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Garmin’s Speak puts Alexa-powered navigation in your car

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Mobile navigation device company Garmin has announced a new speaker that includes integration with Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa. It’s the first product to give Alexa mapping capabilities, which is one of the things that other in-car Alexa solutions (such as those from Ford) have been missing. The device is compact, measuring 1.5 inches with an LED light ring and an OLED display that has four arrows to help guide the driver to the correct lane while on the road. It also features spoken turn-by-turn directions. With the Alexa integration, users can ask for news briefings, weather forecasts, t... Read More
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Denver Failed To Land Boeing. Now It’s Using Lifestyle To Woo Amazon

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Enlarge this image Denver is pitching its high quality of life to draw Amazon to build a new headquarters there. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption ... Read More
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Netflix shares hit record after adding more subscribers than expected

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(Reuters) — Netflix Inc added more subscribers than expected around the world in the third quarter and projected growth in line with Wall Street forecasts, saying it had a head start on rivals as internet television explodes globally. Shares of the world’s leading online video streaming service touched a record high on Monday and rose a further 1.2 percent after hours to $205.07. They are up about 64 percent this year. For the third quarter, Netflix added 5.3 million subscribers in all its markets, compared with Wall Street’s target of 4.5 million, according to FactSet. Netflix forecast 6.3 million additions for the current quarter, just above analysts’ average estimate of 6.25 million, which would bring it... Read More
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The Best Carving Knife and Fork

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Left to right: Wüsthof Gourmet, Wüsthof Classic, Wüsthof Ikon, Messermeister Avanta, Messermeister Oliva, Messermeister Park Plaza, Cuisinart 3-Piece Triple Rivet, Global. There are a lot of carving sets, ranging from ultracheap to ultra-lux. To help narrow the field, we ran the options through a series of filters.Price: We set $75 or so as the limit for a functional, attractive, basic set, and aimed to find something great for less. For “special” sets—the kind you might buy as a gift—we kept $200 as a ballpark, but looked above and below. Functionality: No matter how great a knife and fork set looked on paper, if a lot of owners complained about performance and/or durability in... Read More
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Economics Prof. Keyu Jin discusses China’s SOEs and private companies

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For more on China's SEOs and private companies, CGTN's Rachelle Akuffo spoke with Keyu Jin, professor of Economics at the London School of Economics.Detected Closed Captioning: or For More On China's Air So Ease And Private Companies I Spoke With Courage In She's An Economics Professor At The London School Of Economics I Began By Asking Her How Private Firms Can Improve While Competing With State-owned Companies The Private Sector Still Needs To Find The Right Kind Of Interaction Cooperation With The Government As We Know That There Are Many Kinds Of Either Explicit Kind Of Collaboration Private Public Partnership Which The Government Has Been Pushing But Also You Know To Have To Understand What's Going On With th... Read More
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Netflix plans to spend $8 billion to make its library 50 percent original by 2018

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Netflix plans to increase the amount of money it spends on developing and producing original television and films next year, to an eye-popping $8 billion. The company has given a ballpark projection near that amount in the past, but Netflix bumped it up during its third-quarter earnings announcement today by an additional $1 billion to make clear to investors and Hollywood both that it plans spends to quite a lot of money to lock down ownership of its own entertainment. With Disney and other high-profile names increasingly ... Read More
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Alphabet’s Project Wing will send burrito drones to individual homes in Australia

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Project Wing, the drone delivery initiative of Google-owner Alphabet’s X lab, has partnered with two Australia businesses to further test its technology. In a new blog post published today on Medium, project co-lead James Ryan Burgess detailed the division’s recent progress toward bringing drone delivery to the masses, which has involved working with selected testers in a number of specialized markets. Last year, Wing launched a pilot program with the University of Virginia thanks to a Federal Aviation Autho... Read More
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With another strong quarter, Netflix’s share price hits all-time high

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Netflix has had a run of strong earnings over the last year, driven by better-than-expected subscriber gains and relatively consistent profit. Investors like what they see, and the company’s stock has steadily climbed, closing today at an all-time high of $202 a share. But the company has also been forced to borrow large sums to cover the ever-growing costs of its original content. The company continued its streak this past quarter, besting analyst expectations in terms of revenue and subscriber growth. The company reported $2.99 billion in... Read More
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NYC may be on Amazon’s ‘short list’ for HQ2: Report

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Amazon may be seriously considering New York City as the home of its second headquarters, according to a report. The online retailer, in September, leased a 360,000-square-foot lease in Manhattan as well as an 855,00-square foot warehouse it leased in August in Staten Island, according to Crain’s New York. That’s in addition to 470,000 square feet of space the e-tailer is already leasing in Midtown. Those moves indicate that New York may be a serious contender, putting the five bo... Read More
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U.S. Supreme Court agrees to resolve Microsoft foreign email battle

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(Reuters) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to resolve a major privacy dispute between the Justice Department and Microsoft Corp. over whether prosecutors should get access to emails stored on company servers overseas. The justices will hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling last year preventing federal prosecutors from obtaining emails stored in Microsoft computer servers in Dublin, Ireland in a drug trafficking investigation. That decision by the New York-based 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals marked a victory for privacy advocates and technology companies that increasingly offer cloud computing services in which data is stored remotely. Microsoft, which has 100 data cente... Read More
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As U.S. Confronts Internet’s Disruptions, China Feels Vindicated

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At the same time, China anticipated many of the questions now flummoxing governments ranging from the United States to Germany to Indonesia. Where the Russians have succeeded in turning the internet into a political weapon, China has created an effective shield.In fact, when it comes to technology, China has prospered. It has a ... Read More
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Google Unveils Job Training Initiative With $1 Billion Pledge

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Google plans to donate $1 billion to nonprofits through its charitable arm, Google.org, with the aim of addressing the gap between the skills required by modern companies and the skills that are taught in schools. Google said it was donating $10 million to Goodwill Industries, for example, for digital job training programs. Company employees also will volunteer one million hours at those nonprofits.Much like a political campaign, Google will go on the road to spread the message about its new pr... Read More
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Nobody Thinks About eBay

