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Amazon is backing Ecobee, a smart thermostat company, just days after buying Ring

Smart thermostat maker Ecobee raised around $62 million (CA$80 million) in a series C round of funding from investors including the Amazon Alexa …

Amazon's Alexa-Enabled Fire TV Stick Coming To UK

Amazon’s Alexa-enabled Fire TV Stick is coming to the United Kingdom and will soon be available for purchase for £39.99, which amounts to …

At CES 2017, Amazon revs Alexa everywhere strategy

A bevy of vendors are integrating Amazon's Alexa digital assistant technology. Artificial intelligence matters, but distribution, developers, and …

Smart Homes

LG to take on Amazon Echo at CES 2017 with 'Hub Robot' for the smart home

LG will unveil a new line of domestic robots at CES in Las Vegas this week, including a "Hub Robot" that can be used to control smart devices in your …

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Staples adds Watson to Easy Button

Staples is bringing cognitive intelligence to its B2B business with the addition of IBM's Watson to the office supply reordering process.<p>It's the …

Why More Gadgets Powered By Amazon’s Alexa Could Invade Your Home Soon

Hardware makers now have a cheaper and simpler path to hands-free voice commands.<p>If you want to peer into the future of Amazon, don’t stop with the Echo connected speaker.<p>Instead, consider all the other devices Amazon wants to imbue with Alexa voice controls, from thermostats and light bulbs to …

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Intel and Amazon are making it easier for anyone to build an Alexa-enabled speaker

Just what you wanted<p>Amazon wants Alexa in as many products as possible, so it’s partnering with Intel to make it easier for manufacturers to incorporate the voice assistant into their devices. The two companies announced plans yesterday to release reference designs for a connected speaker within …

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SQUARE MEALS

Meal kits have taken off in recent years, with Cassandra finding that 30% of young adults have used one and another 24% are interested in trying one, …

Just say it: The future of search is voice and personal digital assistants

In the 2013 drama Her, actor Joaquin Phoenix plays a lonely writer named Theodore who falls in love with his AI digital assistant, "Samantha." …

Google Assistant is Getting Ready to Compete with Amazon Alexa and Microsoft Cortana

The market for personal assistants with conversational user experience is heating up. While Amazon has already launched the next generation Echo in the form of Echo Dot and Echo Tap, Google is busy turning its Assistant more intelligent and smarter than the competition.<p>Starting December, developers …

Amazon’s Holiday Secret: Voice Shopping

Amazon just released its much anticipated holiday toy list. Like in years past, the e-commerce giant releases a list of the 1,000 hottest toys for …

Food recall awareness in Canada gets boost from technology

While Silvia Corfu is used to getting emails about the points card she uses for grocery shopping, the message in a June email surprised her.<p>Rather …

Amazon has finally banned those pesky ‘incentivized’ reviews

Do you take any notice of reviewers’ comments when shopping on Amazon? How about the ones that come with the disclaimer, “I received this product for …

Sears Released A Version Of Amazon's Alexa, And No One Noticed

What if Sears introduced a product similar to Alexa, Amazon’s voice controlled shopping assistant and no one noticed? That’s pretty much what happened when Sears released a version called Alfie not long ago.<p>Sears quietly began selling Alfie in June, but the official announcement came earlier this …

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Target taps startup to create its own Alexa

Target is partnering with a Chicago-based startup to create and test an artificial intelligence that will assist with virtual shopping, similar to …

Meet Alexa: Amazon Echo reviewed for marketers

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Carrefour Tests Digital Queue System In Paris With JeFile

Using the app JeFile, visitors to the Carrefour hypermarket in Paris’s Bercy 2 shopping centre can join a ‘digital queue’, which allows them to be in …

Amazon Echo owners spend more on Amazon, says NPD

We all suspected the Echo’s purpose was – at least in part – to drive more Amazon sales. And that’s exactly what’s happening, according to a new study by NPD Group. The research company found that owners of the Echo spent around 10 percent more after they bought the voice-powered smart speaker than …

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Amazon Dash Button Falls Afoul Of EU Legislation

Share Email<p>Amazon’s legal team might be kicking themselves with the news that the company may have fallen afoul of EU legislation with the Dash …

Tesco rolls out ad campaign to boost Scan as You Shop use

Tesco has launched a TV campaign to drive awareness of its Scan as You Shop service, which was recently extended into a further 20 stores.<p>Tesco has …

Amazon Dash's Push-Button Device Arrives in the UK

Seeking to capitalize on Britons too busy or forgetful to shop for household essentials, retail giant Amazon (amzn) is bringing its thumb-sized, …

On Trial

Young shoppers are cautious when making big ticket purchases and prefer to get hands-on with items before fully committing. This holds true with …

“Back to school is always chaotic:” Amazon’s back to school shopping recommendations

KENOSHA — Pens, paper and backpacks typically make the cut when it comes to back to school shopping lists. But, there are other items that could the …