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Meet Amazon’s new Echo devices and Alexa hardware: Prices, features, release dates

At a surprise event in Seattle, Amazon announced updates to a few Echo-branded devices and unveiled what seems like a dozen entirely new Alexa products. From a new microwave to a wall clock (not joking), Amazon introduced basically everything but the kitchen sink during its event. Almost all these new devices come with built-in Alexa voice control, or they are… Read more →

Adobe buys Marketo for $4.75 billion

Adobe just announced that it is buying marketing automation firm Marketo for $4.75 billion. The deal is Adobe’s largest ever and puts the company in more direct competition with Oracle and Salesforce. Marketo went public in 2011 but was acquired by Vista Equity Partners in May 2016 for about $1.79 billion. Vista is known for its strategy of buying high-growth… Read more →

Skype calling coming to Amazon Alexa devices later this year

In what Microsoft officials are calling “the next step in the collaboration between Microsoft and Amazon,” Skype calling support is coming to Alexa devices starting later this year. Microsoft and Amazon announced the latest piece of their year-plus-old partnership on September 20, 2018, the day Amazon unveiled a bevy of new connected devices. Credit: Microsoft Alexa users will be able… Read more →

New Echo devices and more: Everything Amazon announced

Amazon on Thursday unveiled a slew of new devices that will further incorporate its voice-activated assistant Alexa into people’s homes, including a subwoofer, a smart plug and even a microwave. The tech giant is also updating its family of Echo smart speakers, the devices that have helped the e-commerce giant establish an early lead among voice-based interfaces. At an event… Read more →

French cyber-security agency open-sources CLIP OS, a security hardened OS

The National Cybersecurity Agency of France, also known as ANSSI (Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information), has open-sourced CLIP OS, an in-house operating system its engineers had developed to address the needs of the French government administration. In a press release, ANSSI described CLIP OS as a “Linux-based operating system [that] incorporates a set of security mechanisms that… Read more →

Alexa’s next move: Amazon unwraps its latest voice-controlled devices

New Alexa devices are headed your way. Amazon on Thursday is sharing its plans to expand its devices business, with new products and features that will make the voice-activated assistant Alexa an even bigger part of people’s everyday lives. At an event in Seattle, Amazon will detail its device strategy, which essentially boils down to Alexa everywhere. The big question… Read more →

Cloudflare ends CAPTCHA challenges for Tor users

Cloudflare launched today a new service named the “Cloudflare Onion Service” that can distinguish between bots and legitimate Tor traffic. The main advantage of this new service is that Tor users will see far less, or even no CAPTCHAs when accessing a Cloudflare-protected website via the Tor Browser. The new Cloudflare Onion Service needed the Tor team to make “a… Read more →

This desk organizer has a sexy Qi secret, and it’s on sale

ZDNet’s Business Bargain Hunter scours the web for great deals on computers, phones, services and much more. Prices and availability are accurate at the time deals are shared. Some products and services may not be available outside the U.S. Follow BBH on Facebook and Twitter, where he’s known as The Cheapskate. Plus: You’ll find more Cheapskate deals on CNET. I… Read more →

NSS Labs files lawsuit over alleged CrowdStrike, Symantec, ESET product test conspiracy

NSS Labs has filed an antitrust lawsuit against CrowdStrike, Symantec, and ESET, alleging that the organizations have conspired to restrict independent product testing through AMTSO membership. On Wednesday, the security product testing company’s CEO, Vikram Phatak, said that the antitrust lawsuit relates to vendors which “are actively conspiring to prevent independent testing that uncovers product deficiencies to prevent consumers from… Read more →

Adobe releases patch out of schedule to squash critical code execution bug

Adobe has released a patch out of the usual security update schedules to resolve a set of severe vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat and Reader. On Wednesday, the tech giant published a security advisory describing the bugs, which impact Windows and MacOS machines. The most critical issue is an out-of-bounds write vulnerability. Deemed critical, CVE-2018-12848 can lead to arbitrary code execution… Read more →