Amazon Names 20 Finalist Cities for HQ2 Thunderdome

After what felt like five years of mayoral begging and media gimmicks, we finally know the top 20 finalists in the brutal battle for Amazon’s second headquarters. The cities are about as predictable as you’d think. Basically, all the big ones in North America. Read More >>

White House Press Secretary Is Probably Making Up This Crap About Alexa Ordering a Batman Toy

On Sunday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders used her official government Twitter account to complain that her two-year-old had allegedly ordered a $79.99 (£58) action figure by “yelling ‘Batman!’ over and over again at her Alexa-enabled Amazon Echo. Read More >>

The Echo Spot is Coming to the UK Next Week

Amazon's latest product in its Echo lineup will be coming to the UK on 24th January. The Echo Spot is a smaller device offering the same Alexa-driven technology and will retail at £120. Read More >>

Pretty Soon a Smart Assistant Won’t Be a Choice

This winter I bought three Google Home Minis—two for me, and one for my lovely parents. Read More >>

CES 2018: Garmin’s Alexa-Powered Navigation Device Gains a Built-in Dash Cam It Should Have Had From the Start

I really liked Garmin’s bare-bones Speak navigation device when I tried it out a few months ago. Instead of a touchscreen, the $130 (~£110) device relies on voice commands, processed by Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant, to get you where you want to go. A few months later, Garmin is already introducing a new version that adds a built-in dash cam for documenting accidents, but it’s a feature I wish the unit had had from day one. Read More >>

Amazon’s Next Big Thing Could be Serving You Ads on The go

Rumors Facebook is always secretly recording you have long refused to die, but it turns out Amazon may be the first tech giant to achieve the age-old dream of a total advertising Panopticon. Read More >>

Amazon and Google Probably Lost Money on Smart Speaker Sales Last Christmas

Buying an Echo or Google Home at the tail-end of last year was like buying a sofa from DFS. If you didn't get the sale price, you were basically being screwed over. The amount of discounts the devices got in the run up to Black Friday and Christmas was ridiculous, and it makes you wonder how they could make a profit. Well it turns out that they might not have done. Read More >>

Amazon Might be Ready to Bid for Premier League Streaming Rights

The Premier League is the most popular spectator sport in the world, with people all over the world tuning in to watch British teams kick a ball around a field. It's no surprise that the rights to show those games are quite sought after, but the competition might get a bit more heated because Amazon is supposedly interested in the streaming rights. Read More >>

When Microsoft Shut Down Groove Music, Cortana Lost a Useful Feature

Despite its best efforts, Microsoft’s Groove Music service never really caught on. So back in October, Microsoft shut the service down and told its users to switch to Spotify. Unfortunately, that decision had some unintended consequences for Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana, which relied on Groove Music’s library to help people identify songs. Read More >>

Amazon and Microsoft Goofed the Deadline for Smart Assistant Cooperation

If you were one of the twelve people passionately awaiting the integration of Cortana with Alexa and vice versa, then I have some news for you. Both Amazon and Microsoft have missed the key “later this year” deadline announced back in August 2017. Read More >>

Yes, Your Amazon Echo Is an Ad Machine

Did a loved one buy you an Amazon Echo over the holidays? Sorry about that. But now, in addition to well-founded fears about surveillance and security, you’ve got a new problem: ads. Read More >>

German Court Orders Amazon to Stop Advertising ‘Birkenstok’ Sandals

Amazon is no longer permitted to lure in customers who think famous shoe and sandal manufacturer Birkenstock is spelled “Brikenstock,” “Birkenstok,” “Bierkenstock,” or the like in Germany following a court ruling, Reuters reported this week. Read More >>

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A Glimpse Inside CamperForce, Amazon’s Disposable Retiree Labourers

In September, Jessica Bruder’s Nomadland—excerpted heretook us inside one of the strangest and most cutthroat of Amazon’s business practices: CamperForce. Composed almost entirely of retirees living out of motorhomes performing seasonal labour, CamperForce workers are expected to perform physically demanding tasks despite their advanced age. Read More >>

Less Internet, Please

Remember when surfing the web was a treat? A delicacy, almost. You’d fire up the whatever-kilobaud modem and start the pay-per-minute meter running and read about politics or whatever. A fun time. That’s no longer the case, and I’m honestly rotting from overexposure to the online. Read More >>

Amazon Just Bought Itself Another Way Into Your Home

Amazon has just been shovelling out smart devices this year, launching a shedload of new Alexa-powered devices including an all-new Echo, the Echo Spot, and the premium Echo Plus. But one category where Amazon’s portfolio feels a bit thin is home security, where its indoor-only Cloud Cam is the company’s sole offering. Read More >>