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Amazon doubles down on its own Echo hardware, even as it increasingly relies on third parties

Amazon Echo Spot is coming for your alarm clock

The round, roughly 5-inch device sits on a desktop with an angled 2.5-screen and defaults to showing a clock. Amazon unveiled it along with a host of new Echo devices on Wednesday at it Seattle headquarters.

Mark Zuckerberg hits back at President Trump’s claim that Facebook is against him

But Zuckerberg is still very, very insistent that Facebook is doing far more to help the democratic process than to harm it. “The data we have has always shown that our broader impact — from giving people a voice to enabling candidates to communicate directly to helping millions of people vote — played a far bigger role in this election.” Facebook hasn’t to this point shared any of that data with its users and the public at large, but here are some of Zuckerberg’s arguments:

Amazon: Google won’t tell us why it pulled YouTube from the Echo Show

“It was a surprise to us,” Limp said, following an event in which Amazon introduced a series of new devices , including new iterations of the Echo. “We don’t love it, on behalf of customers. We think a lot of customers were using YouTube on the Echo Show and liked it. What I’ve said to Google is: just tell us where we weren’t compliant with the API and we’ll send a team down to Mountain View tomorrow. I’ll send one tonight! And we’ll get the product back in line. They just haven’t told us what’s wrong with it. We’re committed to fixing it.”

Amazon will launch a new $70 Fire TV with 4K video

Amazon announced a new version of its Fire TV streaming device, which it says now supports 4K Ultra HD and HDR (high dynamic range) video. The device itself is just a small square that plugs into the TV via USB. It’s then controlled with a new Alexa Voice Remote.

Amazon Echo Buttons let you star in your own game show

The example Amazon gave at its Amazon Echo 2017 event was that the Buttons could be used as a buzzer in a new Trivial Pursuit app from Hasbro. While buttons might at first be a faux-game controller for experiences, they’re certainly not relegated to only those apps – they're versatile enough to be used in a number of other applications down the road.

Double the jokes: Twitter users mock new 280-character limit

Tweets can now be twice as wordy! What could go wrong? Take it away, tweeters.

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant will be built into the Big Mouth Billy Bass

Basically, an Amazon Echo speaker is going to be built into a future version of the plastic singing fish that can be found on basement walls across the country.

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Amazon's new Alexa Gadgets are aiming for every nook and cranny of your life:

New $100 Amazon Echo, $35 Echo Connect lead giant Alexa update

Amazon on Wednesday also revealed a device called Echo Connect, an accessory that lets a user link his Echo to his home phone line, letting people make phone calls hands-free, including to 911. Priced at $35, it's coming in the fourth quarter. For people who already own an Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Show, Amazon added free outbound calls to phone numbers in the US, Canada and Mexico. For these devices, though, calls to 911 are not supported.

Amazon Echo Plus has a smart home hub built inside it

Amazon is supercharging its smart speaker with the Amazon Echo Plus, a new Echo that also acts as a smart home hub.

Trump is an exception to Twitter's rules

"The rules are the rules, we enforce them the same way for everybody," the company's head of trust and safety, Del Harvey, told journalists in July. Except -- not really. And that's angered and troubled a number of observers, who say Trump's role as head of the free world could encourage some of his 39.3 million followers to engage in abusive behavior of their own.

New $100 Amazon Echo, $35 Echo Connect lead giant Alexa update

Amazon on Wednesday also revealed a device called Echo Connect, which can make phone calls, including to 911. It will cost $35 and is coming in the fourth quarter. Additionally, Amazon revealed Echo Buttons, which are Bluetooth-connected multicolored buzzers that can connect to Alexa for games. They will cost $20 for a set of two.

The solar eclipse was way more popular than the Super Bowl

Jon Miller, director of the University of Michigan's International Center for the Advancement of Scientific Literacy, led the study, which surveyed Americans starting on the evening the eclipse and lasting for a week after. The survey included responses from 2,211 adults who have been participating in a larger University of Michigan and NASA study on scientific literacy.

How to Put iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus into Recovery Mode

STEP 6: iTunes should give you a prompt to Restore or Update iPhone. Click Update. iTunes will try to reinstall iOS on your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus without erasing your data. If the download takes more than 15 minutes, the iPhone will exit recovery mode. Don’t panic, let the download finish, and then repeat these steps again.

Zuckerberg fires back at Trump over Facebook’s role in the U.S. election

The CEO responded with a defensive post about Facebook's role in the election, and why he feels both conservatives and liberals are "upset" with his company. But he also expressed a bit of regret.

Russia and America Want to Build a Joint Space Station Near the Moon

It seems like just yesterday that we were living in a constant nuclear threat, spending all of our time thinking about Russia and trying to put a someone on the Moon. Nothing has really changed, but now it seems that we’ll be working with Russia on the whole Moon thing. That’s nice.

Special Report: Drowning in grain - How Big Ag sowed seeds of a profit-slashing glut

CARMAN, Manitoba (Reuters) - On Canada’s fertile Prairies, dominated by the yellows and golds of canola and wheat, summers are too short to grow corn on a major scale.

