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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. 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


3 Pack Tenda Whole Home Mesh WiFi System For $65.20 Shipped From Amazon

3 Pack Tenda Whole Home Mesh WiFi System For $65.20 Shipped From Amazon This was selling for $99.99 yesterday and is now the lowest price ever from Amazon. Pay with Amazon gift cards purchased at an office supply store with a Chase Ink Cash card to earn 5 points per dollar! Works with Amazon Alexa Coverage Up to […]
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Amazon Alexa, Shipped From Amazon, Chase Ink Cash


Amazon and Best Buy halve the price of the Facebook Portal for Mother’s Day

Amazon and Best Buy both cut the price in half for the Facebook Portal smart display for Mother's Day. The Portal's smart camera will follow you as you move around the room during video calls. The Portal also has Amazon Alexa built in. The post Amazon and Best Buy halve the price of the Facebook Portal for Mother’s Day appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Deals, News, Trends, Best Buy, Smart Home, Amazon Alexa, Smart Displays, Facebook Portal, Facebook Portal Plus


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


Founders’ Co-op Raises $25M to Back More Pacific Northwest Startups

Founders’ Co-op, a Seattle-based venture capital firm that has backed nearly 100 startups since its launch 11 years ago, has raised a new, $25 million fund to continue making investments.According to a document filed with federal securities regulators, it’s the fourth fund Founders’ Co-op has raised, and the money came from 99 investors.In an email message, Founders’ Co-op managing partner Chis DeVore confirmed it recently raised money for a new investment fund. Asked about the firm’s plans wit...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Startups, Verizon, Trends, Outreach, Vc, Shipping, Ai, Baidu, Logistics, Seattle, Cleantech, TechStars, Verizon Communications, CRM


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


360i is on Ad Age’s 2019 A-List

Today, we’re excited to share that 360i has been named to the 2019 Ad Age A-List of the top shops in the country, marking the 9th year in a row that the agency has been honored in the annual A-List issue. Credit: Photography by Stephanie Diani 360i’s placement on the 2019 A-List arrives after a busy year filled with evolving leadership, ambitious wins, and bold experiments with new technologies. The honor is a testament to our ability to drive value for clients with our integrated service mode...
Tags: Hbo, Advertising, Marketing, Atlanta, United States, Ad Age, Advertising Age, A-list, Amazon Alexa, Dentsu, 360i News, Ad Age A-List, Voice Technology, Agency Awards, Stephanie Diani


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


Creativity Award 2019 (Featured Category) Best Use of Voice Tech: HBO, 'Westworld: The Maze'

Agency: 360i While voice tech was on the tips of everyone’s tongues in 2018, one of the few truly standout ideas was this entertaining campaign from 360i to promote HBO’s “Westworld” that leveraged Amazon Alexa skills. The voice-driven experience was available on Alexa-enabled devices and drew consumers into the show’s world in a choose-your-adventure-style game in the “Westworld” universe. The experience involved 11,000 lines of script and more than 60 storylines, delivered via 36 differen...
Tags: Amazon, Hbo, Advertising, Jeffrey Wright, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Angela Sarafyan, Bernard Arnold, Hbo Westworld


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


Amazon cuts prices on Echo Dot, Ring security, Fire Tablets, and more for Easter

Amazon slashed prices with deals on Echo Dot, Ring video doorbell and security systems, and Fire Tablets. Some of the best deals are for multiple-unit purchases. Most Ring deals include a free Echo Dot in addition to healthy price cuts. The post Amazon cuts prices on Echo Dot, Ring security, Fire Tablets, and more for Easter appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Deals, News, Trends, Smart Home, Ring, Amazon Alexa, Echo Dot


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


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


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


Amazon workers listening to Alexa recordings isn’t a big deal. Here’s why

Thousands of Amazon workers are reportedly listening to recorded conversations between Alexa and voice assistant speaker owners. The idea that humans are listening to our conversations is an outrage. Or is it? The post Amazon workers listening to Alexa recordings isn’t a big deal. Here’s why appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Smart Home, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Voice Assistant Speaker


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


There's a simple way to make sure Amazon workers can't listen to what you say to Alexa — here's how to do it (AMZN)

Recordings from your Amazon Alexa-enabled smart speaker can be sent to a team at Amazon to improve Alexa's functionality.  But it's possible to prevent your recordings from being sent to Amazon workers.  With that said, there's still a chance your recordings could be used for analysis, Alexa improvements, and new feature developments.  Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Thousands of Amazon employees and contractors can listen to what you say to Alexa via Alexa-enabled smart devices, ...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Bloomberg, Alexa, Business Insider, Amazon Alexa, Bloomberg Read, Tap Alexa, Tap Alexa Privacy


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


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Amazon workers get to hear some of what users tell Alexa, and they have a chat room to talk about "amusing" recordings. Amazon told Bloomberg that it only tasks humans with reviewing "an extremely small sample of Alexa voice recordings." Oracle and IBM are officially out of the race for a key $10 billion defense cloud contract as Amazon and Microsoft move ahead. The JEDI contract is expected to be awarded by mid-July at the ear...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, New York City, Disney, San Francisco, Trends, Bloomberg, Netflix, New York Times, New Jersey, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Hulu, Abc News, Wall Street Journal


These $130 light beams are like an art installation in your living room — they add great accent lighting and can support 16 million colors

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. Unlike smart light strips that are flexible and meant to be hidden for unobtrusive lighting, the LIFX Wi-Fi LED Beam is an inflexible device designed to be visible as if it were part of the decor. The $130 kit may be expensive for some...
Tags: Trends, Philips, Beam, Amazon Alexa, LIFX, Apple HomeKit Google, Insider Inc, Google Assistant Amazon Alexa, LIFX Wi Fi LED Beam, The Beams, Beam Kit, 3M Command Strips, Each Beam


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


Events DC Helps Visitors Find Their Way with Volara-powered Amazon Alexa

New York — April 9, 2019 — Through a strategic partnership between Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, and Volara, the voice hub for the hospitality industry, visitors to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center are finding their way around the facility and hosted events easier than ever before. The new voice-based wayfinding solution atop Amazon Alexa is powered by Volara's market-leading enterprise-grade conversation management technol...
Tags: Travel, New York, District Of Columbia, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Washington Convention Center, Volara


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