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Americans, get your wallets ready. Huawei just revealed that its Mate 9 smartphone will be available in the United States starting tomorrow, January 6th. The Mate 9 is the first smartphone to directly include Amazon’s Alexa. Users can ask Alexa questions or control smart home features with just their voice. Existing Mate 9 users will receive an over-the-air update with the functionality.  The Mate 9 features a Kirin 960 SoC, the first to include a ARM Cortex-A73/A53 Octa-core CPU and Mali G71 Octa-core GPU. The CPU supposedly consumes 15 percent less power than its competitors while the... Read more...
If sharing is caring, then Amazon cares an awful lot about Lenovo, the Chinese electronics manufacturer that is building a version of Echo...with Amazon's blessing. Lenovo is calling its Echo clone Smart Assistant and like Echo it is powered by Amazon's Alexa digital assistant. That means users will be able to do all the same things they already can with Echo, but with a competing smart speaker that adds a bit of style to the Echo's cylindrical design. Obviously Lenovo and Amazon came to some kind of licensing agreement here, one that Amazon feels is worth the risk of cannibalizing sales of its... Read more...
Amazon may not be racing around the world in eighty days, but it has an eye on the sky. A recent United States patent application revealed that Amazon plans to develop a flying, zeppelin-like warehouse that would deploy delivery drones. Amazon has dubbed its portable warehouse as an “airborne fulfillment center” or AFC. The AFC would house unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones that would deliver items from the AFC to customers. Some of the UAV’s would be temperature-controlled in order to deliver food. Amazon also plans to develop shuttles that would transport goods, drones, and people from... Read more...
Santa Claus is not making any more deliveries this year, but do not fret—if you did not get what you wanted this Christmas, you can take matters into your own hands by taking advantage of ongoing deals and sales. One of the bigger sale events is just a day away. On Friday, December 30, Amazon will mark down thousands of TV shows, movies, music, apps, games, and other goodies as part of its Digital Day.The online extravaganza will deep discounts across the digital spectrum. That includes up to 80 percent off hundreds of video games, 50 percent off top movies and TV shows, and 75 percent off hundreds... Read more...
Police are hoping that audio captured from an Amazon Echo smart speaker can help shed light on a murder investigation in Bentonville, Arkansas. The device belongs to James Andrew Bates, who was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after the victim, Victor Collins, was found dead in Bates' hot tub at his residence. Police determined the cause of death to be strangulation followed by drowning. Bates and Collins had been drinking and watching football with two other friends the night the alleged murder took place. As the night went on, one of the friends left the residence while the other... Read more...
Amazon’s Alexa-powered devices have been a runaway sales hit for the online retailer. As we reported during the lead-up to Christmas, the Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Tap were nearly impossible to find online following enticing price cuts, while many brick and mortar stores also had trouble keeping the speaker/AI wunderkind in stock. Now, Amazon is putting up some hardware sales numbers (although still vague) to confirm the sellout reports that we’ve been seeing across the country. For starters, Amazon says that the Echo family of devices saw sales increase 9x during the holiday compared to the same... Read more...
Cloud Imperium Games has decided to kick CryEngine to the curb and use Amazon's "ground breaking" Lumberyard engine to complete development Star Citizen, an upcoming first-person space combat simulation that started out as a crowdfunding campaign. Same goes for Squadron 45, the single-player experience set in the Star Citizen universe that is described as a "spiritual successor to Wing Commander." The switch from CryEngine to Lumberyard was first revealed in a new splash screen logo that appeared after applying the most recent alpha patch, version 2.6. An official statement was not far behind.... Read more...
It’s not free, but it’s pretty darn close to it. Both Amazon and Google announced today that they are offering customers a single movie rental for the low, low price of $0.99 starting today. For those that simply want to veg out on the couch during the lead-up to Christmas Day, these promotions offer a quick and cheap escape. If you prefer to go the Google route, you can make a quick trip over to the Google Play Movies & TV section and select from thousands of eligible movies (including some 2016 blockbusters). Just a quick glance over the list shows some popular films like Pets, Jason Bourne,... Read more...
Flirtey, the drone delivery service that made headlines earlier this year for partnering with Domino's Pizza to deliver pies by sky in New Zealand, is back in the news. This time it is for a commercial collaboration with 7-Eleven, the popular convenience store chain. The two outfits completed a month-long test of delivering goods purchased from 7-Eleven by drone to customer homes in the United States. Welcome to the future, folks. As one of the customers who participated in the program notes, this is like "the real-life Jetsons." This also marks an historical moment for Flirtey, which can now brag... Read more...
Are you still looking for a last-minute gift to give a friend or relative for Christmas? If you had your heart set on gifting an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, you might want to consider an alternative. While inventory of Echo products isn’t nearly as dire as that of the Nintendo NES Classic Edition, Amazon.com is now sold out of the Echo, Echo Dot and even the Amazon Tap in all colors. The Echo won’t be back in stock until December 30th for white models, and January 17th for the black variant. The battery-powered Tap won’t be in stock until December 27th, while the Echo Dot is also listed as being available... Read more...
The Wynn hotel and casino in Las Vegas is going high tech by equipping all 4,748 rooms with an Amazon Echo smart speaker. Wynn Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn likened the hands-free speaker to having a personal butler, saying that in all the years he has been in the business he's never seen a better implementation of technology designed to make the user experience more seamless. He might be right, but having an Internet-connected speaker in every room also challenges the notion that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, as the popular phrase goes. "As we have moved through the years, technology has... Read more...
Amazon announced this morning that its Prime Air drone delivery service is off to an excellent start. While many thought that Prime Air was little more than fantasy when Amazon first announced the initiative three years ago, the first beta flight involving a paying customer actually took place without issue on December 7th. The customer, only identified at Richard B., is located just two miles from Amazon’s Prime Air fulfillment center. The first Prime Air delivery consisted of an Amazon Fire TV (4K model, of course) and a bag of popcorn to most likely kick back and enjoy the inaugural season of... Read more...
Have you struck out again and again when it comes to trying to find a Nintendo NES Classic Edition console (we’re looking at you, Paul)? Well, it looks as though Amazon will be the latest retailer to give gamers the chance to score the console at retail price instead of paying huge markups from sites like eBay or Craigslist. Amazon made the announcement last night with a simple tweet: NES Classic fans: we've got a couple exciting announcements to make in the coming week. Stay tuned for more info soon! — Amazon Video Games (@amazongames) December 7, 2016 For now, that’s all we have to go on. Will... Read more...
What if we lived in a world where we never needed to wait in line in order to buy some milk or toilet paper? Amazon is working on making that dream a reality. The corporation has just opened a brick-and-mortar grocery store dubbed “Amazon Go” in Seattle, Washington and plans on opening 2,000 more locations of varying types. Amazon stated, “Four years ago we asked ourselves: what if we could create a shopping experience with no lines and no checkout? Could we push the boundaries of computer vision and machine learning to create a store where customers could simply take what they want and go.”Groceries... Read more...
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