Why Amazon and Google’s Global Share of the Smart Speaker Market Is on the Decline

Amazon and Google’s grip on the voice-enabled device market is slipping, at least according to Strategy Analytics. In a new report, the analytics firm found Amazon shipped 4 million smart speakers in the first quarter of 2018, accounting for 43 percent of the 9.2 million units shipped globally. But it also means Amazon’s global market share has […]

Google’s and Facebook’s share of the U.S. ad market could decline for the first time, thanks to Amazon and Snapchat

Google and Facebook — the world’s biggest online ad companies — could see their share of U.S. digital advertising decline for the first time, thanks to slowing growth and competition from the likes of Amazon and Snap. Google’s share is expected to decline from 38.6 percent last year to 37.2 percent in 2018, according to […]

Amazon may soon let you pay using a selfie

Amazon wants you to be able to authorize a transaction with a selfie, so now you’ll have to make sure you’re looking halfway decent when you’re doing some late-night, online shopping. Amazon’s patent application for this technology, first seen by Re/Code, was filed Thursday. The patent describes using a camera to identify a user using […]

6 Reasons Why Amazon May Be Perfectly Situated to Open Hundreds of Stores

Sandeep Mathrani, the CEO of mall development giant General Growth Properties, got many folks’ attention on an earnings call late Tuesday afternoon, though the reason had nothing to do with his company’s financial performance. According to The Wall Street Journal, Mathrani—speaking about mall foot traffic—said, “You’ve got Amazon opening brick-and-mortar bookstores and their goal is […]

Amazon Reinvents Grocery Shopping

Amazon announces Dash, a home barcode scanner and microphone. Dash is a newfangled WiFi shopping accessory that it’s offering for free to a limited number of AmazonFresh users (currently beta-ing in southern California, San Francisco, and Seattle) . Dash, a roughly 6-inch-long plastic wand, includes a laser scanner and a microphone for voice search, either […]