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  • Amazon is working on smart glasses to house Alexa AI, says FT

     Amazon is working on building a pair of smart glasses to house its Alexa voice assistant, and a home security camera that could be linked to its existing Echo connected devices to further expand their capabilities, according to a report in the FT citing people familiar with the company’s plans. Read More

  • A bunch of Amazon customers were told about a purchase on their non-existent baby registries

     Something weird is going on over at Amazon. It seems the online retail giant is randomly telling some customers about purchases on their baby registry. The problem is these customers say they don’t have a baby registry — and some don’t even have a baby. Read More

  • Amazon inks exclusive TV deal with ‘Stranger Things’ writer

     The next project for TV from Stranger Things writer and producer Justin Doble. The overall deal means that he’ll be producing television projects exclusively for Amazon Studios and Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service. Doble’s CV isn’t limited to just his work on the Emmy-winning Stranger Things, which has been a huge surprise hit for Netflix, with a second season set… Read More

  • Walmart will allow EBT customers to order their groceries online

     This summer, Amazon debuted a new program that made it easier for those on government assistance programs to join Prime at a reduced cost. Today, rival Walmart is announcing a change that will benefit that same demographic of low income shoppers. The retailer says it will allow customers using EBT benefits to use its Online Grocery Pickup service to pay for their groceries with their… Read More

  • Amazon now lets Hilton Honors members shop with Points

     Hilton and Amazon have teamed up on a new initiative that will allow member of Hilton’s Honors loyalty program to shop Amazon using their points. This is the first time a hotel brand has offered such a deal, Amazon says, and will be available to all Hilton Honors members. To use the new benefit, Honors members have to link their account to their Amazon profile. This is a one-time… Read More

  • Amazon’s new tablet doubles as a cheap Echo Show with hands-free Alexa

     Amazon doesn’t really care how Alexa gets out into world, so long as it gets out there. The smart assistant has been available on the company’s Fire tablets for some time now, but this latest implementation on the new Fire HD 10 presents an interesting new use for Alexa. Hands-free Alexa is admittedly a bit counterintuitive for a device designed to be used with your hands. But the… Read More

  • AWS announces per-second billing for EC2 instances

    aws logo When Amazon launched the AWS EC2 cloud computing service back in 2006, per-hour billing was a big deal, but that scheme also meant that you’d pay for a full hour even if you only used an instance for a few minutes. Over the last few years, AWS’s competitors moved to more flexible billing models (mostly per-minute billing) and now, starting October 2, AWS is one-upping many of them… Read More

  • Netflix and HBO cleaned up at the Emmys

     Hulu made Emmys history last night by becoming the first streaming service to win an Emmy for Best Drama (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), but it was Netflix that actually took home more awards at this year’s Emmys. That’s not surprising, given how nominations Netflix earned this year – with 91 Emmy nods, it had come close to doubling its Emmy presence from 2016,… Read More

  • South Park trolled Amazon Echo owners in the best way possible

     This is one of the minor dangers of owning an Amazon Echo. Most anyone can activate the device by just saying the wake word, including Cartman. And in the season opener of South Park, that’s exactly what happened. Read More

  • Why Dropbox decided to drop AWS and build its own infrastructure and network

     There is always a tension inside companies about whether to build or to buy, whatever the need. A few years ago Dropbox decided it was going to move the majority of its infrastructure requirements from AWS into its own data centers. As you can imagine, it took a monumental effort, but the company believed that the advantages of controlling its own destiny would be worth all of the challenges… Read More