How new smart speakers from Apple, Amazon, Google stack up

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More about Amazon Echo , Smart Speaker , Apple Event , Nest Audio , and Tech. Amazon Echo Smart Speaker Apple Event Nest Audio TechRead more.

Leading Democrat says Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon have ‘monopoly power’

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How to watch the CEOs of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple testify to Congress

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How-To News Amazon Apple big tech big tech hearing Facebook Google how to watchThe big tech hearing will start at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. on July 25.

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google will testify before Congress in July

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Facebook, Amazon, Apple & Google deserve to be grilled at the House antitrust hearing

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Wednesday's congressional hearing , which will see the CEOs of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google, remotely testify in front of the House Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law, may offer a chance at just that. Facebook Google Apple Amazon Tech

Apple, Amazon, and Google accused of using Uighur forced labor in China

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Apple News Amazon China Forced Labor Uyghur MuslimsThe report claims 83 global brands are benefiting from the forced labor.

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Republican Congressman to Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook: So, what do you think of cancel culture?

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But that didn’t stop Republican Congressman Jim Jordan from asking Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai about cancel culture. More about Apple , Tim Cook , Antitrust , Congressional Hearing , and Jim Jordan.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.01.25): Facebook plans “a big shift” in privacy, Apple VR headset rumored, and more!

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Apple way be working on a VR headset. According to Bloomberg, next year Apple is going to release a VR headset with limited passthrough AR functionalities. The HMD should be targeted to prosumers and Apple expects sales in the order of magnitude of one Apple headset per day, per store.

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Parler Sues Amazon Over Supposed Antitrust Violation

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Parler is now suing Amazon after the company—along with fellow tech giants Apple and Google— refused to continue hosting the “free speech” platform in the wake of last week’s violent rush on the U.S. the great deplatforming amazon aws parler deplatforming capitol riot

Amazon Brings Augmented Reality Product Previews to iOS App

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Well, an AR preview might not exactly be ‘trying it’, but Amazon’s new ‘AR View’ function aims to help you figure out if a crock-pot clashes with your marble counters, or if that chair can really fit in that corner, adding a little more depth to the online shopping experience than you’re used to. Simply tap the camera in the Amazon app and then tap ‘AR View’ to browse products in AR—containing everything from chairs to teapots.

Passing the $1 trillion mark, Bitcoin is almost as big as Google

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Bitcoin joins publicly traded companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon in breaking the $1 trillion market capitalization barrier.

Analysis: Did Apple Really Cancel Its AR Headset?

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Taiwanese news outlet DigiTimes recently reported that Apple canceled its long rumored AR hardware project. And if so, what exactly did Apple cancel? What was Apple working on? In the same year, Apple acquired Akonia Holographics. The principal architect for the project was Avi Bar-Zeev , with his contributions including “assembling the very first AR prototypes, demos and UX concepts” He left Microsoft in 2012 and went to Amazon.

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Apple is Snapping up Many of Magic Leap’s Former Employees

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It seems now that many of Magic Leap’s recently laid-off employees are helping Apple with its own AR headset ambitions. According to an investigation of LinkedIn profiles by Protocol , many former Magic Leap employees have taken up residence at Silicon Valley’s most prominent tech companies, including Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon. The flow from Magic Leap to Apple has been a constant one too, Protocol has found.

What Apple, Google, and Amazon’s websites looked like in 1999

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In Tales of the Early Internet , Mashable explores online life through 2007 — back before social media and the smartphone changed everything.

Google’s Internet of Places Materializes

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Facebook wants to be the social layer to the spatial web, while Amazon wants to be the commerce layer and Apple envisions a hardware-centric multi-device play. Where does Google fit in all of this? And like Google Lens, above, monetization is on the road map.

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Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon Are the Big Monopolies You Thought They Were, Lawmakers Find

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Just as you suspected, Big Tech is dominated by monopolies, a House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee found. Read more. break up big tech antitrust

Google’s ‘Internet-of-Places’ Inches Forward

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Facebook wants to be the social layer to the spatial web, while Amazon wants to be the commerce layer and Apple wants a hardware-centric multi-device play. Where does Google fit in all of this? Google will take care of the 3D image stitching on the back end.

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This is the best price we've ever seen on Google's Nest Audio smart speaker

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24, the Google Nest Audio is on sale for only $79.99 at B&H Photo Video , Best Buy , Target , and the Google Store as of Feb. In the $99 smart speaker showdown between last fall's Apple HomePod mini , Amazon Echo , and the Google Nest Audio , who reigns supreme?

Amazon willing to team up with Apple and Google

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is willing to team up with competitors Apple Inc. s Google if it would help improve customers’ experience with its Alexa voice-activated virtual assistant , an executive working on the platform said. on productivity features for Alexa such as calendar interactions, will put the user first in pursuit of any other partnerships, said Toni Reid, Amazon’s vice president of Alexa and Echo devices, who has been on the team since 2014. Amazon.com Inc.

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Google's Daydream View VR headset is 30% off on Amazon

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TL;DR: You can snag the second-generation Google Daydream View VR headset in charcoal gray for just $69 on Amazon. On the one hand, that biting crispness in the air means you can finally break out your favorite cable-knit sweater and grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte en route to a nearby apple orchard. More about Virtual Reality , Vr Headsets , Google Daydream , Mashable Shopping , and Google Daydream View.