Ford and Lyft team up to deploy self-driving cars

Ford's autonomous test cars will also be added to the Lyft network, and will eventually be used to pick up passengers when the tech is deemed reliable enough for public use. The companies didn't provide a target date for driverless Ford Lyft cars — but with the automaker aiming to roll out full-on self-driving production cars by 2021 , the cab service would likely come well before that date.

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The lead-up to Wednesday's announcement saw a flurry of rumors about potential Amazon devices. For weeks, Amazon had stopped regularly stocking its original Echo speakers on its website, and had previously discounted the devices by 50 percent to $90 apiece.

Double the jokes: Twitter users mock new 280-character limit

Tweets can now be twice as wordy! What could go wrong? Take it away, tweeters.

Uber shutters car-leasing program after losing lots of cash

Uber is one of the biggest ride-hailing services in the world with operations in about 70 countries and more than 2 million drivers. Uber has a variety of tactics to attract new drivers. Along with Xchange Leasing, it has sign-up and referral bonuses and low-price weekly car rentals. But, as the company continues to grow, it's having to rethink costs.

Echo Show review: Alexa's touchscreen needs to show us more

The Echo Show has an awful lot of potential, and with slightly better sound than the touchscreen-free Echo, it assumes its place as the fanciest Alexa gadget yet. Still, its ultimate success will largely depend on what outside developers -- and Amazon itself -- choose to do with it as the software library matures. In other words, there's room for the Echo Show to grow, but unless you're dying to try those voice-activated video calls, waiting for Amazon to show us more before buying in seems like the best bet.

Senate panel invites Facebook, Google to testify in Russia probe

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerOvernight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain Facebook under fire over Russian ads in election MORE (Va.), the panel's top Democrat, has pushed for such a hearing since August, after Facebook revealed that the Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll farm with links to Kremlin allies, had purchased $100,000 in political ads during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Senate panel invites Facebook, Google to testify in Russia probe

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerOvernight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain Facebook under fire over Russian ads in election MORE (Va.), the panel's top Democrat, has pushed for such a hearing since August, after Facebook revealed that the Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll farm with links to Kremlin allies, had purchased $100,000 in political ads during the 2016 presidential campaign.

BMW will add Amazon’s Alexa into new cars in 2018

BMW has decided to adopt Alexa as the voice assistant in BMW cars and selected Mini cars starting in 2018. So drivers will be able to drive and talk to Alexa, getting answers in spoken form from the assistant. But Alexa will also deliver graphics like weather into the head unit display in the car, said Amazon’s Thom Brenner (above) at Amazon’s press event here in Seattle.

Is Face ID secure? Apple takes on lingering questions

It's the same way data is stored for Touch ID, Apple's fingerprint reader.  Because it's stored on your device and not on a server or a cloud, someone would have to have physical access to the device to be able to steal the data. And even that would be difficult, considering that the Face ID data is encrypted.

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It's Official: The Next Terminator Movie Will Be Out in Summer 2019

CAMERON: You don’t have to get around it. The beauty of it is: He’s a cyborg. And so, the org part is on the outside, meaning organism. And Reese says it in the first film: “They sweat. They have bad breath.” Because they were supposed to be infiltration units, so there’s this idea that flesh sort of sheaths over a metal endo-skeleton. So that would age normally. So, obviously he’s one that’s been in action and operation for a long time. And that’s all I want to say about the actual story part of it.

BMW to bring Alexa to its cars starting in 2018

Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant will be your cockpit companion in future BMWs: The automaker will offer Alexa in select cars starting in 2018, Amazon announced today at a special event revealing a host of product news at its Seattle HQ.

Amazon's Echo Spot is kind of like an Echo Dot with a screen

You could call the Echo Spot a mini Echo Show but it's probably more like an Echo Dot with a screen. That's because the Spot only has a 2-watt speaker and is more akin, sound-wise, to the Dot than the Show. Still, it feels appropriately weighty for a $130 device, with the same grippy texture of the Echo Show. If Amazon's goal was to find a middle-ground between its cheapest and most expensive Alexa gadgets (the Dot and the Show, respectively), then it succeeded -- at least in terms of design.

Amazon’s Echo and Echo Plus are hiding a lot of new tech

The more interesting thing about the Plus is its smart home abilities. In addition to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, Amazon has now built in Zigbee networking — a wireless protocol commonly used by small connected home gadgets, like light bulbs. Amazon is also trying to make these gadgets, which have typically been adopted by a nerdier crowd, much easier to set up and install. To do that, Amazon says you’ll be able to ask the Plus to discover nearby devices, and it’ll start looking across all three of those wireless standards, theoretically making it really easy to get new products hooked up to Alexa.

Amazon doubles down on its own Echo hardware, even as it increasingly relies on third parties

Brazil Offshore Oil Drilling Rights Draw Interest at Auction

The bidding, the first of nine rounds, was considered a test of investor confidence in President Michel Temer’s free-market initiatives. But it was also a measure of the industry’s interest in tapping deepwater oil fields, among the most expensive to explore, at a time of low prices.

