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Carolina Milanesi / Fast Company:
Amazon Astro review: impressive autonomous navigation skills, reasonable price for the tech, attractive design, but its daily utility is questionable   —  In a two-week trial, Astro was surprisingly endearing and avoided hazards such as pets and stairs.  But I still don't know what I'd do with one.
Oct 2, 2021, 12:50 AMIn context
Steve Kovach / CNBC:
Amazon's new PC game New World is a hit, with hundreds of thousands on Steam playing it at any given time, representing a leap for Amazon's gaming ambitions   —  - Amazon released a new video game for PCs this week called “New World.”  — The game is already a smash hit …
Oct 1, 2021, 6:05 PMIn context
Karen Weise / New York Times:
Amazon settles with two former employee activists, Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa, over accusations it illegally fired them for organizing   —  Amazon has settled with two of its most prominent internal critics, staving off a public hearing over accusations that the company illegally fired the pair …
Sep 30, 2021, 6:05 AMIn context
Matthew Gault / VICE:
Internal docs detail Amazon's Astro, including its use of facial recognition and “Sentry” mode; sources who worked on Astro say it is a “privacy nightmare”   —  Leaked meetings show the robot will heavily rely on facial recognition and user behavior, but sources who worked on Astro say the robot is flawed.
Sep 28, 2021, 6:30 PMIn context
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Amazon's head of hardware Dave Limp underscores how Amazon's new devices aid its push toward a future with “ambient intelligence”   —  For his last column in 2017, Walt Mossberg predicted that technology would fade into the background, and so-called “ambient computing” would become ubiquitous.
Sep 28, 2021, 2:30 PMIn context
Richard Lawler / The Verge:
Amazon's Blink announces $50 Blink Video Doorbell, with Alexa integration, 1080p video, more, and a $130 solar-powered camera bundle and $140 flood light cam   —  The $49.99 doorbell can operate wired or wire-free  —  Amazon has released a few new products from Blink since acquiring …
Sep 28, 2021, 1:48 PMIn context
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Amazon debuts Astro, a $1K short robot with an Echo Show-like 10" display on top, meant to roam around the home; invite-only program is open for applications   —  In the fall of 1962, TV-watching audiences were invited to meet the Jetsons, a space-dwelling, flying-car-driving family from the future and their dog, Astro.
Sep 28, 2021, 1:18 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches a $19.99/month elder care subscription service, Alexa Together, with an emergency helpline feature, care alerts, tools for caregivers, and more   —  Amazon today announced a new subscription service called “Alexa Together,” designed for families with aging family members …
Sep 28, 2021, 1:15 PMIn context
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Amazon unveils $250 Ring Alarm Pro with a built-in Eero network, package delivery alerts, and an optional Virtual Security Guard subscription   —  Ring is just one part of Amazon's annual devices and services event this year, but they're bringing a lot of updates, including a new Pro Alarm suite …
Sep 28, 2021, 1:00 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sep 28, 2021, 1:00 PMIn context

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