Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Amazon’s cloud business is competing with its customers

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Amazon’s cloud business is competing with its customers

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Source: CNBC Andy Jassy, Amazon AWS  At its annual customer conference in Las Vegas this week, Amazon’s cloud business, Amazon Web Services, announced several new products. A few of them compete directly with smaller companies that already offer similar products running on Amazon’s cloud. AWS is the world’s biggest public cloud, generating $6.68 billion in…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Amazon’s Tablet for Kids Now Comes with a Selfie Camera

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Amazon’s Tablet for Kids Now Comes with a Selfie Camera

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In families with kids who are my daughter’s age, the great debates are no longer over breast over bottle, or daycare versus nanny. It’s not even nature versus nurture. Now we all argue over which device to use to distract our kids on painful long plane rides, or the (very) occasional dinner out. The Amazon…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Amazon’s Facial Recognition System Mistakes Members of Congress for Mugshots

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Amazon’s Facial Recognition System Mistakes Members of Congress for Mugshots

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Amazon touts its Rekognition facial recognition system as “simple and easy to use,” encouraging customers to “detect, analyze, and compare faces for a wide variety of user verification, people counting, and public safety use cases.” And yet, in a study released Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union, the technology managed to confuse photos of…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Amazon’s Fire TV Cube Will Have You Yelling at Your Screen

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Amazon’s Fire TV Cube Will Have You Yelling at Your Screen

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If you’re thinking of buying the Amazon Fire TV Cube because you’re delighted by the idea of having an Amazon Echo and a Fire TV device mashed into one device, let me stop you right there. Alexa on a TV interface demands a level of conversation like no other streaming TV product I’ve used before.…

Inside Amazon’s Painstaking Pursuit to Teach Alexa French

Inside Amazon’s Painstaking Pursuit to Teach Alexa French

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Moving to a new country can be hard. You don’t know the language. Cultural differences create conversational landmines. And you just can’t be sure that everyone will like you. As it turns out, that as true for people as it is for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, which officially sets up residence in France today. Amazon…