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“Fill your cart with color,” read several giant billboards standing high above San Francisco’s highways this summer. Down below, in the city’s underground BART stations, loud posters with proclamations like, “Shop like nobody else because you aren’t like anyone else,” covered walls. On television — including during the NBA finals, in which local heroes the Golden State Warriors would ultimately clinch the title — ads featured footage of brown boxes rolling down a warehouse roller conveyer. Text on the screen read, “When did shopping get so beeeeeeeeeeeige?” before flashing dramatic shots of... Read More
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Thousands of women share experiences of sexual assault on Twitter through #MeToo

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Women across Twitter and other social media platforms are sharing their experiences of sexual assault and harassment using the hashtag #MeToo, after actress Alyssa Milano suggested the idea in a post on Twitter last night. The outpouring of stories comes in the wake of several high-profile investigative reports from The New York Times and ... Read More
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Millions of high-security crypto keys crippled by newly discovered flaw

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Enlarge / 750,000 Estonian cards that look like this use a 2048-bit RSA key that can be factored in a matter of days.Steve Jurvetson A crippling flaw in a widely used code library has fatally undermined the security of millions of encryption keys used in some of the highest-stakes settings, including national identity cards, software- and application-signing, and trusted platform modules p... Read More
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Artificial intelligence to transform cloud market

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Artificial intelligence will have a transformative effect on the cloud market over the next decade, according to the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). ACCA Chairman Bernie Trudel gave a speech about the future of cloud markets at the Cloud Expo Asia conference in Singapore. He noted that the market for cloud-based AI is small, accounting for only 1% of the global cloud computing market. However, it is growing quickly, at a rate of 52% year over year and is expected to grow to 10% of the total cloud market by 2025. The major cloud suppliers do offer some services in cloud-based AI. Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers infrastructure tools, API... Read More
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Welcoming Our New Robot Overlords

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When David Stinson finished high school, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1977, the first thing he did was get a job building houses. After a few years, though, the business slowed. Stinson was then twenty-four, with two children to support. He needed something stable. As he explained over lunch recently, that meant finding a job at one of the two companies in the area that offered secure, blue-collar work. “Either I’ll be working at General Motors or I’ll be working at Steelcase by the end of the year,” he vowed in 1984. A few months later, he got a job at Steelcase, the world’s largest manufacturer of office furniture, and he’s been working at its Grand Rapids metal plant ever s... Read More
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The Best Chromecast Speaker

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Chromecast Audio is one of several competing wireless audio technologies currently being built into speakers. A Chromecast Audio product connects to your home Wi-Fi network, and streams Internet-based audio content. You select the audio program you want to hear using Chromecast-compatible apps running on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Chromecast’s main advantage over the much more common Bluetooth standard is that it lets you play the same audio on multiple speakers throughout your home, which Bluetooth generally can’t do at present. Chromecast Audio is similar to Sonos, but doesn’t support nearly as many music services. You can also play music from a p... Read More
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Do the ideal workout headphones really exist?

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My sweat is kryptonite to earbuds that claim to be water-resistant and designed for fitness. In the past few months, I’ve gone through a review unit pair of PowerBeats 3 (sorry Apple) and a set of Jaybird Freedom 2s that I purchased myself — and quickly returned after they malfunctioned within two gym visits. I know this preference is a bit unusual, but if given the choice, I like wearing full-size headphones at the gym and on the treadmill more than I do earbuds. If my good friend The Rock can wear his Beats Solo wireless headphones during sweaty sessions at his “Iron Paradise” gym, then why can’t I manage to make any of my headphones last at Blink Fitness? ... Read More
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Amazon Studios is cutting ties with the Weinstein Company

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Following a pair of reports detailing decades of sexual harassment and abuse by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, Amazon Studios has cut ties with the his studio and has canceled a high-profile television drama from David O. Russell, according to the Los Angeles Times. The studio orde... Read More
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China now rivals U.S. in VC investments

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Twenty years ago, China’s manufacturing-based economy was one-ninth the size of the U.S. economy. The gap has closed tremendously, driven in large part by the explosive growth in the nation’s mobile-connected middle class. How explosive? Even living and working in China, sometimes it is difficult to appreciate the speed at which the innovation ecosystem is growing here. China is the second-largest venture capital market in the world and has seen VC fundraising more than double in the last two years, fueled by the global aspirations of the government, entrepreneurs, and investors. A decade-long Chinese venture capital boom exploded in 2016, driving venture capital commitments above $50 billion, nearly matching the U.S. f... Read More
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New trailers: Stranger Things, Justice League, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and more

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I watched the original Blade Runner (the Final Cut) and Blade Runner 2049 back to back last weekend, and what stood out to me most is the difference between the two films' visuals. Both are absolutely gorgeous movies, and I think the sequel does a very good job of adapting the original's very specific look to a new story. But I also think it's far less daring, and that sort of speaks to the overall experience of watching 2049. (No spoilers here, I promise.) The sequel was shot by Roger Deakins, who's the reason movies like Sicario, Skyfall, and much of the Coen brothers' filmography look so beautiful. The way he shoots Blade Runner 2049 is stunning. Ther... Read More
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10 best tech deals of the week: Amazon Echo Show, Sennheiser HD 650 headphones, and more

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We’re approaching Black Friday next month, which means retailers will likely hold out on any major promotions until then. However, there are still some tech deals worth checking out now, especially if any of the below items are something you can’t wait for. Below are our 10 favorite deals of the week — six of them ending today (Saturday, October 14th) or tomorrow (Sunday, October 15th). They include the first discount we’ve seen on the Echo Show and other Amazon devices sales. There’s also two great promotions at Massdrop worth taking a look at: get $700 off the ... Read More
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A Taste Of National Dessert Day

