Rumblings in the Cloud

Rumblings in the Cloud

If you think about it, it was Azure, Microsoft's Cloud effort, that put the company back on the technology map and founded its valuation increase so it could challenge Amazon, Apple and Google for the most valuable company title.

Amazon Promises "single-digit latency" for AR/VR Streaming Over 5G with AWS Edge Platform

Amazon Promises "single-digit latency" for AR/VR Streaming Over 5G with AWS Edge Platform

Promising “single-digit millisecond latencies” to end-users, Amazon is engaging with major mobile carriers deploying 5G networks to locate AWS resources at the ‘edge’ of these networks to facilitate low latency for applications like cloud-rendered AR and VR content.

Tapping AI for a Future of Better, Faster, Cheaper Gift Shopping

Tapping AI for a Future of Better, Faster, Cheaper Gift Shopping

I'm going to focus on retail services like Amazon, because it would be the easiest for a retail service to do this, given it already has both the information needed and the highest selection of gifts.

Amazon Makes Quantum Computing Accessible as a Service

Amazon Makes Quantum Computing Accessible as a Service

"It's all about making it easier for enterprises to use quantum technology, which does not run in isolation but with other data, which AWS wants to have and provide for quantum," he told the E-Commerce Times.

Tech Firms Join Forces to Create Smart Home Connectivity Standard

Tech Firms Join Forces to Create Smart Home Connectivity Standard

Amazon, Apple, Google and the Zigbee Alliance are teaming up on a new Internet Protocol-based standard for smart home device connectivity, they jointly announced Wednesday.The project will leverage development work and protocols from existing systems such as Amazon's Alexa Smart Home, Apple's HomeKit, Google's Weave, and the Zigbee Alliance's Dotdot data models.

EU Digital Czar to Probe Facebook's and Google's Data Wrangling

EU Digital Czar to Probe Facebook's and Google's Data Wrangling

"I don't know if there is an anti-American bias in the investigations, but the regulators seem to target the most successful Internet companies, and there is a strong correlation there with U.S. businesses," Castro observed.

HBO is taking a crack at adapting Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash for TV

HBO is taking a crack at adapting Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash for TV

Photo: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto (Getty Images)Hollywood’s ongoing efforts to adapt every single book that some guy spent way too much time and energy recommending at you at a party in college continues apace today, with Deadline reporting that HBO has put a TV version of Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash into development.

Oculus Go Beats Out Nintendo Switch & More as Amazon Top Seller

Oculus Go Beats Out Nintendo Switch & More as Amazon Top Seller

Apparently Black Friday and Cyber Monday have been good to Facebook this year, as Oculus Go has jumped far up the video games best sellers list on Amazon, beating out notable entries such as Nintendo Switch, Oculus Rift S, and Oculus Quest.

Black Friday Deal Brings Oculus Rift S to $350

Black Friday Deal Brings Oculus Rift S to $350

Oculus Rift S, the company’s mid-generation hardware update to the Rift platform, only just launched a few months ago, but it’s already getting its first discount this upcoming Black Friday.

Google's Daydream View VR headset is 30% off on Amazon

Google's Daydream View VR headset is 30% off on Amazon

We found Lenovo's Mirage Solo standalone headset on sale on Amazon earlier this week, but if you don't feel like dropping a couple hundred bucks on your first foray into VR, we recommend grabbing a second-generation Google Daydream View.

VR headset on sale: The Lenovo Mirage Solo is 50% off on Amazon

VR headset on sale: The Lenovo Mirage Solo is 50% off on Amazon

TL;DR: The Lenovo Mirage Solo VR headset is on sale for only $199.68 on Amazon.Head over to Amazon to snag a Mirage Solo for just $199.68 — $200.31 off its suggested retail price of $399.99.

Say Hello to Amazon Prime VR

Say Hello to Amazon Prime VR

If you have an Oculus Quest, Go or Gear VR you can grab the Prime VR App and watch everything regular app users can, as well as any content bought through Amazon.Which sets it apart from the likes of Netflix, who only offered the traditional content experience.

Amazon Prime Launches New Platform for VR Experiences

Amazon Prime Launches New Platform for VR Experiences

Using a headset to interact with the VR experiences lets users explore content in a whole new way. Once the app is downloaded from the store, users only need to sign into their Amazon Prime accounts.

Amazon Prime Video launches VR streaming

Amazon Prime Video launches VR streaming

The VR headsets can be used to watch "Amazon originals, channel subscriptions, live events and more," Amazon said, adding that the service also supports voice searching to find content. If you've got a Gear VR headset, you need to first install Oculus software on your Samsung phone.

Making Amazon Prime Day Work for You

Making Amazon Prime Day Work for You

Consumables don't make that list, but if you want a new TV, stereo, appliance, or other expensive item (like the driving simulator that is my current product of the week), you should hold off until a discount day arrives and make your purchase then.

