Instead, worried at hurt feelings and a vague possibility of retribution, I apologised.Not my proudest moment, but I can still listen to it – my pathetic wheedling – because the robot recorded, saved and uploaded it to the cloud.Unlike rivals such as Apple s Siri, Microsoft s Cortana and Google Now, it is a physical presence: a 20cm-tall black cylinder, about the size of two Coke cans, which contains Wi-Fi, two speakers, seven microphones and connects to the cloud.When you say Alexa , the wake word , the cylinder top glows blue and speaks with a silky female voice.An Irish friend jokingly branded Alexa a partitionist bitch for saying Ireland had 26 counties the Republic, yes, but include Northern Ireland and it s 32 .Alexa, I said, I m sorry if I offended you.
Confirming earlier reports, the NY Times says that Google will introduce a voice-controlled digital assistant device for the home tomorrow at its developer conference in San Francisco.Part of Google s motivation here is that it sees a successful product that it believes it can improve upon and partly the move is defensive.The Alexa assistant relies on relatively structured voice commands and is often stumped by queries where it doesn t have available data or question phasing is confusing.While Amazon does have search technology A9 , it doesn t have Google s massive search index, Knowledge Graph, AI chops or its historical understanding of and ability to answer questions.Google s search assets and structured data could enable it to build a broader set of capabilities into Home.Virtual assistants offer the potential realization of the conversational search concept Google has been discussing and promoting for the past few years.
Amazon has announced a host of forthcoming improvements for its Fire TV devices that ll offer greater voice commands and more 4K content.In a press release on Tuesday, the firm announced a new range of Alexa voice commands that ll make it easier to find and play content.Users will be able to launch apps, play content by speaking into the Fire TV remote.More skills borrowed from the Amazon Echo speaker are also coming, including the ability to find local movie show times, read Kindle books and find local businesses.to find out what movies are playing in theatres near you or specific movie timesYouTube 4K Ultra HD—Access YouTube s full 4K library via the YouTube.com app on Amazon Fire TV when connected to a UHD-compatible TVSearch for local businesses and restaurants using Alexa—Ask What Mexican restaurants are nearby?to get convenient information on businesses nearbyAccess Kindle e-books via Alexa—Say Read The Nightingale to listen to text-to-speech enabled books from your Kindle library through Amazon Fire TVcomments powered by Disqus
Both are designed to be primarily voice controlled - Google Home lacks buttons altogether - and to blend into most decor.Inside, there's WiFi along with a speaker and microphone array; Amazon is particularly proud of the seven microphones that give Echo its precise ears, though it's hard to imagine that Google hasn't given across-the-room pickup the same sort of consideration for its device.Unlike Echo, which is music-only, Google Home will support video streaming too: you'll be able to verbally search for a clip, movie, or TV show, and then have it beamed over to a TV with a Chromecast plugged in.Some of the spoils of that were shown off during Google Home's brief demo: answering questions that, I suspect, would've easily stumped Alexa.I enjoy Amazon's virtual assistant, but her ability to muster up solutions is rudimentary: if she can find a Wikipedia entry for it, you're usually good to go, but anything demanding a more intuitive take gets you "I'm sorry, I don't understand the question" at best.It's also data that, though Amazon could try to help you duplicate, it faces a considerable barrier with: people's inherent laziness when it comes to jumping platforms.
Google has taken the wraps off Google Home, its push to bring the Google Assistant into the heart of the family, and push back at Amazon's Alexa in the process.The same is true for video, with the ability to request clips and movies to stream via a Chromecast plugged into a TV.Text messages can be sent by voice, restaurant bookings made or adjusted,However, there'll be support for various smart home products, including Nest and a variety of the "most popular" lights and more.In the future, Google says, it expects Google Home to support things like ordering a car, sending flowers, making purchases, and more by voice.As for the services Google Home offers, it sounds a lot like what we saw Viv demonstrate earlier this month.That, developed by the team responsible for the original Siri, does a similar sort of contextual linking of services.
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said during the company s annual shareholder meeting Tuesday that it wants to open more physical bookstores and add additional services to Amazon Prime.The e-commerce behemoth has never disclosed the precise amount of subscribers to Amazon Prime, which offers services like free two-day shipping and video/music streaming for a $99 annual fee.TechCrunch has contacted Amazon for more details.Bezos said that Amazon is definitely going to open additional stores, but it hasn t yet decided how many.But even a few brick-and-mortar locations would help Amazon gain a footprint in physical retail which still make up more than 90 percent of total retail sales in the U.S., despite the growth of e-commerce , attract new customers, and collect more data about shopping habits.Other e-commerce businesses that have opened stores for similar reasons include Warby Parker, Birchbox, and Bonobos.