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Melissa Ben-Ishay of Baked by Melissa joins CBS2's Cindy Hsu.Detected Closed Captioning: Well What Is Your Go-to Dessert Cupcakes Cakes Cookies Ice Cream Why Not Have It All Because Today Is National Dessert Day Oh Here Celebrating With Melissa been A Shy Owner Of Baked By Melissa good Morning Good Morning You Know When I Heard That Baked By Melissa Was Coming I'm Like The Real Melissa Is She Really coming Because All These Years We Passed by Your Store My Daughter This Is What You're Famous For These Little Tiny Cupcakes Which You Said That They're Under 50 Calories Every Flavor Is Under their Ego How Many Calories And How Many flavors Do You Have Oh We Have Like twenty-something Flavors Right Now I Actually Crea... Read More
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Have a High-Tech Halloween With Your Own Haunted Smart Home

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The holiday season is in full swing, which means we’re all whipping out our decorations and decking our homes out for the festivities ahead. First up: Halloween. That means it’s time to get your spook on. Between monstrous masks that evoke the horror icons who haunt our nightmares (thanks, Chucky), and our favorite home decor (like dangling skeletons and that cobweb gunk you can never seem to fully scrape off), you’ve got plenty of ways to make your house the scariest on the block. But it’s 2017, and you don’t need to pull out all your decorations just to get in the Halloween spirit. We’re living in the future, and all you need is a smart speaker like ... Read More
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Amazon Studios chairman suspended after harassment allegations

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As more women come forward against Harvey Weinstein, Amazon Studios suspended its chairman, Roy Price, after similar allegations surfaced against him. The decision comes nearly two months after The Information published a report detailing those allegations. Founder and editor-in-chief of the website, Jessica Lessin, joins CBSN to discuss the "culture of complicity" in Hollywood and in the media.No Closed Captioning Detected within this Video.... Read More
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Weinstein allegations expose culture of abuse

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Following the Weinstein allegations, accusations of sexual harassment hit Ben Affleck, Oliver Stone and Amazon exec Roy Price.Learn more about this story at www.newsy.com/72739/Find more videos like this at www.newsy.comFollow Newsy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/newsyvideosFollow Newsy on Twitter: www.twitter.com/newsyvideosDetected Closed Captioning: [Music] Hollywood Is Still Reeling From A Slew Of Sexual Misconduct Accusations Against Producer Harvey Weinstein And Many Are Sharing Their Own Stories About Sexual Misconduct And Abuse In The entertainment Industry On Thursday Vanity Fair Reported At Least 34 Women Have Come Forward Against Weinstein Now Accusati... Read More
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Larry Flynt ad offering $10M on Trump dirt

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Larry Flynt, the founder of Hustler magazine, took out a full page ad in the Washington Post -- which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos -- requesting dirt on Donald Trump in order to impeach the president.No Closed Captioning Detected within this Video.... Read More
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American Actress Rose McGowen Has Accused Harvey Weinstein of Rape

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On Oct. 12, McGowen sent CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos a number of public tweets; exclaiming Bezos's studios knew about Weinstein raping her and didn’t do anything about it.Detected Closed Captioning: [Music] American Actress Rose McGowan Has Accused Film Producer Harvey Weinstein Of Rape On October 12th McGowan Sent CEO Of Amazon Jeff Bezos A Number Of Public Tweets Exclaiming Bezos Studio Knew About Weinstein's Allegedly Raping Her and He Didn't Do Anything About It McGowan Also Used Twitter To Out Ben Affleck This Week Accusing Him Of Knowing About Weinstein's Alleged behavior Towards Women And Lying About it Her Account Was Briefly Suspended A Couple Of Days Ago For Violating Twitter Rules Twitter Said The Suspe... Read More
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Weekend Tech Deals To Brighten Your Day (Literally)

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It may be Friday the 13th, but don't let the sheer number of deals clogging the internet frighten you. The bright minds at ZDNet creeped and crawled through the discount web to help us bring you these shining tech sales. These three home tech deals are good through this weekend. Three home tech deals for the weekend: A gentler alarm clock: Nothing ruins a good night's sleep faster than a loud, disorienting alarm clock in the morning. Yet, most of us still wake up to a blaring beep machine every day. But there is another way. This Philips alarm clock doesn't scream at you; it gradually wakes you by ... Read More
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Germany needs a game plan to effectively prepare its workforce for AI

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In late 2016, the White House published a report titled Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy. It’s a solid work of research and forecasting that proposes equally solid policy recommendations. Here’s part of the framing, from the report’s intro: AI-driven automation will continue to create wealth and expand the American econom... Read More
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Review: Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017)

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Do you prefer your candy bars king size, regular, or fun size? I’ve always favored the middle. Regular size bars are big enough to satisfy, but not so huge that I feel that pang of guilt in my sugar-ridden stomach. Buying a tablet from Amazon is similar. You can opt for a cute 7-inch Fire, but there’s a good chance it’ll feel too small. Or you can buy a big 10-inch Fire, which, for some, will be unwieldy. The 8-inch Fire? In my opinion, it’s just right.The latest Amazon Fire HD 8 has a 1,280 x 800-pixel, 8-inch screen that’s robust enough for watching movies on a long bus ride (though the viewing angles aren’t amazing), and ... Read More
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Google drops price of its USB-C to headphone jack dongle down to $9 from $20

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Google released a new USB-C to 3.5mm dongle following the reveal earlier this month of the headphone jack-less Pixel 2. Although every new Pixel 2 ships with the dongle in the box, a replacement costs $20. That's appalling. Now, it seems Google has realized its dongle error and is dropping the price down to $9, or the same as Apple's Lighting to headphone jack replacement dongle. All is well again in dongle world, phew. Just a note: Google's dongle isn't for charging and listening to music. If you want to do that, you'll have to buy a much more expensive dongle. Google currently only lists the ... Read More
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A Moto Mod that turns your phone into an instant camera is coming

