Amazon says babies now have their own Alexa API for childcare smart home gadgets

Amazon says babies now have their own Alexa API for childcare smart home gadgets

It may not be too surprising to learn that new parents use Amazon a lot, for diapers, formula, and all manner of other childcare products that, in earlier times, you’d have to trek out to the store to buy in the middle of the night. So Amazon decided it was due time babies got their very own Alexa application programming interface, because you’re not a viable segment of the population unless you have a dedicated…

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A brief guide to the State of the Union guests

A brief guide to the State of the Union guests

President Trump and the Democrats are trying to make a statement with their invitees. The State of the Union address is upon us, and with it comes the annual tradition of trying to make a point by inviting special guests. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have compiled a guest list that will channel the president’s agenda and tout his policy successes. Democrats, on the other hand, will mostly host attendees who stand…

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ESPN+ passes 2 million subscribers in under a year

ESPN+ passes 2 million subscribers in under a year

ESPN+, Disney’s standalone premium subscription service for sports fans, now has over 2 million subscribers. Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the latest growth stat during his company’s quarterly earnings call this afternoon. ESPN+ was launched back in April for $4.99 per month or $49.99 for an annual membership. The service, which is powered by Disney’s BAMTech division, offers “hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, Grand Slam tennis, Top Rank boxing, PGA Tour golf, college…

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MS-13, explained

MS-13, explained

President Trump has turned the Salvadoran-American street gang into public enemy No. 1. The Salvadoran-American gang MS-13 has become the face of the Trump administration’s favorite trope: the idea that people from other countries are sneaking into America and importing violence and crime. Talking about the gang (and about unauthorized immigrants committing murder more generally, as Trump as expected to do in his 2019 State of the Union speech when recognizing the daghter andf granddaughter…

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Tesla opens Amazon store that sells company-branded merch

Tesla opens Amazon store that sells company-branded merch

Tesla launched an online store for its merchandise on Amazon on Tuesday, as was first spotted by Electrek. The new Amazon store is already stocked with a number of different Tesla products, like branded iPhone X cases ($35-$45), hoodies ($70-$75), and 1:18 scale die-cast models of the company’s cars ($250). Tesla has dabbled with selling merchandise on its own website for a few years now alongside accessories for its cars. There’s a Tesla-branded wireless smartphone…

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Every part of Disney is making exclusive content for the Disney+ streaming service

Every part of Disney is making exclusive content for the Disney+ streaming service

Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke to investors during Disney’s quarterly earnings call about the forthcoming Disney+ streaming service at length, but he still didn’t offer any specifics. Pricing is still a mystery, and Iger didn’t say much beyond the end of 2019 for a release window. More information will hopefully become available following Disney Investors Day on April 11, where Iger and his team have said they will discuss the company’s streaming plans in greater…

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After its theatrical run, Captain Marvel will be the first Disney+ exclusive film

After its theatrical run, Captain Marvel will be the first Disney+ exclusive film

Disney is looking to invest heavily in exclusives for its upcoming streaming service, Disney+, and that means having movies like Captain Marvel stream exclusively on the service. In an investors call on February 5th, Disney CEO Bob Iger told investors that Disney plans to forgo its current rate of $140 million year over year in licensing revenue, in favor of moving its currently licensed content to Disney+. He noted that Captain Marvel will be the…

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Police officer who shot black man at Alabama mall won’t face charges

Police officer who shot black man at Alabama mall won’t face charges

The police shooting of Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. drew national attention after the police changed their story. But it won’t lead to charges. The police officer who shot and killed Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., a 21-year-old black man, last year at an Alabama mall was justified in the shooting and will not be taken to trial, the state’s attorney general, Steve Marshall, said on Tuesday. The announcement comes after months of investigation into the shooting,…

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Xbox One controllers, Alexa-powered microwaves, and more are cheaper today

Xbox One controllers, Alexa-powered microwaves, and more are cheaper today

If you’re looking for discounts on tech, we’ve found a few today that may interest you. Amazon and Walmart are both selling the Xbox One controller for $37.17, which is lower than its usual sale price of around $40. If you’re in need of a new controller for your Xbox One, this is an obvious choice, but this model has a feature that might appeal to non-Xbox owners: it supports Bluetooth, so you can easily…

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A kids’ smartwatch was recalled by the EU over privacy concerns

A kids’ smartwatch was recalled by the EU over privacy concerns

A smartwatch designed for children, the Enox Safe Kid One, was recalled by the EU over data privacy concerns, as reported by ZDNet. It was discovered that the watch, which is equipped with a GPS, microphone, and speaker to make calls and send SMS texts, could be easily hacked by third parties. It doesn’t appear that the watch was ever sold in North America, and although it’s not the first time that children’s toys have…

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