Amazon and Microsoft agree their voice assistants will talk (to each other)

Those betting big on AI making voice the dominant user interface of the future are not betting so big as to believe their respective artificially intelligent voice assistants will be the sole vocal oracle that Internet users want or need.

And so Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos are today announcing a tie-up, which will — at an unspecified point later this year — enable users of the latter’s Alexa voice assistant to ask her to summon Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant to ask it to do stuff, and vice versa. Continue reading “Amazon and Microsoft agree their voice assistants will talk (to each other)”

Nintendowned: Amazon sells out of the NES Classic Edition in (null) seconds

We knew the NES Classic Edition, with its retro aesthetic and solid game selection, would be hard to get at first, but this is some next level, Tickle Me Elmo-style demand. Amazon, which made its supply of the console available at 2PM Pacific today, sold out in what appeared to be less than a minute.

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Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft come together to create historic Partnership on AI

The world’s largest technology companies hold the keys to some of the largest databases on our planet. Much like goods and coins before it, data is becoming an important currency for the modern world. The data’s value is rooted in its applications to artificial intelligence. Whichever company owns the data, effectively owns AI. Right now that means companies like Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet, IBM and Microsoft have a ton of power.

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Amazon Prime launches in India, initially without Prime Video service

Today seems to be a day of e-commerce inevitabilities in India. Alongside news of Rocket Internet-backed Jabong’s sale comes the launch of Amazon Prime in the country.

The service costs 499 INR (around $7.50) per year, although that “introductory” price will later rise to 999 INR ($14.80), for which customers get free one- and two-day delivery for products to over 100 cities, discounted same-day delivery in top-tier cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad, and early access to selected deals.

Amazon’s Prime video service is missing from the list at this point, but media reports indicated that it will come soon. Factor Daily reported earlier this month that Amazon is sinking as much as $300 million into securing and developing original content in India for Prime customers ahead of a launch “later this year.” That sum is reportedly coming from the $3 billion that Amazon this summer committed to pumping into its India-based business as it continues to battle with homegrown e-commerce rivals Flipkart and Snapdeal.

Amazon’s website hints that Prime Video is “coming,” but there’s no specific timeframe at this point.