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The Singularity is a white person’s problem

Rich white folks worry about the Singularity, but AI is already making problems for the rest of us. Kate Crawford, The New York Times: According to some prominent voices in the tech world, artificial intelligence presents a looming existential threat … Continue reading

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Amazon patents perches for drones

These “docking stations,” installed on tall structures such as lampposts and churches, will allow unmanned drones to recharge — important because drones have a very small cruising distance — and pick up packages.

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RIP

AWS CEO: Enterprise Data Center Is Doomed Enterprise data centers are on their way to becoming rare beasts, as nearly every enterprise is going to move nearly all their computing to the cloud, Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy said … Continue reading

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Apple is becoming like Microsoft in the late 90s

Google, Amazon, and Facebook are betting big on AI and virtual assistants. If those are the wave of the future – and it seems likely they are – then Apple is screwed, says Marco Arment. Apple is lagging badly in … Continue reading

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Putin riding a bear action figure, $69.95 on Amazon

“A shirtless Vladamir Putin riding a Russian Bear.” I hear Donald Trump buys them by the gross. Top review: Anytime I need to emphasis that I mean business, I just pull out my Putin Riding a Bear. This will usually … Continue reading

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New Kindle

Leaked images show Amazon’s new Kindle has a one-handed design, smaller size, lighter weight, and possibly page-turn buttons. Continue reading

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Millions and millions

Quentin Hardy at The New York Times:

> SAN FRANCISCO — Imagine building an enormous beach resort, maybe the best in the world. Instead of renting the rooms, you charge guests based on the grains of sand they touch. You charge very little per grain, but if they lie on enough of them, it adds up.

> That is one way to think about what is going on at the world’s biggest cloud-computing companies.

Good article. Good metaphor.
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Amazon to Release New Kindle With Rechargeable Protective Case

A solar-charged Kindle case is also on the drawing board. Announcements of new high-end Kindles are expected next week. Continue reading

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“I’ve had my Kindle Voyage for over a year now, and I love it”

We’ve had our PaperWhites for a couple of years now. I like it, but don’t love it. I don’t use it enough. I don’t read enough books anymore. I read a lot of articles. Like this one.
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Amazon’s Lofty Profits Open Cloud to Rivals – Shira Ovide / Bloomberg

Amazon, which has  used razor-thin margins to undercut rivals, is susceptible to the same competitive pressure because of its fat AWS profits. “Your margin is my opportunity.” It’s a quip often attributed to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to explain his zeal … Continue reading

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If you want to keep using your pre-2012 Kindle, you need to update it right away

The new update is required for pre-2012 devices that haven’t connected to the Internet since Oct. 5 2015. Do it by Tuesday. Failure to do so, the company warns, and you won’t be able to connect to Amazon’s Cloud, access … Continue reading

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This Amazon review cracked me up, proving once again that I am 14 years old

I found this review on the Amazon listing for this fannypack, while shopping for a replacement for a fannypack I bought 20 years ago on our honeymoon in the UK. For the past six years, I’ve been wearing that fannypack … Continue reading

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How to reset the furthest page read on your Kindle

Go to the Manage Your Kindle page on the web, and navigate to the list of your books. Find the book you want to reset. Click the icon with three dots next to the book title. Select “Clear furthest page … Continue reading

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Pay-as-you-go Amazon cloud

Amazon Patents Digital Cash for a la Carte Cloud Computing. Pay-as-you-go with Bitcoin or another digital currency. Me at Light Reading.

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Amazon patents photographing things against a white background

I am not really sure how to tag this other than a big #fail for the USPTO, or a huge Kudos for Amazon’s IP attorneys. In a patent simply called Studio arrangement Amazon took IP ownership on what we all … Continue reading

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My 3 favorite gadgets of 2011

iPad 1: We got ours the day they came out, and we’ve used them for hours every day since. Primarily I use mine for reading Web articles through a variety of interfaces, mainly the Web browser, Instapaper, and Reeder. I … Continue reading

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Immediate gratification, FTW!

I just ordered the $79 Kindle Wi-Fi after reading this convincing argument against touchscreens on dedicated ebook readers. Shorter version of the argument: When you’re reading books, you don’t need to tap and swipe all over the screen, getting the … Continue reading

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My two cents on the new Kindles

I expect the tablet will finally be the one to grab some serious market share from the iPad. People talk about the “tablet market,” but there really is no “tablet market.” There are iPads, and then there are a million … Continue reading

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