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Surprise! Amazon now sells more than 70 of its own private-label brands

The biggest push has come in the clothing category.<p>After Amazon launched its first private-label brands in 2009, the company took a four-year hiatus before it created any more. And when it got back into the game with the launch of its own diaper brand in 2014, it was an embarrassment; a design flaw …

Diapers

Is Facebook scanning your chats?

Facebook confirmed that it uses automated tools to scan Messenger chats for malware links and child porn images. CNN looks at what it means.

Turner Broadcasting

7 Ways to Reduce Stress When You Are Overwhelmed and Need to Prioritize

Starting and finishing any one item on your to-do list will do wonders to relieve overwhelm.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Each day, more and more people struggle with all that life has thrown at them. Between work, family, health, house tasks, the latest political …

Time Management

Amazon adds long awaited intercom feature to its Alexa-enabled devices

While Apple’ Siri digital assistant is still pretty limited in its functionality, despite it being the main input for HomePod, Amazon has been experimenting and adding new features at a rapid pace.<p>Today, Amazon is adding a much requested “intercom” feature to its Alexa-enabled devices, <i>TechCrunch</i> …

Smart Homes

MIT’s new headset reads the ‘words in your head’

There’s always been a glaring issue with voice computing: Talking to a voice assistant with other people around makes you feel like a bit of a weirdo. It’s a big part of the reason we’ve been seeing the technology start to take off in the home, where people feel a little less self-conscious talking …

Self-awareness

TechCrunch’s Messenger bot gets smarter and more conversational

The best bot on Messenger just got better. We’ve teamed up with Chatfuel and Bitext to add Bitext’s NLP Middleware to the TechCrunch Messenger bot. This enhanced version adds functionality for conversational interaction, improved natural language understanding and unique features like negation …

Chatbots

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 …

Alexa should laugh more, not less, because people prefer social robots

Services like Alexa and Siri work best when they emulate humans.<p>Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant, was laughing when it shouldn't. You might have seen tweets about it: The weird, disembodied chuckle bothered people for reasons you can imagine, as well as because it reportedly could happen …

Opening a bank is a genius move for Amazon

Amazon is reportedly looking at getting into the retail banking space. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company is contemplating launching a new checking account that would cater to young people and “the unbanked” — those defined as having struggled to gain access to traditional financial …

Instagram code reveals unreleased voice and video calling

Instagram wants to be your phone, not just your camera. And it wants to be better at it than Snapchat. Files buried in Instagram and the Instagram Direct standalone app’s Android Application Packages (APKs) are files and icons for “Call” and “Video Call”. APKs often show files for unreleased …

Apps

Nike’s latest Air Jordan sneaker ‘drop’ showcased the potential of Snapchat commerce

Shopify and Darkstore helped bring the in-app shopping experience to life.<p>Snapchat has yet to make a big splash in e-commerce, choosing instead to keep the focus on its advertising business model for now.<p>But a partnership between the social media app and Nike during the NBA’s All-Star weekend …

eCommerce

The IoT In Retail Market Map: The Beacons, Sensors, And Robots Bringing Connected Services To Retail

The startups in this market map have raised $900M in aggregate to bring IoT into retail.<p>From devices that can record where shoppers are focusing …

9 Things You Do in the Morning That Can Hurt Your Productivity

The first few minutes of your workday are critical to your productivity for the next eight hours.<p>If you show up late to the office or get sucked into …

Time Management

These Lunch Recipes Taste Delicious and Help Reduce Belly Fat

Sorry if you're tired of hearing that abs are made in the kitchen, but it's true! Eating certain foods that are proven to diminish belly fat can make tackling that belly fat through diet even more effective. Choose foods such as eggs, lean protein (especially fish like salmon), tofu, whole grains, …

Healthy Eating

Voice assistants are making the smartphone redundant

We have been using smartphones for over 20 years now. They have evolved from clunky brick-like devices, only to return back to clunky brick-like devices. Companies have toyed with various form factors, from flip phones to bendy phones and several other impractical designs. But it seems like the …

9 questions the most interesting people ask to cut through small talk

I remember early in my career, one of my biggest fears walking into a networking event to schmooze or meeting someone for a business lunch was boring the other person to tears in conversation.<p>I didn't want to be the windbag who dragged on forever, so I learned to be brief, to the point, and …