Image copyright Amazon Image caption The existing store offer books at the same price as they are available onlineAmazon's chief executive Jeff Bezos has confirmed that the online retailer plans to build more real-world book stores.It opened its first bricks and mortar store in Seattle in 2015, with a second to follow this summer in San Diego."We're definitely going to open additional stores, but how many we don't know yet," he added.As Amazon mulls expansion into the real world, struggling clothing retailer Gap has said that it would consider allowing its clothes to be sold on Amazon."To not be considering Amazon and other would be - in my view - delusional," said chief executive Art Peck at the company's annual investor meeting in San Francisco.According to a Morgan Stanley report, Amazon is the second-largest clothes retailer in the US, with only supermarket giant Walmart ahead of it.
They re startups hoping to win investments from HPE s venture capital arm.Putting money into startups is a way for the company to contend with new technologies from rivals like Amazon.com Inc. and Google.Every quarter she hosts Coffee With Meg gatherings, listens to presentations from startups, asks pointed questions, and helps decide who will get the company s money.Whitman s VC push comes after witnessing huge writedowns that cost the company more than $15 billion early in her tenure.Also in 2012, it said it would write down about $8 billion after purchasing Electronic Data Systems four years earlier.In November, HP underwent a massive corporate split from what s now called HP Inc., which sells computers and printers.The purpose of this is for us to actually be in the market all the time, understanding the emerging technologies, he said.Corporate venture capital is nothing new; Google and Intel Corp. both have investment arms.Ananth said the group is also looking at possibly expanding internationally and getting into new fields such as artificial intelligence.Already, HPE is seeing gains from its investments.
The struggling apparel chain s chief executive, Art Peck, told shareholders that Gap is open to selling its merchandise on Amazon or other third parties in the U.S. To not be considering Amazon and others would be in my view delusional, Mr. Peck said Tuesday in response to an investor s question at the annual shareholder meeting.We are always considering all of our opportunities beyond our traditional mix of channels and stores.The company, which also owns Banana Republic and Old Navy, is scheduled to post quarterly results after market close on Thursday.As early as 2014, Amazon was in discussions with about 10 well-known retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch Co. ANF -0.82 % , to list their products on its online marketplace.Selling on Amazon presents a double-edged sword for specialty retailers with store fleets as large as Gap s. While they can tap into the online marketplace s growing shopper base, the listings might also discourage shoppers from visiting stores, where brick-and-mortar retailers tend to have better luck converting traffic to sales.Gap management spent last year revamping its merchandise offering after attributing weak performance in previous quarters to style and quality missteps.
Amazon might soon turn the tables on Google, who mostly reigns in the mobile market, by putting out a new kind of tablet.Codenamed "Knight", this tablet will differentiate itself from Amazon's existing Fire tablet line by being focused around its smart assistant, Alexa.Details about the "Knight" tablet are still shrouded in secrecy aside from the Alexa factor.It may or may not be the continuation of the 14-inch "Cairo" tablet that the retail giant was rumored to be working on.Despite the "yet another platform" syndrome, reception has been surprisingly positive.Preferably before Google or Apple also secure the market.
Remember when news leaked that Amazon was planning to open a lot more brick-and-mortar shops?Geekwire is reporting that Jeff Bezos said that they re definitely going to open additional stores.However, the number and precise location of the stores remain undisclosed.Reports from the New York Times and Recode claimed that the plans were probably more modest than that, but that they d definitely be headed by Steve Keseel, an Amazon executive who helped with the launch of the first Kindle.I reached out to Amazon by both email and phone but have yet to hear back.This post will be updated as soon as the notoriously secretive Amazon gives us a comment we can publish.
Alexa on Fire TV has gradually improved since it first debuted last September; Tuesday's update adds television controls and app-launching capabilities.While the new features are not immediately available, Amazon will roll these out via software updates over the next few weeks.Among the key new features are Fire TV app-launching capabilities and the option to ask Alexa to play content from Amazon Video and any add-on subscription content, as well as the capability to find movie showtimes at nearby theaters, read Kindle ebooks, and local business search.The Fire TV version was really no more than just another Echo speaker in your system when it launched in September, although Amazon added smart home support two months later.Consider it a move to put it on par with compeitors: Apple TVs already have Siri integration, and the Roku 3 and 4 have similar voice-enabled functionality.Besides the Alexa improvements, Amazon also made a move Tuesday to improve content availability.
