According to the AP, Amazon is pushing a service called "Key for Business" as a way to cut down on stolen packages by making it easy for Amazon’s delivery workers to leave packages inside apartment buildings and office lobbies, rather than outside. Continue Reading →
In what can only be described as the thrill of a lifetime, Jeff Bezos, his brother, (18-year-old) Oliver Daemen, and (82-year-old) Wally Funk went ballistic this morning sitting atop New Shepard: a small, suborbital rocket built by Bezos's Blue Origin company. The 11-minute trip took the space tourists over the Karmen line and included spectacular views of both the curvature of the earth and the blackness of space. Continue Reading →
There have been rumors about Amazon (and pretty much every other big tech firm) kicking the tires at MGM for quite a while, but Variety is reporting that "Amazon’s interest in acquiring MGM has taken on a new tenor beyond the usual rumor mill. The deal is said to be being orchestrated by Mike Hopkins, senior VP of Amazon Studios and Prime Video, directly with MGM board chairman Kevin Ulrich, whose Anchorage Capital is a major MGM shareholder." Continue Reading →

Alexa Custom Assistant

Alexa Custom Assistant
Amazon just launched Alexa Custom Assistant: a service that lets automakers and device manufacturers build their own digital assistants using Amazon’s Alexa technology. Continue Reading →
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In the aftermath of the insurrection, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Snapchat suspended some high profile accounts (including President Trump's personal accounts) for violating their terms of service. Google and Apple removed Parler (a poorly monitored social media site) from their respective app stores. Continue Reading →

Alexa Gets More Talkative

The official title of the Amazon Science blog is "Alexa gets better at predicting customers’ goals," but you should read this as, "The Turing test is not for machines to pass, but for humans to fail." Continue Reading →