Jeff Bezos Tells Congress He 'Can't Guarantee' Amazon Isn't Violating Its Own Policies to Undercut Sellers

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At Wednesday’s major tech antitrust hearing in the House Judiciary Committee—featuring the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and GoogleAmazon CEO Jeff Bezos said he couldn’t promise that the company hasn’t violated its own policies on fair competition with third-party sellers.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.05.17): Apple Glasses are sleek, UE5 rises hype, NVIDIA releases CloudXR SDK, and more!

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Apple glasses are coming in 2021–2022 and they are incredibly sleek. Apple glasses are coming. We’re hearing this since many years, but now the sensation is that we’re coming close to the moment when the prophecy will come true: the rumors are intensifying and the software (ARKit) and the hardware (depth cameras, 5G) designed by Apple are all converging to the glasses solution. He says that Apple AR glasses will come in 2021 and that he has seen them.

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Thursday's Best Deals: 48-Pack Batteries, M1 MacBooks and Mac Mini, JACHS NY Pants, Cold-Press Juicer, Exfoliating Foot Peel, Dark Souls Board Game, and More

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Nanfu AA and AAA battery 48-packs and Apple’s new M1 MacBooks and Mac Mini lead Thursday’s best deals. Read more.

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10 free online storage services to claim your space in the cloud

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Computing Mobile Web Amazon Cloud Drive apple icloud cloud storage Dropbox Google DriveNo need to pay for cloud storage when you can it for free. Here’s how to maximize your cloud capacity and organize your digital life without spending any money.

Facebook Could Soon Be the Latest Big Tech Company Hit With Antitrust Charges

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Such a lawsuit would mark the government’s latest crackdown on the biggest names in the tech industry, including Apple, Google, and Amazon, for … Read more.

Google's second-gen Nest Mini is on sale for almost half off at Walmart

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7, Walmart has the second-gen Google Nest Mini on sale for only $24.98 — that's 49% off its $49 MSRP. Last year saw Big Tech duking it out for smart speaker superiority as Apple, Amazon, and Google each released new additions to their respective lineups.

Save £100 on the Google Pixel 4a and finally experience 5G

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SAVE £100: The Google Pixel 4a (128GB) is on sale for £399 on Amazon, saving you 20% on list price. Are you desperate to experience 5G without splashing the cash on one of the most expensive Samsung or Apple handsets?

Who’s Waging the Wearables Wars? Part I: Amazon

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For example, Apple’s wearables are seeing strong revenue growth and offsetting smartphone revenue deceleration in the near term. We’ll start this Wearables Wars series by looking at Amazon. Specifically, its new Echo Buds are Bluetooth earpieces that compete with Google Pixel Buds and Apple AirPods. It’s a sort of loss leader in the same way Gmail, Google Voice, and several other Google products are an ecosystem play that drives search.

A running list of American antitrust lawsuits against Google and Facebook

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In the last quarter of 2020, states and the federal government have filed multiple lawsuits against Big Tech companies Google and Facebook for abusing their monopoly power. More about Facebook , Google , Antitrust , Tech , and Politics. Facebook Google Antitrust Tech Politics

Amazon's Echo Auto is on sale for 60% off ahead of Prime Day

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Save $30: Early Prime Day deal: the Amazon Echo Auto is on sale at Amazon for $19.99 Just about everyone has Alexa (or Google) speaking to them in their homes. SEE ALSO: How to maximize the perks of Amazon Prime.

These Are the Creepiest Gadgets of 2020, According to Mozilla

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Big Tech CEOs’ showdown with Congress: The antitrust hearing that wasn’t

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Watch the Big Tech antitrust hearing here

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Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Google’s Sundar Pichai will go before the House Antitrust Subcommittee Wednesday to convince lawmakers their various social networks, online stores, and search engines aren't monopolies.

How to Make It Easier to Control Smart Home Devices From Your Phone

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smart home mobile android ios apple home google home amazon alexaSetting up your smart home and controlling it from your phone is easier than it’s ever been. Both Android 11 and iOS 14 include features to further simplify smart home management. Read more.

Who’s Waging the Wearables Wars? Part III: Google

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For example, Apple’s wearables are seeing strong revenue growth and offsetting smartphone revenue deceleration in the near term. After examining Amazon and Microsoft , it’s time to zero in on Google. ’ Google’s motivations for wearables are similar to Apple, Amazon and Microsoft: to protect and future-proof its core business. For Google that of course means search. Google also wins on sheer scale.

Lawmakers Mull Whether Depression-Era Laws Could Break Up Big Tech

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antitrust facebook google amazon appleLast month’s marathon tech antitrust hearing was half the circus that some of us were anticipating, and half cogent arguments that solidified just how desperately the tech giants need to be reigned in.

Apple Mum on AR/VR for iPhone 7, but Here’s How We Know They’re Still Working on It

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Yesterday Apple held a keynote presentation to update the world on their latest products. It’s too early for Apple to jump into the AR/VR game. That much was made clear on stage at the company’s latest keynote where they revealed the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch Series 2. But that doesn’t mean Apple isn’t actively engaged in AR/VR research and development. See Also: 3 Moves Oculus is Borrowing from Apple’s Marketing Playbook.

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