Yukon Outfitters Camping Hammock Gold BoxIt s officially hammock season, and you can join in the fun for just $25-$35 courtesy of today s Amazon Gold Box.Inside, you ll find over a dozen Yukon Outfitters camping hammocks marked down to impulse-level prices.These hammocks are made of lightweight nylon for easy travel, and several even include built-in mosquito netting if you want to relax without worrying about Zika.By the way, unless you re going to permanently mount your new hammock in your yard or on a stand, you ll probably want to pick up a cheap set of tree straps to go with it.Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale.Click here to learn more, and don t forget to sign up for our email newsletter.
Google Home Assistant Specs Release DateAmazon s Echo is already a popular tool that many of you may have already purchased, but Google isn t going to sit idly by as Amazon handles you questions.Just like with Echo, you ll be able to ask Google Home to do a bunch of things for you, including providing answers to your questions, and controlling other apps.Google Home lets you enjoy music and entertainment, manage everyday tasks, and ask Google questions.Google Home will work in all rooms of your home, and will let you manage to-do lists, shopping lists, set alarms, and timers.Thanks to the sharing economy, living in five different cities in five years has never been more doable.Show entire article
Google Home is still in the early stages of development but here s everything we know at this hour.Users will be able to customize the base through a variety of different colors of either fabric or metal.Its three primary tasks are to provide music and entertainment throughout a home, manage everyday tasks on your behalf and make the power of Google search accessible via voice commands through what s called the Google assistant.As such, you ll be able to control your lights, thermostats, switches and more simply by using voice commands.Again, basic tasks like checking the weather or seeking out facts on Wikipedia will be possible but you ll also be able to ask complex tasks like how much fat is in an avocado or the jersey number of your favorite athlete.You can even ask follow-up questions in which Google will understand the context and return the correct answer.
AmazonWhile still a primarily online store, Amazon isn't turning its back on physical retail establishments.After opening its first brick-and-mortar store in Seattle last year, the company's CEO Jeff Bezos confirmed at Amazon's shareholder meeting that more stores are coming."We re definitely going to open additional stores; how many we don t know yet, Bezos said at the meeting according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.In these early days, it s all about learning rather than trying to earn a lot of revenue."Currently Amazon's Seattle location is mostly a bookstore, and the company is already building another location in San Diego.Still, Bezos' statement is a bold one, so we'll likely see numerous additional Prime membership perks rolling out soon.
Amazon Web Services AWS — the e-commerce company s cloud computing division — is also set to reach a major milestone this year, on its way to $10 billion in sales.Amazon says AWS is now bigger than Amazon.com was 10 years ago and is growing at a faster rate.After facing harsh criticism over the treatment of its employees in a New York Times story last August, Amazon used its letter to shareholders to comment on the company s culture:A word about corporate cultures: for better or for worse, they are enduring, stable, hard to change.They can be an advantage of disadvantage… We never claim that our approach is the right one — just that it s ours — and over the last two decades, we ve collected a large group of like-minded people.Folks who find our approach energizing and meaningful.Amazon's annual letter to shareholdersIn addition to the Amazon Web Services growth, Amazon said its Prime memberships are growing as well — up 51 percent last year.With more than ten years of marketing management experience, she has contributed to a variety of traditional and online publications, including MarketingProfs.com, SoftwareCEO.com, and Sales and Marketing Management Magazine.
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New York may be the city that never sleeps, but as far as eating is concerned, we do that all the time.On-demand food services are all the rage in this buzzing metropolis, and now, Amazon Prime has gotten into the game, officially offering free delivery from over 350 restaurants across Manhattan by way of its Prime Nowservice.Amazon Prime members across Manhattan have already experienced the convenience of ultra-fast delivery through Prime Now, said Gus Lopez, general manager, Amazon Restaurants.Previously, Amazon offered free delivery as a limited time offer, and it looks like that offer is now here to stay, so you ll never have to pay to get your food sent straight to you.And better yet, Amazon promises, If a customer finds a restaurant item that is priced higher than the regularly priced item on the restaurant s current online menu within 24 hours of placing the order, Amazon will refund the customer the price of the item.So if you re feeling hungry at some point today and don t feel like taking a stroll, consider taking advantage of your Amazon Prime membership instead.
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