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Alexa Can Now Alert You if Glass Breaks or Your Smoke Alarm Goes Off

If you’ve got an Amazon Echo, it can now double as a secondary alert system for fires and break-ins. Today, Amazon is introducing a new feature in the U.S. called Alexa Guard, which will notify you with audio and video clips whenever it detects your smoke alarm or the sound of broken glass. Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Privacy, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Today Amazon, Security Systems, Alexa Guard


Google's ad business is facing its biggest new threat in years, but for Google's Q1 earnings, Amazon's 'bark is worse than the bite' (GOOG, GOOGL)

Much has been made about Amazon's growing digital ad business — which, in terms of revenue, has established itself as the third biggest player in the market behind Facebook and Google.  But ahead of Google earnings call on Monday, Wall Street analysts believe the company's core business — which is built on digital search ads — will remain strong.  "The bark is worse than the bite" when it comes to Amazon's threat to Google's ad business, Dan Ives, a Managing Director of Equity Research at Wed...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Disney, Trends, Cisco, Intel, Netflix, Arizona, Lenovo, Alphabet, Business Insider, Sebastian, Equity Research, Ives


Amazon Pay instant P2P UPI payments launched in India

Amazon launched Amazon Pay UPI for seamless transactions on Android in February this year. The company partnered with Axis bank to issue UPI IDs to its customers and allowed them to link their bank account on their Amazon mobile app and make fast, easy, and secure payments directly from the bank account. Today, Amazon has launched person to person (P2P) payments through UPI for Android users with a launch offer. Amazon users can now make instant bank-to-bank transfers using UPI platform on ...
Tags: Amazon, News, India, Blogging, UPI, Today Amazon, Amazon Pay, Amazon Pay India, Amazon Pay UPI, Amazon Pay P2P, Amazon Pay payments, Amazon Pay Send/Receive money


Time Tidbits: Amazon Mother's Day Storefront

Mother’s Day is coming up, and whether you’re searching for something for a new mom, mother-in-law, grandmom or dog mom, Amazon is here to help. Today, Amazon launched its new curated Mother’s Day storefront to help customers find the perfect gifts to celebrate mom this year (and all year round).Brought to you by: Frugal Focus
Tags: Amazon, Frugality, Today Amazon


Amazon Earth Week Sale: Over 200 deals on refurbished mobile phones, laptops, headphones and more

Amazon India has been selling refurbished smartphones, laptops and other electronics on its website from quite a long time under the Amazon Renewed category. Although the regular products have seen price cuts, discounts, offers, etc, there hasn't been much for the refurbished products. Today, Amazon has announced deals on refurbished mobile phones and other electronic gadgets on its website as a part of Earth Week. Amazon is celebrating 'Earth Week', which is a curated event where the compa...
Tags: Amazon, News, India, Blogging, Amazon India, Today Amazon, Amazon Renewed, Amazon Earth Week, Earth Week Amazon


Wandering , Innovation & Failure: Amazon 2018 Shareholder Letter

Today Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos published his annual shareholder letter. Take a minute to read the letter his thoughts provide some interesting insights into their culture and their thoughts on both innovation and failure. Amazon 2018 Letter to Shareholders To our shareowners: Something strange and remarkable has happened over the last 20 years. Take a look at these numbers: 1999 – 3% 2000 – 3% 2001 – 6% 2002 – 17% 2003 – 22% 2004 – 25% 2005 – 28% 2006 – 28% 2007 – 29% 2008 – 30% 2009 – 31% 2010 ...
Tags: Amazon, Featured, Ebay, America, Star Trek, Aws, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Delaware, Alexa, Branding, Career Choice, GAAP, Amazon com Inc, Jeffrey P Bezos, Today Amazon


Party like it’s $1,999: Jeff Bezos and Robert Downey Jr. will headline re:MARS fest in Vegas

Amazon didn't have to look very far for one of the biggest headliners due to appear at re:MARS, the Seattle-based company's open-to-the-public event focusing on artificial intelligence and other tech frontiers. Billionaire founder Jeff Bezos will share the stage with actor/producer Robert Downey Jr. and a cavalcade of CEOs, researchers and Amazon executives. Today Amazon is taking the wraps off the starting lineup for the first re:MARS conference, set to take place June 4-7 at the Aria R...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Robert Downey Jr, Las Vegas, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Vegas, Today Amazon, Aria Resort and Casino


How Amazon took 50% of the e-commerce market and what it means for the rest of us

