Ikea smart lightbulbs get HomeKit, Alexa and Google Home support

 Ikea’s smart lighting system has received an update that makes its wireless hub compatible with Apple’s HomeKit, as well as with Amazon Alexa, and Google Home. This means if you have the hub and bulbs, you should be able to control them with your voice using any of those devices, as well as control them in Apple’s iOS Home app. The update also makes it possible to discover… Read More

Audioburst launches a web and mobile search engine for audio news

 Audio is beginning to play an increasingly important role in how consumers connect with information, thanks to the popularity of podcasts and other short-form audio programming, improvements in voice technologies, and the growing consumer adoption of smart home devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Today, a company called Audioburst is unveiling a new search engine designed to connect… Read More

Why Amazon’s home makeover show should make Google and Facebook nervous

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Amazon is churning out more content designed to sell you things.

The online shopping giant's latest move is a home makeover show featuring YouTube stars like baking enthusiast Rosanna Pansino and beauty blogger Teni Panosian, Business Insider reported.

You might not know Pansino and Panosian, and that's just fine. They have more than 10 million subscribers between their two YouTube channels—and they're already pros at integrating products into their work.

The new show, called "Overhaul," is designed to take advantage of that by prominently featuring Amazon products like furniture—a category that Amazon would very much like to start dominating—and various other decor. It will be accompanied by its own storefront within Amazon's site that will showcase the products that appear in the videos. Read more...

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Crunch Report | Google Glass for the Enterprise

Google Glass is relaunching but this time for the enterprise, Game of Thrones breaks HBO streaming records, Amazon and Tinder both now have a “stories” feature and Embark has taken over. All this on Crunch Report! Read More

That time Amazon had a social network years before Facebook

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It may seem like Amazon is suddenly hungry to take over the world, but the company has been focused on dominating the internet for a very long time, a fact we were recently reminded of via a profile on early social networking site PlanetAll. 

If you've never heard of PlanetAll, that's because it's one of the few social networks born in the '90s that came long before Facebook. 

A couple of years after PlanetAll launched with a goal of connecting friends and family on the internet, Amazon acquired the company in 1998. Calling one of the features on its site a "smart address book," PlanetAll allowed users to connect with other groups around particular interests, offered news updates, horoscopes, and offered a calendar reminder service that worked with the then popular Palm Pilot mobile organizer. Read more...

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Adobe: Echo Dot now leads voice speaker sales

 In the nascent connected speaker market, consumers appear to be gravitating towards the more affordably priced Amazon’s Echo Dot, according to new e-commerce sales data released this morning by Adobe. However, Google’s decision to release its Echo competitor, Google Home, in November paid off well, the study found. During the 2016 holidays, Google Home was able to outsell both… Read More

Tech stocks tanked for the second straight day

 It’s been a bad few days for tech stocks. The FANG stocks, a moniker used to collectively describe Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google (now Alphabet) have had a rough two days on Wall Street. And even though Apple isn’t included in the original FANG group (which was designed to describe a grouping of high-risk but high-reward mega-growth stocks), the company has also underperformed… Read More

Here is a fun tech chart while the market falls over

 There are a lot of headlines today about tech getting a slap in the face on Wall Street — particularly Apple which is down more than 3%. These guys are actually down only a few percentage points but for the largest companies in the world, that translates to billions of dollars. But while we wring our hands around a bit of a sell-off today in some of the largest companies in the world… Read More

Why Apple’s HomePod won’t just collect dust on your shelf

 Apple brought its smart speaker into the world with a shoddy name and an unconventional pitch, but anyone brash enough to cast the device to the side so easily will surely pay the price. Apple, unlike Amazon and Google, understands that selling glorified intelligence-in-a-box as a method of human computer interaction lacks foresight — people want a product, not a technology. Launching… Read More

Why Apple’s HomePod won’t just collect dust on your shelf

 Apple brought its smart speaker into the world with a shoddy name and an unconventional pitch, but anyone brash enough to cast the device to the side so easily will surely pay the price. Apple, unlike Amazon and Google, understands that selling glorified intelligence-in-a-box as a method of human computer interaction lacks foresight — people want a product, not a technology. Launching… Read More
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