Mozilla: Firefox 57 is so fast we're calling it Firefox Quantum | ZDNet

Firefox Quantum spearheads Mozilla's effort to win back users lost to Chrome since Google released it in 2008, and revive its position as a formidable rival in the browser wars as it once was against Internet Explorer in the 2000s.

Why Twitter expanded to 280 characters

The dilemma Twitter is facing, though, isn't just the age-old new users vs. power users question. It's about the soul of Twitter itself: Just how less punchy, crisp, and clever will a 280-character Twitterverse be? Will the increase in engagement from reading longer tweets have an associated reduction in some other factor (immediacy, utility, or even simple fun) that will make the service less essential to users in general? And, most important, will that trade-off be worth it?

Uber-SoftBank Deal Ensures Limits on Kalanick’s Power

SoftBank has considered asking for two board seats as part of the deal, and has mulled one of its executives, Rajeev Misra, and Sprint Corp. Chief Executive Officer Marcelo Claure as candidates, the people said. (SoftBank owns most of Sprint.) Another proposal being discussed would give SoftBank one board seat and a board observer seat. Under either proposal, it’s unclear whether Uber would create new directors or shuffle its existing eleven board seats.   A legal dispute between Benchmark, Uber’s largest venture capital backer, and Kalanick has hung over investment discussions. But Benchmark doesn’t plan to block a deal as long as the final contract guarantees not to revive Kalanick’s power and provides other governance reforms, the people said. If those conditions are met, Benchmark would sell some of its shares at the direction of Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, the people added.

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What Is Going on With DirecTV's NFL Refunds? [Updated]

On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that DirecTV was giving some customers a refund on their NFL Sunday Ticket packages if they said they were canceling due to players’ national anthem protests. DirecTV has yet to confirm the updated policy—we have reached out for comment—but a customer service agent made it seem to Gizmodo that non-whiners are eligible for this refund as well.

Apple working on fix for iPhone 8 'crackling' sound issue

"Dozens" of iPhone 8 users have reported in online forums hearing a "crackling" or "static" sound that disrupts the audio when they make calls, the site reported Tuesday. The issue appears to affect both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus on different carriers and in different parts of the world, the site reported.

4 steps to drive Microsoft Office 365 adoption in your organization

You can move adoption plans at the pace of each set of users, Árias Silva said. Identify where they are and where they need to go, and then offer an on ramp to Office 365 with products they are already familiar with. For example, If an employee is using on-premises email and manages their own servers with legacy functionality, but need to move to better functionality and compliance and controls, you can transition them to Office 365 using Exchange Online, Árias Silva said.

Sprint turns drones into cell towers

Now Sprint has adapted the technology to use it on a drone and temporarily increase network capacity during special events, like a concert or a sports contest, or to restore cell phone service  following a disaster like a hurricane, said Günther Ottendorfer, COO of technology at Sprint. Wireless carriers often use cell towers on wheels and other temporary equipment to boost capacity at special events or to provide additional network coverage when permanent infrastructure has been damaged.

Anthony Scaramucci’s media project doesn’t make much sense

For the last few weeks, many Twitter users have been amused by an account called “The Scaramucci Post.” All that’s really been known about it is that it was created by Anthony Scaramucci, the Wall Street financier who worked in President Trump’s administration for only 10 days . On Twitter, the account published frequent polls about which accounts it should follow on the social network as well as other questions pertaining to news and culture.

Amazon's Fire TV bundles massively undercut the Apple TV 4K

Amazon is also offering a cheaper bundle with its Fire TV Stick for those who don't need the higher powered streaming dongle. A Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot together will cost just $59.99 — essentially bringing the cost of the Echo Dot down to about twenty bucks (a Fire TV Stick currently sells for $39.99 on its own ).

Want a more powerful Raspberry Pi? Choose from these 20 alternatives

But if you're looking for a more muscular alternative to the Pi, this is what's on offer, from the cheapest, through to premium single-board computers for those who prize power over price.

Amazon just announced new game accessories for the Echo called Buttons

Each button is roughly the size of an Amazon Echo Dot and have built in lights that can change colors. The devices themselves are actually giant buttons — yes like the Staples button — that you connect to your Echo and third-party companies can tap into via the API to create games.

In the First Annihilation Trailer, Natalie Portman Seeks Out an Alien Horror

Our first look at Alex Garland’s post- Ex Machina project is finally here, and it’s looking fantastically creepy—and filled with weird new alien vistas for Natalie Portman and her team of crack scientists to explore and be fearful of (with good reason).

A mug of Oreo-flavored hot cocoa could be in your future

Now Oreo's cutting out the hard work and offering its own brand of cookie-infused hot cocoa mix. The product — spotted at Walmart — first appeared on The Impulsive Buy , a blog devoted to all things snacks.

Almost 90 percent of American adults watched the eclipse last month

The University of Michigan survey, conducted under a cooperative agreement with NASA, found that most adults viewed the eclipse with their family, friends, or co-workers. A follow-up survey, to be conducted next month and in November, will determine where the eclipse inspired people to read up on astronomical events.

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