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Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant: How to delete the data it records

With this holiday season, Amazon has released a wave of new products and news, from a water-resistant Kindle Paperwhite to totally free shipping until December 25. Meanwhile, its Alexa virtual assistant is getting upgraded with support for Skype on Echo devices, and a Windows 10 app. While the Google Assistant is arguably the most capable personal AI on the market, its maker is not the only one with deep pockets and high ambitions.

For these assistants to... Read More »

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Apple Maps is getting updated with street and walkway data collected on-foot

When Google Maps originally launched in February 2005, it punched a fat hole in the market for GPS navigation devices that has yet to be patched. With this app, you can just use your phone to get around, at no added cost, a far cry from forking over $100 or more for the established gadgets at the time -- then more money for future map updates. Even Apple felt the heat, but it wasn't until 2012 that it produced a... Read More »

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Google's Pixel phone call screen will start saving transcripts soon

With unsolicited calls becoming a growing problem for mobile phone users, Google and other tech companies are coming up with ways to screen the spam. In fact, there's a growing industry of spam blocking apps, and Google has introduced a screening feature baked into its Pixel phones.

While Pixels may not be as widely available as a Samsung phone or iPhone, Google has been known to break out specific apps for any Android user to download, such as... Read More »

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For Black Friday, Adobe slashes 25% off Creative Cloud suite

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Those who have been tempted to subscribe to Adobe's Creative Cloud but have been put off by the steep monthly price tag may want to check out a new sales promotion.

To kick off Black Friday, Adobe is now offering its Creative Cloud All Apps suite for $39.99 a month, a 25% discount off the regular $52.99. On an annual basis, the promotion... Read More »

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Pandora Premium music streaming comes to Amazon Echo devices

Amazon has been pretty busy lately, with advance movie screenings, Skype integration, and free shipping for everyone until December 25, just to name a few. Meanwhile, its streaming services are still trucking, but it's not afraid of a little competition on its own platform.

The company previously brought Spotify (Android, iOS), Pandora, iHeartRadio and others to its Echo smart devices -- even letting you choose them as defaults over its own Amazon Music -- and today... Read More »

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Amazon Prime users offered advance screening of Aquaman movie on December 15

While Amazon Prime is most associated with free two-day shipping, and perhaps its video and music streaming services, the company is not afraid to step outside of its comfort zones with new perks for its subscribers. But perhaps with Amazon's recent forays into feature film distribution and production, it's latest offer isn't all that unexpected.

Today, Amazon announced that it's providing an advance theater screening of Aquaman on December 15 for a single show at 7 PM, one... Read More »

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Microsoft briefly tests putting ads in the Windows 10 Mail app

If there's anything that free services have taught us over the last decade or so, it's that they usually pay their bills by making the customer the product. In the case of social media, your personal details are hoovered up and sold for targeted advertising. In the case of webmail like Gmail, Google uses low-key text ads, but Microsoft has elected not to do so for its rival Outlook.com.

However, a recent experience with Outlook.com by Italian blog Aggiornamenti Lumia... Read More »

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Amazon Echo smart speakers now have Alexa-powered Skype calling

When Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant arrived on the company's Echo smart speakers in 2014, a legion of iOS users who had been stuck with Siri discovered something that Android users already knew: Virtual assistants can actually be impressive when armed with good voice recognition tech and integrated services. Partly as a result of this revelation, Alexa's popularity boomed, and Amazon keeps adding features to keep things interesting.

The latest item on the docket is Skype calling integration for Amazon's Echo line... Read More »

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Black Friday shoppers should be wary of scammers with fake apps

As Black Friday approaches and shoppers scour the Internet for deals, scammers are also coming out of the woodwork to intercept your credit cards, debit cards, and whatever else you plan to use to buy things online over the course of the next few weeks. According to cybersecurity research firm RiskIQ, you could get caught in this net if you're not watching closely enough.

Last year, RiskIQ estimated that 40 percent of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers in 2016... Read More »

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Google offers The Washington Post free for 6 months, plus 3 months of YouTube Premium

As we head full-force into the holiday shopping season, you've probably got your eyes peeled not just for gift ideas, but also for bargains. Sure, Black Friday is on its way with "doorbuster" deals, but you might not want to line up in front of a big-box store in the middle of the night and fight your way across the store to the right shelf. Even when buying gifts online, you don't want to find that a popular item... Read More »

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