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Amazon vs Google: Which smart home giant won 2019? – CNET

Chris Monroe/CNET 2019 wasn’t a revolutionary year for smart home tech, but both Google and Amazon have worked hard to round out their product lines, hone their software and clear the mess left by toddler-age devices. Amazon- and Google-powered smart homes have brought the category into its adolescence, and we’re shedding a ceremonial tear at…

Amazon AI produces medical records from patient-doctor discussions

According to Matt Wood, vice president of artificial intelligence at Amazon Web Services, the tool can understand medical language. Additionally, doctors don’t have to worry about calling out commas and periods; the software will take care of that automatically. Wood also claimed that Transcribe Medical is very accurate, though Amazon has yet to publish a…

Amazon Cracks Down on Third-Party Apps Over Privacy Violations

To be the “everything store,” Amazon relies heavily on outside merchants from around the world, who sell hundreds of millions of different products through its site. Powering this ecommerce machine is another marketplace that most shoppers will never see—a behind-the-scenes ecosystem of developers whose apps sellers use to run their businesses. Like other parts of…

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 years ago, offers reading software to…

Amazon Will Force Its Flex Shipment Drivers to Snap Selfies for Face-Recognition Authentication

Photo: Paul Sakuma (AP)Amazon’s internal delivery service, Amazon Flex, will require its drivers to take photos of themselves to be validated with facial recognition.The detail, first reported by Business Insider, sees Amazon further controlling the work of Flex drivers, which the company considers independent contractors and not employees. They drive their own vehicles, pay out…

Amazon May Be Forcing Its Sellers to Add To Its Facial Acknowledgment Program

In this Sept. 13, 2018, file photo Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, speaks at The Economic Club of Washington’s Milestone Celebration in Washington. Photo: Cliff Owen (AP)Amazon has consistently faced ongoing outcry over its contentious Rekognition software, but that apparently isn’t stopping the company from testing out facial recognition technology on its sellers.BuzzFeed News…