Amazon's Alexa apparently works for the CIA
Published in News
Saturday, 11 March 2017 18:41

Amazon's Alexa apparently works for the CIA


Device shuts down after being asked about federal connection


In light of recent revelations that the Central Intelligence Agency has been keeping thousands of zero-day technology exploits at its disposal for public surveillance purposes, the Amazon voice-activated assistant known as Alexa has now come out into the light and revealed her potential involvement with the intelligence group’s covert operations.

Amazon will hand over Echo audio data in murder case
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Warrant request was made for audio recordings on company's servers

Thanks to a proper demonstration of First Amendment rights by consent of a defendant to release information obtained under a warrant, Amazon has now repositioned its stance on a November 2015 murder case and has agreed to release audio recordings originating from an Echo device during the incident.

Google turns over datacentre GPUs
Published in Graphics
Thursday, 23 February 2017 12:20

Google turns over datacentre GPUs


If you need a bit of heavy number crunching

The search engine outfit Google is turning over the GPUs in its data centres to researchers and companies engaged in machine learning and heavy number crunching tasks.

AMD Ryzen bundles spotted at Amazon.com
Published in Processors
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 14:48

AMD Ryzen bundles spotted at Amazon.com


Ryzen 1800X and 1700X bundled with AiO cooler

There are plenty of leaks regarding AMD's upcoming Ryzen CPU lineup but the latest listings on Amazon.com are quite interesting as these show AMD's flagship 7 1800X and 7 1700X listed in a bundle with Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 liquid cooler.

Amazon reverts non-Prime free shipping minimum to 2013 levels
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From $49 back down to $35


On two separate occasions, the world’s largest internet retail warehouse has raised the minimum price of shipping on all non-Prime purchases in order to compensate for other retailers raising their minimums to quality for free shipping.

Amazon's tablet shipments grew 99.4 percent in 2016
Published in Mobiles


Shipments double to 11 million units


While research groups like IDC and Gartner have shown an overall 15.6 decrease in worldwide tablet shipments in 2016, the market has not gone entirely belly-up, as Amazon continues to pull ahead with a phenomenal 99.4 percent increase in annual tablet growth during the same period.

Azure is the better HPC
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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:53

Azure is the better HPC


Beats Amazon, Rackspace, IBM and a supercomputer


While replacing supercomputers with cloud computing frameworks is becoming a bit of a thing, some clouds are better than others.

Amazon expands shipping with $1.5 billion air cargo hub
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Reducing reliance on terrestrial postal carriers


Amazon announced on Tuesday  that it is looking to build an air cargo hub at the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky Airport in order to lessen its reliance on terrestrial shipment carriers and reduce overall costs of processing packages outside of its own facilities.

Oracle doubles its Amazon and Azure cloud licencing
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Why follow the Herd?


While Amazon and Microsoft have reduced the price of their cloud based operations, Oracle has decided to double the price, just to show everyone how it is done.

Amazon working on self-driving car
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Friday, 20 January 2017 12:18

Amazon working on self-driving car


Alexa take me to the pub

Online book-seller Amazon is working on self-driving cars.