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Lenovo teased a bunch of new Moto Mods at Mobile World Congress this year, including one with Amazon's Alexa assistant built in, and another that can instantly print smartphone photos. Yesterday, VentureBeat reporter Evan Blass gave us another look at the Mods, the first since Lenovo's announcements. Notice the slight Polaroid branding on the photo printer. We knew the Alexa Mod would for sure be released, but the Polaroid Mod wasn't as definite because Lenovo teased it as more of... Read More
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Harassment accusations in Hollywood continue to pile up in wake of Weinstein scandal

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Amazon has suspended its studio head, Roy Price, in the wake of harassment allegations from The Man in High Castle executive producer Isa Hackett. "Roy Price is on leave of absence effective immediately,” a spokesperson tells The Verge. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hackett recounted Price’s gross and repeated misconduct. In addition to crudely propositioning Hackett ... Read More
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What to stream: “Mindhunter,” “Mr. Robot,” “Lore”

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Some dark new shows are out this Friday the 13th: Amazon's "Lore," based on the horror podcast; David Fincher's "Mindhunter" on Netflix; and "Mr. Robot," just to name a few. TV Guide's editor-in-chief Mickey O'Connor joins CBSN with some highlights.No Closed Captioning Detected within this Video.... Read More
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On this week’s Vergecast, we rant about Android Messaging, Apple’s hype cycle, and Windows phone dying again

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We’ve got a bloggy Vergecast today. In between review weeks, a few things popped up in the news that Nilay, Dieter, and Paul needed to talk about. Google is integrating video chat into a phone but still not text; you can now watch all the movies you’ve purchased online in one place; Apple is on a “hype cycle” talking about AR; and Windows Phone died again. But that’s not all. There’s a whole lot in between that — like the segment Paul does every week, “You know Dan, the duck face is no longer cool” — so listen to it all and you’ll get it all. 07:28 - Android Messaging rant... Read More
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Facebook may add hundreds of employees to its growing Chicago office

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Facebook is growing its Chicago presence in a big way, making room in its downtown office for potentially hundreds of new employees. Facebook is adding three floors and around 100,000 additional square feet to its office on Wacker Drive, as first reported by the Chicago Tribune. The new space could hold up to 500 extra employees, according to the newspaper. A source familiar with Facebook’s plans confirmed the news to Chicago Inno. Facebook is planning to take up floors 20-22 at 191 N. Walker Dr., the source said, which adds to the roughly 25,000 square feet it currently has on the 2... Read More
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Rose McGowan makes new accusations against Weinstein

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The actress made new accusations against the movie producer in a series of tweets directed at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos as more actresses, including Kate Beckinsale and Emma Thompson, are speaking out against Weinstein.No Closed Captioning Detected within this Video.... Read More
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How to use Movies Anywhere to stream your film collection on every device

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Disney has created the buy once, watch everywhere movie service that consumers have always wanted. The company has managed to rally support from a number of major Hollywood film studios — Paramount and Lionsgate are the major holdouts — and the end result is Movies Anywhere, a new service that promises glorious cross-platform support for (almost) all the digital movies that you’ve ever purchased. You’re no longer stuck watching a movie with just the video app from the company you bought it from. With Movies Anywhere, your iTunes movies... Read More
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Lore proves podcasts can inspire disturbingly effective TV

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Podcasts have become a new kind of go-to for producers and studios looking for material to adapt for television. The built-in serialized structure of something like Homecoming (soon to be a series from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail) or even StartUp (reimagined as the upcoming ABC sitcom Alex, Inc.) make them perfect vehicles. These shows have already demonstrated an ability to grab an audience and hold onto it, week after week, in the exact same way a successful TV series needs to. This week — on Friday the 13th, no less — Amazon Prime Video is taking its latest television swing with Lore, an anthology series adapted from ... Read More
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Sonos, Alexa, and Spotify: An excruciatingly slow evolution

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Perhaps no one was more excited than I was by the official announcement that Amazon’s Alexa would work with Sonos speakers. And now, almost two weeks later, no one may be as frustrated as I am. It had been more than a year since Sonos, realizing it had badly missed the boat on voice-powered speakers, announced a partnership with Amazon to integrate with Alexa. Great! I am the ideal target for this. I own two Sonos Play:1 speakers. And I have an Amazon Echo and Echo Dot. It seemed insane that these gadgets didn’t already work together. Occasionally, I even looked at buying various hubs that might allow them to work in tandem... Read More
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No. 249: Plain talk, the Amazon HQ thing and how to look awesome for the rest of your life

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It’s Friday: A happy end to the week, everyone, and welcome new sponsor PSEG. Today is National Train Your Brain Day, meaning it’s OK to sudoku at work. Billy Joel released “52nd Street” on this day in 1978. It became the eventual record of the year. Yes, but what was the album’s top hit? Answer after the news. Going viral: Vaccine creator Codagenix, the star of Farmingdale State College’s Broad Hollow Bioscience Park, has landed a $1.5 million Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health and another $1.5 million in private fund... Read More
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ShowBiz Minute: Amazon, Biden, Springsteen

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Amazon exec suspended in wake of Weinstein allegations; Joe Biden takes aim at Harvey Weinstein; Bruce Springsteen kicks off Broadway run. (Oct. 13)Subscribe for more Arts and Entertainment News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPressGet fast, accurate coverage of every arts and entertainment story making headlines worldwide, from festivals and premieres to births, deaths, scandals and arrests, plus celebrity reactions to news events.The A... Read More
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Sennheiser’s excellent HD 650 headphones are on sale for $200 right now

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For the third time in the past year, there’s an absolute steal of a sale running on Sennheiser’s HD 650 headphones. The sale is happening at Massdrop, which has an ever-so-slightly tweaked and rebranded version of the headphones called the HD 6XX on sale today for $199. ... Read More
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Top Exec At Amazon Studios Put On Leave After Harassment Allegations

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Enlarge this image Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios, participates in the "Hand of God" panel at the Amazon Summer TCA Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., in Aug. 2015. Richard Shotwell/Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP hide caption... Read More
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Alibaba Cloud to offer Red Hat open source

