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CES 2019: Amazon and Google Assistant carve up tech expo

CES 2019: Amazon and Google Assistant carve up tech expo

Technology
At CES, there's no shortage of gadgets to talk to. Smart TVs, cars, pianos - and even a toilet - these are just some examples of devices that come with voice-activated helpers.No matter who makes the hardware, the virtual aide linked to or packaged inside is likely to be one of two: either Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant.For ShadeCraft, the maker of a new device that lets garden parasols be controlled by voice, Alexa was simply more straight-forward to build in."It was much easier and simpler to integrate," explains chief executive Armen Gharabegian. "But we have been testing Google voice as well." Users can ask Alexa to open or close the sunshades mechanically, or pl...
The hot new tech at the CES 2019 expo

The hot new tech at the CES 2019 expo

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device The CES trade show is powering up again in Vegas. Most of the biggest names in tech and stacks of start-ups you've never heard of will compete for attention over the next week.Some products may launch new categories - past events presented a first look at video cassette recorders (VCRs), organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TVs and Android tablets. But many more will flop or never even make it to market. We've scoured the internet for hints about what will be on show... AI assistants and smart livingOne of the biggest developments at the last few CES expos has been Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant's rival ...
Markets drop as tech slowdown fears grow

Markets drop as tech slowdown fears grow

Business
A sell-off on Wall Street continued on Tuesday, amid steep declines in oil prices and losses among technology shares.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 2.2%, weighed down by Apple, which plunged nearly 5%.The broader S&P 500 dropped 1.8%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq index fell 1.7%, to its lowest level since February.Meanwhile, benchmark oil prices sank nearly 7%, close to one-year lows. Apec: A family feud with no end in sight A quick guide to the US-China trade war Connor Campbell at Spreadex described the sell-off as a "macro-car crash, with Brexit fears, the post-Apec pre-G20 US-China trade war flare-up and the continuation of a nasty US tech sell-off resulting in absolute carnage".But IHS Markit's chief economi...
Wall Street sees red as tech shares plunge

Wall Street sees red as tech shares plunge

Business
Shares in some of the world's largest technology stocks plunged on Monday, dragging the Nasdaq down by 3% to drive a wider market sell-off.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 1.5% lower while the S&P 500 index ended down 1.6%.The declines were driven by Apple and Facebook.Investors dumped stock on fears of a slowdown in iPhone sales as well as continuing tensions over trade between the US and China.Apple's share price closed down nearly 4%.The Wall Street Journal reported that lower demand for Apple's new iPhones had impacted on the firms that make the handsets and components after the US company reduced its production orders.Facebook, which is grappling with continued controversy over its handling of user data and the crisis over Russian election...