Amazon Debuts Echo Show 5: Smaller, Cheaper, More Private

Amazon Debuts Echo Show 5: Smaller, Cheaper, More Private

To address the issue, the Echo Show 5 has the following features: A microphone/camera off button like its predecessors; A built-in camera shutter so users can get visual privacy while using the device; A clear visual indicator that shows when audio or video is streaming to the cloud; and The ability to delete users' voice recordings when they say "Alexa, delete everything I said today."

Amazon to Edge Out Small Wholesalers

Amazon to Edge Out Small Wholesalers

The move probably will increase consumer satisfaction, Enderle told the E-Commerce Times, because "the small suppliers are often problematic.".

Oculus Quest Hit #1 Selling Video Games Product On Amazon

Oculus Quest Hit #1 Selling Video Games Product On Amazon

Preorders of the Oculus Quest VR headset on Amazon briefly hit the #1 top seller in the Video Games category this week. Oculus Quest is the first consumer standalone headset with positionally tracked controllers.

Fable's 'Wolves in the Walls' VR is about more than virtual reality

Fable's 'Wolves in the Walls' VR is about more than virtual reality

But the second episode, It's All Over, takes things to another level: Not only can Lucy remember your interactions, she can subtly read your intentions.

Oculus Quest Preorders Accidentally Went Live On Amazon UK

Oculus Quest Preorders Accidentally Went Live On Amazon UK

UPDATE: Facebook told us that Amazon launched preorders accidentally. Preorders for the 128GB model just went live on Amazon UK. The base Oculus Quest model has 64GB of storage for $399 / £399. Tagged with: Amazon , Oculus Quest.

Walmart Lets Customers Use Google Assistant to Voice-Order Groceries

Walmart Lets Customers Use Google Assistant to Voice-Order Groceries

Further, the move "shows that despite going to Microsoft for cloud workloads, Walmart chose the best-in-class artificial intelligence and machine learning team for chatbots, which is Google," Wang said.

Full-body virtual reality lets you hang out with ghosts, feel the Amazon rainforest

Full-body virtual reality lets you hang out with ghosts, feel the Amazon rainforest

(MWM Immersive) Image of Chained, A Victorian Nightmare VR experience The Future of Storytelling (FoST) launched the Story Arcade, a NYC pop-up, in February.

Amazon Brings Big Guns to Battle Against Counterfeit Products

Amazon Brings Big Guns to Battle Against Counterfeit Products

Pros and Cons Amazon stands to gain some key points with its Project Zero campaign, but its anti-counterfeiting efforts will have little impact on a more pressing problem for Amazon, suggested Emmanuel Frost, CEO of Brand Alignment , an online brand protection company that specializes in removing counterfeit and unauthorized sellers from the platform.

August Adds Wireless HD Video Doorbell to Smart Home Line

August Adds Wireless HD Video Doorbell to Smart Home Line

"Most other video doorbells on the market today are only 1080p, with the exception of Nest Hello, so this is a differentiator for August," observed Blake Kozak, lead analyst for smart home research at IHS Markit , a research, analysis, and advisory firm headquartered in London.

Oculus Rift Out Of Stock At Some Retailers, Now Available 'Mainly Online'

Oculus Rift Out Of Stock At Some Retailers, Now Available 'Mainly Online'

If you want to purchase an Oculus Rift right now on Amazon.com the VR headset may not ship until after the Game Developers Conference in March. “Rift continues to be available across our channels, at this time mainly online (Oculus.com, Best Buy online, Amazon, etc.),” explains an email this week from a Facebook representative.

Amazon Meshes With Eero

Amazon Meshes With Eero

Amazon has scooped up mesh WiFi network maker Eero, the home network company known for making an easy-to-set-up product that can blanket a home with high-quality WiFi. Amazon announced the deal Monday night but did not disclose any financial details.

Oculus Go was a surprise holiday hit for VR

Oculus Go was a surprise holiday hit for VR

Beginning around Black Friday, the Oculus Go climbed up Amazon's electronics sales ranks — the 32GB version hitting spot #39 and the 64GB sibling at 87. Even today, within Amazon's "Wearable Tech Virtual Reality Gear" category, Oculus Go's two versions take up spots #1 and #2.

Google Assistant Gets More Features, Greater Reach

Google Assistant Gets More Features, Greater Reach

Interpreter Mode -- which will roll out over the next few weeks on Google Home devices and Smart Displays -- users can ask the Assistant for help conversing in dozens of languages.

Amazon Comprehend Medical Makes Sense of Scattered Healthcare Data

Amazon Comprehend Medical Makes Sense of Scattered Healthcare Data

Blessing and Curse Healthcare providers and insurers currently have to write and maintain a set of customized medical coding classification rules for natural language software.

Amazon Comprehend Medical Makes Sense of Scattered Healthcare Data

Amazon Comprehend Medical Makes Sense of Scattered Healthcare Data

Automating the Process Amazon Comprehend Medical lets developers identify the key common types of medical information automatically, with high accuracy, and without having to write lots of custom rules.