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Amazon‘s Fire TV Recast will let you record live TV, stream it anywhere

Amazon this morning introduced a new device called the Fire TV Recast that works with Fire TV and other devices to allow you to record live TV through a connected digital antenna. The device allows you to place your digital antenna anywhere in the house where you can get good reception, without having to worry []

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Echo Auto brings Alexa to cars

As Amazon noted at today‘s event, the company has already been working with a number of car companies bring Alexa to vehicles. There are already a number of high-profile partners, including Toyota, Ford, Lexus, BMW and Audi. Today, it announced its plan to bring the assistant to the rest of the ‘100s of millions‘ of []

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Amazon intros a new Echo Show with built-in smart home hub

Today‘s Amazon event is full of surprises, but you could have predicted this one from a mile away. The Echo show is a couple of years old now, and honestly, the hardware was never really that spectacular in the first place. The company just introduced a new version of the screen-sporting smart speaker, feature a []

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Amazon shows off a new 180 Ring ‘Stick Up Cam‘

Among the slew of devices Amazon announced this morning is a new Ring Stick Up Cam - stick up, because it‘s designed to go anywhere. (And is not, apparently, a reference to being robbed at gunpoint?) The camera comes in two versions - one that‘s battery powered and could be more easily used outdoors, as []

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Alexa Guard turns Echo products into security devices

Here‘s another unexpected surprise, as the hardware announcements have started coming fast and furious. Alexa Guard is a home security device that integrates with existing Echos. When the users is away, the product, flips the smart speakers in ‘Guard Mode,‘ so they listen out for sounds like breaking glass. The product features smoke and carbon []

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Amazon launches an Echo Wall Clock, because Alexa is gonna be everywhere

Amazon keeps rolling out new Alexa devices this morning, with the launch of a new Alexa device - in a clock. Yes, there‘s now an Echo Wall Clock available that has Alexa voice capabilities built in. That means you can ask Alexa to do things like set alarms and timers - and the lines on []

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Amazon launches an Alexa microwave with built-in popcorn Dash button

One of the weirder rumors ahead of today‘s Amazon event has come to fruition. The company‘s attempting to make a big push into home appliances, so it‘s leading the way with its very microwave. The Amazon Basics Microwave apparently began life as an in-house reference product, as the company was developing an API for third-parties []

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Amazon updates the Echo Plus so it can control the smart home when the internet goes down

Amazon today is giving its premium smart home-ready Echo Plus device a notable update. The device, which includes a smart home hub built into the Echo, is now getting a new fabric design, and a temperature sensor. However, what‘s more interesting is the addition something Amazon calls local voice control. What this means is that []

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Amazon launches an Alexa Smart Plug

Amazon wants to make it easier to set up your smart home. Today, the company introduced a new Smart Plug device that brings Alexa‘s voice control capabilities to anything you want to control - a coffee pot, a light, or anything else that can be powered on or off at a power outlet. What makes []

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Amazon refreshes its best-selling Echo Dot

The first big piece of hardware news at today‘s Amazon event is a long-awaited refresh to the Echo Dot - what the company calls the ‘best selling speaker, ever.‘ The new product features a fully refreshed design with a much nicer cloth covering - akin to the new Echo and Echo Plus, along with Google‘s []

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Amazon introduces a new subwoofer and amp for the Echo line

The Echo Sub isn‘t quite a HomePod competitor, but it‘s pretty darn close. In fact the the Amazon-made subwoofer actually looks a far bit like Apple‘s high-end smart speaker. But the device is actually designed to work in conjunction with the Echo line, offering a much deeper sounds than any of the current devices. Along []

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Meet the startups in the latest Alchemist class

Alchemist is the Valley‘s premiere enterprise accelerator and every season they feature a group of promising startups. They are also trying something new this year: they‘re putting a reserve button next to each company, allowing angels to express their interest in investing immediately. It‘s a clever addition to the demo day model. You can watch []

