ambient

Amazon’s Ambient Computing Platform

In 2017 Walt Mossberg predicted that technology would disappear into the background and that “ambient computing would become universal.” We are on the right track four years later, but it is still unclear what that term means for computers and how they will live. While many companies are working towards ambient computing visions, Amazon’s head […]

Astro

How Amazon plans for Astro to become a Family Member

Amazon introduced a new product at the end of September: Astro, a household robot. Amazon’s video introducing the robot promises it can do a variety of tasks, including supervising a household and holding spontaneous dance parties. Astro is basically an Alexa on wheels that watches everything you do. Why should anyone be happy to own […]

Voice

Use Your Voice

Voice interfaces have been around for quite some time now. It started in the early 1950s with “Audrey” that could recognize numbers. Over the years, systems became more and more powerful, and in 2011 Apple brought Siri to the mobile phone mass market. A short and incomplete history In the history of voice interfaces, there […]

Luna, Amazon’s cloud gaming service uses a PWA

article-context-nav context-nav article article-hero-lede article-hero post-contents Amazon Luna is Amazon’s cloud gaming platform that goes live for early access customers in October. The most interesting part is that Luna is a progressive web app for iOS. This approach lets Amazon circumvent Apple’s App Store fees.  As a user, you’ll simply download the PWA from the […]

Amazon is using coronavirus to expand its power – and not for the greater good | Julia Carrie Wong | Technology | The Guardian

Amazon might transform from “the everything store” to the only store. In the midst of the corona crisis Amazon is showing its power. It acts like a government by mass hireing people and raising wages.  Also, it regulates the market: Amazon decided to stop accepting non-essential products from third-party sellers. This hurts smaller businesses  who […]