Jun-Sheng Li Contributor Jun-Sheng (Jun) Li is an Executive in Residence at Canvas Ventures and was the former senior vice president of Walmart's global e-commerce supply chain. As SVP of Walmart’s global ecommerce supply chain for five years until 2018, I had a front row seat to how brick-and-mortar retailers were responding to Amazon’s dominance in e-commerce. Most of us were alarmed. And who could blame us? Today, Amazon has nearly50% of all e-commerce trade....
Tags: Amazon, Column, Nordstrom, Tech, Walmart, SVP, Today Amazon, Canvas Ventures, Jun Sheng Li Contributor Jun Sheng Jun Li, TMS Transportation Management System Amazon


Amazon to fund computer science courses in over 1,000 U.S. high schools

Amazon’s recent investments in NYC educational initiatives will continue, despite the company pulling its HQ2 plans for the area. But the company isn’t stopping there. Today, Amazon announced it will bring computer science courses to over 1,000 high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The classes, which are funded through Amazon’s Future Engineer program, will reach tens of thousands of students nationwide. The Future Engineer program’s goal is to bring computer science cou...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Students, Education, District Of Columbia, Classes, Bureau of Labor, Today Amazon, Jeff Wilke, CEO Worldwide Consumer Amazon, Edhesive, Future Engineer, Computer Science and AP Computer Science


Amazon to fund computer science courses in over 1,000 US high schools

Amazon’s recent investments in NYC educational initiatives will continue, despite the company pulling its HQ2 plans for the area. But the company isn’t stopping there. Today, Amazon announced it will bring computer science courses to more than 1,000 high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The classes, which are funded through Amazon’s Future Engineer program, will reach tens of thousands of students nationwide. The Future Engineer program’s goal is to bring computer scienc...
Tags: Amazon, Students, Education, US, Tech, District Of Columbia, Classes, Bureau of Labor, Today Amazon, Jeff Wilke, CEO Worldwide Consumer Amazon, Edhesive, Computer Science and AP Computer Science


Spike Up Your Hair And Run (With Your Arms Flailing Behind You) to This Anime Sale

Today, Amazon is offering big discounts on over dozen anime titles on Blu-ray, including Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, FLCL, Samurai Champloo, and a few individual Dragon Ball and One Piece seasons.Read more...
Tags: Science, Gold Box, Anime, Amazon deals, Blu Ray, Today Amazon, Anime Deals, Blu Ray Deals


Amazon Moments lets developers reward customers with actual gifts, not just virtual ones

App and web developers are always trying to figure out better ways of keeping their users engaged on their platforms for longer. Today, Amazon is launching a service that it hopes those developers will use to do just that. Amazon Moments — as it is called — will let developers create actions — “moments” — that it wants users to perform, such as watching several episodes of a series if its a streaming service; or taking out a subscription if its a news site — and giving users actual physical g...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Ecommerce, Apps, Developer, Advertising Tech, Washington Post, Tech, Gifts, Bell Canada, Today Amazon, In-app Rewards, Amazon Moments, Amir Kabbara Amazon, Eero Given Amazon


Amazon’s ‘Alexa Blueprints’ can now be published publicly on the US Alexa Skills Store

Last year, Amazon introduced Alexa Blueprints, a way for an Alexa device owner to create their own customized voice skills and Alexa responses without needing to know how to code. These skills — like family trivia or tips for your babysitter — could then be published for personal use. Later, with others by way of a link. Today, Amazon is taking things a step further — you’ll now be able to publish these skills publicly to the U.S. Alexa Skills Store. Alongside the launch, Amazon is also add...
Tags: Amazon, Apps, Publishing, Media, Tech, Bbc, University, Npr, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Today Amazon, Voice Computing, Voice Apps, Alexa Skills Store, Amazon Polly WordPress, Alexa Blueprints


Ring Video Doorbell 2 $30 Off

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure policy here. Today, Amazon has this Ring Video Doorbell 2 for just $169.99. Spend just $10 more and you'll also get an Echo Dot with your Ring Doorbell. If... [Author: Lana]
Tags: Amazon, Shopping, Lana, Home - Bed/Bath, Today Amazon


Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had a snappy response to the notion that his naked selfies showed poor business judgment (AMZN)

Jeff Bezos says that the National Enquirer argued that it would be in the public interest to publish intimate private photos of him, because they reflect on his judgment as the CEO of Amazon. Bezos had a snappy response: He personally built Amazon up to become one of the most valuable and important companies in the world. "I will let those results speak for themselves." Despite Bezos' snappy comeback, it's worth noting that his divorce from wife MacKenzie Bezos does carry some risks for Amazon...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Jeff, Bezos, AMI, MacKenzie, AMZN, David Becker, Today Amazon, Amazon Bezos, MacKenzie Bezos, Washington Post Second MacKenzie


Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had a snappy response to the National Enquirer's allegations that taking intimate selfies showed poor business judgment (AMZN)

Jeff Bezos says that the National Enquirer argued that it would be in the public interest to publish intimate private photos of him, because they reflect on his judgment as the CEO of Amazon. Bezos had a snappy response: He personally built Amazon up to become one of the most valuable and important companies in the world. "I will let those results speak for themselves." Despite Bezos' snappy comeback, it's worth noting that his divorce from wife MacKenzie Bezos does carry some risks for Amazon...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Trends, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Jeff, Bezos, AMI, MacKenzie, AMZN, David Becker, Today Amazon, Amazon Bezos, MacKenzie Bezos, Washington Post Second MacKenzie


Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer parent company of 'extortion and blackmail' over dick pics

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos today took the highly unusual step of publishing correspondence with Trump-allied tabloid publisher AMI, which owns the National Enquirer. The Amazon CEO says this correspondence reveals threats made by AMI to publish nude photos of Bezos, unless Bezos stops criticizing AMI's coverage. Yes, that's a lot to digest. We'll give you a moment. Excerpt from the post titled “No thank you, Mr. Pecker,” which Jeff Bezos just published on Medium.com: Back to the story: Several d...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Politics, News, Washington Post, Sex, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Donald Trump, Trump, Dick Pics, Martin, Bezos, Sánchez, Dylan, AMI


Amazon invests in Hatch Baby, launches Baby Skill Activity API as it eyes up the next generation of parenting products

Amazon today is one of the biggest retailers of gear for babies and other parenting aides, and today the company is taking another two steps into that business and how it might develop in the future. Amazon today announced that it would be launching a new Baby Skill Activity API, so that baby apps and baby care devices can get updated and checked through voice commands, by way of Alexa and Alexa-powered devices. Available initially in the US, initial skills will include the ability to track weig...
Tags: Amazon, TC, US, Tech, True Ventures, Amazon Elements, Alexa, Chris Sacca, Maya, Hatch Baby, Shark Tank, Hatch, Ann Crady Weiss, Johnson Johnson, Shea, Weiss


Upgrade Your Work or Gaming Setup with This Amazon Sale

Today, Amazon is blowing out a number of Logitech accessories for work and play. Read more...
Tags: Science, Logitech, Amazon deals, Today Amazon, Amazon Sale, Logitech Deals


AWS launches a managed Kafka service

Kafka is an open source tool for handling incoming streams of data. Like virtually all powerful tools, it’s somewhat hard to set up and manage. Today, Amazon’s AWS is making this all a bit easier for its users with the launch of Amazon Managed Streaming for Kafka. That’s a mouthful, but it’s essentially Kafka as a fully managed, highly available service on AWS. It’s now available on AWS as a public preview. As AWS CTO Werner Vogels noted in his keynote, Kafka users traditionally had to do a lot ...
Tags: Amazon, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Developers, Aws, Kafka, Werner Vogels, Kinesis, Today Amazon, Apache Kafka, AWS re:Invent 2018


Shark ION Robot Vacuum 50% off!

This post contains affiliate links. Please refer to my disclosure policy for more information. I’ve been looking for a deal on a robot vacuum. Today Amazon has this SHARK ION Robot Vacuum for $199.99, which is 50% off the regular retail price.Brought to you by: Frugal Focus
Tags: Frugality, Today Amazon, Shark ION Robot Vacuum


Apple could release a cheap Apple TV dongle to get more people hooked (AAPL)

Apple has considered the release of a lower-priced Apple TV dongle similar to the Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire Stick, according to a report by The Information on Wednesday.  For Apple, a low-price dongle could make sense, given the upcoming launch of the company's streaming video service.  A device that's cheaper than the Apple TV could help broaden Apple's audience for its original and licensed content.  Apple has considered the release a lower-priced Apple TV dongle similar to th...
Tags: Apple, Reese Witherspoon, Trends, Jennifer Aniston, Jeff Bezos, Cnbc, Kevin Durant, Roku Streaming Stick, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Amazon Fire Stick, Today Amazon, NBC Apple