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Alibaba Cloud has joined the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider Program, the tech giant has announced. Through the partnership, Alibaba cloud will offer Red Hat open source solutions to Alibaba’s global customer base. Red Hat open source solutions will be available to Alibaba Cloud customers in the coming months, with Red Hat Enterprise Linux offered as a pay-as-you-go model in the Alibaba Cloud marketplace. In order to join the Red Hat Certified Provider Program, Alibaba had to meet testing and certification requirements validated by the team at Red Hat to confirm that th... Read More
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Tech Giants, Once Seen as Saviors, Are Now Viewed as Threats

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“For 10 years, the arguments in tech were about which chief executive was more like Jesus. Which one was going to run for president. Who did the best job convincing the work force to lean in,” said Scott Galloway, a professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business. “Now sentiments are shifting. The worm has turned.”News is dripping out of Facebook, Twitter and now Google about how their ad and publishing systems were harnessed by the Russians. On Nov. 1, the Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a hearing on the m... Read More
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Robotic monitoring and AI-powered surveillance are changing home security

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Can your digital assistant really be trusted with your home’s security? Amazon and other major companies are betting big on it. Digital assistants, the core of your smart home’s interface, leverage artificial intelligence to constantly build upon your user inputs — “learning” how best to interact with you and your family. The newest crop of AI-powered home security devices use the same technology, and integration with the smart home technologies you know and love is right around the corner. Do you have an AI strategy — or hoping to get one? Check out ... Read More
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Russia reportedly used Pokémon Go in an effort to inflame racial tensions

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Russia’s far-ranging campaign to promote dissension in the United States reportedly included an effort to weaponize Pokémon Go. CNN reported today that in July 2016, a Tumblr page linked to Russia’s now-notorious Internet Research Agency promoted a contest encouraging people sympathetic to the Black Lives Matter movement to play the game near famous sites of police brutality. Players were told to change their characters’ names to the victims of those incidents — an apparent effort to inflame racial tensions. The Tumblr page was linked to Do Not Shoot Us, a multi-platform campaign d... Read More
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What Tech Backlash? Google, Facebook Still Rank High in Polls

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Technology companies are on the defensive, battling waves of criticism. Facebook is overrun by fake news and sold political ads to the Russians. Rivals accuse Google of skewing its search results, and women have sued the company for alleged discrimination in pay and promotions. Liberals comp... Read More
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4 questions business leaders must answer before hiring a chief AI officer

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Do enterprises need a chief AI officer (CAIO) to shepherd their forward progress in a world of increasing automation? Sandy Carter, tech veteran and author of Extreme Innovation, said that “new roles like the CAIO will become essential for leveraging the big data coming into companies from all angles.” Andrew Ng, Stanford computer science professor and cofounder of online learning provider ... Read More
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What happens to carbon leaving Earth’s surface?

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A natural cycle helps regulate the carbon in our atmosphere, but humans are knocking it off balance with emissions, according to NASA.Learn more about this story at www.newsy.com/72669/Find more videos like this at www.newsy.comFollow Newsy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/newsyvideosFollow Newsy on Twitter: www.twitter.com/newsyvideosDetected Closed Captioning: a New NASA Animation Shows How Co2 Flows Through Our Atmosphere And How Human Activity Has Affected That Cycle Carbon in Our Atmosphere Circulates Seasonally In The Northern Hemisphere Carbon Builds Up In Winter As Plants That Absorb Carbon Die And Release Their Carbon Stores Those Emissions Rise Until The ... Read More
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A NASA satellite that monitors CO2 is revealing the inner workings of our planet

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Thanks to a NASA satellite that’s been mapping the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in unprecedented detail, scientists are learning much more about how plants work, and how the land and oceans suck up and release CO2. This information could help us figure out how our world will respond to global warming. New research shows that during the 2015–2016 El Niño, for instance, droughts, heat, and fires in tropical areas caused plants and soil on three continents to pump out the largest growth of carbon dioxide on record. Plants use CO2 to grow, and they suck it out of the atmosphere. But during this eve... Read More

Microsoft and Amazon unveil Gluon to help developers adopt machine learning

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Collaboration in the realm of artificial intelligence leads to some strange bedfellows in the tech world. That’s certainly the case today, when Microsoft and Amazon Web Services announced their collaboration on Gluon, a new programming library for machine learning. It works by providing a consistent interface for creating machine learning models using a variety of prebuilt and highly optimized components. Gluon, which is available as an open source project, will provide a shared set of building blocks that people can use with both Amazon and Microsoft’s preferred machine learni... Read More
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Sony’s experimental projector that turns surfaces into touchscreens is coming to the US

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The time has come for you to turn your doors, walls, and cabinets into touchscreens. Sony unveiled its Xperia Touch projector at Mobile World Congress back in February, and now, it's bringing the device to the US. It's available through Amazon and costs $1... Read More
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CastBox reveals $16 million in funding as global surge in podcast investment continues

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If finding out what’s hot in tech requires little more than following the money, then podcasting startups have been positively roasting in recent months. A few weeks back, New York-based Anchor raised $10 million in a series A round of funding led by Google’s venture capital arm, GV, which followed a week after Swedish audio startup Acast announced $19.5 million to grow its platform globally. This, in turn, came swiftly after New York-ba... Read More
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Samsung’s Gear Sport and Gear IconX earbuds will be available for preorder starting tomorrow

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Samsung has announced that the Gear Sport and its second-generation Gear IconX earbuds (also known as Gear IconX 2018) will be available for preorder starting October 13th. Priced at $299.99, the Gear Sport comes in blue and black and will be available nationwide from October 27th through Samsung.com, Amazon, Best Buy, Macy’s, and U.S. Cellular. The Gear IconX 2018 will come in black, gray, and pink, for $199.99 and will also be released nationwide on the same day through ... Read More
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LIBN readers want Amazon HQ at Brookhaven Airport

