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Watch Amazon’s VR kiosks transform the future of shopping

Earlier this week, Amazon announced that it has opened virtual reality kiosks in 10 shopping malls to promote its upcoming Prime Day shopping event. Now you can see the Amazon VR experience for yourself. Prepare to be impressed: It’s significantly more elaborate than expected, and shows how a top …

Virtual Reality

Amazon Go Means Goodbye Status Quo

After visiting Amazon’s first Amazon Go store this past May, and after seeing the recent reports of Go stores coming to Chicago and San Francisco, and the possibility of another larger Go store in Seattle, too, one thing is quite clear: Goodbye, status quo.<p>Amazon Go is quite simply awesome. It is a …

eCommerce

The Design Theory Behind Amazon’s $5.6 Billion Success

Amazon’s success brings into relief a principle that is sometimes hard to swallow in the design community: Successful design is not necessarily beautiful.<p>Amazon is undoubtedly the most significant force in the digital transformation of commerce: an estimated 44% of all online sales are on Amazon, …

Amazon-Marriott Deal Will Make Alexa A Hotel Butler, But The Implications Range Far Wider

Amazon.com turned heads with its latest move on Tuesday: partnering with Marriott International to feature its Echo smart speakers at select hotels, part of its new Alexa for Hospitality initiative.<p>But the announcement is not just about hotel guests’ ability to use Alexa-powered Echo voice …

Smart Speaker

Khosla Ventures’ newest partner worries for too-young CEOs when they have too-appeasing venture capitalists

Dan Levin, the former No. 2 at Box, has joined Khosla. He talks to Recode in his first interview.<p>It’s hard for Silicon Valley investors to not coddle a young, hotshot CEO.<p>Being too mean draws a bad reputation among entrepreneurs and could lead the investor to not see the next great deal. And …

Does wireless charging degrade your battery faster? We asked an expert

Wireless charging has been around for a long time, but it has taken a while to catch on for phones. There were some definite limitations when it …

Amazon unveils nearly hands-free streaming TV device

NEW YORK (AP) — Alexa for couch potatoes is coming: Amazon's new streaming TV device will let users shout out when they want to turn on the TV, flip channels or search for sitcoms — all without pushing any buttons.<p>The Fire TV Cube is not entirely hands-free yet, however. Some apps or streaming …

Fitbit has shipped more than a million Versa smartwatches

No matter how you slice it, the Ionic was a rough start for Fitbit’s first true dive into the world of smartwatches. It was met with lukewarm reviews, and the company has since been fairly candid about the fact that sales figures simply weren’t what it was hoping/expecting.<p>Announced in March, the …

Amazon's Alexa will be built into all new homes from Lennar

VALLEJO, Calif. — The nation’s largest home builder is betting voice-activated digital assistants and smart devices will become as expected in a new home as garages now are.<p>Lennar announced Wednesday that standard features in its new homes will include built-in Wi-Fi, smart locks, doorbells, …

Maps walking navigation is Google’s most compelling use for AR yet

Google managed to elicit an audible gasp from the crowd at I/O today when it showed off a new augmented feature for Maps. It was a clear standout during a keynote that contained plenty of iterative updates to existing software, and proved a key glimpse into what it will take to move AR from …

Amazon now offers Alexa-centric home security with no fees

Amazon is now offering Alexa-centric home security packages to customers in select areas, complete with professional installation. Costs start at $575, with no monthly fees. Most include an Echo Dot smart speaker to control everything using voice commands, as well as Alexa-friendly gadgets like the …

How to make your own custom Alexa commands

Amazon's virtual voice assistant just got a whole lot smarter.<p>With the arrival of Skill Blueprints, Alexa can now perform a variety of personalized tricks -- "skills," as Amazon calls them, that are personalized to you and your family.<p>For example, is someone studying for a test? With the Flashcards …

North Korea Ready to Discuss Denuclearization, U.S. Officials Say

Assurance clears the way for a summit meeting between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump<p>North Korea has told the U.S. that Kim Jong Un is prepared to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, clearing the way for a summit meeting between the North Korean leader and President Donald …

North Korea

Airbnb for cars is here. And the rental car giants are not happy.

