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Amazon did a lot of funky stuff this year and it’s paying off

Holy hell, it’s been a year for Amazon. Jeff Bezos’ former-online-bookstore dumped $13.7 billion to buy a bunch of grocery stores, that speaker you talk to in your living room that Amazon makes is <i>really popular</i> and a bunch of server farms Amazon runs generate more than $10 billion in revenue …

The rise of augmented reality

Pokémon Go gave us an early look at augmented reality it in the summer of 2016, and now the tech giants of the world are also launching their own AR …

Augmented Reality

Amazon Is Bumping Into Microsoft With 'Alexa For Business'

Amazon has its work cut out collaborating with other giants of tech.<p>Anyone using Amazon’s Fire TV won’t be able to access YouTube from Jan 1, and Google has blocked access to the site for anyone using Amazon’s new Echo Show device.<p>The reason: Google is miffed that Amazon won’t carry its products, …

Smart Homes

Craigslist competitor Letgo tried to engage its rival OfferUp in merger talks

The two are battling Craigslist and Facebook in local commerce.<p>One of the startups trying to unseat Craigslist as the U.S. leader in online local commerce tried to engage one of its heavily funded rivals in merger talks, multiple sources told <b>Recode</b>.<p>Letgo, which counts the South African internet …

This popular Nighthawk model just overtook Google Wifi as Amazon’s best-selling router

The Google Wifi mesh wireless system has been at the top of Amazon’s best-selling routers list for, well, for as long as we can remember. It’s not …

How augmented and virtual reality will reshape the food industry

Jenny Dorsey Contributor<p>Jenny Dorsey is a professional chef.Her culinary work has been featured in publications such as Harper's Bazaar, Bustle, Brit+Co, Food Network and Oxygen TV and her writing can be found at Girlboss, Huffington Post, Taste.Company and SWAAY.<p>Augmented reality content can be …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Amazon unveiled a range of new Alexa-enabled hardware products.</b> There is a newly redesigned Echo smart speaker, as well as the new Echo Spot, Echo Plus, and an updated Fire TV with 4K support.<p><b>2. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed President Trump's tweets in which he claimed Facebook has</b> …

Donald Trump

Why Do Startups Fail? Because Hardware is Hard

Few venture-capital investors have forgotten the story of Pebble: In 2012, after every VC firm on Sand Hill Road had passed on investing, the …

The smart home is getting cheaper

It’s getting a bit cheaper to turn your dumb house into a smart one. Price has been the biggest hindrance to the expansion of the smart home, and it still is, to a certain extent. But recently, some of the biggest players in the smart home industry, along with some new entrants, have helped lower …