Amazon proudly announced today it's adding its 10,000th skill to the Echo, the company's artificially intelligent speaker. About a year ago, I wrote a love letter to my Echo praising it as the ultimate gadget for a lazy stoner. The prospect of greatness seemed so obvious. The speaker was quickly getting smarter, and soon I'd be able to control most of my home from it, right?
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Things can get pretty boring when you're the fourth richest person in the world, so Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has installed one of his company's products in every room of his house — including the bathrooms.
It's all but impossible to watch TV, read a paper, or interact on social media without being bombarded with endless, depressing news these days. So here's an easy hack that might make you feel better about how 2017 is going by making it easy to donate to the ACLU using an Amazon Dash button.
Yesterday, 96 companies — including Apple, Google, Dropbox, eBay, uBer, Twitter, Spotify and a host of others — filed legal documents that object to President Trump's Muslim ban. But they're not just doing it because it's the right thing to do. The filing makes it clear that Trump is disrupting business.
George Orwell's dystopian classic 1984 occupied the number one spot on Amazon's best-selling books list last week, where it remains today. A cautionary tale about a brutal, amoral dictator has evidently felt relevant to people lately. But as of today, Amazon — the world's largest bookseller — is unable to keep up with demand.
Several adaptations of Terry Pratchett's beloved works were announced at a memorial service for the writer last year, including a six-part adaptation of Good Omens, penned by Pratchett's co-author Neil Gaiman. But now we have a time(frame) and a place: It's coming to Amazon Prime and the BBC next year.
When I was 18 years old, I bought a baby Louis Vuitton handbag off of eBay. It was about $400 and light blue. I loved it. Then the zipper broke, and when I took it to the Louis Vuitton store to get repaired, the snooty sales girl informed me that it was counterfeit. Eighteen-year-old me was incensed, humiliated and embarrassed, but I learned an expensive (if important) lesson: Don't buy designer goods off of eBay.
This morning, Amazon announced that the online retailer had plans to hire 100,000 new full time employees over the next 18 months. And Donald Trump didn't waste any time taking credit for the announcement. This, despite the fact that Trump had previously threatened to break up the company with antitrust laws, and even called it a "big tax shelter".
In millions of homes across America (and some in Australia, if you can get your hands on one), Amazon's voice-controlled personal assistant, Alexa, is listening. And whether you want to or not, she's ready to play.