Self-improvement

Chevron's CEO Just Wrote an Extraordinary LinkedIn Message That Is a Master Class in Leadership | Inc.com

After 37 years working at Chevron, CEO and Chairman John Watson, who took over the helm in 2010, is hanging up his cleats and headed for retirement.<p>In a moment of transparency while reflecting back on his career journey, he left us with a masterful lesson in leadership. Openly admitting to what he …

Leadership

17 signs you're a good boss — even if it doesn't feel like it

<b>• Leading others can be challenging at times.</b><p><b>• But there are some subtle signs that you're an exceptional boss.</b><p><b>• It all comes down to your listening skills, empathy, and confidence.</b><p>It's not always easy being in charge.<p>Managing others comes with a ton of pressure. And when you're in a management …

Leadership

Google's New Text-to-Speech AI Is so Good We Bet You Can't Tell It From a Real Human | Inc.com

Can you tell the difference between AI-generated computer speech and a real, live human being? Maybe you've always thought you could. Maybe you're fond of Alexa and Siri but believe you would never confuse either of them with an actual woman.<p>Things are about to get a lot more interesting. Google …

Machine Learning

12 Simple Phrases That Are Guaranteed to Make People Like You More | Inc.com

The late, great American poet Maya Angelou once said, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."<p>The truth is, your word choice creates a brief impression that can lead to a lasting impression, long after the particulars …

Self-improvement

Successful CEOs Use These 5 Hacks to Always Stay Productive | Inc.com

It's no secret that startups are hard. To be successful, it can require unending mental and physical energy, superhuman patience, and a massive demand on the most important resource of all: your time.<p>It's no surprise, then, that I hear many professionals say that they are always too busy, …

Time Management

10 ways smart people work less and get more done

Some people have an uncanny ability to get things done. They keep their nights and weekends sacred and still get more done than people who work 10 or …

Time Management

3 important tips for bot builders

In 2017, it’s time for artificial intelligence (AI) to be part of your company’s strategy. More than 10 million Amazon Echo devices have been sold in the U.S. alone, and 1 billion people use Facebook Messenger each month. Consumers are slowly starting to embrace the tens of thousands of third-party …

Is Artificial Intelligence Overhyped in 2017?

Is AI over-hyped in 2017? <i>originally appeared on</i> Quora <i>-</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p>Answer <b>by</b> Joanne Chen, Partner at Foundation Capital, on Quora:<p>To quote Bill Gates <i>“We always overestimate the change that will occur in</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

8 Amazing Things You Can Do With A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

We love having a spotless apartment, but what we love even <i>more</i> is a good shortcut — a be-all and end-all that takes the mopping, scrubbing and …

Handy

The complete list of Alexa commands so far

Here are all the things you can ask Alexa to do. (Dad jokes included.)<p>Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, is infiltrating your home, your beach trips and even your ride to work. Now that there are many ways to interact with Alexa -- with the Tap, Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Look, Echo Show, Dash Wand and the …

Smart Homes

The bot invasion is on, powered by $24B in funding

While the manufacturing sector is increasingly using physical robots to improve industrial processes, the market for virtual bots or “chatbots” is also gaining serious traction in the space where humans and computers interact.<p>Bots are essentially software technologies that automate tasks and enable …

Chatbots

Move over Amazon Go, this shop is unmanned 24/7

Chances are you’ve heard about Amazon Go, Jeff Bezos’ smart reinvention of the grocery store, in which shoppers simply grab whatever they want off …

Amazon Go

Some people are saying Facebook Messenger looks like iMessage now

Yesterday Facebook made a pretty significant update to its Messenger app for messaging and voice and video calls: It finally started letting people access its M virtual assistant in conversations. But there’s more to it than that. Facebook also adjusted the design of the app in a way that makes …

Shopping lists created in Google Assistant will no longer be saved to Keep starting April 10

Starting on April 10th, Google Assistant’s shopping list will no longer save items to Keep. Following a notice that users have seen in recent days, the list functionality will be moved into Google Home and Express to better integrate with the former device’s ordering and delivery feature.<p>Heading to …