So I got an Amazon Echo . But can Alexa get my life together?

Like every millennial, I’m obsessed with self improvement. Also like every millennial, I somehow constantly manage to never do any of the things I need to do to self-improve. I’m hoping that technology can help me get it together – so I got an Amazon Echo 3rd generation, with Alexa . The Echo Dot comes …

Here are where the first Amazon Go stores in San Francisco will be located

Amazon is getting ready to introduce some more of its futuristic convenience stores where buyers can skip the line. San Francisco may be the center of techie desires and culture but all of Amazon’s five existing Go locations have been elsewhere. Today, the company is announcing some new locations for upcoming stores, including one that …

Amazon’s in-home delivery service now supports eight smart locks

Amazon Key, the delivery service that uses a smart lock to allow dropoffs inside your front door, is expanding to work with five additional smart locks today. The service is growing from three supported models to eight in total, all from Kwikset and Yale. Kwikset is adding three new models today, and Yale is adding …

Amazon is testing a ‘brief mode’ for Alexa that replaces verbal responses with beeps

Tech companies are still working out how users want to interact with voice assistants, but it seems one option is making them less chatty. Amazon, for example, is apparently testing a new “brief mode” for Alexa devices that replaces some of the virtual assistant’s verbal responses and confirmations with beeps. Users on Reddit were the …

Amazon now lets you place calls through Alexa-enabled tablets

Amazon now lets you use Alexa to place phone and video calls and send messages on tablets, so you no longer need an Echo to talk to other Alexa users. Compatible tablets include Android tablets, iPads, and Amazon’s Fire tablets, as spotted by Engadget. The update requires you to download the new Alexa app, which …

Amazon recalls six Amazon Basics power bank models over fire concerns

Amazon is recalling six models of its AmazonBasics Portable Power Banks in cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. The power banks, sold between December 2014 and July 2017, have a risk of overheating, which can cause the unit to melt, posing a fire hazard. The affected power bank models include the 16,100mAh, 10,000mAh, …

Amazon released a gold version of the Kindle Oasis

Five months after launch, Amazon is introducing a second color option for the Kindle Oasis: champagne gold. The e-reader still has a dark gray trim on the front, meant to make the text pop, but the back of the device is covered in a pale gold aluminum. Other than that, it’s the same as the …

Amazon doesn’t care if you accidentally shoplift from its cashier-less store

Amazon Go, the e-commerce giant’s new cashier-less grocery store in downtown Seattle, opened today to a mix of general curiosity and incredulity. How can a store function without cashiers? How do you pay, and how does the business know who’s buying what? Amazon has done a sound job of explaining many of the particulars of …

2018 Amazon’s year to take a leading role in advertising

2018 might be Amazon’s year to take a leading role in advertising   Few people have a better overview of the tech economy than Sir Martin Sorrell, the co-founder and longtime CEO of the world’s largest advertising company, WPP. With WPP’s over 200,000 employees and a $75 billion media book, Sir Martin has a uniquely privileged insight …

Inside Amazon’s surveillance-powered no-checkout convenience store

By now many have heard of Amazon’s most audacious attempt to shake up the retail world, the cashless, cashierless Go store. Walk in, grab what you want, and walk out. I got a chance to do just that recently, as well as pick the brain of one of its chief architects. My intention going in …