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Amazon Echo availability expands to 80 more countries

File photo Amazon is expanding its Echo speaker lineup internationally to 80 additional countries, including China, Russia and Mexico. Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus will be available from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, or Amazon.com starting Friday. Other Alexa-enabled Echo devices, like the touch-screen Echo Show, aren’t part of the international expansion. Previously, Echo was only available in US, UK, Germany, Austria,… Read more →

Amazon launches single sign-on service for AWS cloud

Amazon Web Services’ re:Invent conference is wrapped up and in the bag, but the cloud juggernaut appears to have had at least one more product to release before the year’s end. On Thursday, the company quietly announced AWS SSO, a single sign-on service for the AWS cloud. Amazon describes the product as a centralized portal from which users can manage… Read more →

Best cheap smartphones: $300 (or much less) buys a great holiday gift

The 10 best smartphones of 2017 Apple and Google recently announced new 2017 phones, but even these phones can’t surpass Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 8. Read More The Apple iPhone X starts at $1,000, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 at $950, and the Google Pixel 2 XL at $849. These manufacturers and wireless carriers tend to offer monthly payment plans… Read more →

Brazil sees mobile phone sales slowdown in Q3

The Brazilian mobile phone market has seen a slowdown in the third quarter of 2017, according to analyst firm IDC. Some 12,4 million devices were sold over the period, two percent less than in Q3 2016. Of that figure 11,7 million were smartphones (five percent more than in Q3 2016). Feature phone sales dropped by half in the third quarter,… Read more →

Singapore taxi operator acquires majority stake in Uber’s car rental business

Singapore taxi operator ComfortDelGro has announced plans to acquire a 51 percent stake in Uber’s local car rental business, Lion City Holdings. Worth S$642 million (US$475.64 million), the deal would mark ComfortDelGro’s biggest to date and add another 14,000 vehicles to its rental fleet from Lion City Rentals, which was owned by Lion City. Uber would retain the remaining 49… Read more →

Best cheap smartphones: $300 (and much less) can buy mobile satisfaction

The 10 best smartphones of 2017 Apple and Google recently announced new 2017 phones, but even these phones can’t surpass Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 8. Read More The Apple iPhone X starts at $1,000, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 at $950, and the Google Pixel 2 XL at $849. These manufacturers and wireless carriers tend to offer monthly payment plans… Read more →

How do you turn these islands into a living IoT lab? Just add 500,000 sensors

Spain’s Balearic Islands are about to be covered in half a million sensors. The regional government’s ambition is to turn the archipelago off eastern Spain into a globally recognized lab for Internet of Things projects. Benjamí Villoslada, the Balearic government’s general director of technological development, sees the sensor infrastructure as providing an opportunity to develop services that improve the life… Read more →

Cisco snaps up Cmpute.io to boost enterprise cloud cost-cutting tech

File Photo Cisco has announced its intention to acquire Cmpute.io to give clients the chance to optimize their cloud solution costs. On Thursday, the tech giant said in a blog post that by integrating the Bangalore, India-based firm’s software, which analyzes cloud-deployed workloads and consumption patterns in order to find cost-cutting measures, the deal “will help our customers optimize their… Read more →

Hilton rolling out mobile-controlled hotel rooms in 2018

Image: Hilton Hilton announced on Thursday guest rooms that can be controlled by a mobile device, dubbed Connected Room, and laid out a vision for eventual additions like voice commands. Internet of Things security: What happens when every device is smart and you don’t even know it? When IoT devices are everywhere, the security headaches just get worse. Read More… Read more →