iRobot’s newest mop and vacuum talk to each other to better clean up

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iRobot’s newest mop and vacuum talk to each other to better clean up Some spring cleaning news from iRobot . The Bedford, Mass.-based company just unveiled a pair of new robots designed to tag-team dirty floors. The Roomba s9+ and Braava Jet m6 both sport iRobot’s mapping technology, coupled with Imprint Link, which lets to two devices communicate in order … Read More

Amazon is reportedly working on an emotion-tracking Alexa wearable

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Amazon is reportedly working on an emotion-tracking Alexa wearable Amazon probably knows everything else about you at this point, so why not let it track your emotions, too? The company is said to be working on a wearable wellness device said to be able able to determine a user’s emotional state. Word arrives from a Bloomberg story based on “internal … Read More

Amazon’s Alexa Fund invests in edtech startups, Zoobean and Unruly Studios

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Amazon’s Alexa Fund invests in edtech startups, Zoobean and Unruly Studios Two edtech companies, Zoobean and Unruly Studios, are the latest to receive investment from Amazon’s Alexa Fund — Amazon’s corporate venture fund focused on fueling innovation in voice technologies, and specifically, integrations with Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa. Zoobean, which you may recall from its Shark Tank appearance a few … Read More

Week-in-Review: Apple has a Supreme headache and Bitcoin bites back

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Week-in-Review: Apple has a Supreme headache and Bitcoin bites back For all of the swirling conversations of tech regulation that have continues the past several years, few of those waxing poetic on the topic likely assumed that Apple would be the first tech giant to capture the government’s ire, but a Supreme Court ruling this week cleared the way for … Read More

Having trouble with Amazon Alexa? You’re not the only one.

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Having trouble with Amazon Alexa? You’re not the only one. If your requests to Alexa are being met with answers like “I’m having some trouble, please try again later,” you are not alone. Multiple users are reporting connection issues with Amazon’s voice assistant. According to Down Detector’s outage tracker and live outage map, issues are currently being detected around the … Read More

Amazon Fire TV tops 34 million users, widening its lead over Roku

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Amazon Fire TV tops 34 million users, widening its lead over Roku Amazon Fire TV’s lead over rival streaming platform Roku is widening. In January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Amazon said it had “well over” 30 million Fire TV users compared with Roku’s then 27 million active users. In roughly four months’ time, Fire TV has … Read More

Daily Crunch: Impossible Foods raises $300M

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Daily Crunch: Impossible Foods raises $300M The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. The company behind the Impossible Burger gets a big infusion of capital, a major WhatsApp exploit is revealed and Uber stock … Read More

Amazon rolls out Alexa Guard, to help protect your home while you’re out

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Amazon rolls out Alexa Guard, to help protect your home while you’re out Amazon announced this morning that it’s begun to roll out Alexa Guard to all Echo customers in the U.S. The feature lets the company’s line of smart home products double as home security devices while the user is out. Say “Alexa, I’m leaving” on your way out … Read More

Alexa, does the Echo Dot Kids protect children’s privacy?

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Alexa, does the Echo Dot Kids protect children’s privacy? A coalition of child protection and privacy groups has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging it to investigate a kid-focused edition of Amazon’s Echo smart speaker. The complaint against Amazon Echo Dot Kids, which has been lodged with the FTC by groups including the Campaign for a … Read More