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Use a Smart Speaker to Structure Your Kid's At-Home School Day

One of the perks of in-person school is the structure it brings to your kids’ day: There’s a schedule for students to follow, with clear start and finish times for each period, probably marked by a bell, and possible consequences for tardiness.Read more...
Tags: Lifehacks, Homeschooling, Alexa, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers

Microsoft, Amazon back a SoCal company making microchips specifically for voice-based apps

Microsoft’s venture capital fund, M12 Ventures has led a slew of strategic corporate investors backing a new chip developer out of Southern California called Syntiant, which makes semiconductors for voice recognition and speech-based applications. “We started out to build a new type of processor for machine learning, and voice is our first application,” says Syntiant chief executive Kurt Busch. “We decided to build a chip for alwyas-on battery powered devices.” Those chips need a different...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Microsoft, California, Tech, Intel, Artificial Intelligence, Kurt Busch, Director, Voice Recognition, Alexa, Intel Capital, Southern California, Busch, Semiconductors, Microsoft Corp

Amazon releasing interactive game Starfinder via Alexa-enabled devices

The adaptation of the tabletop RPG stars Nathan Fillion and Laura Bailey
Tags: Amazon, Gaming, News, Trends, Alexa, Nathan Fillion

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. Trump reportedly said TikTok has until September 15 to find a US buyer or it will be banned — and that the US Treasury should get payment as part of the sale. Trump previously threatened to imminently ban the app, which is owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based company. TikTok's owner ByteDance is looking outside of the US for its new TikTok headquarters. In a statement M...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Twitter, Elon Musk, New York, California, Russia, Singapore, US, Trends, Tesla, Beijing, US Treasury, Ubisoft, Garmin, Alexa

If you're on invite-only tech-testing scheme, take care with Amazon's Alexa-powered answer to Google's Glass

iFixit reveals repair won't be trivial At $179.99 (£140), Amazon's Echo Frames smart glasses aren't cheap. So, if they break, can they be easily fixed? According to the veteran tech torturers at iFixit, the answer is... not really.…
Tags: Google, Amazon, Software, Alexa

Extra $10 off Gosund Smart Light Switch, Works with Alexa and Google Home, 4 Pack White (Amazon}

  Huge Savings on Amazon! Get this Gosund Smart Light Switch, Works with Alexa and Google Home, 4 Pack White at a great price. Plus, Clip the Extra $10 coupon! This is a nice product to make your home a smart home! Details: Install Easily and Safe:Gosund 15 A smart switch is more safe than... Read More
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Alexa, Online Deals, Google Home, Gosund Smart Light Switch Works

Opinion: Radio’s Doom, Gloom and Boom!

A brief but firm insight into how the radio scene should look once the balance of power is more evenly spread. I speak as a former employee of major groups and now as an independent station owner. During the last few weeks, the industry has fragmented hideously to a complete David & Goliath scenario. Bauer & Global have acted swiftly to refine brands, shed workforce to refine their business models. Nothing short of scandalous has pretty much been the social media onslaught regarding the cull. F...
Tags: UK, Opinion, US, Bbc, David, Radio, Sirius Xm, Alexa, Goliath, David Goliath, Bauer Global, Kev roberts

Samsung 58″ QLED 4K UHD Dual LED Quantum HDR Smart TV With Alexa Built-In For $599.99 Shipped From Amazon

Samsung 58″ QLED Q60T Series 4K UHD Dual LED Quantum HDR Smart TV With Alexa Built-In For $599.99 Shipped From Amazon This was selling for $797.99 yesterday and is now the lowest price ever from Amazon. 100% COLOR VOLUME WITH QUANTUM DOT*: Quantum dots produce over a billion shades of color that stay true-to-life even […]
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Samsung, Lcd, Alexa

