Amazon’s flying security camera, and Microsoft’s $7.5B gaming deal

Here’s what we’re talking about on the GeekWire Podcast this week:



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GeekWire Podcast: Amazon’s flying security camera, and Microsoft’s $7.5B gaming deal

Ring, the Amazon-owned smart doorbell and security company, unveiled a flying indoor camera on Thursday morning. Sure, it’s cool technology that may make your home safer, but what about the privacy implications?

There was big news in the gaming industry from Amazon and Microsoft this week. Amazon will try again to make its mark in games, this time with a new cloud-based gaming service called Luna. And Microsoft is spending $7.5 billion to buy the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, maker of popular games such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, and DOOM.

And Microsoft’s Teams collaboration software will add a much-desired capability next month: the ability to create ad hoc breakout rooms. Plus, they’re adding something we didn’t know we were missing, a

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Amazon’s new Ring camera is actually a flying drone — for inside your home

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Ring’s Always Home Cam is an indoor security camera drone.


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Ring on Thursday introduced a new product to its growing roster of smart home devices — the Ring Always Home Cam. Unlike the Amazon company’s other security cameras, the Always Home Cam is a flying camera drone that docks when it isn’t in use. The Ring Always Home Cam will be available in 2021 for $250. 

Along with this hardware announcement, Ring says you’ll be able to turn on end-to-end encryption in the Ring app’s Control Center “later this year” in an effort to improve the security of its devices. 


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A bit of Ring history

Before Ring was Ring, it was a startup called Bot Home Automation. Bot Home’s inaugural product, the 2014 Doorbot, was among the first video doorbells on the

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Amazon’s Prime Day 2020 will take place Oct. 13-14

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Amazon’s Prime Day is finally coming. The annual sale event will be held in the US on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and Wednesday, Oct. 14, according to an internal message Amazon sent employees this week.

The message, sent Thursday, said that an official announcement from Amazon is coming Sept. 28.

CNET on Tuesday reported that Prime Day would kick off on Oct. 13, citing four people with knowledge of Amazon’s plans.

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An internal message sent to Amazon employees about Prime Day 2020.


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In preparation for the sale, Amazon has already blacked out vacation for its full-time warehouse workers from Oct. 13-20, according to another internal message to employees that CNET reviewed. The news fits with earlier statements from Amazon that confirmed the closely followed online event would take place in the fourth quarter.

An Amazon spokesperson on Tuesday declined to comment on the starting date. “Stay

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Amazon’s New Ring “Always Home” Camera Is A Drone That Flies Around Your House

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After leaving home, we’ve all had that moment of doubt when we wonder if we accidentally left the stove on or forgot to lock the door. Then we have to decide if it’s worth it to make the trip all the way back home to makes sure everything’s okay. Well, soon you’ll be able to check on the inside of your home without actually having to go home, thanks to Amazon’s newest Ring home security camera.

The Ring Always Home Cam is a flying indoor drone with a camera that lets users see what’s happening inside their home in real-time. It’s lightweight, and autonomously flies predetermined paths set by the user, meaning you’re not stuck with the one view you set the camera to before leaving home. It can also be used with the Ring Alarm to fly “appropriate paths” to check for disturbances

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Amazon’s new Ring camera is actually a flying drone — for inside your house

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Ring

Ring on Thursday introduced a new product to its growing lineup of smart home devices — the Ring Always Home Cam. Unlike the Amazon company’s other home security cameras, the Always Home Cam is a flying camera drone that docks when it isn’t in use. The Ring Always Home Cam will be available in 2021 and will cost $250. 

Along with this hardware announcement, Ring says you’ll be able to turn on end-to-end encryption in the Ring app’s Control Center “later this year” in an effort to improve the security of its devices. 


