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Amazon admits it keeps Alexa data forever: Report

San Francisco: Retail giant Amazon has reportedly admitted it does not always delete the stored data that it obtains through voice interactions through its voice assistant Alexa and Echo line-up of smart devices. As first reported by the CNET, Brian Huseman, Amazon’s Vice President of Public Policy, responded to Delaware Senator Chris Coons on June […]

Instagram threatening Amazon with its e-trade plans

San Francisco: The current dominance in online commerce enjoyed by Amazon could be endangered if Instagram, with its one billion users worldwide, pushes ahead with its plans to enter that space, as its new chief, Adam Mosseri, has said he intends to do. In his first public interview on the company’s future strategy since taking […]

Microsoft Begins Hiring of B.Tech Students in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The multinational technology company, Microsoft commenced its campus recruitment of B.Tech students of 2020 batch in India from the Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER) here on Monday As per the release of the Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA), Deemed to be University, Microsoft recruited eight B.Tech students of 2020 batch. Students belonging to […]

Amazon sued again for Alexa recording kids' voices

San Francisco: In yet another lawsuit, Amazon has been sued by a Massachusetts woman, who on behalf of her 10-year-old daughter and children from eight other states, is seeking class-action status to sue the e-commerce giant. Filed in a Federal court in Seattle, the lawsuit alleges Amazon of saving ‘voice prints’ of millions of children […]

Amazon most trusted among Internet brands in India

New Delhi: E-commerce major Amazon is the most trusted among the Internet brands in India, followed by Google and Facebook, according to a recent report by TRA Research. Among the 32 Internet brands surveyed, Indian messaging app Hike ranked fourth, beating Facebook-owned Whatsapp, which ranked 10th, said brand intelligence and data insights company’s “Brand Trust […]

Amazon loses contract with FedEx amid competition

San Francisco: Amid increasing competition, global courier company FedEx has decided not to renew its air shipping contract with e-commerce giant Amazon. Amazon’s FedEx Express contract is in question, which according to Amazon is used for air transportation of packages and is not used for last-mile and ground deliveries, The Verge reported on Friday. “FedEx […]

New Amazon drone to deliver packages in your backyard

Las Vegas: Upping the ante for its rivals, Amazon on Wednesday unveiled its latest and Next-Gen Prime Air drone that can fly up to 24 km and deliver packages under 2.5 kg to customers in less than 30 minutes. The drone would start shipping packages within months, starting with the US. “With the help of […]

Amazon launches Echo Show 5 device at Rs 8,999

Bengaluru: Amazon on Wednesday announced the latest addition to its Echo Show family, the Echo Show 5 with 5.5-inch display at Rs 8,999. It comes with new features, including how-to videos from wikiHow, updated smart home controls, customisable morning and evening routines, and new privacy features. The device, packed with a HD camera and built-in […]

Woman asks Amazon CEO to return product in meeting

San Francisco: Amid Amazon’s annual shareholders conference where dozens of people joined to discuss issues like renewable energy use and equal pay, a woman called out to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos trying to return a product that was purchased from the e-commerce platform. Taking advantage of the open question-and-answer round with Bezos, the woman, who […]

Reliance Retail set to disrupt Amazon, Walmart-Flipkart: Report

New Delhi: Reliance Retail’s upcoming entry into the online retail sector is the biggest challenge for Amazon and Walmart-Flipkart as the Mukesh Ambani-led behemoth is well positioned to create massive disruption in the market, a new report has stressed. According to the global market research firm Forrester, the online retail sales in India will grow […]

Amazon launches flight booking service in India

Bengaluru: People in India can now use Amazon to book their domestic flights in addition to shopping, money transfers, utility bill payments, mobile recharges — all through one single app, the e-commerce giant announced on Saturday. Amazon has partnered with online travel and leisure activities platform Cleartrip to launch the service. “We are excited to […]

Amazon under fire for 'hurting' Hindu sentiments

New Delhi: E-commerce website Amazon faced a major backlash on Twitter on Thursday and #boycottAmazon trended on the micro blogging site after users started tweeting out against the retail giant for “hurting” Hindu sentiments and selling floor mats and toilet seats with images of Hindu deities. “God in any form is GOD …I want to […]

Amazon to give financial aid to employees' start-ups

San Francisco: In an attempt to help its US-based employees quit their jobs and establish their own businesses, Amazon has announced to fund employees with up to $10,000 for their delivery start-ups along with three months of existing salaries. In June 2018, the company announced that it is encouraging its employees to apply to start […]

