Category Archives: Amazon

Hey Alexa, is it true a TV advert made Amazon Echo order cat food?

Advertising watchdog rejects Echo Dot owner’s complaint that TV spot was irresponsible

An Amazon Echo owner has tried to get a television advertising campaign for the smart speaker banned after the Alexa virtual assistant attempted to order cat food when it heard its name on an ad.

An Amazon TV ad for the Echo Dot, which can perform functions such as make shopping lists and play music with voice commands, features people using the device in different situations. In one a man’s voice says: “Alexa, reorder Purina cat food.” Alexa responds: “I’ve found Purina cat food. Would you like to buy it?”

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Australian retailers resilient as they face down 'Amazon effect'

Analysts say local competitors are as profitable as before the global giant’s ‘underwhelming’ launch – but for how much longer?

Three months after the launch of Amazon in Australia, local competitors say they are still waiting for the dreaded “Amazon effect” to hit their sales.

Analysts, and some of the retailers themselves, say they are still as profitable as before Amazon’s “underwhelming” launch – for now.

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Amazon Echo Spot review: cute smart speaker with a screen

The firm’s latest Alexa-powered addition to its Echo range adds a clock and touchscreen interface to the mix

Amazon’s new Echo Spot is one of the most novel takes on a smart speaker yet, and while it is certainly more than just a smart clock, that’s what it’s best at – an attractive voice-assisted smart desk or bedside-table accessory.

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Jeff Bezos adds billions to his fortune as Amazon reports profit surge

Amazon’s share price soared over 4%, while Apple shares wobbled despite quarterly revenues, and Alphabet announced a loss

Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, added another couple of billion to his fortune on Thursday as Amazon, the company he founded, announced it had made close to $2bn in profits in the three months running up to Christmas.

Related: Amazon fulfillment centers don’t boost employment, analysis finds

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Amazon fulfillment centers don't boost employment, analysis finds

After analyzing data for counties in 25 states containing the centers, analysis found no increase in overall employment in the counties

States and cities have fallen over themselves to offer huge tax breaks to Amazon in the hope of securing one of the tech giant’s order fulfillment centers. But an analysis of the impact of the centers released on Thursday found the facilities do not boost overall employment in the counties where they open.

The cities shortlisted for Amazon’s proposed second headquarters

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Robots will take our jobs. We’d better plan now, before it’s too late | Larry Elliott

The opening of the Amazon Go store in Seattle brings us one step closer to the end of work as we know it

A new sort of convenience store opened in the basement of the headquarters of Amazon in Seattle in January. Customers walk in, scan their phones, pick what they want off the shelves and walk out again. At Amazon Go there are no checkouts and no cashiers. Instead, it is what the tech giant calls “just walk out” shopping, made possible by a new generation of machines that can sense which customer is which and what they are picking off the shelves. Within a minute or two of the shopper leaving the store, a receipt pops up on their phone for items they have bought.

Related: Amazon Go: convenience and concern at new checkout-free corner shop

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Amazon patents wristband that tracks warehouse workers' movements

Bracelet, which can vibrate to point an employee’s hand in the right direction, would further increase surveillance of work environment

Amazon has patented designs for a wristband that can precisely track where warehouse employees are placing their hands and use vibrations to nudge them in a different direction.

The concept, which aims to streamline the fulfilment of orders, adds another layer of surveillance to an already challenging working environment.

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Amazon and Warren Buffett to create 'reasonable cost' healthcare company

  • Business giants partner with JP Morgan to help employees find care
  • ‘The ballooning costs act as a hungry tapeworm on the US economy’

Amazon is diving into healthcare, teaming up with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and the New York bank JP Morgan to create a company that helps their US employees find quality care “at a reasonable cost” and tackle the “hungry tapeworm on the American economy”.

The business giants offered few details on Tuesday and said the project is in the early planning stage. But the move from Amazon, which has long eyed the US’s enormous health market, sent shares in health insurance companies and pharmacy chains into a tailspin.

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The big tech backlash

Tech giants are drawing political fire over fake news and Russian meddling

Nicholas Terry understands the internet’s darker side better than most. A history lecturer at Exeter University, Terry is an expert on antisemitism and runs a blog examining Holocaust denial and its dissemination online.

“You’ve got three separate phenomena converging,” he says. “One is the fake news stuff, promulgated by the likes of Facebook and Twitter, which is trying to promote specific false stories in real time for immediate impact; second, there’s the ideological bubble – people only reading leftwing or rightwing news sites; and then there’s this effort by fringe movements on Holocaust denial to make their websites look respectable and to hoodwink readers into thinking what they’re reading is OK.”

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Sky takes on Netflix and Amazon with cheaper streaming

Low-cost, plug-in stick and new download service a response to new rivals

Sky is taking the fight to rivals Netflix and Amazon Video with the launch of a low-cost plug-in stick that will provide access to its films, television shows and live sport such as Premier League matches on any TV set.

It is launching a smart stick for its Now TV streaming service, the broadcaster’s response to the rise of US streaming services such as Netflix, that works in the same way as Amazon’s Fire TV stick by plugging into the back of any smart TV.

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