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Amazon’s formal challenge to huge Pentagon award uses videos that mark potential influence exerted by Trump

The e-commerce giant formally filed a protest with the Court of Federal Claims to challenge the award of the cloud-computing contract, following through on a threat it made last week. It said it did so under seal to protect trade secrets. In a statement, Amazon repeated its claims that “unmistakable bias” and “political influence” tainted […]

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Amazon’s new Echo Frames smartglasses have Alexa, but that’s about it

Amazon announced Echo Frames, an Alexa-enabled pair of glasses, during Wednesday’s Amazon Devices Event.  Amazon’s Echo Frames look like normal glasses and can be tailored to your individual prescription, but unlike other smart frames on the market, they don’t have a camera or display within the frames —  just Alexa capabilities.  Alexa responds to your […]

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The Human Cost of Amazon’s Fast, Free Shipping

This article is co-published with ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative newsroom. When she added Gabrielle’s name to the chart in her kitchen, Judy Kennedy could picture the annual ritual. At birthdays she would ask her newest grandchild to stand up straight, heels against the door frame, so she could mark Gabrielle’s height beside that of her […]

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Amazon’s facial recognition updates can detect fear, among other emotions

Amazon’s facial recognition software can detect emotion on people’s faces, including fear.  Rekignition, which is one of Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud services, is used for facial analysis for developers. The service can identify different expressions and emotions by using advanced artificial intelligence.   Amazon announced on Monday improvements to the service that includes better […]


Here’s every Alexa Built-in phone that can access Amazon’s assistant on the move

Amazon’s own phone-selling initiative has been through some serious changes since it began. Originally launched under the Prime Exclusive banner, Amazon offered significant discounts on certain phones in exchange for lock screen ads and targeted advertisements. Amazon eventually did away with the ads, but kept the strong discounts and automatic access to Amazon products like […]