Amazon Fire TV Introduces Expanded Suite of Features and New Solution Providers for Fire TV Edition Partners

Fire TV Edition now powers over 50 TV and soundbar models in more than 10 countries
Amazon announced the expansion of the Fire TV Edition program, delivering a richer experience and more opportunities for developers, operators, device makers and manufacturers across multiple categories including automotive, smart TVs, soundbars and streaming media players.

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BlackBerry Collaborating with Amazon Web Services to Demonstrate Safe, Secure, and Intelligent Connected Vehicle Software Platform for In-Vehicle Applications

BlackBerry Limited announced it has teamed up with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) to demonstrate a connected vehicle software platform for in-vehicle applications that combines the safety and security of BlackBerry’s QNX real-time operating system with AWS’ Internet of Things (IoT) Services in the cloud and in the car.

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RCN, Grande, Wave Launch Amazon Prime Video App on TiVo Set-Top Box Platform for Seamless Streaming Entertainment

Millions of households can access Amazon Originals via the Prime Video app on the TiVo Platform
RCN, Grande and Wave, leading providers of high-speed internet, digital TV and phone services across the U.S., announced the availability of the Amazon Prime Video app through the company’s TiVo set-top boxes.

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Innovaccer Joins the AWS Partner Network Global Startup Program

Innovaccer announced that it has joined the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN) Global Startup Program. The APN Global Startup is a unique “white glove” support and go-to-market (GTM) Program for selected startup APN Partners, so that they can build on their AWS expertise, better serve shared customers, and accelerate their growth.

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Google Tag Manager Book

I am pleased to announce that my first ever book is now available on Amazon. Google Tag Manager – Zero to HeroThis book teaches you everything you need to get started with Google Tag Manager. The book is based on my best selling Google Tag Manager Course.Reviews:If you know nothing about Google Tag Manager, this is THE very best place to start.

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MoEngage Inc. Achieves Amazon Web Services Retail Experience Competency Status

MoEngage Inc, an intelligent customer engagement platform, announced today that it achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Retail Competency.
AWS Retail Competency Partners have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success across numerous innovative solution areas in retail spanning Data Lakes, AI/ML, Voice, Recognition, IoT, Microservices, and Retail Transformation.

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Datacoral Joins the AWS Partner Network Global Startup Program

Datacoral, data pipeline infrastructure for Amazon Web Services (AWS), announced today that it has joined the AWS Partner Network (APN) Global Startup Program. The APN Global Startup is a unique “white glove” support and go-to-market (GTM) Program for selected startup APN Partners, so that they can build on their AWS expertise, better serve shared customers, and accelerate their growth.

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Zendesk Talk Partner Edition Expands Amazon Connect Support

Zendesk Selects Amazon Connect as a Preferred Contact Center Voice Solution for Global Deployment with Zendesk Talk Partner Edition
AWS re:Invent 2019 – Zendesk, Inc. announced a strategic, go-to-market solution package based upon an enhanced integration between Amazon Connect and Zendesk Talk Partner Edition.

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‘200 Ways to Use Alexa’ Reveals Little-known Skills to Interact with Alexa-Enabled Devices

New Book from Voice-tech Expert Bradley Metrock Is an Essential Resource for All Amazon Alexa Users
From finding the cheapest gas and accessing live sporting events, to tuning your guitar or having a conversation with Pikachu, there are thousands of innovative Amazon Alexa skills — and many of them are little-known.

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Amazon Advertising This Cyber Monday: Too Good an Opportunity to Miss

According to Amazon, last year’s Cyber Monday was the biggest shopping day event in history. It was part of a record-breaking holiday season that included Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and the weekend, i.e., the “Cyber Five.”
Marin’s ad management platform showed that during last year’s Black Friday weekend, clicks and ad spend were up in the US by 53% and 81%, respectively.

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Influencing Consumer Choice in a Time of Amazon

Has Amazon Created a Culture of Shoppers on Autopilot?
How do you shop? I go to Amazon. There is a huge selection, prices are reasonable, there is a 5-star rating system, I can read reviews and I am a Prime member. I know that almost always, I will get what I order in two days or less, sometimes even within two hours, for no extra charge. Shopping is convenient, always-on, fast, and risk-free.

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Companies with monopsony power abuse monopsony power

More competent evil from Amazon reported by Jay Greene of the remarkably independent Washington Post.SEATTLE — When Jeff Peterson’s Amazon seller account was hacked recently, he frantically tried to reach Amazon’s customer service for help restoring access to his sports memorabilia store.As nearly 4,000 fraudulent orders rang up, the Garden Grove, Calif.

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Machine learning APIs: which performs best?

Amazon ML (Machine Learning) made a lot of noise when it came out last month. Shortly afterwards, someone posted a link to Google Prediction API on HackerNews and it quickly became one of the most popular’s posts. Google’s product is quite similar to Amazon’s but it’s actually much older since it was introduced in 2011.

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Transcribe speech to text in real time using Amazon Transcribe with WebSocket

Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for developers to add speech-to-text capability to applications. In November 2018, we added streaming transcriptions over HTTP/2 to Amazon Transcribe. This enabled users to pass a live audio stream to our service and, in return, receive text transcripts in real time.

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Transcribe speech to text in real time using Amazon Transcribe with WebSocket | Amazon Web Services

Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for developers to add speech-to-text capability to applications. In November 2018, we added streaming transcriptions over HTTP/2 to Amazon Transcribe. This enabled users to pass a live audio stream to our service and, in return, receive text transcripts in real time.

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Amazon Redshift Performance – Bigger Clusters, or Bigger Nodes?

Last week, I looked into options for increasing the performance of an Amazon Redshift cluster that was currently using 10 large dense compute nodes (dc1.large). While investigating, I noticed that a cluster of 32 dc1.large nodes (the maximum for that node type) had the same number of CPUs, the same amount of storage, and a comparable amount of RAM to a cluster of 2 dc1.

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