Google echoes Amazon's Echo, opens new virtual-reality door

May 19, 2016

Google echoes Amazon's Echo, opens new virtual-reality door

Google wants to play an even bigger role in managing people’s daily lives, while also nudging them into an alternate reality, as the Internet company responds to competitive threats posed by Facebook, Amazon and Apple. As part of an onslaught of upcoming products, Google ...

May 13, 2016

Alibaba, SoftBank team up on Japan-focused cloud computing venture

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. teamed with its largest shareholder SoftBank Group Corp. to form a cloud computing service venture targeting Japanese customers as the Chinese e-commerce giant expands one of its fastest growing businesses. The venture known as SB Cloud Corp. will open a ...

Mar 6, 2016

Amazon to restore encryption to Fire tablets after complaints

Amazon.com Inc said it plans to restore an encryption feature on its Fire tablets after customers and privacy advocates criticized the company for quietly removing the security option when it released its latest operating system. “We will return the option for full-disk encryption with ...

Dec 31, 2015

Amazon donates profits from far-right anthem to refugees

Online retail giant Amazon said on Thursday it will donate the profits from the online purchase of a tune released by the far-right anti-migrant PEGIDA movement to refugees in Germany. Entitled “Gemeinsam sind wir stark” — German for “Together we are strong” — the ...

Nov 21, 2015

Half of Amazon tree species are in danger, study says

About half of the 15,000 tree species in the Amazon — the world’s most diverse forest — are threatened by deforestation, an international study said on Friday. The report lays bare the destruction of a vibrant and sprawling ecosystem that often is referred to ...

Nov 18, 2015

Amazon starts music distribution service in Japan

Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday it has launched a music-streaming service for customers in Japan who pay membership fees for its online shopping site. In the Prime Music service, Amazon.com’s Prime customers, who pay an annual fee of ¥3,900, will have access to more than ...