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  • AWS Batch simplifies batch computing in the cloud

    AWS Batch simplifies batch computing in the cloud

    Amazon’s new AWS Batch allows engineers to execute a series of jobs automatically, in the cloud. The tool lets you run apps and container images on whatever EC2 instances are required to accomplish a given task. Amazon recognized that many of its customers were bootstrapping their own batch computing systems. Users were stringing together EC2 instances, containers, notifications… Read More

  • Amazon has a shiny new startup accelerator to advance conversational AI

    Amazon has a shiny new startup accelerator to advance conversational AI

    Big tech companies have been creating accelerators left and right to evangelize their brands and get developers engaged with APIs and other open-source efforts. Today, Amazon joined the crowd by announcing a new program for startups developing conversational AI. This is Amazon’s first foray into the world of accelerator programs, though its $100 million Alexa Fund has already invested… Read More

  • AWS Snowball Edge offers 100TB of storage and compute functionality

    AWS Snowball Edge offers 100TB of storage and compute functionality

    Amazon’s popular Snowball storage container got a major update today at the company’s re:invent conference. Though largely overshadowed by the new batshit crazy AWS Snowmobile, the aforementioned Snowball will be getting a storage increase to 100 terabytes in addition to computing functionality. Users of the new Snowball Edge will be able to perform basic analysis on their data… Read More

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    Jeff Bezos, Mayo Clinic back anti-aging startup Unity Biotechnology for $116 million

    Jeff Bezos, Mayo Clinic back anti-aging startup Unity Biotechnology for $116 million

    Every once in a while someone in Silicon Valley brings up the possibility of living forever, or at least a really long time, but first we’re going to need to figure out a way to enjoy all those extra years. Unity Biotechnology is a startup focusing on medicines to help us do that by slowing the effects of age-related diseases. And the company announced it has pulled in a whopping… Read More

  • Wink 2 Hub Review: A smart home hub built for the future

    Wink 2 Hub Review: A smart home hub built for the future

    If the Amazon Echo is the face of home automation, a smart home hub is the brains. It sits silently, stuffed under a couch or on a bookshelf, connecting all the smart devices around a person’s home. There are a few competing hubs available, but the latest from Wink packs the most connectivity options. This is the second Hub from Wink. Called the Hub 2, it costs $99. The changes are… Read More

  • AWS launches region in Ohio

    AWS launches region in Ohio

    Amazon’s AWS cloud computing service today announced launched a region in Ohio. The aptly-named “US East (Ohio) Region” brings Amazon’s total region count to 14. The region will feature three separate availability zones for increased fault tolerance. AWS now offers 38 availability zones across its data centers. Amazon’s CTO Werner Vogels noted in… Read More

  • Print and ebook revenue down as Amazon slashes prices

    Print and ebook revenue down as Amazon slashes prices

    It’s good news and bad news for the publishing industry. The good news is that print revenue was up 3.4 percent in April, primarily in trade paperbacks, with some solid grown in young adult print and religious titles. The bad news is that revenue is down 4.3 percent year-to-date with a 7 percent loss in April compared to 2015. Further, ebook sales were down 22.7% compared to last year. Read More

  • Amazon to spend $2.5M on university competition to build “socialbot”

    Amazon to spend $2.5M on university competition to build “socialbot”

    If you need an Uber, Amazon Alexa has your back. Unfortunately if what you need is a conversation buddy, the personal assistant isn’t quite up to the task. In an effort to bolster Alexa’s social intelligence, Amazon is putting $2.5 million into a new university competition to design and build “socialbots” for the platform. Engineers will use the Alexa Skills Kit to… Read More

  • Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft come together to create the Partnership on AI

    Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft come together to create the Partnership on AI

    The world’s largest technology companies hold the keys to some of the largest databases on our planet. Much like goods and coins before it, data is becoming an important currency for the modern world. The data’s value is rooted in its applications to artificial intelligence. Whichever company owns the data, effectively owns AI. Right now that means companies like Facebook… Read More

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