Amazon just unveiled the biggest redesign to the Echo since its launch in 2014



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The redesigned Amazon Echo. Amazon

  • Amazon just unveiled the biggest redesign to its Echo devices since 2014. 
  • The new Echo and Echo Dot, Amazon’s popular Alexa-enabled smart speakers, will now come in a spherical shape rather than the tall, cylindrical design of previous Echos. 
  • The new Echo devices will start shipping later this year and cost $100 and $50 respectively. 
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Amazon just unveiled a redesigned Echo and Echo Dot, the biggest change to the device’s look and feel since its debut in 2014. 

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The ecommerce giant on Thursday hosted its annual product event, where it typically shows of the next generation of its Echo and Alexa-enabled devices. Unlike years past, this year’s event took place entirely virtually, with Amazon showcasing its new technology over a live stream from its Spheres in Seattle. 

The new Echo devices mark a major

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Amazon announces new cloud gaming service called Luna

At its 2020 hardware event today, Amazon announced a cloud gaming platform called Luna. The news isn’t too surprising: the service has been rumored since last year, previously codenamed “Tempo,” while an Amazon-made game controller leaked out just ahead of today’s event.

It’s not clear when Luna will launch widely, but it will initially be available on PC, Mac, Fire TV, and iPhone and iPad (via web apps), with an Android version planned for after launch. Amazon says that interested users in the US can request early access to the service starting today. There’s no word on international availability.

The service will be available for an “introductory price” of $5.99 a month during its early access phase, which gives subscribers the ability to play Luna Plus channel games across two devices simultaneously and offers 4K / 60fps resolution for “select titles.” Naturally, it will be powered by AWS, Amazon’s ubiquitous

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Amazon vets raise $4M from Madrona, Bezos Expeditions, others for AI2 spinout WhyLabs

Company leaders know they need to implement artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies within their businesses to stay ahead of the competition. But studies show that most organizations aren’t yet seeing an impact from AI investments and are increasingly wary of potential risks related to the burgeoning tech.



Vera Ezimora, Anthony Naddeo, Jon Montgomery posing for the camera: The WhyLabs team.


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The WhyLabs team.



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The Seattle startup came out of stealth mode this week, unveiling its AI data monitoring platform that has attracted interest from top investment firms. Madrona Venture Group, Defy Partners, Bezos Expeditions — the VC arm of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos — and Ascend VC participated in a $4 million round for the company, which is the latest to spin out of Seattle’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2).

WhyLabs is led by CEO Alessya Visnjic, a University of Washington

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Amazon will make it easier to buy sustainable products with new climate label

Amazon is launching a new environmental program called Climate Pledge Friendly that will label certain products that meet one of 19 certifications for sustainability. The goal is to help climate-conscious consumers make a better decision about whether to buy one product over another by letting them know when a brand has made an effort to reduce its carbon footprint. Amazon says more than 25,000 products should now display the program’s label.

“Climate Pledge Friendly selection includes grocery, household, fashion, beauty, and personal electronics products, as well as items from a range of other categories,” reads Amazon’s press release. “Climate Pledge Friendly products are clearly labeled in shopping results, have additional sustainability information on the product page, and are featured in a dedicated section of our store. Amazon has partnered with trusted third-party certifications, and customers will be able to discover sustainable products that meet sustainability standards that help preserve the

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Amazon disavows $500 ‘Prime Bike,’ says it has no formal connection to the product

Yesterday, exercise company Echelon Fitness announced the “EX-Prime Smart Connect Bike,” or “Prime Bike” — a $500 exercise bike developed “in collaboration with Amazon.” News of the bike’s launch sent the share price of smart bike maker Peloton tumbling, as traders anticipated Amazon’s entry into the growing home exercise market.

But on Tuesday evening Amazon denied it had any formal connection to the so-called Prime Bike. The bike’s listing on Amazon’s website was removed and a press release for the product from Echelon Fitness touting its work with Amazon was deleted.

“This bike is not an Amazon product or related to Amazon Prime,” an Amazon spokeswoman told Bloomberg. “Echelon does not have a formal partnership with Amazon. We are working with Echelon to clarify this in its communications, stop the sale of the product, and change the

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Microsoft Azure Orbital satellite service to compete with Amazon AWS

Microsoft will offer a new service called Azure Orbital that connects satellites directly to its cloud computing network, the company announced at its Ignite conference Tuesday.

The service will begin in a “private preview” to a select group of Microsoft customers. Earlier this month CNBC reported on Microsoft’s plans to challenge the Ground Station service that’s available from Amazon Web Services. Amazon and Microsoft are the two largest providers of cloud infrastructure, with data centers in far-flung places that can host websites and run applications using a variety of computing and storage services.

“With access to low-latency global fiber networks and the global scale of Microsoft’s cloud services, customers can innovate quickly with large satellite datasets,” Yves Pitsch, a principal product manager at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post. “The cloud is central to both modern communications scenarios for remote operations and the gathering, processing, and distributing the tremendous amounts

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New documents show Amazon is a $3.9 billion customer USPS can’t lose

  • Newly released documents obtained by American Oversight show that Amazon produced nearly $3.9 billion in revenue and $1.6 billion in profit for the USPS in the fiscal year of 2019.
  • USPS delivered 1.54 billion packages for Amazon during that time, or roughly 30% of the technology company’s total volume.
  • While President Donald Trump has been critical about USPS doing business with Amazon, the numbers make it clear that the retail giant is generating much-needed profit for the Post Office.
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Recently released documents show that Amazon accounted for a good chunk of the money the USPS brought in just one year ago.

A slew of financial statements and emails obtained by American Oversight show that Amazon accounted for nearly $3.9 billion in revenue and $1.6 billion in profit for the postal service in the fiscal year of 2019, the Washington Post reported. 

USPS delivered

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Peloton Shares Backpedal as Amazon Unveils ‘Prime Bike’ Rival

A new tech-enabled stationary workout bike from e-commerce giant Amazon.com  (AMZN) – Get Report is looking to nibble on Peloton’s  (PTON) – Get Report pedals. 

Peloton shares traded lower on Tuesday after rival exercise bike maker Echelon announced a deal with Amazon.com to produce and sell its own connected bike called Prime Bike – at a fraction of the cost of a Peloton.

Touted as Amazon’s first-ever connected fitness product, the Prime Bike will give customers access to hundreds of live and on-demand classes, Echelon said in a statement. It will retail for $499 vs. near-$4,000 for a Peloton.

Peloton has been on a tear over the past six months as fitness buffs have turned to the Internet-connected workout-at-home machines and the company’s online interactive fitness classes as the coronavirus pandemic has kept many gyms closed.

Now others like Amazon are looking to take a piece

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