Amazon Alexa goes quiet on Echo Devices as problems arise with AWS Services

Alexa, Amazon’s digital assistant used by the Echo device range, is suffering from service outages that are affecting a number of users in the United States, issues that are likely to be caused by a regional outage of Amazon Web Services in Northern Virginia. Some users in the United States have received failure responses from their Alexa-equipped devices for their queries, reports TechCrunch, with the occasional outages affecting both Amazon’s Echo devices as well as third-party hardware that uses Alexa, including the Sonos One. Along with verbal apologies and chimes from Alexa, users are also seeing instances of a red Click Here to Read more

CNBC: Amazon narrows HQ list to 20 states

(CNBC): said Thursday it narrowed the list of potential sites for its second headquarters to 20 locations. Amazon said it will spend $5 billion in the place where it builds its second headquarters and will employ 50,000 there. The company previously said it was looking at metropolitan areas with 1 million people and a stable, business-friendly environment. The remaining 20 places are: Atlanta Austin, Texas Boston Chicago Columbus, Ohio Dallas Denver Indianapolis Los Angeles Miami Montgomery County, Md. Nashville, Tenn. Newark, N.J. New York City Northern Virginia Philadelphia Pittsburgh Raleigh, N.C. Toronto Washington, D.C. The e-commerce giant received 238 proposals Click Here to Read more

Apple TV 4K back on sale at (although who knows for how long?)

Earlier this year, the Apple TV 4K had made a brief appearance on before going offline minutes later. Now it seems that the company has allowed the device back on its web site (for god knows how long?). Amazon is selling both versions, and will be delivered when the device is back in stock. For more information, click here.