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Ring combines a drone and a security cam for a flying…



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A bit of Ring history

Before Ring was Ring, it was a startup called Bot Home Automation. Bot Home’s inaugural product, the 2014 Doorbot, was among the first video doorbells on the market. It had a lot of problems,

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How Amazon’s Luna cloud gaming service compares to Stadia, xCloud, and GeForce Now

Amazon has just taken the wraps off its long-rumored Amazon Luna, meaning the company is officially jumping into the cloud gaming ring — one that has become increasingly crowded over the past year. Google launched Stadia last November, Nvidia’s GeForce Now left beta in February, and Microsoft’s cloud gaming offering (formerly known as xCloud) is included with a Game Pass Ultimate subscription as of September 15th, though it only works with Android right now.

The race is on to see which (if any) of those cloud gaming services takes off with customers, and each company is tackling cloud gaming in a slightly different way. If you’re trying to better understand each service, we’ve put together this guide for you.

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Amazon Luna

Amazon’s Luna offers all-you-can-play access to different selections of games as part of separate “channels” — which sounds almost like a cable service. But at launch, you

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Amazon’s new security camera is also an in-home drone

If your least favorite thing about current security cameras is their inability to get up and fly around your house, then congratulations — you’re about to get some good news from Amazon.



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Ring Always Home Cam



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Left 4 Dead 2

For the rest of us, we’ll make another attempt at locking down a PlayStation 5 (GameStop will take a few more orders today online or in-store) or an NVIDIA RTX 3090 (sorry, you might need a personal genie to get one of these anytime soon). As far as things that are more easily obtainable —Left 4 Dead 2 is available for free on Steam all weekend, complete with a brand-new expansion pack to make one of 2009’s best games fresh all over again. You’re welcome.



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Luna

— Richard

Patrol mode. Engaged.



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Ring Always Home Cam

Alongside a bunch of new home security hardware,

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Amazon’s home drone sparks surveillance fears, but it may be the least-invasive thing Amazon makes

  • Amazon on Thursday unveiled a camera-mounted drone that can fly around inside your house, called the Ring Always Home Cam.
  • The drone can launch itself from its base and automatically patrol your house if it’s alerted to a disturbance by a paired Ring alarm.
  • The announcement prompted privacy fears around the increased incursion by big tech surveillance products into people’s homes.
  •  The tiny drone is arguably one of Amazon’s less invasive products.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Amazon’s latest security wheeze — a miniature drone that flies around your home looking for burglars — has prompted horrified responses about the potential for increased Big Tech surveillance.

Amazon unveiled the Ring Always Home Cam on Thursday, a tiny drone that can fly around your home and check for disturbances.

The $250 device sits inside the home in a cradle, and will launch itself if triggered by a paired Ring

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Amazon’s kid-savvy Alexa a welcome new option for Echo speakers

Amazon is adapting its Alexa technology so that Echo smart speakers will switch to kid-friendly mode when they detect children are speaking to them.`



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Echo Dot Kids Edition panda version. Amazon

Given how far these digital devices reach into our lives, that’s welcome news.

Echo devices reach deeply into our existence. We use them to get answers to questions, control lights and play music. Our kids see us using them, and kids mimic their parents. So in coming months, Amazon will give parents the option of setting up voice profiles for their children in order to produce kid-friendly responses, the giant retailer said at its device product launch event Thursday.



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Echo Dot Kids Edition panda version


Once voice profiles are set up, the Alexa device will return kid-friendly answers, games, music, Audible books and premium skills, for example. The feature dovetails with the new

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What we hope to see at Amazon’s annual hardware event

We’re not sure exactly what Amazon plans to unveil during its fall hardware event on Thursday, but if history is a guide, we’re expecting a truckload of new products.

At last year’s event, Amazon unleashed a firehose of new products, from the Dolby Atmos-enabled Echo Studio and a next-gen Echo speaker to Echo Frames glasses, the Echo Loop ring, the Echo Dot with Clock, and the kid-focused Echo Glow. There was also a new Eero mesh router, a couple of new Ring cameras, an Alexa-enabled oven, and even the upcoming Ring Fetch dog tracker that’s slated to work with Amazon’s (also upcoming) Sidewalk neighborhood network (more on that in a bit).

We’re betting Amazon will once again trot out a parade of new devices on Thursday; however, we’re not quite sure what to expect.

Unlike Google, which has pretty much telegraphed what it will be showing off during

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