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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 Thursday. Google confirmed it will appeal its recent $57 million fine for breaching Europe's strict new privacy rules. Google said it was concerned about how the ruling would impact publishers. Canada's ambassador to China said that Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou has a strong case to avoid extradition to the United States. Ambassador John McCallum said that Meng has "quite good arguments" including "political involvement by comments from...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Elon Musk, Microsoft, China, Satya Nadella, US, Samsung, Trends, Tesla, Canada, United States


2019 Toyota Sienna Review: Performance For Families Where It Matters

92 SOLID 2019 Toyota Sienna SE Premium Overall Impression Ideal for families.All-wheel drive option is a plus.Kids will enjoy the rear entertainment system. Pros Versatility Cargo Space AWD Capability Cons Price Point Manual Removal of Captain's Chairs The 2019 Toyota Sienna is all about family-oriented features, versatility, interior space, and reliability. Upper trims add even more entertainment and accessibility options. If you live in a cold climate, the Sienna ...
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Epa, Jbl, Interior, Sienna, Amazon Alexa, Toyota Sienna, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, Entune, Toyota Sienna SE Premium, Toyota Sienna Families


Amazon pulls Echo Wall Clock off the market due to connectivity issues

After customer complaints about connectivity issues, Amazon has pulled the Echo Wall Clock from the market. According to an Amazon spokesperson, the company plans to start selling the Echo Wall Clock again when the problem is resolved. The post Amazon pulls Echo Wall Clock off the market due to connectivity issues appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, News, Trends, Smart Home, Amazon Alexa, Echo Wall Clock


Amazon confirms it has 10,000 employees working on Amazon Alexa

Amazon has 10,000 employees who work on Alexa development. Thousands of people focus on building Alexa's knowledge base while others work on Alexa's personality, machine learning, interaction, conversational skills, and other features. The post Amazon confirms it has 10,000 employees working on Amazon Alexa appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, News, Trends, Smart Home, Alexa, Amazon Alexa


Sing with Freddie Mercury with the ‘Ay-Oh with Bohemian Rhapsody’ Alexa skill

20th Century Fox announced a new Alexa Skill for Freddie Mercury fans. To celebrate the digital release of Bohemian Rhapsody and a National Day of "Ay-Oh," fans can download the Ay-Oh with Bohemian Rhapsody Skill. The post Sing with Freddie Mercury with the ‘Ay-Oh with Bohemian Rhapsody’ Alexa skill appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Music, News, Trends, Fox, Freddie Mercury, Smart Home, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Movies & TV, Bohemian Rhapsody, Amazon Alexa skills, Alexa Skill for Freddie Mercury


Amazon has paused sales of its Echo Wall Clock due to connectivity issues

Amazon launched an Echo Wall Clock before the end of the last year but, less than a month later, things aren’t running to schedule. The e-commerce giant has paused the sale of the $30 Alexa-powered smart clock after a number of customers reported connectivity issues, according to The Verge. The clock is still listed on Amazon but, as of Tuesday, it is “currently unavailable.” “We’re aware that a small number of customers have had issues with connectivity. We’re working hard to address this an...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Publishing, Tech, Computing, Amazon Echo, Microwave, Alexa, World Wide Web, Clock, Amazon Alexa


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Google says data is more like sunlight than oil, one day after being fined $57 million over its privacy and consent practices. Google's CFO Ruth Porat seemed to be trying to move away from comparisons with greedy oil barons in comments made at the World Economic Forum. Apple is reportedly planning to change a key component of every iPhone lineup by 2020, and now one of its major suppliers is scrambling. Apple is likely to cut...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Europe, Japan, UK, Beyonce, Trends, Davos, Brazil, Ibm, Huawei, Palantir, Latin America, Alexa, Ruth Porat


BoAt Stone 700A Alexa-powered water-resistant smart speaker launched for Rs. 3199

BoAt lifestyle has launched the Alexa powered smart speaker; the Stone 700A in India. It comes with IPX6 water resistance and features 1.75-inch x 2 full range drivers that pump out a power output of 10W RMS. It supports Alexa and connects via Bluetooth V4.2.  It comes with an Aux wire for dual connectivity. Users can access Alexa from the button on the speaker itself or use the boAt Nirvana App. For access to full functionality, one can register using the Amazon Alexa app to make the experienc...
Tags: Amazon, Accessories, News, India, Blogging, Boat, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, boAt Stone 700A, BoAt Stone 700A price, Stone 700A, Saurabh Goswami Marketing Head