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Amazon introduces the Echo Input, its first Echo without a speaker

Amazon today introduced a new product it‘s calling the Echo Input. This is a very thin, tiny version of the Echo Dot - and the first Alexa device without a speaker. The idea here is to offer a device that allows you to connect to the speaker you already own. On the back of the []

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Amazon refreshes its best selling Echo Dot

The first big piece of hardware news news at today‘s Amazon event is a long awaited refresh to the Echo Dot - what the company calls the ‘best selling speaker, ever.‘ The new product features a fully refreshed designed with a much nicer cloth covering - akin to the new Echo and Echo Plus, along []

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Amazon FreeTime for Alexa adds routines, kids‘ podcasts and audiobooks

Amazon today announced it‘s rolling out new features for its FreeTime service for parents and children, which recently started working with Alexa,allowing parents to control children‘s experience with the personal assistant. Now, the FreeTime service for Alexa will also support routines - the combination of voice commands that can be kicked off with a single []

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Alexa learns how to whisper

Today‘s big Amazon event was all about the hardware, but Amazon kicked things off with a few extra tricks. Among the cooler features rolling out for the smart assistant in the coming weeks is improved contextual understanding. One piece that‘s coming in the next few weeks is the ability to understand when the user needs []

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Social Capital will no longer raise outside capital

Former Facebook executive turned venture capitalist ChamathPalihapitiya announced this morning that his firm, Social Capital, would no longer raise outside capital. The firm will transition into a technology holding company by the end of 2018 and will invest 50 million to 250 million off a multi-billion dollar balance sheetof internal capital only. [We] will focus []

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Instagram may divide hashtags from captions to end overhashing

Geofenced sharing, Quiz stickers, Stories Highlight stickers, and a separate interface for adding hashtags to posts are amongst a slew of new features Instagram has prototyped or is now testing. The last one could finally #cure #the #hashtag #madness that‘s infected many of Instagram‘s 1 billion users, causing them desperately fill up their captions with []

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Facebook warned to amend ToS to fix EU consumer rights issues by year‘s end

Facebook has been singled out for censure by the European Commission‘s head of consumer affairs who has warned she‘s running out of patience and said the company needs to make additional changes to its terms of service before the end of the year to bring them into line with the bloc‘s consumer rules. The Commission []

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Lunewave is pitching a new sensor offering better vision for autonomous vehicles

The investment arms of BMW and the Chinese search technology giant, Baidu, along with a large original equipment manufacturer for the auto industry and a slew of technology investors have all come together to back Lunewave, a startup developing new sensor technologies for autonomous vehicles. The 5 million seed round which the company just closed []

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Apple Watch fire face was made with actual fire

With the Apple Watch Series 4, Apple introduced a new, larger display. It now has rounded edges and thinner bezels. And the company took advantage of that display to introduce new fire, water, liquid metal and vapor faces. Apple didn‘t use CGI to create those faces - they shot those faces in a studio. Many []

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MariaDB acquires Clustrix

MariaDB, the company behind the eponymousMySQL drop-in replacement database, today announced that it has acquired Clustrix, which itself is a MySQL drop-in replacement database, but with a focus on scalability. MariaDB will integrate Clustrix‘s technology into its own database, which will allow it to offer its users a more scalable database service in the long []

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AI could help push Neo4j graph database growth

Graph databases have always been useful to help find connections across a vast data set, and it turns out that capability is quite handy in artificial intelligence and machine learning too. Today, Neo4j, the makers of the open source and commercial graph database platform, announced the release of Neo4j 3.5, which has a number of []

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Bird hits 10 million scooter rides

Bird just announced 10 million scooter rides since launching about one year ago. If this story sounds familiar to you, it‘s probably because Bird competitor Lime earlier today announced it surpassed 11.5 million rides across its shared bikes and scooters. Bird, which launched last September in Santa Monica, Calif., currently operates in 100 cities and []

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