Hexbyte  News  Computers Amazon Echo (2019) review: middle child syndrome

Hexbyte News Computers Amazon Echo (2019) review: middle child syndrome

Amazon’s Echo smart speaker was the origin cave for the company’s near-ubiquitous Alexa virtual assistant when it was first announced to the world back in the fall of 2014. Since then, Alexa has spread out to countless devices, including many other models of Echo speakers within Amazon’s own product lineup. That makes the new $99.99…

Hexbyte  News  Computers Amazon Echo Frames: hands on with the Alexa smart glasses

Hexbyte News Computers Amazon Echo Frames: hands on with the Alexa smart glasses

We’ve just gotten some brief time with Amazon’s first smart eyeglasses, the Echo Frames, at the company’s Seattle headquarters. Amazon is positioning the glasses as the ultimate take-Alexa-everywhere product, but it’s also trying to balance that pitch with privacy: there’s a button on the glasses to disable its microphones, and the Echo Frames lack any…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Amazon Is Making a ‘Lord of the Rings’ MMO Game

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Amazon Is Making a ‘Lord of the Rings’ MMO Game

Soon, thanks to Amazon, anyone will be able to play in J.R.R. Tolkien’s world.EverettGreetings, gamers! Welcome to a new edition of Replay, WIRED’s lightning-fast videogame news roundup. Undoubtedly the biggest deal this week was the announcement of Nintendo’s new Switch Lite, but that’s just the beginning. There’s also a new Lord of the Rings MMO…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Amazon Pledges $700 Million to Teach Its Workers to Code

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Amazon Pledges $700 Million to Teach Its Workers to Code

Amazon announced Thursday that it will spend up to $700 million over the next six years retraining 100,000 of its US employees, mostly in technical skills like software engineering and IT support. Amazon is already one of the largest employers in the country, with almost 300,000 workers (and many more contractors) and it’s particularly hungry…

Hexbyte  News  Computers Amazon Jumps Into Freight Brokerage

Hexbyte News Computers Amazon Jumps Into Freight Brokerage

An Amazon package in a mailbox. (John Zeedick/Associated Press) Amazon.com has jumped into the market of the third-party logistics broker, roiling the waters and raising concern that the Seattle-based e-commerce giant could disrupt the freight industry forever and indelibly. Amazon’s new freight-hauling site — located at freight.Amazon.com — has been up and running since August…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Now Amazon Is Nixing a Seattle Expansion, Too

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Now Amazon Is Nixing a Seattle Expansion, Too

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, which says it won’t occupy space it leased in a planned office tower in Seattle.Ted S. Warren/APLast year, Seattle’s city council repealed a tax on big employers less than a month after approving the legislation designed to raise funds to support homeless programs. The quick reversal came after Amazon, which…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired How Amazon, Apple, and Google Played the Tax-Break Game

Hexbyte Tech News Wired How Amazon, Apple, and Google Played the Tax-Break Game

Apple’s existing office in Austin, Texas, a few miles from where the company announced plans to build a new campus.SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty ImagesIt took about 30 minutes for Williamson County commissioners to unanimously approve a roughly $16 million incentive package for Apple Tuesday morning, bringing the total amount the tech giant is likely to receive in…