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An increasing number of companies are trying their hand at game streaming services, which remains a niche sector but could one day be huge. Sometime soon, we may be able to count Amazon among them. That's because the world's largest online retailer is reportedly developing a game streaming service to rival those that are offered by Sony (PlayStation Now), NVIDIA (GeForce Now), and others. In a sense, Amazon is already in the game streaming space. The company acquired Twitch in 2014 for $970 million and has since incorporated it into its Prime member subscription. Amazon Prime subscribers who own... Read more...
Owners of Ring security cameras have reason to feel violated according to a new report. While most thought that the cameras were able to detect what was going on inside and around their homes using automated computer vision technologies, there may have been an entire team of humans watching the footage as well. An unnamed source claims that starting in 2016 Ring gave a team of research and development personnel access to a folder on the Amazon S3 cloud service. This move granted them complete and unfettered access to every video created by every Ring camera in the entire world (that includes... Read more...
We’ll see your 100 million assistant devices and raise you 1 billion. Google announced that it expects to sell one billion Google Assistant devices by the end of the month. The company's boast is in response to Amazon’s announcement that they had sold 100 million Alexa devices. Amazon SVP of devices and services, Dave Limp, recently remarked that 100 million Alexa devices have been sold since Alexa’s release in 2014. This number includes both Amazon devices and other products that ship with built-in Alexa. Not to be outdone by Amazon, Google reported that they have sold 10X... Read more...
There is a war raging right now in the voice assistant realm with Apple, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft fighting to have the smartest and most popular voice assistants. A recent study named Google Assistant the most intelligent of the current crop of voice assistants, and they often show up in many places including TVs, PCs, smart watches, and speakers. It's rare for manufacturers of these devices to give up hard numbers on how many devices have sold, but Amazon has stepped up and done just that for Alexa devices. Amazon SVP of devices and services, Dave Limp, has said that over 100 million devices... Read more...
Ring is looking to… ring in the new year with a couple of new home security-focused devices that leverage its acquisition of Mr. Beams. Ring, which is owned by Amazon, purchased Mr. Beams in January 2018 and vowed to integrate its smart home lighting products into its own portfolio. The first products to come out of that union are the Ring Beams Spotlight and the Ring Beams Floodlight. The former is powered by four D-Cell batteries, includes a single, high-powered LED light, and includes motion detection. The latter, however, uses a hardwired power connection and includes... Read more...
If you’re looking to expand your footprint with regards to smart home integration, or are simply looking to get started from scratch, we’ve got an excellent deal for you today. Best Buy is currently running a promotion that nets you two third-generation Amazon Echo Dot smart speakers plus two TP-Link HS105 Smart Wi-Fi Plug Minis for just $70. The Echo Dot really needs no introduction, but the third-generation model launched back in late September with an all-new design. It shucked its completely hard plastic exterior for a more welcoming fabric finish around its “waist”.... Read more...
Amazon's annual Digital Day is here, and as its name implies, there are tons of discounts to be had on digital wares including apps, movies, eBooks and subscriptions. Amazon's discounts are spread out among the following categories: Entertainment, Reading, Games & Apps, Software, and Kids. For those that are into expanding their horizons with regards to movies and digital programming, you can take advantage of the following deals: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom discounted from $19.99 to $7.99 Receive a $10 Amazon Credit for subscribing to ESPN+ Get a $10 Amazon Credit with a paid... Read more...
Christmas has come and gone, but there's a good chance that many Americans received some form of Amazon Echo device under the tree. With so many new Echo owners joining the fray for the first time, they are inevitably heading to the iOS App Store to download the companion app so that they can get started with the setup process on their iPhone. However, an unofficial app has somehow made it near the top of the charts in the App Store, and it is by no means harmless. The app is called "Setup for Amazon Alexa" and was first spotted by 9to5Mac earlier this morning. As of this writing, the... Read more...
Christmas is nearly here, and if you haven't finished your holiday shopping yet, your time is almost up. It's too late to shop online from most retailers, but if you are an Amazon Prime subscriber, you still have a few days left to place orders and receive your loot before Christmas If you want to take advantage of Amazon's free two-day shipping, you will need to place your order either today or tomorrow in order to get your purchased items before Christmas. You can order items on Sunday, December 23rd and still get your items before Christmas, but you will need to pay for the more expensive one-day... Read more...
Many consumers have voiced concerns over privacy and the potential for unwanted eavesdropping with digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, or the Google Assistant. It turns out, that for one Amazon Alexa user in Germany – and let’s be honest, likely many more – those concerns are completely justified. According to story revealed by c’t (a Heise publication out of Germany), 1,700 unwanted audio recordings, search history, and an array of other telemetry stored by Alexa, were sent to another, unrelated Amazon customer that had requested a copy... Read more...
Mark Zuckerberg may end up finding out the hard way that even Facebook, the largest social network on the planet, is not invincible. After being dogged by numerous security gaffes and privacy outrages, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal that caused the company to be put under a microscope, it's now come to attention that Facebook allowed some of the biggest technology companies in the world to have greater access to people's data than it let on. No little thing, Facebook is home to around 2.27 billion monthly active users, after having surpassed 1 billion users six years ago. Privacy is... Read more...
If you put off Christmas shopping and still need to do some buying, you still have time if you get the lead out. Amazon has one of the best deals that we have seen so far going on the new 9.7-inch iPad with WiFi; it's an even better deal on some units than the sale from earlier this month. Amazon is offering the 32GB WiFi iPad in Space Gray or Silver for $229, which is a $100 discount off the normal retail price. You can get the 9.7-inch iPad in gold, but that version will cost you an extra $20 with its discounted price at $249. A bit over a week ago all iPad colors were on sale at the $249 price.... Read more...
It's a common practice to give money or gift cards too someone you aren't sure what to buy them for the holidays. This means that lots of people end up with cash lying around and the opportunity to buy themselves gifts right after Christmas. Amazon is making a play for that Christmas cash with a Digital Day sale that it has announced for December 28th. The special event will be for one day only and kicks off at 12 AM PST. Amazon users who want notification when the deals start flying can register their email on the official Digital Day page here. Amazon isn't offering details on all the deals that... Read more...
If you're looking for a fast Android flagship with fast OS update availability, but don't want to pay $800 or more for a current-generation model, Amazon has you covered. The online retail giant, through its Woot subsidiary, is selling refurbished versions of the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL at steep discounts (read the HotHardware review of the phones here). If you're looking to spend the least amount of money possible, you can get the Pixel 2 (64GB) for only $359.99 for the Just Black color option. If you want Clearly White, you'll have to pay an extra $10. For those that want a larger... Read more...
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