Tag: Amazon

iDevices’ Instinct is a light switch with Alexa built in

If you’ve been pining for a sleek wireless light switch with Alexa built right in, now’s your chance. iDevices, Hubbell’s smart home subsidiary, today took the wraps off the Instinct, a wireless switch natively integrated with Amazon’s voice assistant. It’s hub-free and compatible with existing internet of things (IoT) devices, and it boasts nice-to-haves like […]

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Amazon’s voice-synthesizing AI mimics shifts in tempo, pitch, and volume

Voice assistants like Alexa convert written words into speech using text-to-speech systems, the most capable of which tap AI to verbalize from scratch rather than string together prerecorded snippets of sounds. Neural text-to-speech systems, or NTTS, tend to produce more natural-sounding speech than conventional models, but arguably their real value lies in their adaptability. They’re […]

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Amazon Forecast hits general availability

Forecasting events at scale given a set of variables is a capability most companies would find useful, for obvious reasons. Fortunately for them, Amazon’s made the science of prediction a bit more accessible with Forecast, a fully managed service that uses AI and machine learning to deliver highly accurate forecasts. It’s now generally available through […]

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Bloomberg: Apple TV+ will cost $9.99 per month and launch in November

Apple’s video streaming strategy may be getting clearer with a report that its subscription TV service will go live in November and cost $9.99 per month. According to Bloomberg, the tech giant will include just a handful of shows at the start with plans to expand. At $9.99, the service would be the same price […]

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The Best Romantic Comedies On Amazon Prime Right Now

Open Road Films Amazon Prime Video is bringing the love with some laugh-out-loud funny rom-coms that feel just a bit different from the fare other streaming services are offering up. There are quirky classics, modern dating mishaps, heartwarming family dramas, and plenty of A-listers to be found on this list, but the films all have […]

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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Season 3 Trailer Gives A First Look At Sterling K. Brown’s Character

[embedded content] Share This Video According to the first trailer for the upcoming third season of Amazon‘s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the award-winning comedy series premieres on Friday, December 6th. This is great news, of course, but the latest preview for Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino’s creation also features our first look at This Is […]

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Microsoft hires former Siri boss for AI leadership role

After leading Apple’s Siri team for six and a half years, Bill Stasior left the company for greener pastures elsewhere. Now he’ll be traversing Microsoft’s bucolic meadows, where The Information reports that he’ll head up an artificial intelligence group for the Redmond-based software giant. Stasior’s latest resume confirms that he joined Microsoft this month as a […]

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ProBeat: Breakthrough or BS, Amazon’s Rekognition is dangerous

Like all tech giants, Amazon is regularly criticized for various policies and practices. But no issue has been as contentious this year as selling its facial recognition tech Rekognition to law enforcement. Never mind that a growing chorus of AI experts are calling for facial recognition systems to be regulated. Amazon is eagerly developing surveillance […]

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Chace Crawford’s Got An Enormous Bulge In A Calendar For ‘The Boys,’ And People Have Definitely Noticed

Amazon (Warning: Minor The Boys spoilers below.) Chace Crawford is currently starring in Amazon’s The Boys series about a ragtag group of vigilantes who are on a mission to keep corrupt and sleazy superheroes in check. In the series, Crawford stars as one of the aforementioned “supes” who goes by The Deep, in that he […]

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Seth Rogen Pinpoints The Reason Why ‘The Boys’ Will Be ‘Better’ And More Outrageous In Season 2

Amazon Studios (Warning: Potential spoilers for The Boys will be found below.) Amazon’s The Boys shocked and thrilled the streaming masses while adapting the ultraviolent and ultrasexual comic book series from writer Garth Ennis (Preacher). As I’ve stated before, one witnesses some of these scenes, especially the sexual ones, while laughing and wondering if this […]

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Attack of the Amazon Twitter Clones

On Wednesday evening, conversations between members of the general public and Amazon’s so-called Fulfillment Center Ambassadors began to circulate on Twitter. One particularly bleak tweet from the account @AmazonFCHannah got the most attention, displaying all the hallmarks of someone afflicted with corporate Stockholm syndrome: I suffer from depression too, and at one point I wanted […]

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Why Amazon’s Twitter Ambassadors Are So Sad

On Wednesday evening, conversations between members of the general public and Amazon’s so-called Fulfillment Center Ambassadors began to circulate on Twitter. One particularly bleak tweet from the account @AmazonFCHannah got the most attention, displaying all the hallmarks of someone afflicted with corporate Stockholm syndrome: I suffer from depression too, and at one point I wanted […]

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Amazon launches Custom Interfaces for Alexa skills to deepen connections with games and gadgets

Amazon has had a steady focus on connecting home devices with its Echo smart speakers, from forging ties with more than 60,000 smart home devices to attempts to make Alexa a resource for gamers using consoles like Xbox. The tech giant took another step in that direction today with the introduction of Custom Interfaces, a […]

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Google Assistant tops 2019 digital assistance IQ test, but every AI posts gains

Following up on last year’s impressive comparison of personal AI solutions, Loup Ventures today released the results of its 2019 Digital Assistant IQ Test, and there’s good news if you enjoy giving voice commands to your phone, tablet, or speaker: all of the leading digital assistants are getting better at their jobs. Using a test […]

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Police Promised Witnesses Free Ring Surveillance Cameras If They Testified Against Neighbors

The police department of El Monte, California, paid for 20 Ring home surveillance cameras with taxpayer money and planned to distribute them to residents who reported crime and promised to testify against them in court, according to documents obtained by Motherboard. The documents, which were obtained via public records request, show that the police department […]

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Eagles’ Carson Wentz Signs Surprising New Endorsement Deal

Getty Eagles QB Carson Wentz has signed on to promote an outdoor life line with Amazon. Everyone knows Carson Wentz loves hunting, fishing, and everything to do with the great outdoors. The North Dakota native has a separate Instagram account that chronicles he and his brother, Zach, and their outdoor adventures. Now Wentz has signed […]

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‘The Boys’ Showrunner Has Shared A Bloody First-Look From The Already In-Process Season 2

Amazon Studios (Warning: Profane spoilers for The Boys will be found below.) The Boys, the depraved and wickedly fun joyride of a TV series that skewers superheroes, has already become IMDB’s top-rated Amazon Original series ever. Based upon Garth Ennis’ ultraviolent and ultrasexual comic book series of the same name, the show’s already filming season […]

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Ring Told People to Snitch on Their Neighbors in Exchange for Free Stuff

Ring, Amazon’s home security company, has encouraged people to form their own “Digital Neighborhood Watch” groups that report crime in exchange for free or discounted Ring products, according to an internal company slide presentation obtained by Motherboard. The slide presentation—which is titled “Digital Neighborhood Watch” and was created in 2017, according to Ring—tells people that […]

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