President Bolsonaro should boost Brazil’s entrepreneurial ecosystem – TechCrunch

President Bolsonaro should boost Brazil’s entrepreneurial ecosystem – TechCrunch

Romero Rodrigues Contributor More posts by this contributor Brazil’s fintech boom offers new vertical opportunities for investors Brazil’s tech-sector bright spots beckon as it begins to emerge from long economic crisis In late October following a significant victory for Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s presidential elections, the stock market for Latin America’s largest country shot up. Financial markets reacted favorably to the news because Bolsonaro, a free-market proponent, promises to deliver broad economic reforms, fight corruption and work to reshape Brazil through

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Alexa crashed on Christmas Day – TechCrunch

Amazon this morning said its Alexa devices were among the holiday season’s best-sellers, particularly the Echo and Echo Dot. But the influx of new users setting up their devices for the first time on Christmas Day appeared to be more than Alexa could handle. The service crashed briefly on Christmas, as thousands of new Alexa device owners tried to connect their Echo to Amazon’s servers around the same time. The Guardian first reported the Alexa outage, which began around 10

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Tech giants offer empty apologies because users can’t quit – TechCrunch

Tech giants offer empty apologies because users can’t quit – TechCrunch

A true apology consists of a sincere acknowledgement of wrong-doing, a show of empathic remorse for why you wronged and the harm it caused, and a promise of restitution by improving ones actions to make things right. Without the follow-through, saying sorry isn’t an apology, it’s a hollow ploy for forgiveness. That’s the kind of “sorry” we’re getting from tech giants — an attempt to quell bad PR and placate the afflicted, often without the systemic change necessary to prevent

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Cities that didn’t win HQ2 shouldn’t be counted out – TechCrunch

Cities that didn’t win HQ2 shouldn’t be counted out – TechCrunch

Brooks Rainwater Contributor More posts by this contributor As tasks wane, skills rise Blockchain technology could be the great equalizer for American cities Scott Andes is the program director for the National League of Cities City Innovation Ecosystem program. The more than year-long dance between cities and Amazon for its second headquarters is finally over, with New York City and Washington, DC, capturing the big prize. With one of the largest economic development windfalls in a generation on the line,

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Viggo Mortensen has sage advice for whoever plays young Aragorn in the series

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Disclosure Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. Get reading, nerds.Image: Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock By Shannon Connellan2018-11-08 06:30:28 UTC What should you do if you want to become Aragorn, a Ranger of Middle Earth, and heir to the throne of Gondor? Viggo Mortensen has offered up some sage, and delightfully nerdy advice for whoever takes on the role of young Aragorn in the forthcoming

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Alexa routers are a thing now

Alexa routers are a thing now

Some things are inevitable — stock market fluctuations, thunderstorms, your favorite band reuniting to offset poor financial planning. And then there’s Alexa. Amazon’s smart assistant is slowly making its way onto every aspect of of the smart home, and Google’s own offering isn’t too far behind. As far as these things go, routers make a lot of sense. They’re a key part of stay connected, and in the case of mesh ones, they’re everywhere. So why not have them do

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Amazon launches grocery pickup at select Whole Foods

Amazon launches grocery pickup at select Whole Foods

Amazon today is continuing to make good on its Whole Foods acquisition by introducing a new grocery pickup service at select Whole Foods locations in the U.S. The service, which is available only to Prime members, will initially be available at stores in Sacramento and Virginia Beach, but will expand to more cities through the year. Customers will be able to place their orders using Amazon’s Prime Now app or on the web via PrimeNow.com, then pick up in as

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The Sonos Beam is an excellent way to bring Alexa, and good sound, to your TV

The Sonos Beam is an excellent way to bring Alexa, and good sound, to your TV

Sonos Beam $399.99 View Product The Good Great audio for music and TV • Sleek • compact design • Controls your TV (if it has HDMI-ARC) The Bad Limited voice controls for TV • Alexa commands only work if your TV has HDMI-ARC port The Bottom Line The Sonos Beam is a glimpse at what every soundbar will soon look like: sleek, compact, excellent-sounding, and intelligent thanks to Amazon’s Alexa. Mashable Score4.0 Cool Factor4.0 Learning Curve4.0 Performance4.0 Bang for the

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Amazon Prime members can shop exclusive new products through July 31

Amazon Prime members can shop exclusive new products through July 31

For years, Black Friday had been the day for deals and shopping, basically serving as the unofficial kickoff to the Christmas season. Stores get packed with people looking to score the best deals on things like kitchen appliances, TVs, and clothes. And though Cyber Monday has emerged as a way to get around the madness of Black Friday, historically speaking the summer has been a deal dead zone. All that changed in 2015 with the first Amazon Prime Day. It

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Turns out Orlando won't stop using Amazon's facial recognition software

Turns out Orlando won't stop using Amazon's facial recognition software

Looks like Orlando won’t quit its controversial test of Amazon’s facial recognition software after all.  The city of Orlando and Orlando Police Department released a joint statement on Monday announcing the city would continue testing Rekognition, Amazon’s deep learning facial recognition technology, which has the power to identify every face in a crowd. SEE ALSO: ACLU petitions Amazon to stop selling surveillance technology to the government Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to Orlando lawmakers claiming

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