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AI initiative counts Google, Microsoft, IBM among its ranks, Apple declines invite

09/29/2016, 11:09 am

Six companies including Microsoft and Google have launched a cross-disciplinary partnership to steer the future of artificial intelligence development, but as of yet, Apple has not signed on.

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Plex Cloud beta launches, uses Amazon Drive subscription to store user media

09/26/2016, 12:09 pm

The Plex developers have commenced testing of Amazon Drive as a storage venue for media, with future versions of the Plex app on iOS and tvOS able to stream stored video without the need for a network attached storage device, or a home server.

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Amazon looks to debut Echo-only streaming music service, undercut industry pricing by half

08/22/2016, 09:08 pm

In a move that undercuts the entire streaming music industry, online retail giant Amazon is reportedly developing $4 or $5 per month subscription service that could see release next month. The catch: the service only works with Amazon Echo hardware.

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Apple iPad grows share of global tablet market despite declining sales

08/01/2016, 01:08 pm

Apple and its chief rival -- Samsung -- both saw worldwide tablet shipments decline in the June quarter, although Apple managed to increase iPad marketshare in spite of moving fewer units.

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iDevices HomeKit accessories add Amazon Alexa voice control

07/11/2016, 01:07 pm

The Siri-friendly iDevices stable of smart home gadgets has now been enhanced with Amazon Alexa compatibility, giving users more flexibility in voice control options.

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Audible's new Channels service pits Amazon against Apple in podcasts

07/07/2016, 11:07 am

Amazon's Audible division on Thursday launched Channels, a service with exclusive short-form audio content that looks to challenge Apple's current dominance of the podcasting space.

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Amazon launches thinner, lighter $80 Kindle e-reader with double storage

06/22/2016, 12:06 pm

Amazon on Wednesday announced its latest entry-level black-and-white Kindle reader priced at $79.99, featuring a more rounded design than previous models, for easy holding in one hand or at any angle.

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Amazon preparing standalone streaming music service to compete with Spotify, Apple Music

06/10/2016, 05:06 pm

Putting it in more direct competition with rivals, Amazon is readying a standalone music streaming service independent of regular Prime subscriptions, a report claimed on Friday.

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WWDC 2016: Apple's Siri and the future of voice vs. Amazon's Alexa Echo, Google Now, Microsoft Cortana

06/09/2016, 10:06 am

While a variety of tech commentators have played up a dramatic "voice-first" rivalry ostensibly led by the Amazon Echo, a yet-unreleased Google Home and Microsoft's Cortana (and apparently miserably trailed by Apple's Siri), real data shows that's not actually the case.

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I/O 2016: Google's new Home hardware takes on Apple's HomeKit and Siri

05/18/2016, 02:05 pm

The smart home battle between Apple, Google and others continues to heat up, with Google on Wednesday announcing Home, a new voice-activated hardware kit that brings the Google assistant service to any room in your house.

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Google at work on Amazon Echo-like voice device codenamed 'Chirp'

05/12/2016, 09:05 am

A special Google team is reportedly developing a device that would integrate its search and voice assistant technology, much like the Amazon Echo.

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Amazon makes jump into self-published videos with Amazon Video Direct

05/10/2016, 11:05 am

Amazon on Tuesday revealed Amazon Video Direct, a self-publishing platform for uploading to Prime Video and generating income from plays, competing with the likes of Google's YouTube, but focusing more on professional content.

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Apple, Samsung, Facebook, Amazon & the case of the 'very bad' Q2

05/01/2016, 02:05 pm

Apple's fiscal Q2 earnings were the company's "worst ever" of the last decade in terms of year-over-year growth, but not in terms of actual commercial activity during the first three months of 2016. Take a closer look at Apple and three other firms: Samsung, Facebook and Amazon.

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Apple's iPad Pro beating Microsoft Surface in 'detachable' tablet market

04/29/2016, 12:04 pm

Apple's iPad Pro is already surpassing the Microsoft Surface in the so-called "detachable" tablet market, though that market is still relatively small, according to a new research report.

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Amazon expands $50 Fire tablet lineup with new colors, offers 16GB model for $70

04/21/2016, 09:04 am

Amazon has expanded its budget-priced tablet lineup, offering the $50 Fire in new magenta, blue and tangerine colors, and also launching a 16-gigabyte version priced at $70 [updated].

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Amazon launches standalone Prime Video in US, relaunches monthly Prime subscriptions

04/18/2016, 09:04 am

Putting it into more direct competition with services like Netflix and Hulu, Amazon on Monday introduced standalone Prime Video subscriptions in the U.S., as well as a monthly option for full-scale Prime service.

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Amazon launches $290 Kindle Oasis, its thinnest e-reader ever

04/13/2016, 09:04 am

Amazon's latest black-and-white e-reader is its thinnest and lightest design ever, but the Kindle Oasis also comes with a hefty $290 price tag, making it more expensive than Apple's iPad mini 2.

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Apple rumored to lean on Google Cloud Platform for certain iCloud services [u]

03/16/2016, 05:03 pm

Apple could soon ditch Amazon Web Services in favor of Google Cloud Platform to serve a portion of iCloud's data needs, a shift that would be a major notch in Google's belt as the company builds out its cloud product.

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Amazon expands Alexa range with new Echo Dot and Tap portable speaker [u]

03/03/2016, 11:03 am

Amazon on Thursday launched two new versions of its Echo speaker, the Echo Dot and the Amazon Tap, offering more flexibility in the way people can use its Alexa voice assistant, a competitor to Apple's Siri. [Updated]

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Dominant Apple remains atop Fortune's 'most admired' list for 9th straight year

02/19/2016, 12:02 pm

For nearly a decade, Apple has been ranked as the "World's Most Admired Company" by business magazine Fortune, as the iPhone maker again took top honors for the new 2016 list.

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