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. Microsoft is in talks to buy TikTok from its parent company ByteDance, which are set to conclude by September 15. Microsoft announced Sunday talks were resuming after Trump threatened to ban the app in the US, and CEO Satya Nadella said he had personally spoken with Trump. Microsoft isn't the only company bidding on TikTok, Bloomberg reports. An anonymous source said Ti...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, Spacex, Microsoft, Stanford, China, Softbank, Satya Nadella, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Bloomberg, Nasa, Earth, Bbc, New York Times

Amazon targeted sellers, investees, AWS clients with anti-competitive practices: 9 key takeaways from Bezos’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

On questioning by Representative Joe Neguse (D-CO), who is also the vice-chair of the subcommittee on antritrust, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos conceded that Amazon accounts for 40% of “online retail sales in the e-commerce market stream”. In his prepared testimony, Bezos had said, “Amazon accounts for less than 1% of the $25 trillion global retail market and less than 4% of retail in the US”, characterising retail as everything — including restaurants, bars, gas stations, Neguse pointed out...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, News, Congress, China, India, US, Competition, Netflix, House, New York Times, Antitrust, Aws, Jeff Bezos, Johnson

App Recap: Filter, Hue Menu Bar, TimeBloc and Major App Updates

In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted productivity app "Filter," utilities app "Hue Menu Bar for Philips Hue," and productivity app "TimeBloc" as three apps that are worth checking out. We've also compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week. Apps to Check Out Filter - Website and App Blocker (Mac, Free) - Filter is an app that lets users organize websites and apps to block into customizable lists that feature a duration or end time set by users. Once the blocker h...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Apple Store, Philips Hue, Alexa, Apple Store Apple, Amazon Alexa Amazon, App Recap, Hue Menu Bar for Philips Hue, App Blocker Mac Free Filter, Hue Menu Bar for Philips Hue Mac

This Week in Apps: A guide to the US antitrust case against Apple, Microsoft in talks to buy TikTok

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series* that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 billion valuatio...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Apps, Spotify, Microsoft, Congress, China, India, Americas, US, Tech, Eu, Bloomberg

Amazon Canada Deals: Save 32% on Dibea Cordless Lightweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner + 46% on Rockport Men Shoes + More Offers

Amazon Canada has awesome deals available now! The Amazon Canada deals include: Get Dibea Cordless Lightweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner, for $149.99, Save 32% off Get Echo Dot (3rd gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa, for $49.99, Save 29% off Get Ninja Nutri Ninja| Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ, for $169.99, Save 39% off Get Ninja Nutri Pro Blender, for $69.99, Save 22% off Get Bissell Easysweep Compact Manual Sweeper, for $19.99, Save 33% off Get Dibea Lightweight Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, for $169.9...
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Microsoft Is Shutting Down Cortana On Multiple Devices, Including iOS and Android

At Microsoft's Ignite conference in late 2019, the company said it was planning to shut down its standalone Cortana mobile apps as it refocuses on business users. Microsoft today is following through with that plan, announcing that it will shut down the current Cortana iOS and Android apps, end Cortana support for the Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker, and remove the original Cortana functionality from the first-generation Surface Headphones starting in 2021. The Verge reports: These changes ar...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Cortana, Tech, Alexa, Amazon Microsoft, Harman Kardon Invoke

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. Amazon reported a record quarterly profit and 40% sales growth backed by strong COVID-related demand. Amazon had $5.2 billion in net profit, after having warned it would spend all of the $4 billion it was expecting to make for the quarter on COVID-related initiatives. Facebook shrugged off the pandemic to beat expectations for revenue, profits, and user growth, sending ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, Spacex, Fcc, China, US, Samsung, Trends, Eu, Huawei, Alexa, Alphabet, Amazon Alexa

The best Alexa-enabled devices for 2020

Here's a breakdown of some of our favorite Alexa-enabled devices, from refrigerators to security cameras.
Tags: Trends, Alexa

The SkyTote Battery Sleeve for your Amazon Echo sets Alexa free

Where would we be without Alexa? Without Amazon’s virtual assistant, who would we ask to play back our favorite songs or tell us the weather or beatbox? No, seriously...ask Alexa to beatbox. Of course, Alexa does have her limitations. The biggest one being that she’s tethered to an electrical outlet. For the vastness of her all-knowing powers, Alexa, and the Amazon Echo she’s working through, are dependent on staying plugged in, which means their range only extends as far as the power cord. ...
Tags: Post, News, Shop, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Without Amazon, SkyTote Battery Sleeve for Amazon Echo

