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Amazon expected to counter Apple's AirPlay 2 with Echo-based whole-home audio

08/08/2017, 03:08 pm

In a potential shot at Apple's AirPlay 2 as well as speaker maker Sonos, Amazon is rumored to be preparing its own multi-speaker, multi-room music technology, which could come to existing Echo devices via a software update.

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Apple could buy into Bollywood video content with Eros Group deal

08/07/2017, 09:08 am

Apple is reportedly among several companies in talks to buy up the complete film and music library of Eros Group, an Indian movie production studio with a number of famous Bollywood hits.

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Amazon Echo vulnerability allows hackers to eavesdrop with always-on microphone

08/02/2017, 08:08 pm

A security researcher has shown off the potential danger of internet connected speakers being used to listen in on private conversations by publishing details of how to hack earlier models of the Amazon Echo via a hardware-based vulnerability that cannot be fixed with a software patch.

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iRobot CEO insists company won't sell Roomba home data [u]

07/28/2017, 12:07 pm

Despite a report suggesting the contrary, iRobot is not planning to sell data from 900 Series Roombas to companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon, CEO Colin Angle said in a statement published on Friday.

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Internet-connected television use including Apple TV growing to over 168 million in 2017

07/26/2017, 11:07 am

Apple has grown its body of streaming hardware users, but still lags behind offerings from Amazon, Google, and Roku, according to a new research study.

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Roomba developer iRobot looking to sell owner's room data to Apple to bolster HomeKit

07/24/2017, 03:07 pm

Home automation company iRobot is looking at mapping user's houses with permission using newer version of the Roomba, and selling that data to Apple, Amazon, and Google.

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FTC examines claims of Amazon using inflated list prices before signing off on Whole Foods takeover

07/21/2017, 10:07 am

In reviewing Amazon's proposed $13.7 billion takeover of Whole Foods, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is reportedly exploring a complaint that the company posts false list prices on its website, making its discounts seem better than they really are.

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Amazon 'Spark' feature in iPhone app tempts users to buy items through Instagram-style feed

07/20/2017, 09:07 am

Amazon has launched a new social feature for Prime members using its iPhone app called Spark, encouraging customers to share photographs of their orders with other users and to tag items they are interested in acquiring, with the feature potentially helping the retailer sell more of the shared products.

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Amazon working on mobile messaging service to rival Apple Messages

07/17/2017, 12:07 am

Amazon last week began querying customers over potential features they would like to see included in a new mobile messaging platform called "Anytime," which according to reports boasts text and video chat, voice calling, group tasks and social networking functionality.

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Review: Amazon Echo Show is 'good enough'

07/15/2017, 12:07 am

Arguably the best home assistant gets even better with the launch of Amazon's latest Alexa-powered accessory, dubbed the Echo Show, arriving months before Apple's competing HomePod arrives in December. It's also Amazon's most expensive model at $229.99, compared to $179.99 for the original Echo and $49.99 for the Echo Dot.

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Amazon working on new Echo with better speakers in response to Apple HomePod

07/13/2017, 12:07 pm

Apparently in response to Apple's HomePod announcement, Amazon is reportedly working on a new flagship Echo speaker that will improve on the original in virtually every respect.

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iPhone-connected accessories rank among top Amazon Prime Day sellers

07/12/2017, 02:07 pm

A few iPhone- and iPad-compatible accessories were among the bestsellers on Prime Day, Amazon's one-day sales event held on July 11 -- though one of Amazon's own products topped global charts.

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iPhone owners more excited about HomePod or Beats than Amazon Echo, survey finds

07/10/2017, 12:07 pm

Interest among iPhone users in the upcoming HomePod speaker is greater than that of the Apple Watch prior to its launch, and more users are planning on buying Apple-produced speakers than Amazon Echo devices.

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Amazon devours Whole Foods grocery chain for $13.7B, expanding AmazonFresh delivery avenues

06/16/2017, 11:06 am

A blockbuster deal announced Friday morning will see e-commerce giant Amazon buy organic and all-natural food vendor Whole Foods in an all-cash deal -- and other retailers and grocers are seeing massive stock drops because of it.

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Survey finds 1/3 of people interested in Apple's HomePod, still more likely to buy Amazon Echo

06/14/2017, 03:06 pm

Roughly a third of people in the U.S. are interested in Apple's Siri-based HomePod, though they're more likely to buy an Amazon Echo in practice, survey results suggested on Wednesday.

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Foxconn head says Apple & Dell are key partners in joint bid for Toshiba's memory unit

06/12/2017, 09:06 am

Apple, Dell, and Kingston are currently the three other partners in a Foxconn-led group bidding for Toshiba's memory unit -- though still more tech firms may sign on with just days to go, according to Foxconn's chairman.

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Amazon willing to allow Apple's Siri on Echo speakers, executive says

06/07/2017, 06:06 pm

Amazon is open to supporting third-party voice assistants like Apple's Siri or Google Assistant on its Echo speakers, the company's senior VP of devices said on Wednesday.

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Amazon Prime Video coming to Apple TV later in 2017, more to come for tvOS

06/05/2017, 01:06 pm

As predicted, Amazon Prime video is coming to the Apple TV, with an app to come later in 2017.

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Apple & Amazon paying into Foxconn bid for Toshiba's memory unit

06/05/2017, 09:06 am

Apple and Amazon will "chip in funds" towards a Foxconn bid for Toshiba's memory unit, Foxconn chairman Terry Gou revealed on Monday.

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Amazon adds iCloud Calendar compatibility to Alexa ecosystem

05/31/2017, 10:05 am

Amazon has announced that its voice recognition Alexa family of devices can now read from and save changes and additions to Apple's iCloud Calendar.

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