They have fleets with hundreds of thousands of vehicles and command multibillion-dollar streams of revenue.<p>But in the rapidly shifting transportation landscape, even the Goliaths of the rental car industry — some of the best-known brands in the world — worry about being left behind.<p>That may explain …

Carsharing

The big shift: How Atlassian moved 78,000 customers to Amazon's cloud in a year

Back in 2010, Australian enterprise software company Atlassian Corp. Plc had the usual problem of fast-growing companies: too many customers — or …

7 Bay Area Waterfalls You Should Explore This Spring

Waterfalls will be in full force this spring.<p>If you live near the San Francisco Bay Area, you may have noticed just a little bit of rain over the …

First woman to cross Antarctic solo: I've never felt so alone

<b>(CNN) —</b> When Felicity Aston started smelling fish and chips, she knew something was wrong.<p>The unmistakable aroma of the classic British pub food, deep-fried fish and french fries, could only mean one thing: She must be hallucinating. After all, there are no pubs in the middle of Antarctica.<p>The …

CHART: How Have Your Members Of Congress Voted On Gun Bills?

After the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas last year, lawmakers discussed imposing restrictions on "bump stocks." The Las Vegas shooter used that type of gun modification, which makes a semiautomatic weapon fire like an automatic weapon, and killed 58 people.<p>After a …

Guns

Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg need to come clean about 2016. Now.

Over the weekend, the New York Times and the Observer of London posted a blockbuster investigative piece revealing that Cambridge Analytica, the firm brought on by the Trump campaign to target voters online, used the data of tens of millions of people obtained from Facebook without proper …

Facebook Exit Hints at Dissent on Handling of Russian Trolls

As Facebook grapples with a backlash over its role in spreading disinformation, an internal dispute over how to handle the threat and the public outcry is resulting in the departure of a senior executive.<p>The impending exit of that executive — Alex Stamos, Facebook’s chief information security …

Alexa’s new Brief Mode will make your Amazon Echo far less talkative

If you’re tired of Alexa chiming in with a verbal confirmation every time you ask her to do something for you, you’re going to want to check out the …

Microsoft Is Working on a Netflix for Video Games

Microsoft has a plan for getting 2 billion gamers around the world to use its service.<p>In an interview with The Verge, a Microsoft Xbox team member …

Facebook Lite Launches in US

The social network realizes people in developed countries endure slow connections, too.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn …

How Amazon Became Corporate America’s Nightmare

How Amazon’s Bottomless Appetite Became Corporate America’s Nightmare<p>By Shira OvideShira Ovide<p>Amazon makes no sense. It’s the most befuddling, …

iPhone wireless phone charging comes at a cost: your battery

Wireless cellphone charging on the iPhone X and 8 sounded too good to be true. We knew there had to be a catch.<p>And here it is, as ZDNet contributor …

For the price of an Echo Dot, this tiny device adds Alexa to your car

Amazon’s Echo Dot is a great affordable way to get access to Alexa anywhere in your house, but what happens when you leave? Using the Amazon app on …

You Can Travel Cross-Country by Train for Only $186

That's a 3,397-mile trip across America for under $200.<p>There are many things you can buy for $186. A red coat just like Kate Middleton’s. A fancy …

Trains

Amazon's Prime Music streaming service lands in India

The rumors from last March were true: Amazon has rolled out its Prime Music service in India today, with apps available for the web, Android, and iOS.<p>The service is part of Amazon’s Prime subscription, which grants access to fast and often free shipping, as well as Prime Video, for Rs. 999 ($15) a …

Amazon buys smart doorbell maker Ring for a reported $1 billion

Amazon is buying smart doorbell maker Ring, a deal that will allow the company to expand its home security and in-house delivery services.<p>In an email …

Apple is launching medical clinics to deliver the 'world's best health care experience' to its employees

Apple is launching a group of health clinics called AC Wellness for its employees and their families this spring, according to several sources …