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. France fined Google $57 million for breaking Europe's strict new privacy rules. The regulator, CNIL, said Google didn't properly explain how or why it collects people's data. WhatsApp will only let people forward messages 5 times to fight fake news. The messaging app has already trialled the five-forwards restriction in India, where a series of high-profile lynchings were supposedly sparked by false information going viral on t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Europe, Elon Musk, France, India, Trends, Cnn, Cern, Brazil, Just Eat, Cnil, Alexa, Musk


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gave an unconvincing speech to a conference in Munich about privacy, just at the point she needs to sound sincere for regulators.Sandberg talked about how Facebook needed to do better, and its commitment to stopping election interference and abuse, but audience members described her comments as rehearsed. Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei warned of job losses thanks to global fears about the firm's equipment. ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, China, Germany, Disney, Trends, Earth, Netflix, Munich, Hulu, Huawei, Sheryl Sandberg, Alexa, Accel, Sequoia


You can play NPR’s ‘Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me’ on your smart speaker

You can play "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" on Amazon Echo speakers or Google Home devices with the new Wait Wait Quiz. It's hosted by Peter Sagal and Bill Kurtis and will be updated every week with new questions. The post You can play NPR’s ‘Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me’ on your smart speaker appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Npr, Smart Home, Amazon Echo, Echo Speaker, Don, Bill Kurtis, Amazon Alexa, Peter Sagal, Google Assistant, Google Home


From WhatsApp to Alexa : why the ad-free era is over

As we grow wiser to marketing, advertisers are finding new ways and places to plug productsWe’ve weaned ourselves off banner advertisements, with a fifth of us using ad blockers in our internet browsers, according to research firm eMarketer. So-called “native advertising” online, where advertising is presented in a similar way to editorial, has failed to take off. A US study last year from found native advertising is no better at getting us to buy than standard online ads.“Consumers are very goo...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Advertising, US, Snapchat, Whatsapp, Online Shopping, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Huddersfield University, Lisa Du Lieu


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


Spotify In-Car Music Player is Coming – Competing with Apple, Google and Amazon In-Car Services

Spotify is planning to compete with Apple (with CarPlay), Google (Assistant and Android Auto), and Amazon (Alexa) with a new in-car music player with voice controls later this year. The Spotify in-car player will sync with car stereos through Bluetooth — much like a smartphone — and include buttons you can preset to correspond with your favourite playlists. The device will support voice commands like those currently offered in the Spotify mobile app. Hardware is a very difficult market to ente...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Music, Hardware, Streaming, Android Auto, Digital Music News, Apple Google, Music Player, Amazon Alexa, In-car, CarPlay Google


Smart Products Abound at CES 2019

From mirrors to coffee machines, assistants are migrating into nearly every product At this year’s CES, countless products on display promoted their assisted capabilities. Last year’s show delivered us the first glimpses of virtual assistants embedded into everyday devices, but 2019 previewed the phenomenon’s mainstreaming—Google Assistant in a mirror, Amazon’s Alexa taking queries from inside your toilet and more. There is valid skepticism about the possibility of …
Tags: Google, Amazon, Design, Tech, Ces, Devices, Alexa, Consumer Electronics Show, Smart appliances, Amazon Alexa, Smart Tech, Google Assistant, CES 2019


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


NPR turns comedy game show ‘Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me!’ into an Alexa and Google voice app

NPR is turning its popular game show program “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” into a voice application for smart speakers, including both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant-powered devices. The new app lets listeners play along at home by answering the fill-in-the-blank questions from this week’s news – just like the players do on the NPR podcast and radio show, that’s today aired on more than 720 NPR Member stations. Also like the NPR program, the new smart speaker game includes the voice talent o...
Tags: Google, Apps, Game, Tech, Npr, Voice, Alexa, Bill Kurtis, Amazon Alexa, Peter Sagal, Smart Speaker, Voice Apps, VaynerSmart NPR


NPR Has Turned ‘Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me’ Into a Game for Smart Speakers

NPR has turned its popular “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” news quiz show into an interactive game for smart speakers: Owners of speakers powered by Google’s Assistant or Amazon Alexa will be able to play along to questions about the news of the week. Just like the radio show, the quiz is being hosted by […]
Tags: Google, News, Npr, Amazon Echo, Amazon Alexa, Wait Wait Don, Google Home


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


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


The best PCs, gadgets, and future tech of CES 2019 (ars technica)

