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Amazon Started With Books, But Now They’re Just Automating Your Life

By | Feb 19, 2018 at 12:45 pm

Last week, Amazon edged past Microsoft to become the third-largest company in the U.S., joining the A-team of Apple and Alphabet. Also in the news that week: Amazon, after purchasing Whole Foods Market in July 2017 for $13.7 billion plus net debt, is officially adding the store to…

Amazon

The Case for Each of Amazon’s HQ2 Finalist Cities

By | Jan 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Today, Amazon announced the “short” list of cities vying for their second headquarters. After 238 communities submitted proposals for HQ2 to set up shop, the Seattle-based tech giant has now whittled the list down to 20, giving hope to cities across the country. “Thank…

Drones

8 Things That Can Be Delivered By Drone

By | Dec 4, 2017 at 12:20 pm

In recent months the U.S. has pushed forward to open a potential future filled with drone deliveries. Unfortunately we are just entering a new age of testing thanks to a Presidential Memorandum and Executive Order; however, the likes of Amazon, Intel, and other companies…

Artificial Intelligence

9 Artificial Intelligence Developments Helping Small Businesses Grow

By | Nov 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Artificial intelligence is creeping it’s way into our lives and businesses. Whether it’s through our voice assistant gadgets like Alexa, shopping apps or smart devices, AI will be involved in our life one way or another. And now this tech is helping small businesses….

Amazon

Seattle

Nearly Half of Black Friday’s Record-Smashing $5B Online Sales Went to Amazon

By | Nov 28, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Everyone knows what the two shopping holidays are for: Black Friday is for physical store sales, and Cyber Monday is for finding deals online. And long ago, the two holidays lived together in harmony. But this year, Black Friday is drinking Cyber Monday’s milkshake,…

Amazon

Seattle

The Just-Launched Amazon Sumerian Helps You Build VR, AR and 3D Apps Fast

By | Nov 27, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Amazon’s highly anticipated mixed-reality building service has officially been announced: Amazon Sumerian will allow enterprising entrepreneurs everywhere the ability to quickly build and host VR, AR or 3D apps online. And yes, the Amazon Web Services (AWS) application is free to use. You’ll just need to…

Marketing & Social Media

Chicago

15 Favorite Companies Winning the Branding Game

By | Nov 27, 2017 at 8:30 am

When you consider your favorite products in the marketplace, branding may have a lot to do with which ones you choose to purchase. According to a report by LinkedIn, 80 percent of consumers are like to evaluate a solution from a brand they follow…

Gear & Gadgets

Top Gadgets From Amazon Launchpad to Check Out This Black Friday

By | Nov 21, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Thanksgiving week isn’t just for being thankful during a food coma: It’s also the kickoff event for the holiday shopping season, Black Friday. If you’re not a fan of shopping, you’ll want to get it all done this weekend, so you can rest easy…

Amazon

10 Cities With the Best Chance of Landing Amazon’s New Headquarters

By | Nov 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Since Amazon announced plans for a second headquarters, cities around the US have been scrambling to attract the tech giant to their corner of the country. Whether it’s tax breaks, naming rights, or lofty Hyperloop promises, the location of Amazon’s new headquarters could be…

Security

Watch This Cyber Security Company Hack Amazon Key With Ease

By | Nov 17, 2017 at 11:30 am

Earlier this month, Amazon announced a new idea that would stop those pesky sidewalk thieves from stealing your packages: Amazon Key. The innovative program would allow a delivery person to enter your home under video surveillance, drop off the package, and leave with the…

Amazon

70 Percent of Small Businesses Aren’t Worried About Amazon This Holiday Season

By | Nov 16, 2017 at 9:20 am

The holiday season is traditionally the busiest of the year for shoppers and for the harried small businesses that handle the festive foot traffic. But as everyone has moved their social life more and more online, that traffic is moving online as well. Small businesses…

Amazon

Seattle

Why 2017 Is a Tipping Point for Same-Day Delivery

By | Nov 15, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Same-day delivery. In the space of the last decade, it has gone from a crazy fever dream deep within the Amazon homebase to a delightful perk. But in 2017, we’ve made an important, if subtle, shift: Same-day delivery has gone from being a unique…

Artificial Intelligence

How Deep Learning Will Alter the Retail Space

By | Nov 13, 2017 at 9:20 am

Artificial Intelligence has been a hot word across all industries lately. Think all the fuss around self-driving cars, Google’s updated Assistant and the general talks of how conversational interfaces are the future of tech. Around 54 percent of retailers already use or plan to…

Security

Seattle

3 Steps to Avoiding Phishing Scams on Cyber Monday

By | Nov 9, 2017 at 9:20 am

Two out of every five U.S. consumers have fallen victim to an online phishing attack. Does that sound high? It’s probably because 91 percent of them are aware that fake websites or emails can be designed to trick them into thinking they’re the real…

Ecommerce

How Ecommerce Microsites Can Boost Conversion Rates

By | Nov 9, 2017 at 8:30 am

There’s something nice about an ecommerce site that only sells one Thing (or one kind of Thing): The design of the site can be simple, clean, and easy to navigate; it can be totally focused on the Thing, making it feel like a boutique that…

Apple

Cupertino

6 Best iPhone X Cases to Protect Your $1,000 Phone

By | Nov 8, 2017 at 10:50 am

You may have heard by now: Research from SquareTrade has named the iPhone X one of the most fragile smartphones in history and easily the most fragile iPhone to ever hit the market. That hasn’t stopped people from buying them, of course: At launch,…

Security

Seattle

Survey: 60 Percent of U.S. Consumers Wouldn’t Let Amazon Key Into Their Homes

By | Nov 6, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Privacy concerns are a huge aspect of modern life: We’re all connected to Facebook, Messenger, Instagram or tbh — and that’s just the social networks owned by Facebook. Google and Amazon also have near-omnipotent knowledge of our internet search histories or our purchase decisions….