Amazon is having a technical meltdown that's left Alexa and its AWS cloud service reeling on its biggest shopping day of the year

July 17, 2018

Amazon Amazon’s website has been up and down since its Prime Day sales event kicked off at 3 p.m. ET in the US. Roughly an hour after Prime Day began, Amazon’s personal AI assistant, Alexa, also started experiencing technical problems. Users report being unable to login to the app, and Alexa-powered devices being unresponsive to commands. AmazonAmazon’s website has been up and down since its Prime Day sales event kicked…

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Amazon responds to massive site issues on Prime Day: 'Many are shopping successfully'

July 17, 2018

Getty/Rick T. WilkingAmazon’s website experienced some issues on Monday afternoon. Getty/Rick T. WilkingAmazon’s website experienced some issues on Monday afternoon.Amazon’s website experienced widespread issues at the start of Prime Day on Monday.Amazon issued a statement about the outage on Twitter, saying that “some customers are having difficulty shopping” and it is working to resolve the issue.The retailer also said that “many are shopping successfully” and that customers ordered more items…

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News anchors on the left and right united in stunning condemnations of Trump's 'ugly,' 'horrible' press conference with Putin

July 17, 2018

Screenshot/Fox News“Fox & Friends” hosts discuss Trump’s tweet on Monday morning. Cable news hosts at every major network, including a few at President Donald Trump’s favorite Fox News, condemned the president’s press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. During the rare event in Helsinki, Finland, Trump appeared to undermine US intelligence agencies on the subject of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, and slammed the special counsel’s Russia…

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A top executive at $5 billion Slack explains the secret weapon to fight off Microsoft and Facebook

July 17, 2018

Slack is one of those startups that Silicon Valley loves to boast about. It has zoomed to international success, 8 million users, and a $5 billion valuation in a fast four years.But now it is being chased by giant companies like Facebook and especially Microsoft.Top Slack exec April Underwood says that the company has a secret weapon: Users actually enjoy using it. Slack Chief Product Officer April Underwood – who’s…

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Amazon Prime memberships have more than doubled since its first members-only Prime Day discounts three years ago

July 17, 2018

Jenny Cheng/Business Insider On Monday, Amazon commenced its fourth annual Prime Day – the e-commerce giant’s Black Friday equivalent that started in 2015 and caters exclusively to members of its discount club. For 30 hours starting at 3:00 pm EST, Prime members will get discounts on more than a million products ranging from Echo speakers to athletic wear and home supplies. It’s one of the more recent perks Amazon has…

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10 words you didn't know were officially part of the dictionary

July 17, 2018

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty ImagesEach year, new words are added to the dictionary. The Jeff J Mitchell/Getty ImagesEach year, new words are added to the dictionary.The dictionary is a living document that changes as our language does. Every year, new words are created and added to the dictionary, and other words take on new meanings over time.Merriam-Webster added 850 words and definitions to the dictionary in March 2018.Here are 10 words…

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Uber CEO on resignation of HR chief and investigation into COO: 'Sometimes it takes a punch in the face'

July 17, 2018

FortuneUber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi confessed that during his first year he was mostly focused on Uber fixing its reputation “externally,” addressing issues with cities, drivers and the public. But he said he dropped the ball on making sure Uber’s internal culture was cleaned up. last week, Uber’s chief HR person, Liane Hornsey resigned followed an investigation into how she handled racial-discrimination concerns. And Khosrowshahi confirmed that…

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Republicans few and far between come to Trump's defense after his remarks with Putin get shredded as 'disgraceful'

July 17, 2018

Grigory Dukor/ReutersDonald Trump. Several Republicans came to President Donald Trump’s defense after his remarks during a Monday press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin were criticized. Those Republicans were in the minority, as most who issued responses condemned Trump’s remarks. Several Republicans came to President Donald Trump’s defense after his remarks during a Monday press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin were slammed as “ Grigory Dukor/ReutersDonald Trump.Several Republicans came…

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These noise-cancelling headphones from Bose, Sennheiser, and Sony are up to $100 off for Amazon Prime Day

July 17, 2018

Whether it’s to drown out a noisy commute, noisy roommates, noisy neighbors, or all of the above – noise-cancelling headphones are big right now. However, headphones with noise-cancelling technology tend to be a little more expensive, especially when coupled with Bluetooth. Luckily, three pairs of noise-cancelling headphones are on sale for Amazon Prime Day, for a limited time. The Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE wireless noise-cancelling headphones and Sony WH-CH700N are…

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