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If Long Island were to win the bid for Amazon’s next headquarters, most LIBN readers envision it located at Brookhaven Airport. That’s according to a recent poll on libn.com. In response to the question, “If the 2nd Amazon HQ is built on LI, where should it be?” 34 percent of all respondents said it should be at the airport in Shirley. Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, at a press conference in late September, said the site offers “over 600 acres that are ready for development.” Brookhaven Airport, which includes 500 acres in Shirley, borders an additional 101 acres of land previously owned by Dowling Co... Read More
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San Antonio refuses to bid for Amazon HQ2: ‘Giving away the farm isn’t our style’

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Amazon’s call for North American cities to compete for the chance to house its second headquarters (HQ2) has caused quite a feeding frenzy. But with applications due in one week, some cities are deciding that the competition isn’t worth it. Yesterday, San Antonio mayor Ron Nirenberg penned an open letter announcing that San Antonio, Texas would not be submitting the paperwork necessary to bid for Amazon’s HQ2. “Blindly giving away the farm isn’t ... Read More
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CTA: Consumer tech spending will increase a modest 1% in Q4

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Consumer tech spending is expected to increase only 1 percent to $96.8 billion in the fourth quarter, according to the Consumer Technology Association, the trade group that puts on the annual Consumer Electronics Show. But Steve Koenig, senior director of market research at the CTA, said in an interview with VentureBeat that there is a bright side to that sales figure, as it represents a new record and is coming off of a very strong holiday season in 2016. “On the surface, it sounds pretty weak, but we saw 3.8 percent holiday growth in 2016,” Koenig said. “That’s a tough act to follow. It’s hard to post 3 percent to 4 percent growth rates year afte... Read More
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Master & Dynamic’s concrete speaker is part art piece, part room shaker

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Have you ever fancied a studio-grade, connected speaker made of custom concrete? If so, Master & Dynamic has you covered: its MA770 nearfield soundstage speaker is encased in concrete, weighs 35 pounds, and comes with an equally hefty cost of $1,800. Now, before you reach for a jackhammer, ask yourself what you’d get for your money and heavy lifting. Firstly, you’d get the luxury of different connection options, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and Chromecast, plus aux and optical ports for all your legacy hardware. Every MA770 is technically a stereo experience enclosed in a single box, but it can be paired with another MA770, so you can stream you... Read More
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Google Home now lets you shop at Target with just your voice

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Next time you need an emergency order of LaCroix, you can just ask a Google Home to order a case from Target. Google announced today that Target will begin supporting its Google Express shopping service in the contiguous US. That also means Target will be supported through the Google Assistant’s voice ordering feature, which is so far only live on the Google Home and Android TV but is coming “soon” to iOS and Android as well. Target has only been available through Google Express in New York City an... Read More
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Review: Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017)

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Opening up the Amazon Fire HD 10 will tell you everything you need to know about it. It doesn’t come in an immaculate white box, like an iPad or fancy Galaxy tablet, and there is no lid that makes that pleasant suction sound as you gently lift it, revealing a glass and metal slab so pristine it could part the heavens. Nope—my Fire HD 10 came in a cardboard pouch.Like a FedEx box, you simply tear a tab off and yank out your brand-new Fire. But hey, that’s OK. This full-size tablet costs $150, and for that price... Read More
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Irish High Court finally approves Apple’s Athenry data centre

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The Irish High Court has finally approved Apple’s Athenry data centre, after years of delays. The decision was made by Justice Paul McDermott, who ruled that Apple should be granted permission to build the data centre, despite objections from local residents. The data centre project has been plagued by delays since it was announced in 2015. An Apple facility in Denmark announced at the same time is near completion, while the construction of the Athenry site has not yet begun. Paul Keane, from the Apple for Athenry Facebook group which has campaigned to allow the tech giant to build its data centre there, described the dec... Read More
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Take part in The Stack Readership Survey 2017

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With the industry landscape constantly changing, and major challenges such as GDPR approaching, it’s vitally important that The Stack can keep you informed and ahead of the game. We need to know exactly what you need to know. That’s why we’re launching our 2017 Readership Survey, to find out what your biggest challenges are, and how we can help you beat them. We’ll just ask a little about you, about what you think of us, and about how you make IT and tech decisions in the workplace. It’s really important to us that we can meet your needs, in order to help you meet your IT goals. All information will remain private, and i... Read More
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Kansas City mayor is posting gloriously random product reviews to promote bid for new Amazon HQ

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The mayor of Kansas City (the one in Missouri, not Kansas) is living up to his name. Major Sly James is leading the charge to land Amazon’s new headquarters for KCMO. The deadline is just one week away (October 19) and no doubt the company is being deluged by applications from locales that would love to land a project that promises to spend $5 billion for construction and hire up to 50,000 people. But how to stand out? Yesterday, James launched a campaign on Amazon’s home... Read More
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Hollywood studios join Disney to launch Movies Anywhere digital locker service

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For several years now, Disney has been the only Hollywood studio with a digital movie locker worth using, but a host of other industry heavyweights have now jumped on board to launch an expanded version of the service called Movies Anywhere. It’s both a cloud-based digital locker and a one-stop-shop app: customers connect Movies Anywhere to their iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, or Vudu accounts, and all of the eligible movies they’ve purchased through those retailers appear as part of their Movies Anywhere library. Given that the Movies Anywhere app works across a number of platforms, it basicall... Read More
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Heartland Tech Weekly: Amazon HQ2 contenders should approach subsidies with skepticism

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As the ... Read More
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Essential will start shipping the white version of its phone next week

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Essential plans to start shipping the white version of its phone next week. The company just began sending emails out to people who still have a preorder on the white model saying that the phone “is ready and we will start shipping next week.” It also tweeted out that the phone would be available in white through Best Buy, Amazon, and Sprint. The announcement puts the white version of the Essential phone nearly two months behind the black model, which started shipping on August 25th. It’s... Read More
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3 reasons why VR’s killer app will be collaborative

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Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are game-changers for the enterprise, enabling real-time remote collaboration experiences that were simply not possible before. While these technologies have not yet gained traction at a mass-market level, they hold great promise as the most practical use case for immersive technologies. Skeptics correctly point out that VR lacks a “killer app,” such as the Halo franchise that helped establish the Xbox Live service as a dominant force in online console gaming. They may be justified in their criticism. Indeed, according to a ... Read More
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Once Dominant, Netflix Faces An Increasing Number Of Video Challengers

