Amazon has shut down its social network-like feature on its site and app called Amazon Spark, in which Prime customers could post pictures of the products they’ve bought, according to TechCrunch.The company launched the service for Prime members in 2017.It prompted customers to pick a selection of interests in the section in the feature, and would then show you a feed of posts from users that related to those interests.The service seemed to be designed to replicate influencers using social networks like Instagram and Pinterest.Users could react to posts with a “smile” or a comment.TechCrunch noted that the site felt “too transactional” as compared to other social networks and never really took off.
Interestingly, this message was delivered at a time when the venerated General Electric would experience what was once unimaginable.IBM, once the hegemonic king of all computer technology, saw its market dominance evaporate as younger, hungrier upstarts seized on a computing revolution for which IBM was unready.But in recent years, its mobile division was sold to Microsoft and eventually written off entirely by CEO Satya Nadella.Apple gained its global dominance by pioneering the first personal PCs (and did so again years later by creating an improved smartphone), Facebook by mainstreaming the concept of social media, and Amazon by giving consumers a more efficient way to shop.Giants of an even older era, like Standard Oil and AT, saw their power greatly diminished thanks to antitrust suits and forced dismantling under the eye of the federal government.Regardless of the reason, it’s quite likely that in 10 years — or certainly 20 — the prevailing Big 5 will include names that are not on anyone’s radar yet.
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Conversations will make creating skills possible with fewer lines of code.[…] I think a year or two ago I would have said we didn’t see a way out of that tunnel, but now I think the science is showing us that [although] it will take us years to get more and more conversational, […] this breakthrough is very big for us, tip of the iceberg,” Limp said.(Samsung acquired Viv in October 2016 to enhance their Bixby AI assistant.)“I don’t want to have to remember what a car assistant can do, the TV system do, the Alexa versus Cortana versus … too much.Last fall, Amazon introduced Follow-Up Mode, so you can engage in multiple interactions but only have to say the “Alexa” wake word once.Duplex for the Web and deep connections between Android apps and Google Assistant made their debut last month.
Some of the best real-time insights into Tesla and its global fleet of electric vehicles — outside the confines of its Silicon Valley headquarters — might be through the lens of TezLab, a tiny upstart in Brooklyn.Now, a little more than two years after its founding, TezLab is on the verge of hitting what its founders believe is a tipping point of users, a milestone that could finally trigger a path to monetization.One of these features, which crowdsources data like Waze to give insights and ratings on Tesla Supercharger stations, is rolling out now.The Waze for supercharger feature is considered “phase one” of the company’s plans to broaden its crowdsourcing and social community.The six-person team behind TezLab was born out of HappyFunCorp, a software engineering shop that builds apps for mobile, web, wearables and Internet of Things devices for clients that include Amazon, Facebook and Twitter, as well as an array of startups.HFC’s engineers, including co-founders Ben Schippers and William Schenk, were attracted to Tesla largely because of its techcentric approach and one important detail: the Tesla API endpoints are accessible to outsiders.
To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.Will Shu is the cofounder and CEO of Deliveroo, a British food delivery startup that raised $575 million last month in a funding round led by Amazon.Speaking at a technology conference on Tuesday, Shu said companies like his will one day reduce cooking to "purely a hobby."Deliveroo cofounder Will Shu has said cooking could be done solely for enjoyment within the next decade.100 years ago, cooking was 100% a necessity.50 years ago, less [of a necessity].
Earlier this week, Dell dropped the price of Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II noise-canceling wireless headphones, giving Bose fans a chance to save some dough.But they’ve also dropped the price on a great alternative as well, which we’ll talk more about later.They deliver all the full rich sound you’d expect from Bose, along with some of the best noise-canceling we’ve seen.The headphone cups fit snugly but not uncomfortably against the ear, and active noise-canceling (ANC) technology continuously adjusts the level of noise-canceling based on ambient noise to ensure all you hear is your music.Bluetooth technology is of course included, and they’re fully compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple’s Siri.You can switch through these with just a push of the button, so you’re not limited to using just one.
Suddenly, everybody’s talking about ambient computing.I blame Intel, and I’ll tell you why in a minute.Instead, we’re on the brink of a revolution in what you might call “semi-ambient computing.”Intel inside; screen and sensors outsideIntel dragged ambient computing into the spotlight a couple of weeks ago by unveiling a prototype laptop it calls an Ambient PC at its Technology Open House at Computex in Taiwan.The edge-screen shows icons, calendar information (it's running a calendar app in the image up above), buttons for controlling audio on the device and the laptop (while still closed), and microphones make the laptop work like an Amazon Echo appliance, offering Alexa just a wake-word away.
Not too long ago, the Apple MacBook Air was really the only choice you had if you wanted a super-slim, super-light laptop computer from a reputable brand.The laptop landscape has thankfully changed a lot in recent years, however, and today, users can choose from a myriad of featherweight “ultrabooks” that run Windows.Brand-name ultrabooks can easily sail north of $1,000, but these VivoBook deals let you score one for $700 or less.Read on to find out what we love about these laptops and how you can save.A lot of lightweight laptops sit in the 12-14-inch range, but the Asus VivoBook S is a good alternative for users who want that full-sized 15.6-inch 1080p display.It still only measures in at 14.2 inches in width with a thickness of just 0.7 inches, though, so it’s more than light enough to carry with you throughout the day.
Amazon appears to have closed down its Spark social networking platform.The closure comes less than two years since Amazon launched Spark as its social media play back in July 2017.Spark was focused on users posting images, stories and ideas about products and purchases, and was originally launched only for Amazon Prime members.Other users could then react with "smiles" and comments.Much like Instagram shopping now, Spark users could also tag products in their posts that were available on Amazon, allowing others to then purchase those products by tapping on the image."Whether you're looking for inspiration for home décor or seeking advice for the best long-distance running shoes, Spark makes it easy to discover -- and shop -- stories and ideas from a community that likes what you like," Amazon said in an introduction to the service in 2017.