Enlarge / Samsung's Space monitor in a lowered configuration. (credit: Samsung) CES 2019 has finally come to an end—and by and large, it was a more interesting show than last year's. To that end, the Ars reviews staff has put together another annual Best in Show list, and this group of products we consider particularly interesting. As was the case with CES 2018, the main takeaway from most of the press releases and product pitches we've read and heard over the past couple of weeks has been "Go...
Tags: Google, News, Samsung, Ars, Amazon Alexa, Samuel Axon


CES 2019: Truth, tech and the art of experience

For the past 55 years, CES is where companies, inventors, investors and industry opinion formers have come to learn about, launch and monetize the innovations that have shaped our lives and futures. More than just a ‘tech’ show, from the announcement of the VCR in 1970 to the showcasing of wearable tech in 2014, CES is the place where brands have defined our modern lives through innovation. While technology and innovation are the lifeblood of growth for the companies that come here to make a sp...
Tags: Advertising, Healthcare, Amazon Alexa, Bixby, Brand News, G Ventures, CES 2019, Alexa Siri Cortana, Google Microsoft Apple Amazon Alibaba Samsung LG, Christopher Nurko


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. 1. Facebook's business model is under scrutiny in Germany, where a local regulator will reportedly order the social network to stop collecting certain user data. German authorities don't like the way Facebook collects information about people via WhatsApp and Instagram and third-party sites. 2. Norwegian authorities are investigating allegations that Tidal's streaming numbers for Beyonce and Kanye West albums were inflated. Play...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Beyonce, Instagram, Microsoft, Mexico, Germany, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, Intel, Kylie Jenner, Qualcomm, Jeff Williams, Alexa


Amazon Echo Show (2nd gen) review: Alexa's bigger, brighter smart display

The latest smart speaker with screen looks better, sounds great and has built-in smart hubThe new second generation Echo Show is bigger with a better display, but is size enough to keep Amazon ahead of stiff competition from Google?Since the original Echo Show launched last year the software has been refined, but the experience is broadly the same. The Show is a voice-first Alexa speaker, with touch interactivity as an additional input rather than the core experience. If you never wanted to touc...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Technology, Smart Homes, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Smart Speakers, Echo Show


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Apple is planning three new iPhone models in 2019, including a successor to the iPhone XR. One of the new models will include a triple camera, while the others will include a double rear camera, according to the Wall Street Journal. Wang Weijing, an executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei, has been fired following charges of espionage in Poland. It's the second arrest of a Huawei executive in two months after Meng Wanzhou, the co...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Facebook, Instagram, China, US, Trends, Siri, Iran, Tencent, Poland, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Alexa, Epic Games, Unity


There’s Now a Smart Toilet With an Alexa Speaker, but You Won't Believe What It Costs

Are you frequently underwhelmed by your toilet? The manufacturing company Kohler is right there with you, it seems, as it showed off a brand-new shiny smart toilet at this week's CES 2019 (Consumer Electronics Show), and it certainly grabbed the attention of the media, who were there reporting on the latest life-changing gadgets and robots. The impressive design is like nothing we've ever seen - it plays music (love it), offers completely customizable ambient lighting (because, let's be honest,...
Tags: Religion, Tech, Ces, Cnbc, Bathrooms, Kohler, Amazon Alexa, Numi, Alexa Speaker


Can Alexa for Business Help Your Company?

Small businesses are building on the potential Amazon Echo devices offer by buying into Alexa for Business. The new service allows employees to use the AI assistant to streamline and automate work production. It also enables employees to join meetings and carry out certain tasks from home or other remote locations by using their personal Alexa device. Amazon Alexa for Business Bringing Things Together Under One Roof Alexa for Business corrals data from user accounts, devices and skills in y...
Tags: Sales, Cisco, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Small Business Operations, Alexa For Business, Alexa for Business Help Your Company


A $7,000 Smart Toilet With an Alexa Speaker Exists, and We Can See the Kids Messing With It Already

Are you frequently underwhelmed by your toilet? The manufacturing company Kohler is right there with you, it seems, as it showed off a brand-new shiny smart toilet at this week's CES 2019 (Consumer Electronics Show), and it certainly grabbed the attention of the media, who were there reporting on the latest life-changing gadgets and robots. The impressive design is like nothing we've ever seen - it plays music (love it), offers completely customizable ambient lighting (because, let's be honest,...
Tags: Religion, Tech, Ces, Cnbc, Alexa, Bathrooms, Kohler, Amazon Alexa, Numi