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Enlarge this image Netflix CEO Reed Hastings delivers a keynote address at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. He has admitted facing Amazon in video is a challenge. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption toggle c... Read More
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Kansas City mayor gives 1,000 Amazon products five stars in hopes of securing second headquarters

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Following the trend of desperate cities vying for Amazon to choose them as its second headquarters, Kansas City’s mayor bought 1,000 Amazon products today and reviewed them on the company’s website. But don’t worry, all the products are going to charity. Amazon is asking cities to woo the company by October 19th with incentives like tax credits, relocation grants, fee reductions, and more in order to get chosen as the company’s second headquarters. Amazon’s... Read More
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Amazon’s Alexa now delivers personalized results for up to 10 voices

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Amazon today announced that Alexa-enabled devices are now able to recognize unique human voices, giving the assistant the power to deliver personalized experiences when it hears you speak. Once a Voice Profile is created by reciting 10 phrases to the Alexa app, whenever Alexa hears “Play music” or “Play my messages,” the AI assistant will recognize your voice and deliver results based on your profile or previously expressed preferences. At launch, personalized results will be available for shopping with Amazon, news flash briefings, Amazon Music Unlimited account holders, and calls and messages. Additional features will be available in the future, an Amazon spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email. A single ... Read More
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Ford invests in Autonomic to make open-source mobility service platform

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Ford has taken a stake in Silicon Valley’s Autonomic to be the basis for the automaker’s future mobility efforts. In its investors report last week, Ford said it had made an investment in Palo Alto-based Autonomic Inc. to build a basis for future iterations of mobility services that will use Ford vehicles, such as its Chariot service that employs Transit vans, as part of the company’s plan to move people through cities in every way, according to CEO Jim Hackett. “The platform would allow us to build services, as well as others, because the platform would be open to citi... Read More
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Calculators are the latest instrument used in creative new ways to make electronic music

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There are plenty of unconventional methods to make music, like Shawn Wasabi’s MIDI controller, which is fashioned with 64 arcade buttons, or the cute, squawking Otamatone, which YouTubers have mastered to cover a wide range of beloved tunes. Now, novelty Chinese calculators might be the latest instrument of choice for burgeoning bedroom musicians, particularly the delightful Japanese YouTuber who goes by It’s a Small World. Watch as t... Read More
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Amazon’s Alexa can now recognize different voices and give personalized responses

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The battle of the smart speakers has become a constant back and forth between Amazon and Google. Back in April, Google Home gained the ability to recognize individual voices, which allows the device to personalize its response for everyone in your house or apartment. This way, you’ll get your calendar briefing or curated music playlists when asking Assistant for them, and Google won’t mix up contacts when you call someone with the Home speaker. Today, Amazon announced that Alexa can now do the same thing. You can ... Read More
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Facial recognition technology will replace IDs, credit cards, and passwords

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As the old saying goes, a smile costs nothing but gives so much. In the future, it will offer a lot more, including everything from the ability to fly across the country to the means to purchase fried chicken. If you live in China, the latter is a present-day reality. The Alibaba-owned Alipay, a mobile app used by 120 million people in China, lets you transfer money using facial recognition as a verifier. In early September, Alibaba’s Ant Financial unit also launched face-based payment with KFC. ... Read More
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Atlanta is betting on a smart corridor to reduce traffic jams

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Though it will still be months before the public learns which city will be home to Amazon HQ2, one thing has already become clear: This RFP process, arguably the most highly speculated business decision ever, has forced cities to take a hard look at their infrastructure. Local government officials are able to see what’s required to attract a behemoth like Amazon, with its 50,000 workers and up to $5 billion in construction dollars — and where they’re lacking. No matter which city ends up with HQ2, it’s clear that things like a decent public transit infrastructure, ... Read More
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Need an Upgrade? Deals on LG OLED 4K TV, Nintendo Switch, and More

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It's easy to put off buying new tech. Money is tight, and it's hard to sort through the barrage of discounts online. If you're anything like us, you're probably always waiting for that one gorgeous tech deal to sweep you off your feet and straight toward the check out line. Well, consider yourself the prettiest patron at the dance. With a little help from our friends at TechBargains, we compiled three fantastic products that are on sale this week, ready to tango – and one pre-order opportunity you may find attractive. ... Read More
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‘Crypto Anchors’ Might Stop the Next Equifax-Style Megabreach

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Firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and even encryption haven't kept hackers out of hoards of data like the ones stolen in the catastrophic breaches of Equifax or Yahoo. But now, some Silicon Valley firms are trying a deeper approach, building security into the basic design of how data moves between a company's servers. The method aims not to seal intruders out of sensitive systems, but to tighten the ri... Read More
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OnePlus is quietly collecting a ton of data from its smartphones

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus is collecting data from its users and transmitting it to a server along with each device’s serial number, according to security researcher Chris Moore. In a January blog post (which has gained newfound attention this week), Moore detailed how OnePlus devices running OxygenOS record data at various points, including when a user locks or unlocks the screen; when apps are opened, used, and closed; and which Wi-Fi networks the device connects to. That’s all relatively standard. But OnePlus also collects the phone’s IMEI, phone number, and mobile network names, so the data sent is ide... Read More
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Self-proclaimed ‘lady-like’ speaker brand Stellé is launching a $2,000 Echo

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Stellé, a speaker brand that apparently designs with "women in mind," is launching a bunch of "smart pillar" speakers today. Those smart pillars include Amazon's Alexa assistant and look just like an Echo. I'd just guess Stellé couldn't come up with a better word than pillar to describe the long, Echo-esque speaker its team created. The devices come in seven different finishes, including two types of wood and metallics. The real shocking item, though, is the customizable $2,000 pillar the company is debuting. It'll be available through special order and includes Swarovski crystals. (An example's ... Read More
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Alibaba is spending $15 billion on researching quantum computing, AI, and more

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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has unveiled plans to invest $15 billion in R&D projects. According to a report from Quartz, the money was announced at the company’s annual cloud computing conference in Hangzhou. The initiative is part of Alibaba’s so-called DAMO Academy (or “Discovery, Adventure, Momentum, and Outlook”) and will include the opening of seven new labs: two in China, with others in Singapore, Moscow, near Seattle, and in Silicon Valley. The scope of research to be conducted in these facilities is broad, focusing on both “foundational and dis... Read More
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State of the Art: The Frightful Five Want to Rule Entertainment. They Are Hitting Limits.

