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TECH 18 Apr 2019 | 2:30 AM

Think twice before sharing medical secrets with Amazon’s Alexa, Florida’s CFO warns

Amid reports that Amazon employs thousands of people to listen to customers talk to their virtual personal assistant Alexa, Florida’s chief financial officer is warning residents to be careful what they say about their private health matters.

TECH 07 Jan 2019 | 1:00 AM

How a US startup is helping senior-living communities step into the digital age

Every apartment at the Cardinal at North Hills, a two-year-old retirement and assisted-living community in Raleigh, comes equipped with a pull cord.

TECH 04 Jan 2019 | 1:00 AM

CES 2019 preview: Technology to watch in the coming year

More than 180,000 industry insiders are expected to swarm Las Vegas for CES, the annual mega-conference dedicated to consumer tech.

TECH 27 Sep 2018 | 1:30 AM

Amazon comes up with another way to get Alexa into your home

Amazon.com Inc has shown a boundless desire to put its Alexa smart-home devices in every nook and cranny of people’s houses. Just last week, it announced a raft of new gadgets, including a microwave and clock.

TECH 06 Sep 2018 | 10:04 AM

In WeChat-dominated China, new messenger app scores sudden success

Bullet Messenger, a Chinese messaging app, has racked up millions of downloads since its debut just a few weeks ago, using a stripped-down design to chip off a chunk of a sophisticated, billion-user market.

TECH 04 Sep 2018 | 1:00 AM

Voice assistants tool up in hope of a bright future

Some two years after stepping into the spotlight, voice assistants are learning new languages and connecting to ever-more devices around the home – but mass adoption and widespread ease with the new technology remain some way off.

TECH 14 Jun 2018 | 6:00 AM

Why are grocery retailers teaming up with tech giants?

France’s Carrefour announced a deal this week with Google to boost its online shopping business. It is the latest in a string of partnerships between traditional food retailers and tech companies as grocery e-commerce takes off.

TECH 28 Feb 2018 | 5:00 AM

Amazon buys startup Ring in US$1bil deal to run your home security

Amazon.com Inc has agreed to buy video doorbell maker Ring, the companies said on Tuesday, in what analysts see as a growing bet on delivering packages inside of shoppers' homes and on home security.

TECH 15 Jan 2018 | 6:30 AM

Which voice in your fridge? Makers pick virtual assistants

Who would you rather have in your fridge? Alexa, Cortana, or some as-yet unknown virtual assistant?

TECH 01 Dec 2017 | 10:53 AM

Now hiring? Amazon says its voice aide Alexa is ready for the office

Amazon.com Inc said that Alexa, its increasingly popular digital aide that shoppers command by voice, is now programmed to handle a range of tedious office tasks.