Ever since Amazon introduced its “Amazon’s Choice” label in 2015 to recommend certain products, a skeptical world has been trying to find out what the badge actually means — because some items that are “Amazon’s Choice” really shouldn’t be.Even if a product has the badge and seems to have a high star score, you still might wind up with a stinker that you’d have been warned against if you’d just done your homework, BuzzFeed reports today.Some examples: a $23 breathalyzer that obviously stole positive reviews from entirely different products, and a $20 infant thermometer that Amazon’s own user review highlighting tool flags as a “waste of money”.So far, no journalist seems to have gotten a straight answer from Amazon about whether the “Amazon’s Choice” badge is something a real human ever looks at or just a human-developed algorithm.CNET and Wired each took a stab in recent years and didn’t get much further than The Wall Street Journal did in 2015.On Amazon’s site, the official description is this:
Lucky for us, we now have robot vacuums to make our lives easier.With it in your home, there will be more time for you to take on other relevant tasks and meaningful activities.It boasts a dual-brush cleaning technology that pulls in dirt and debris in hard-to-reach areas like corners and crevices.Its thin, low-profile design allows it to glide effortlessly below furniture, ensuring thorough cleaning throughout your home.With smart and proximity sensors, this robot vacuum can navigate floors and carpets seamlessly while being able to assess and adapt to surrounding obstacles.You can schedule or start cleaning anywhere via your smartphone with the Shark ION Robot App.
An Amazon Prime membership offers many benefits, including fast shipping on tens of thousands of products, and access to movies, music, books, and more.Prime members can save money on groceries, household cleaning products, diapers, baby food, and many other staples.And if that's all Prime ever was — a fast, free shipping plan — it would be worth the $119 annual fee (or less, depending on your circumstances) based on how much we save in shipping costs by using Prime.And it's more than the one-day or even same-day shipping they offer customers in many areas.Today, Amazon Prime is a one-stop shop for media, groceries, apparel, parenting products, and so much more.It indicates an expandable section or menu, or sometimes previous / next navigation options.
Multi-function pressure cookers and air fryers have led kitchen small appliance sales for the past few years, easily outlasting the sous vide precision cookers‘ relatively short-term interest bubble.The Ninja Foodi, which combines pressure cooking, air frying, and crisping continues the savvy product and market expertise the brand revealed in earlier years with its customer-favorite blenders and coffee makers.Amazon just took a massive price cut on the 6.5-quart Ninja Foodi and did so with the model that adds dehydrating to its meal prep repertoire.If you already have a pressure cooker, by the way, Ninja makes an excellent standalone air fryer, the Ninja AF101, which is also currently on sale on Amazon,Ninja also makes an 8-quart Foodi and the 6.5-quart Foodi OP-300 without the dehydrating function, but the 6.5-quart Ninja Foodi OP-302 is the one in this deal, and the size is right for most medium-sized families or groups of four to six people.Whether you’re shopping for a last-minute Father’s Day gift, an upcoming wedding, or yourself, this excellent deal can help you save $88.With the Ninja Foodi, you can combine cooking methods in stages with the same meal.
Amazon Game Studios has laid off employees this week, the tech company has confirmed.The layoffs come during the week of E3, the world's biggest gaming conference.Amazon Game Studios, launched back in 2012, makes games including New World, The Grand Tour Game and Crucible.It has studios in San Diego and Orange County, California, and at Amazon's HQ in Seattle, Washington."Amazon Game Studios is reorganizing some of our teams to allow us to prioritize development of New World, Crucible and new unannounced projects we're excited to reveal in the future," an Amazon spokesperson told CNET Friday in an emailed statement.Amazon did not say how many people were affected by the job cuts.
Amazon cloned an entire neighborhood, a dangerous hacker group takes aim at the US electrical grid, and the world remembers a running great.Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every week day?The highly dangerous "Triton" hackers have probed the US gridSecurity experts have been tracking a sophisticated hacker group that has apparently been looking for entry points to the US electrical grid.Usually scans like these wouldn't be newsworthy, but in this case we're talking about the group behind a reckless, nearly lethal oil refinery cyberattack in 2017.
Rivian has only showed off early versions of its R1S SUV and R1T pickup, but the company has not been shy about dishing deets regarding what's under the hood.We already know its battery pack is pretty darn advanced, and its tech is clearly appealing enough to pull in some major investors like Ford and Amazon.Now, we have an idea of what Rivian wants to do with its batteries once they're no longer usable in its vehicles.Rivian announced this week that it has teamed up with the Honnold Foundation, which funds solar power initiatives, for a future project that will use Rivian's "second-life" batteries, also known as a used EV battery that's already done its time in an electric vehicle.The project will see these batteries as gateways to energy independence and renewable power generation, and it'll kick off in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico.Using the 135-kilowatt-hour battery packs from its development vehicles, Rivian will take these batteries and move them into small modules that can collect power from solar panels or other sources, reducing reliance on the grid.
Google employees and shareholders are planning to stage a demonstration outside of the company's annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday.The protests are to show support for proposals shareholders will vote on regarding sexual harassment and diversity policies at Google and parent-company Alphabet.The demonstrations would follow similar high profile protests at Amazon and Facebook's annual meetings.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Several hundred activists and Google employees are expected to crash the company's annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday, to call attention to the company's policies on sexual harassment, diversity efforts and other issues, according to a CNBC report.The report says that the protesters, a mix of Google employees and shareholders, are planning a demonstration outside of the building in Sunnyvale, Calif where the shareholder meeting will take place.