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Why start with the culture industries? The Five elicit worries of total social control. Many people fear the companies will be able to translate their hold on key digital platforms into wholesale ownership of adjacent industries that depend on those platforms, giving them wider economic and social power.The entertainment industry is a good place to assess those claims because in different ways, the Five have spent years building platforms for the distribution of art, culture and media. Facebook runs the news; Google’s YouTube has videos and music; Microsoft’s Xbox has games; Amazon runs books, movies and TV (and, through its web-... Read More
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Amazon now lets teens shop with their own account, but with parental approval

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Teens with an Amazon account are about to acquire some buying power. The company announced today that kids ages 13–17 will be able to use an Amazon Household account to shop Amazon’s online marketplace — with limited independence, of course. Teens will now be able to buy things using those accounts in the Amazon app. The catch: parents will be notified of each purchase via text or email, and will, by default, have to approve or deny each one. Any time they make a purchase, teens will be able to include a note that explains (or argues) why they need the particular item. Parents c... Read More
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Amazon now lets teenagers shop via separate logins attached to their parents’ accounts

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Amazon has announced a new service that will open up its gargantuan ecommerce platform to millions more teenagers. As things stand, shoppers must be 18 years of age or over to buy goods through Amazon, but moving forward the internet giant will allow 13 to 17-year-olds to get their own login credentials that are associated with their parents’ Amazon account. To get the ball rolling, parents must enter their kids’ contact information, and indicate which of their payment cards is to be used for purchases. The kid then receives an invite and they choose their own username and password. But fret not, kids ... Read More
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Amazon launches 7″ waterproof Kindle Oasis with Audible integration, starting at $250

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Kindle fans, rejoice. Amazon has listened and is finally bringing a waterproof ereader to market — almost 10 years after the internet giant debuted the first Kindle device. The all-new Kindle Oasis comes 18 months after its same-named sibling was introduced to the world, and the latest incarnation boasts a number of notable upgrades, in addition to its newfound water-repelling powers. Weighing in at 194 grams and 3.4mm thick, the refreshed Kindle Oasis sports a 7-inc... Read More
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Amazon finally makes a waterproof Kindle, after 10 years

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Amazon has been selling Kindles for 10 years now, but “waterproof” never appeared on its list of incremental technological advancements — until now. The company just announced a new version of its popular e-reader that builds on last year’s Kindle design and has an IPX8 waterproof rating. The new Kindle Oasis — the same name as last year’s premium Kindle — has jumped up in size, moving from a 6-inch screen to a 7-inch screen. It has an aluminum back, which gives it a more premium look and feel than the Kindles with soft-touch plastic. Unlike last year’s Kindle Oasis, which used a magnetic case you attached to the e-reader to extend its battery life, the new Oasis relies en... Read More
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Amazon Finally Made a Kindle You Can Take in the Tub

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The comedian Brian Regan has a great bit about refrigerator shopping, in which he walks into a store and starts talking to a salesman. "What's this guy supposed to say about refrigerators?" Regan wonders. "'You've got this refrigerator, it keeps all your food cold for $600. You've got this refrigerator, this keeps all your food cold for $800. Check this out: $1,400, keeps all your food cold.'" That's how it's been with Kindles for the last several years. ... Read More
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Two Thirds of Bank Customers Feel Retail Websites Know Them Better Than Their Bank

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Consumers feel retail websites like Amazon and Netflix know more about them than their banks, according to Part II of the 2017 Segmint Consumer Bank Marketing Report AKRON, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–October 11, 2017– Banks should know best. Banks and other financial institutions have the data that tells a story of where money goes, how it is used or where it is saved, arming them with the most reliable insights into helping people use and manage their money. Even with all that insight, 64 percent of U.S. bank customers feel retail websites like Amazon, Netflix and Zappos know more about them than their banks do, according to ... Read More
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Author Franklin Foer on Controlling the Power of Big Tech

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Franklin Foer is the author of World Without Mind, a critique of the power held by the big tech companies, and the way it is used in our lives. He recently discussed the book with WIRED Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Thompson at the Berkeley Art Museum. Edited excerpts follow: Nicholas Thompson: Your book is very critical of the technol... Read More
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Amazon launches $5.49 monthly Prime Student subscription in the U.S

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Amazon has always looked for ways to hook online shoppers into its vast ecommerce ecosystem, and one of its key approaches has been through its annual Prime membership. This comes with a host of perks, such as free shipping, music- and video-streaming, unlimited photo storage, and more. For most people, the U.S. price weighs in at $99 per year, which works out to $8.25 per month, but last year Amazon rolled out a monthly subscription option for $10.99 per month — the equivalent of $131.88 per year. For students, however, Amazon has offered a 50 percent discount on the annual subscription, meaning those in an eligible tw... Read More
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Amazon’s Fire HD 10 does everything you expect a cheap tablet to and nothing more

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In recent years, the tablet world has been little more than the iPad world. If you’re looking for a tablet, it’s very likely that the iPad is the right tablet for you. The iPad’s drop in price to $329 earlier this year strengthened its position even further. But back when the iPad cost $500 or more, there was a burgeoning market of cheap tablets that promised to do all of the iPad things for a lot less money. This was Amazon’s world. Its line of Fire HD tablets were way less expensive than Apple’s devices, and made for good alternatives if you didn’t want to spend the money for an iPad. Amazon never really left the cheap tablet market... Read More