Alexa loses her voice in Amazon's Super Bowl ad teaser

What would be the worst thing that could happen to Amazon founder/Chairman/CEO Jeff Bezos? Besides Amazon’s shares crashing down to single digits, that is. Well, Amazon’s virtual personal assistant Alexa could lose her voice. And that is what happens in a teaser video that Amazon has posted for its Super Bowl ad. The teaser opens with a woman brushing her teeth in the bathroom, casually asking her Echo what the weather is like in Austin, Texas. At first, everything seems fine as Alexa reports that it is 60 degrees in the city. But all of a sudden, she starts coughing. Alexa has lost her …


Honor 7X tops Amazon's best seller list after only three days

The recently released Honor 7X is off to a great start after its launch on January 22nd. Three days after its release, the phone is the number one best seller on Amazon. It is the first Honor handset to feature the FullView Display with a high screen-to-body ratio over 77%. The 5.93-inch screen carries a 1080 x 2160 FHD+ resolution, which works out to an aspect ratio of 18:9. The Kirin 659 chipset is under the hood, and keeping the lights on is a 3340mAh battery.

Besides being available on Amazon, the Honor 7X can be purchased at hhihonor.com. This is the official Honor website where those …

Amazon's 'Jack Ryan' is a spy for the Peak TV age

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James Bond. Jason Bourne. Jack Bauer. Don’t lump Jack Ryan in with all these other dudes with J-names, even if they share a history of espionage and action. If Amazon and producers Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland have their way. 

“Jack is a classic American hero,” Cuse said at New York Comic Con. “The thing that was really exciting for Graham and me was that we could do it for Amazon and do an eight-hour version.” 

This is the era of reinvention: Beloved properties and characters are being revamped, rebooted, resurrected and forced into sequels in every direction, but the opportunity to experiment with television, particularly with streaming, was irresistible to the producers. Read more…

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For a few hours today, Amazon's Jeff Bezos was the richest man in the world

For Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, today was “easy come, easy go.” This morning, as the stock market anticipated the company’s earnings report after the bell, Bezos’  holdings in the online retailer (and thanks to the smart speaker, now considered a tech innovator) amounted to $90.6 billion. That put Bezos $500 million ahead of Microsoft founder Bill Gates to become the richest man in the world.

Hopefully, no one ordered Bezos any t-shirts or coffee mugs with that title, because by the time evening descended on the West Coast, Gates had the lead once again. This happened when a …

"Anytime" is Amazon's entry in the messaging app business?


With messaging apps red hot, Amazon has decided to throw its two cents into the fire according to Amazon focused AFTV News. According to one customer who has taken a survey from Amazon, it appears as though the app is pretty much completed and is called “Anytime by Amazon.” The messaging app will include versions for iOS, Android and the desktop, and will feature text messages and high quality talk and video chat.

A leaked promotional teaser for the service indicates that it will also feature picture sharing. The messages will include the use of GIFs, stickers and emoji. Like Snapchat …

Amazon's shares crack the $1,000 mark for the first time

For the first time ever since going public, Amazon’s shares have hit the $1,000 mark. That means that for 2017, the stock is up 33% and had enriched Jeff Bezos and other stockholders to the tune of $120 billion. The company becomes only the second of the current S&P 500 companies to hit the $1,000 mark. The first to do it was Priceline back in 2013. Analysts see another 10% rise in the stock with the Wall Street consensus calling for the shares to hit a target of $1,100.

If you consider Amazon to be a tech stock (more on that below) than all top five U.S. companies by market cap (share …

Students can score 6-months of Amazon's video streaming service for free with Prime trial

With graduation season now upon us, Amazon is giving students a deal on an Amazon Prime subscription. Students who have an active college email address (the kind that end in .edu) can sign up to receive six free months of Prime. After the six months is up, the student can renew for a year at a special rate of $49. That is a 50% discount. Being an Amazon Prime member not only gives students free two-day shipping on their Amazon orders, it also allows them to stream television shows and movies for free from Prime Video.

Other features include Prime Photos, which offers free unlimited cloud …

Amazon's Echo Look will tell you what clothes look good on you – and it won't lie

The Echo Dot speaker has an all-seeing companion now – the Echo Look. Available by invitation only for now, the $199 gadget is a hands-free camera with built-in LED lighting, depth sensing, computer vision-based background blur, and voice control. Amazon’s hardware labs definitely aren’t fooling around!

So, what does the Kinect-like cam do for you, besides giving you doubts you’re being spied on by the feds? The Echo Look is Amazon’s official outfit checker! It’s the technological ambassador for the company’s Style Check service, which draws upon machine learning algorithms and advice from …

Amazon's first and only smartphone to date, was a dud

For years there had been rumors that Amazon was going to release an ambitious smartphone. That dream finally reached fruition on June 18th, 2014 when the Amazon Fire Phone was introduced to high hopes. With a 4.7-inch LCD screen carrying a 720 x 1280 HD display, the device featured the Snapdragon 800 SoC carrying a quad-core 2.2GHz CPU and the Adreno 330 GPU. 2GB of RAM was inside with 32GB/64GB of native storage. A 2400mAh battery provided the power. The 13MP rear-facing camera provided an aperture of f/2.0, and the front-facing selfie snapper weighed in at 2.1MP.

The Amazon Fire …