Brand Moves for Thursday July 30

Twenty-two weeks ago, when the gravity of the situation became clear, we started daily reporting on how brands were dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. What’s now becoming clear is that the current climate is one of near-perpetual disruption. So we made the decision to keep on telling the stories of inspiring brand leadership and strategy amid the latest crises in an anxious world. Our goal remains the same: to provide an up-to-the-minute source of information, inspiration and insight on brand mo...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, UK, Minnesota, Jimmy Kimmel, Microsoft, La, Advertising, Walmart, Portugal, Sainsbury, Argos, NHL, Washington Redskins, Illinois

Just 48 hours left on early bird passes to Disrupt 2020

You have a mere 48 hours left to join the first global Disrupt at the lowest possible price. Disrupt 2020 runs September 14-18 — five days packed with opportunity for founders, investors, entrepreneurs and every other role across the startup universe. Your first opportunity — saving up to $300 on your Disrupt 2020 pass — expires on July 31 at 11:59 p.m. (PT). Don’t put off saving when every dollar counts. Purchase your pass today, and then get ready to grab the keys to success and drive your bus...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Hbo, Washington, Tech, Kerry, Alexa, Liu, Toni Reid, Rohit Prasad, Howie Liu, Disrupt 2020, Netflix Hulu Quibi Disney, Alexa Experience Echo Devices, Alexa Artificial Intelligence Airtable, Startup Battlefield Digital Startup Alley

AI assistants work perfectly in the UK – unless you're from Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham, Belfast...

Folk outside London cry: Why doesn't Alexa understand me? To those of us born here, Britain is a wondrous cornucopia of accents and dialects. To visitors, like US-bred AI assistants, people outside of London may as well not speak English.…
Tags: UK, London, US, Software, Britain, Alexa, Cardiff Glasgow Liverpool Birmingham Belfast

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. Emails released on Wednesday by the congressional subcommittee investigating antitrust in Big Tech gave an insight into how Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon headed off competitive threats. The emails revealed how Google bought YouTube; why Amazon bought Ring; why Steve Jobs cut off a developer; and why Facebook acquired Instagram. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said he coul...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Australia, Steve Jobs, Youtube, Trends, Eu, Nasa, Jeff Bezos, Republican, Wall Street Journal, Alexa, Trump, Jim Jordan

Amazon’s hardware business doesn’t escape Congressional scrutiny

While much of today’s Congressional grilling into the anticompetitive practices of the big tech giants focused on their core businesses, Amazon’s hardware also came in for close inspection during the hours-long interrogation. It was a small but significant exchange, because it touched on the breadth of the company’s services and how dominance in one area can mean potentially anti-competitive behavior in another part of the tech giant’s business. Lawmakers argue that big tech stands to benefit ...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Echo, Hbo, Maryland, Congress, Colorado, Wall Street Journal, Alexa, Bezos, Congressional, Facebook Apple, Raskin, Jamie Raskin, Ken Buck

Connected audio was a bad choice

The past week, I’ve spent ample time looking to revamp my home audio setup. I think my only qualification is that my next setup is as dumb as possible. In the past five years, my setup has gone from a fairly middling wired 2.1 speaker setup to a confusing menagerie of connected smart speakers. I’ve likely gone through at least five Google Assistant-laden speakers including the Google Home Max, a couple connected Sonos speakers, three HomePods, a Facebook Portal+, non-smart speakers connect...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Technology, Hardware, Tech, AV, Chromecast, Telecommunications, Computing, Speaker, Sonos, Operating System, Operating Systems, Alexa, Apple Inc

‘This should never have happened’: lawmakers condemn Facebook’s Instagram acquisition – live

