Everyone loves a tale of a bootstrapped startup founder’s journey to an eight-figure exit. The team at Toronto-based Cluep have a good one. The founders of the adtech startup raised less than $500,000 from angel investors before selling their company to Impact Group for $40 million ($53 milllion CAD) this week. Founded in 2012, Karan Walia, Sobi Walia […]

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Amazon’s big hardware event isn’t all about hardware — although there is plenty of that, too. Amazon also talked about how it’s making its virtual assistant Alexa smarter and more intuitive about human behavior, particularly when there are lots of connected smart home devices to tap into. Amazon announced at the event Thursday a feature […]

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Amazon this morning introduced a new device called the Fire TV Recast that works with Fire TV and other devices to allow you to record live TV through a connected digital antenna. The device allows you to place your digital antenna anywhere in the house where you can get good reception, without having to worry […]

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As Amazon noted at today’s event, the company has already been working with a number of car companies bring Alexa to vehicles. There are already a number of high-profile partners, including Toyota, Ford, Lexus, BMW and Audi. Today, it announced its plan to bring the assistant to the rest of the “100s of millions” of […]

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Today’s Amazon event is full of surprises, but you could have predicted this one from a mile away. The Echo show is a couple of years old now, and honestly, the hardware was never really that spectacular in the first place. Well, Amazon just introduced a new version of the screen-sporting smart speaker, which features […]

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Among the slew of devices Amazon announced this morning at its event in Seattle is a new Ring Stick Up Cam – stick up, because it’s designed to go anywhere. (And is not, apparently, a reference to being robbed at gunpoint?) The camera comes in two versions – one that’s battery-powered and could be more […]

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Here’s another unexpected surprise from Amazon’s hardware event in Seattle, as the announcements have started coming fast and furious. Alexa Guard is a home security device that integrates with existing Echos. When the user is away, the product flips the smart speakers in “Guard Mode,” so they listen for sounds like breaking glass. Alexa Guard […]

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Amazon keeps rolling out new Alexa devices this morning, with the launch of a new Alexa device – in a clock. Yes, there’s now an Echo Wall Clock available that has Alexa voice capabilities built in. That means you can ask Alexa to do things like set alarms and timers – and the lines on […]

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One of the stranger rumors ahead of today’s Amazon event has become fact. The company’s attempting to make a big push into home appliances, so it’s leading the way with its very own microwave. The Amazon Basics Microwave apparently began life as an in-house reference product, as the company was developing an API for third […]

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Amazon today is giving its premium smart home-ready Echo Plus device a notable update. The device, which includes a smart home hub built into the Echo, is now getting a new fabric design, and a temperature sensor. However, what’s more interesting is the addition of something Amazon calls “local voice control.” What this means is […]

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Amazon wants to make it easier to set up your smart home. Today at its hardware event, the company introduced a new Smart Plug device that brings Alexa’s voice control capabilities to anything you want to control – a coffee pot, a light, or anything else that can be powered on or off at a […]

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Alchemist is the Valley’s premiere enterprise accelerator and every season they feature a group of promising startups. They are also trying something new this year: they’re putting a reserve button next to each company, allowing angels to express their interest in investing immediately. It’s a clever addition to the demo day model. You can watch […]

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The Echo Sub isn’t quite a HomePod competitor, but it’s pretty darn close. In fact, the the Amazon-made subwoofer actually looks a fair bit like Apple’s high-end smart speaker. But the device is actually designed to work in conjunction with the Echo line, offering a much deeper sound than any of the current devices. Along […]

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Amazon today introduced a new product it’s calling the Echo Input. This is a very thin, tiny version of the Echo Dot – and the first Alexa device without a speaker. The idea here is to offer a device that allows you to connect to the speaker you already own. On the back of the […]

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The first big piece of hardware news at today’s Amazon event is a long-awaited refresh to the Echo Dot — what the company calls the “best selling speaker, ever.” The new product features a fully refreshed design with a much nicer cloth covering — akin to the new Echo and Echo Plus, along with Google’s […]

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