce, Shopping, Whole Foods, Tech, Walmart, Amazon.com, E-commerce, Retailers, Prime, Grocery, Prime Now, WSJ, Alexa



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