Jerry Nadler unimpressed with Mark Zuckerberg’s answer on Instagram deal, while Amazon boss Jeff Bezos accused of hypocrisyBillionaire bosses to feel the heat from CongressUS sees deadliest day of coronavirus summer – live 9.22pm BST Representative Jerry Nadler addresses the issues Facebook and Google have caused in the media industry. “Facebook and Google have greatly threatened journalism in the United States. Reporters have been fired, local newspapers have been shut down,” he said. “This...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Technology, Media, Instagram, Maryland, Social Networking, Economics, World news, US news, United States, US politics

Walmart launches its own voice assistant, ‘Ask Sam,’ initially for employee use

Walmart is expanding its use of voice technology. The company announced today its taking its employee assistance voice technology dubbed “Ask Sam” and making it available to associates at over 5,000 Walmart stores nationwide. The tool allows Walmart employees to look up prices, access store maps, find products, view sales information, check email and more. In recent months, Ask Sam has also been used to access COVID-19 information, including the latest guidelines, guidance and safety videos. ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Tech, Walmart, Sam, Voice, Alexa, Sam s Club, Google Express, Google Home

Where is voice tech going?

Richard Dal Porto Contributor 2020 has been all but normal. For businesses and brands. For innovation. For people. The trajectory of business growth strategies, travel plans and lives have been drastically altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a global economic downturn with supply chain and market issues, and a fight for equality in the Black Lives Matter movement — amongst all that complicated lives and businesses already. One of the biggest stories in emerging techno...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Wearables, Column, Hardware, Media, Podcasts, Siri, Tech, Bbc, Artificial Intelligence, Venture Capital

The best speakers with Google Chromecast built-in

A great Google Chromecast speaker not only allows for easy connectivity from Google and Android devices but also sounds great and may have Google Assistant, too. The Google Home Max is our top pick because it has the best sound, seamlessly connects to your Chromecast, and it has the Google Assistant for voice control. Multi-room audio is no longer just a dream. If you're an Apple user, it's easy to achieve multi-room audio with AirPlay 2. If you use Amazon's Alexa, then you can do so with spea...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Trends, Chromecast, Lg, Toshiba, Cnet, Alexa, Dolby Atmos, Jbl, Steven Cohen, Amazon Alexa, Google Chromecast, Google Home, Google Home Max

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. The CEOs of Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are set to testify before Congress in a historic antitrust hearing. The CEOs, who will likely appear remotely over video, will have to defend the growing power of their tech companies to skeptical lawmakers. Amazon posted CEO Jeff Bezos' prepared testimony Tuesday on its blog ahead of his appearance at the historic Cong...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, Elon Musk, UK, New York, Microsoft, Congress, US, Trends, Tesla, Spain, Nintendo, Mario, Luigi

Sundar Pichai to downplay competition concerns in US Big Tech antitrust testimony

In an antitrust hearing in the US on Wednesday, Google and its parent company Alphabet’s CEO Sundar Pichai will downplay concerns on the internet giant’s market dominance, his prepared remarks show. “Google operates in highly competitive and dynamic global markets, in which prices are free or falling, and products are constantly improving. Today’s competitive landscape looks nothing like it did 5 years ago, let alone 21 years ago, when Google launched its first product, Google Search,” Pichai wi...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, India, US, Competition, House Of Representatives, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai, Alexa

Sundar Pichai will tell Congress that Google's search and advertising business faces plenty of competition, and that its free products benefit the 'average American.' Read his prepared remarks in full (GOOG, GOOGL)

On Wednesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai will testify before Congress alongside the CEOs of Apple, Amazon, and Facebook in a grilling on antitrust. In his opening remarks, Pichai will argue that Google operates in a "highly competitive market" and make the point that users have access to search tools outside of Google's own. He'll also argue that competition in ads from the likes of Twitter has driven down costs that benefit consumers. He'll also say that free Google services like Search, Gmail,...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Texas, Instagram, Congress, Youtube, India, New York City, America, Trends, Google Analytics, Austin, Silicon Valley, Sundar Pichai, Committee, Alexa