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The best Amazon Prime Day deals on robot vacuums

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If you're looking for a great deal on robot vacuums this Prime Day, we've got you covered. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today's newsroom and any business incentives. Prime Day is upon us! If you've been thinking about trying out a robot vacuum, now's the perfect time to get one at a steep discount.



The best Alexa-compatible Prime Day deals of 2019

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Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo or Echo Dot can be used to control smart home products such as the Ring Alarm Kit. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives. Prime Day is a great opportunity to find money-saving deals on smart home products that can be controlled using Amazon Alexa on your Echo device. From smart doorbells to pressure cookers, here are the best Alexa-compatible Prime Day deals of 2019.


Artificial intelligence and virtual reality revolutionise retail industry

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Over the past 15 years, the traditional retail model has been dramatically disrupted by online retail. With the introduction of online retail, shopping is gradually being transformed from an offline activity to an online one. That was the first retail disruption, but it's not the last. Increasingly online retailers and offline retailers are evolving to provide an immersive, seamless, and personalised shopping experience. Customers don't want a fully digital experience while shopping; rather they want a digital shopping experience that is so seamless as to not seem like a shopping experience at all.


Apple announces summer launch for HomePod in Japan

The Japan Times

Apple Inc. will launch its HomePod smart speakers in Japan this summer at a retail price of ¥32,800, according to its website, although the exact date has yet to be announced. On sale since February 2018 in the United States and a number of other countries, the artificial intelligence-enabled speakers have attracted interest for their sound quality and integration with Siri, Apple's voice-controlled personal assistant that responds to simple questions and commands. The tube-shaped speakers are 17 centimeters high and 14 cm wide. Inc. and Google LLC have also each developed smart speakers.


Echo Dot owner claims Amazon's Alexa assistant began SWEARING at him after he quit Prime

Daily Mail - Science & tech

An Echo Dot owner claims that Amazon's Alexa assistant has started calling him a's*******' whenever he asks the personal assistant to play him music. Micheal Slade, 29, was reportedly shocked when his Echo Dot speaker began to swear at him following his cancellation of his Amazon Prime subscription. The incident has reportedly left Amazon engineers puzzled -- with the tech firm offering Mr Slade gift cards and a year of free Prime membership in compensation. Software is available for the Echo Dot speaker that can make Alexa curse -- but it is unclear whether someone might have deliberately uploaded this to the device. An Echo Dot owner claims that Amazon's Alexa assistant has started calling him a's*******' whenever he asks the personal assistant to play him music Online business owner and Cwmbran, South Wales resident Michael Slade, 29, said that the trouble began the day after called Amazon to cancel his subscription to their Prime subscription service.


AI: Amazon's answer for everything

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At Amazon's re:MARS robotics and AI conference, the humans remain in control, for now. It just so happens that the phrase "turn the lights on" sounds a lot like the word "tenderloin." That seemingly unimportant phonetic connection became an early challenge for Amazon's Alexa Shopping team. After all, the world's largest online store didn't want to ship its customers surprise packages of meat when all they wanted was to flick on a light switch. So the company devised a ranking system for its voice commands, placing a request for the lights, which is used a lot, high above a request for tenderloin, which isn't.


The best deals you can get online this Wednesday

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Wednesday is serving up some seriously tasty deals. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today's newsroom and any business incentives. So, we finally know when Prime Day is going to be this year, and we're already tracking what's going on sale, what will be discounted for the big event, and what other retailers are getting up to to complete with the online shopping giant and for July 4th. What that means for you is an onslaught of new sales, deals, and discounts for virtually anything and everything you can think of.


How to Use Artificial Intelligence In E-commerce to Reshaping The User Experience?

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If you haven't wasted the last few years searching for evidence on extraterritorial life in the distant corners of the world you'd have surely heard about Artificial Intelligence or AI! Together with Big Data, this is transforming the world. In a world where access to data has become easier, computing power is at historical lows on the cost side and algorithms have been programmed to think and react like a human mind, the power of AI is truly being unleashed. The impact of AI is being majorly felt in the retail industry where it is creating a store like an experience on online platforms and at the same time arming brick and mortar stores with technology that narrows the game between them and online retailers. AI in shopping was first tried in the world of e-commerce and this wasn't surprising as online retailers had been at the forefront of adopting new technology. But the brick and mortar stores have been slowly catching up.


Jeff Bezos says Blue Origin lunar lander could refuel using ICE from the moon

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Once billionaire Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin lander makes it to the moon, the Amazon CEO says it won't have to go very far to re-fuel. In a space summit in Boston, Bezos told an audience that his somewhat mysterious moon lander will use ice harvested from the lunar surface to create fuel. 'We know things about the moon now we didn't know about during the Apollo days,' Bezos said at the conference as reported by CNBC. 'We can harvest that ice and use to make hydrogen and oxygen, which are rocket propellants.' Jeff Bezos says a recently discovered trove of water and ice in the moon's surface could fuel a lunar lander owned by his company Blue Origin.