Trump called on tech giants and most of them came

June 20, 2017

President Donald Trump wants to modernize government systems, and he is asking the CEOs of the world’s largest tech companies for help. Many executives, like those at Apple, Amazon, and Google, are listening and offering their words of wisdom, while others, like Facebook, appear to be keeping their distance at least publicly. SEE ALSO: Former Twitter chief likens Trump meeting to ‘waterboarding’ On Monday, tech leaders, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim …

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Facebook and Google are taking unprecedented steps to crack down on bad ads

June 19, 2017

… and massive power. Whatever happens, there’s little chance the crackdown will be bloodless. Death by duopoly In the last three months, about $0.70 out of every dollar spent on online advertising went to either Google or Facebook, according to a report this week from Pivotal Research Group. Around half of the remaining $0.30 is (separately and loosely) estimated to go to a collection of minor platform players ranging from Snapchat to Twitter to Amazon. Things get a bit messier in the race …

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New smart home designs will come with dead zone-free Wi-Fi and Alexa

June 16, 2017

… streams. Wi-Fi Home Design will scale to accommodate both the growth in Wi-Fi devices and high-bandwidth applications. The first homebuilding company to use the certification, South Florida-based Lennar, is bringing Amazon’s Alexa as part of the project. SEE ALSO: Google wants to guilt you into installing solar panels on your roof Sure, blueprints may sound wonky, but anyone who’s ever suffered from a persistent deadzone knows how important well-designed network coverage is. The …

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Is there such a thing as a high-fashion fitness tracker? Yes, yes there is.

June 15, 2017

… MEMs accelerometer, one of the most accurate fitness tracking technology available today. Despite its dapper exterior, the watch is actually water resistant up to 165 feet and equipped to record your every stroke should you hit the pool. That price, though Normally $179.95, it’s currently going for $119.95 on Amazon and has received 4 out of 5 stars with over 500 reviews. Right now, however, Mashable readers can take an extra $30 off and bring it home for just $89.95. But actually leaving …

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Family throws extravagant quinceaera for 15-year-old feline

June 10, 2017

… prepare for the soire, Olavarria’s mom did some hunting on Amazon for the perfect pretty princess dress for Luna to wear on her special day. She ordered a tres leches cake from their favorite bakery, and decorated with tons of balloons, table cloths, and streamers. The dress though, was extra important – Luna just had to look like a quinceaera star on her big day. “My mom wanted to get Luna a traditional quinceaera dress and found the perfect one on Amazon,” Olavarria …

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Apple gave us new Photos, Maps, and Siri: Check out what you missed at WWDC

June 6, 2017

Image: stephen lam/Getty Images June means one thing in the tech world: Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is here. Apple CEO Tim Cook gave the WWDC 2017 keynote speech earlier today in San Jose, California. From the highly anticipated Siri speaker to the new iOS, Cook gave Apple superfans a lot to look forward to in the months to come. SEE ALSO: Apple finally reveals its Siri-powered Amazon Echo killer WWDC welcomed developers and attendees from 75 countries around the …

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It’s ‘Wonder Woman’ weekend and Hollywood celebs are here for it, just like you

June 4, 2017

… costume shop to get your W on and join the #GODESSNESS right away (W = #WomanWarriorOfTheWorld). Director #PattyJenkins IS NOT PLAYING AROUND, as she gives us some Amazon REALNESS in an exquisitely directed story. Chris Pine is irresistable. The score is KILLER. And it is the type of film that I think you can enjoy over and over. This movie definitely goes down as a classic in its genre for me. @wonderwomanfilm #RunAndGoSeeIt #HadToGush #PromotionFromTheHeart. A post shared by Lupita …

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Amazon Alexa is now iCloud calendar compatible

June 2, 2017

Image:  TYLER ESSARY/MASHABLe If you use Amazon’s trusty AI, Alexa, for all your scheduling needs, we have some good news for you. Amazon announced on Wednesday that Alexa-compatible devices now finally support Apple’s iCloud calendars. While Alexa has previously synced with other major calendar services including Google Calendar, G Suite, Outlook, and Office 365 the AI assistant has been notably lacking integration with iCloud calendars … until now. With the update, …

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I ran a half marathon with AI to test the future of trainers

June 1, 2017

… miles. WATCH: Someone rigged Amazon Echo and Google Home to talk to each other and it’s hilarious More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsWP Tag Machine – Unlimited Agency License VAM – Ecom Ignite Mastermind Create and Convert Niche Passionate Audiences On Facebook Using Simple Video Ads And Evergreen RetargetingIMSC Rapid Mailer – List Building Power Pack FlickDramatizer Monthly Turn dull videos into visually striking blockbusters that bring more viewers, generate more …

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Amazon is finally going to refund your kids’ unauthorized in-app purchases

May 31, 2017

If you've fallen victim to tap-happy kids, there may be some reliefImage: Newscast/REX/Shutterstock If you’ve been the victim of a tap-happy child who goes on a Candy Crush spending spree while you tried to just taste the sweet, sweet relief of a 10 minute nap, there’s more relief in sight. SEE ALSO: Your internet data is absolutely a national security issue The FTC announced on Tuesday that Amazon will begin considering and offering refunds for unauthorized in-app purchases …

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Bulletin bets that online shopping brands still want storefronts

… brick-and-mortar stores Bulletin now runs, the business plan obviously drifted a bit. But the editorial roots are still evident in the companys DNA. SEE ALSO: Retail chains are floundering and it’s not because of Amazon The fledgling startup operates a collection of concept shops stores organized around a unifying topic or theme that are sort of like the physical embodiment of a lifestyle blog. The guiding mission behind each space is more nuanced and specific than your average retail …

May 19, 2017
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Facebook’s still buying up sports rights now including baseball

… companies have been slowly but surely buying into streaming rights for live sports just as those companies are also investing in live video. The biggest splash came in 2016 when Twitter won the rights to stream the NFL’s Thursday night games. Since then, Twitter has also made deals for baseball games. Amazon jumped into the scene this year by grabbing those Thursday NFL rights. Sports leagues, meanwhile, are figuring out how to best make money from their live events as TV viewership …

May 19, 2017
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CrossFit brings its live competitions to Facebook

… the social network, especially as it competes for live sports deals and audience attention with Twitter and Amazon. Twitter recently lost out to Amazon for the digital rights to stream NFL’s Thursday night football games. Few things bring people together like live sports events, so we look forward to fans on Facebook rallying around CrossFit’s biggest moments, Dan Reed, Facebooks head of global sports partnerships, said in a statement. WATCH: This might be the cutest and tiniest …

May 18, 2017
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Amazon Echo is getting notifications for Alexa skills

Image: mashable Why, Amazon? Why?! In a move that’s sure to destroy your sanity, Amazon is giving Alexa one of the most hated features in the world: notifications. The company announced Alexa’s new Notifications feature on Tuesday, stating that the addition is “a way [for Alexa] to proactively signal new content is available from skills and domains.” Until recently, Alexa couldn’t speak or do anything until a user said the wake word. The first big exception to …

May 17, 2017
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