Tag: Amazon

Karl Urban Invokes The Spice Girls To Rally ‘The Boys’ Against A Bunch Of Irresponsible Superheroes

[embedded content] Share This Video In January, Seth Rogen introduced Twitter to the first teaser for his and Preacher collaborator Evan Goldberg’s upcoming Amazon Prime series The Boys. Created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, the original comics concerned the operations of a clandestine squad whose chief task is monitoring the world’s superheroes and, if […]

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Amazon Spark Has Been Shut Down

Amazon Spark was launched a couple of years ago. It was best described as Amazon’s iteration of Instagram, in that it relied on images to make shopping discovery easier for customers. It didn’t really take off and was nowhere near as popular as Instagram so perhaps that’s why Amazon has now decided that it’s time […]

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Amazon sends Alexa developers on quest for ‘holy grail of voice science’

At Amazon’s re:Mars conference last week, the company rolled out Alexa Conversations in preview. Conversations is a module within the Alexa Skills Kit that stitches together Alexa voice apps into experiences that help you accomplish complex tasks. Alexa Conversations may be Amazon’s most intriguing and substantial pitch to voice developers in years. Conversations will make […]

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Amazon brings in-skill purchasing to Alexa kid skills

Parents with Alexa-enabled devices, brace yourselves (and your wallets): Amazon today announced that in-skill purchasing (ISP), a feature that allows voice app developers to charge for digital content, is now available in preview for kid skill experiences in the U.S. skills store. It’s supported by a slew of new tools, including APIs designed to help […]

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Telerobotic hands and fingers become your avatar at Amazon re:MARS

Sometimes robots replace human workers, but other times they augment those workers instead. At Amazon’s re:MARS 2019 conference, a quartet of companies showed off a set of telerobotic arms and hands that let a human operator “feel” what the robot hands were touching. The idea is that the robotic limbs and digits become essentially an […]

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Alexa users in the U.K. can now call Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. for free

Good news for Vodafone U.K. customers who have Alexa-enabled devices on hand: Soon, they’ll be able to tap their mobile plans to make and receive calls from smart speakers, smart displays, and more with Amazon’s voice assistant. Amazon today announced that starting this week, eligible subscribers can link their mobile accounts to dial numbers hands-free. […]

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Climate Change Is the Symptom. Consumer Culture Is the Disease.

To save the planet, mankind must rapidly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. But where should we be reducing those emissions from? What would make the biggest difference? EPA Journalists and environmentalists often answer that question by looking at which sectors of the U.S. economy contribute the most to global warming. The transportation (cars, buses, trucks, […]

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‘Broad City’ Star Ilana Glazer Is Turning Her Stand-Up Comedy Tour Into A New Special For Amazon

Comedy Central Comedy Central’s Broad City came to a glorious end in late March, but that doesn’t mean that co-creators and co-stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson aren’t doing anything else. The latter has published several books and is currently promoting the show with executive producer Amy Poehler for various Emmys For Your Consideration events. […]

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Amazon researchers bolsters Alexa’s language learning with preexisting knowledge

You’d think that adapting Alexa, which supports a range of languages including Spanish, German, and Japanese, to varieties within a dialect continua would be a piece of cake compared with “teaching” it new language families, but this isn’t so. According to the Seattle company’s researchers, the gulf is wide between British English and American English, […]

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Amazon will serve any government agency with facial recognition technology, so long as it’s legal

(Reuters) — The head of Amazon.com Inc’s cloud computing division on Monday said the company would work with any government agency that followed the law, in contrast with rival Microsoft Corp, which has touted its rejection of controversial sales. “We will serve the federal government, and they will have to use the technology responsibly,” Andy […]

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Amazon launches Personalize, a fully managed AI-powered recommendation service

Delivering personalized experiences to customers just got easier, thanks to Amazon. The Seattle company today announced the general availability of Amazon Personalize, an AWS service that facilitates the development of websites, mobile apps, and content management and email marketing systems that suggest products, provide tailored search results, and customize funnels on the fly. It’s in […]

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How direct-to-consumer brands can avoid startup purgatory

We are entering into a new phase where the smartest direct-to-consumer companies are figuring out there is a better path to growth than relying strictly on venture capital funding. Over the last few years, we’ve seen fewer than a handful of exits in the the direct-to-consumer (DTC) category that could be deemed successful. The majority […]

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AI Weekly: Amazon’s robots could cut delivery times, but eliminate jobs

Today marked the end of Amazon’s inaugural re:MARS in Las Vegas, where roughly 3,000 engineers, academics, programmers, astronauts, artists, entrepreneurs, and NBA players from over 40 countries gathered to glean insight from luminaries in machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, and space travel. It didn’t disappoint with respect to sheer breadth of content: roughly 100 breakout […]

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Amazon trains Scout with highly accurate recreations of real-world neighborhoods

Amazon in January took the wraps off of Scout, an autonomous delivery drone that’s today ferrying goods to homes in Snohomish County, Washington, near Seattle’s King County. And this morning during a session at the company’s inaugural re:MARS conference in Las Vegas, Hao Chen, senior principal engineer of Scout, detailed a few of the simulation […]

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