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Alexa, where are the legal limits on what Amazon can do with my health data?

Alexa, where are the legal limits on what Amazon can do with my health data? The contract between the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and ecommerce giant Amazon — for a health information licensing partnership involving its Alexa voice AI — has been released following a Freedom of Information request. The government […]

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Amazon’s Echo gets a decent-sounding refresh

Amazon’s Echo gets a decent-sounding refresh Amazon seemingly didn’t realize what it had on its hands with the original Echo. Released five and a half years back for a select number of Amazon Prime users, the first Alexa device ushered in a consumer electronics revolution. According to numbers from Canalys, 26.1 million […]

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Facebook’s new Portal increases privacy, but is still searching for a reason to exist

Facebook’s new Portal increases privacy, but is still searching for a reason to exist The timing of the original Portal’s launch was less than ideal. The company reportedly pushed things back as the Cambridge Analytica scandal hit full broil, only to be hit with another data breach disclosure. If there’s a lesson […]

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Daily Crunch: Amazon announces new Alexa devices

Daily Crunch: Amazon announces new Alexa devices The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Everything Amazon announced at its Alexa event Amazon held a big […]

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Amazon makes it easier for smart home devices to alert customers to low supply levels

Amazon makes it easier for smart home devices to alert customers to low supply levels Alongside all the new Alexa-powered consumer devices Amazon introduced yesterday, the company also unveiled a new set of tools for the makers of smart home device skills that will allow them to tap into Alexa to re-order […]

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Ears-on with Amazon’s new Echo earbuds, framebuds, and ringbud

Ears-on with Amazon’s new Echo earbuds, framebuds, and ringbud Amazon announced more than a few devices today during an event at its headquarters in Seattle, and it was the smallest gadgets that made the biggest impression. The company built Alexa into earbuds, glasses, and a ring with the Echo Buds, Echo Frames, […]

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Amazon might reveal fitness-tracking Alexa wireless earbuds, Echo with better sound this week

Amazon might reveal fitness-tracking Alexa wireless earbuds, Echo with better sound this week Amazon is building wireless earbuds that offer Alexa voice assistant access, and fitness tracking for use during activities, according to a new report from CNBC. These earbuds, combined with a new, larger Echo designed to provide more premium sound, […]

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Amazon’s Echo Show can now identify household pantry items held in front of its camera

Amazon’s Echo Show can now identify household pantry items held in front of its camera Amazon is introducing a new feature to its Alexa Show device designed to help blind and other low-vision customers identify common household pantry items by holding them up in front of Alexa’s camera and asking what it […]

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Amazon unveils a new Fire TV Cube, soundbar, and over a dozen Fire TV Edition products

Amazon unveils a new Fire TV Cube, soundbar, and over a dozen Fire TV Edition products At the big European tech trade show, IFA 2019, Amazon today announced over 20 new Fire TV-branded devices, including a next-generation Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Edition soundbar from Anker — its first foray into Fire […]

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The BBC is developing a voice assistant, code named ‘Beeb’

The BBC is developing a voice assistant, code named ‘Beeb’ The BBC — aka, the British Broadcasting Corporation, aka the Beeb, aka Auntie — is getting into the voice assistant game. The Guardian reports the plan to launch an Alexa rival, which has been given the working title ‘Beeb’, and will apparently […]

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