Amazon to verify its drivers using their selfies to combat fraud cases

San Francisco: In a bid to combat delivery-related fraud cases, e-commerce giant Amazon is making a section of its drivers take selfies before resuming their duties for the day in order to record and verify their identities using facial recognition from time to time. For now, the requirement applies specifically to “Flex drivers” — who […]

Nokia's banana feature phone gets WhatsApp

New Delhi: After arriving on Reliance JioPhones in September 2018, messaging app WhatsApp is now available on Nokia’s ‘8110’ with India becoming the first market to receive the update in Nokia’s feature device, HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, announced on Tuesday. The slider banana 4G feature phone is designed with intuitive tactile mechanics […]

Saudi Arabia hacked Jeff Bezos' phone: Security chief

Washington: A veteran security consultant who works for Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has accused Saudi Arabia of hacking into Bezos’ smartphone and alleging sharing personal information about his extra-marital affair to a media outlet. The monarchy was “intent on harming Jeff Bezos” over The Washington Post (owned by Bezos) coverage of murdered journalist […]

US Senator Elizabeth Warren calls for break up of Apple

San Francisco: Stressing that tech giants have too much influence over our lives, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren said she wanted Apple to surrender control over the iOS App Store or cease selling its own apps within it. The Democratic Senator, who recently launched her 2020 presidential bid, is in favour of passing laws that prevent […]

Amazon leads $700mn investment in electric truck startup

San Francisco: US online retail giant Amazon is leading a $700-million funding round for electric truck startup Rivian Automotive, Rivian has said. The latest funds will help produce its first all-electric vehicles — the R1T pickup truck and the seven-seat R1S SUV, which were revealed in the November Los Angeles Auto Show, Xinhua news agency […]

Amazon loses $45 bn market cap, Walmart sheds $5 bn on new FDI norms

New Delhi: As the shares of Amazon and Walmart lost 5 per cent and 2 per cent, respectively, on Friday, both the companies together lost a market capitalisation of $50 billion. The fall in stock prices can be attributed to disruption caused in their e-commerce operations in India after the new foreign direct investment (FDI) […]

Amazon's AWS launches service to automate data backups

San Francisco: Retail giant Amazon’s Cloud arm Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched “Backup” — a new feature which makes it easier for companies to backup their data using its Cloud computing platform. AWS “Backup” makes protecting storage volumes, databases and file systems easier by giving customers a single service to configure and audit the […]

Amazon to soon deliver packages right in your garage

Las Vegas: To enhance its in-home delivery service, Amazon has launched new products and tools within its “Key by Amazon” offering for Prime members, beginning with the US. The online retail giant unveiled “Key for Garage” that will allow customers to monitor and control their garage door via the Key app. “In addition to receiving […]

Kroger, Microsoft partner to develop connected grocery stores

Washington: To take on Amazon, leading American grocery retailer Kroger and Microsoft have partnered to redefine the customer experience using Kroger technology products powered by Microsoft Azure Cloud. Through this innovative partnership, Kroger will pilot a connected store experience and together with Microsoft, jointly market a commercial Retail as a Service (RaaS) product to the […]

Amazon slammed for selling doormats with Golden Temple image

Washington: Online retail giant Amazon has been slammed by several Sikh bodies for reportedly selling doormats, rugs and toilet accessories bearing the image of the highly-revered Golden Temple and was asked to immediately remove the “disrespectful products” that hurt the sentiments of the community worldwide. Prominent community body in the US, the Sikh Coalition, said […]

Amazon-exclusive 'Honor 8C' to cost nearly Rs 15,000

New Delhi: Huawei’s sub-brand Honor is set to launch its new Amazon-exclusive smartphone “Honor 8C” for around Rs 15,000 in India. The mid-segment smartphone will become the first device to run Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 632 chipset, industry sources told IANS on Thursday. Packed with Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, the device is likely to be launched in […]

Alexa built-in devices
Now create, share personalised responses for Alexa in India

Bengaluru: Amazon on Monday released “Alexa Skill Blueprints” allowing users to create personalised skills and responses for its voice-based assistant Alexa in India. Users need to select their blueprint template from “Alexa Skill Blueprints” website, where they can also browse through 30 “Skill Blueprints” across four categories including “Fun and Games”, “Learning and Knowledge”, “At […]