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Amazon’s Spotify rival competes on price

October 12th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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In an unusual step, Amazon Music Unlimited is being offered at a discounted price if its use is restricted to the company’s voice-controlled speakers. Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37628975

Amazon finds cache of reused passwords: change yours now!

October 12th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Amazon has reset some customers’ passwords and asked them to change them, according to reports. Amazon says that during “routine monitoring,” it stumbled on a set of email and password sets posted online. Read more: https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2016/10/11/amazon-finds-cache-of-reused-passwords-change-yours-now/

Twitch to start offering a virtual currency

September 30th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Video game streaming site Twitch is to introduce its own virtual “currency”, says its owner Amazon Game Studios. “Stream+ is a loyalty points system where players can earn points by watching streams,” said Patrick Gilmore of Amazon Game Studios. He said points could be used in “polls and wagering” and could be spent on items […]

Google, Facebook, Amazon join forces on future of AI

September 29th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Amazon, Google’s DeepMind, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft will work together on issues such as privacy, safety and the collaboration between people and AI. Dubbed the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence, it will include external experts. One said he hoped the group would address “legitimate concerns”. “We’ve seen a very fast development in AI over a very […]

Amazon’s Echo speakers head to UK and Germany

September 14th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Amazon has confirmed its virtual assistant Echo speakers are coming to the UK and Germany. Until now, the company sold its voice-controlled devices only in the US. The machines can answer questions, control other internet-connected devices, build shopping lists and link in to dozens of third-party services including Spotify, Uber and BBC News. Experts say […]

Amazon Dash – who wants to live in a push-button world?

August 31st, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Amazon’s UK customers can now push a button when they run out of toilet rolls or washing powder – and within 24 hours a package will arrive at the front door. You can see the launch of the Dash service in two ways. It’s either another miraculous piece of innovation from the e-commerce giant that […]

Amazon boss Bezos becomes world’s third richest

July 29th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Strong earnings from Amazon and a boost to the company’s stock have made its founder, Jeff Bezos, the world’s third richest person, according to Forbes. Mr Bezos owns 18% of Amazon’s shares, which rose 2% in trading on Thursday. Forbes estimated his fortune to be $65.3bn (£49.5bn). Amazon’s revenue beat analysts’ expectations, climbing 31% from […]

New trials for delivering goods by drones

July 26th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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The government’s getting together with the retail giant Amazon to start testing flying drones that can deliver parcels to your door. Amazon’s paying for the programme, which will look at the best way to allow hundreds of robotic aircraft to buzz around Britain’s skies safely. The company claims it’ll eventually mean small parcels will arrive […]

Amazon tests personalised video ads

July 14th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Amazon has revealed it is experimenting with personalised video adverts. The clips feature images and text about products the US retailer has detected the user has shown interest in. Amazon regularly displays customised static ads on third-party sites, but the videos have the potential to be more eye-catching and appear in more places. One expert […]

Sucking robot arm wins Amazon Picking Challenge

July 4th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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A robotic arm that combines a suction cup, a “two-fingered” gripper and a 3D depth-sensing camera has won Amazon’s latest warehouse bot competition. Team Delft’s machine triumphed over its rivals at both of the two tasks. One involved selecting products from a container, picking them up and putting them on a shelf. The other was […]

Google’s conversation-based Assistant takes on Amazon

May 19th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Google has announced a conversation-based tool to control smartphones, smartwatches and other devices. Google Assistant can be used to find information, play media and carry out tasks – such as booking cinema tickets – via a back-and-forth chat between the user and the software. The firm also announced a voice-activated device with a built-in speaker […]

Amazon rapped over unauthorised in-app purchases

April 29th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Amazon illegally charged parents for children’s in-app purchases between 2011 and 2014, a US judge has ruled. In 2014, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued Amazon over its handling of in-app purchases on its app store for Kindle and Android devices. The FTC reached out-of-court settlements with Apple and Google over their app stores […]

Amazon Kindle Oasis: Does the world want a £270 e-reader?

April 13th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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It has a good claim to being the most daring and innovative technology company of the last 20 years. It has launched at least two world-changing businesses – an online retailer of breathtaking scale and efficiency and a cloud computing service that has changed the way thousands of businesses work. But why on Earth is […]

Owners of older Kindles urged to update software

March 21st, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Users of older Kindle e-readers will be disconnected from the internet if they do not install a critical update by 22 March. Affected customers will no longer be able to access new books from the Kindle Store, or sync with the Cloud, unless they manually download the update via USB. However, a message being displayed […]

Voice-activated drone, baby monitor win Amazon’s IoT contest

February 16th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Internet-connected baby monitors: all too often, they spell Internet-of-Things (IoT) security disasters. Stories of cybercreeps invading nurseries, swiveling the camera around at will, using it to spy on infants or to swear at a baby are just some of the reasons why New York City recently launched an investigation into the gadgets’ hackability. But an […]

How to Use Parental Controls and Child Profiles on an Amazon Fire Tablet

December 18th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Amazon’s Fire Tablet offers both parental controls for quickly locking down a device as well as fine-grained “child profiles”. These child (or teen) profiles use the Kindle FreeTime feature, which is perhaps the most sophisticated parental-control solution for a tablet operating system Fire OS is actually quite compelling if you’re looking for powerful parental controls and child-friendly features. […]