Alexa’s new Whisper Mode goes live

At Amazon’s Alexa event last month in Seattle, the company teased a new feature soon coming to its voice assistant: the ability to whisper. The company demonstrated how whispering a request – like “play a lullaby” – to Alexa would trigger the voice assistant to respond in kind. Today, Amazon says Whisper Mode is officially going live. The feature is now rolling out to users in the U.S., the company tells us, and works in U.S. English. It’s particularly useful around bedtime or nighttime scenario...
Tags: Amazon, Echo, Hardware, Tech, Seattle, Alexa, Today Amazon, Rohit Prasad, Alexa Guard


How to Order Your Whole Foods Groceries for Pick Up (If You're an Amazon Prime Member) 

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you may be able to buy groceries at Whole Foods without actually having to wander the aisles of Whole Foods, which we all know to be a dangerous excursion (“How did I spend 32 dollars on cheese dip?”). Today, Amazon announced the launch of grocery pickup, which has rolled out in…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Groceries, Whole Foods, Amazon Prime, Lifehacks, Today Amazon


Inside Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ Private Space Startup

Jeff Bezos has had a career hallmarked by ambition and innovation. In 1994 at 30 years of age, Bezos quit a lucrative job on Wall Street and founded Amazon, which initially launched as an online bookstore which he hoped would capitalize on the Internet’s rapid growth at the time. Today, Amazon has grown to be king of the retail ecommerce space, with a market cap value of $889 billion.
Tags: Amazon, Science, Jeff Bezos, Bezos, Today Amazon, Private Space Startup


Amazon Prime Video is coming to Comcast’s cable boxes

Comcast and Amazon today announced a new partnership that will see Amazon’s Prime Video service integrated into Comcast’s Xfinity TV set-top boxes. This is the first time that Prime Video content would be added to a cable operator’s platform in the U.S.. It’s also a particularly interesting choice on Comcast’s part,  given that Amazon is directly competing with pay TV providers through its Prime Video Channels a la carte TV subscriptions. And these will be available to Comcast’s customers ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, TV, Television, Media, Tech, Netflix, Comcast, Xfinity, Tom Clancy, Amazon Prime Video, Dana, Maisel, Jack Ryan, Prime Video


Both Amazon and Walmart announce expanded grocery delivery operations

Amazon and Walmart’s rivalry continues today with two dueling announcements related to their respective grocery delivery expansions. This morning, Amazon said it’s bringing grocery delivery via Whole Foods to several new markets in New York and Florida, including New York City and Miami, among others. Meanwhile, Walmart today is expanding grocery delivery in partnership with Postmates, with a launch in the L.A. region. The Postmates expansion brings grocery delivery to Los Angeles and outlyin...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Lyft, Florida, New York, Whole Foods, New York City, Los Angeles, Tech, Walmart, E-commerce, Brooklyn, San Diego, Manhattan, Miami, Grocery


Best Amazon deals for July 5: Save on Fire TV Stick, Amazon Music Unlimited, and lots of camping gear

With the Fourth of July behind us, it's time to start thinking about how to spend the rest of the summer now that we're at the mid-way point. Today, Amazon has great deals on gear for the active outdoorsperson, while there are also sales on products for the bedroom and pets of all shapes and sizes. SEE ALSO: Amazon Prime members can get a head start on these early Prime Day deals Find seriously deep discounts on lanterns and camping flashlights from MalloMe, while LifeStraw has a pair ...
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Amazon Music’s app adds hands-free listening, courtesy of Alexa

In September, Amazon announced it was adding support for Alexa voice control to its Amazon Music app for iOS and Android. However, it was implemented as a tap-to-talk function – something that didn’t quite mesh with the hands-free voice control experience Alexa is known for. Today, Amazon is addressing that problem by rolling out hands-free listening to the Amazon Music app instead, as a result of user feedback. That means customers can command Alexa to do things like play or pause music, mov...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Apps, Spotify, Music, Siri, Ariana Grande, Streaming, Voice Control, Drake, Voice, Apple Music, Alexa, Amazon Music


Amazon opens showrooms in model homes to demo, sell smart home products

Last week, we reported on how Amazon was leveraging a new relationship with home builder Lennar to expand its smart home business, specifically in the sale of home security services. Today, Amazon is taking the next step forward in that strategy: it’s launching a new chain of showrooms it’s calling the Amazon Experience Centers across Lennar model homes to demo and help sell its smart home devices, Amazon Dash Buttons, and other consumer electronics services such as streaming Prime Content with...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, TC, Whole Foods, Washington Dc, Alexa, Lennar, Amazon Services, Today Amazon, Amazon Home Services, Amazon Dash Buttons, Amazon Experience Centers, Bhavnish Lathia, Experience Centers, David Kaiserman