Category Connected Devices

Alibaba’s Smart City in Macau: Retail in a World of Conglomerates

The largest online retailers are becoming, or, actually, already are, online conglomerates. Amazon and Alibaba run far more businesses than “just” e-commerce related ones. As digitally everything is far more connected to everything else than before, this means more opportunities to build completely new kinds of businesses by simply combining separate fields. And frankly, most […]

Alibaba’s Echo-Like Speaker ‚Tmall Genie‘ and the Future Chinese Voice Market

An Echo competitor from Alibaba was rather inevitable. Now it’s here: The Tmall Genie X1. Bloomberg: Alibaba’s “Tmall Genie X1” will go for 499 yuan ($73) to the first 1,000 people during a one-month trial, coming in below Apple’s $349 HomePod and the roughly $180 Echo. Its biggest competitor, Tencent Holdings Ltd., is developing a […]

Echo Show: Amazon Is Building an OS for the Home & A Social Network to Hold It Together

Today, Amazon unveiled the new Echo flagship device. The Echo Show is the first Echo device to sport a multitouch screen To put this in context, before we go any further, here are some numbers from a recent eMarketer study: This year, 35.6 million Americans will use a voice-activated assistant device at least once a […]

Walmart Wants to Build Its Own Dash Replenishment Service. Can It Succeed?

CBInsights has found an interesting patent application by Walmart. “Walmart’s IoT Patent Application Takes Aim At Amazon Dash”: Using our patents search engine, we have unearthed a newly published Walmart patent application (originally filed in October 2016) for an IoT platform to track the way products are used in shoppers’ homes. The system places automatic […]

Forget Today’s Echo Look, Think Instead About Amazon Fashion in Voice-First in 10 Years

The newest Echo device from Amazon, the Echo Look, is a weird one at first look. But it hints at the range of services voice commerce will enable in the (near) future. Here’s Recode on the new Echo Look: The new version of the popular Echo — this one is being dubbed the Echo Look […]

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Jeff Bezos on Alexa’s Raison D’être

The Billboard Magazine interviewed Jeff Bezos and Amazon Music vice president Steve Boom about Echo, Alexa and music: A 2005 internal experiment with music streaming at Amazon was scuttled before it launched, creating a opening that’s now filled by Spotify, with 40 million subscribers, and Apple Music, with 20 million. The company’s latest bid for […]

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From Hotels to Gadgets, Omnipresent Amazon Alexa Will Be the Dominant Voice Platform

Not just a great PR stunt, but also a sign of things to come: The Wynn Las Vegas resort & casino hotel is going to equip all hotel rooms with Amazon Echo devices. From the PR release: Wynn Las Vegas and Amazon announce plans to equip all 4,748 hotel rooms at Wynn Las Vegas with […]