Amazon has stopped selling buttons from Dash, claiming that Alexa-Shopping has nullified any need for them. But if you already had a Dash button, it worked anyway. However, this is changing as Amazon discontinues execution of Dash orders after August.
When Amazon discontinued the sale of Dash buttons earlier this year, the company promised to continue to support existing buttons as customers use them. It may come as a surprise then to hear that Amazon has changed course and will not accept Dash orders after August 31
An Amazon spokesperson told CNET that Dash orders had become "significantly slower," leading to a decision to discontinue service. That's no surprise in a way. Dash buttons proved impractical because the price of an order was no longer accurately known and the company stopped supporting the service.
In the meantime, Alexa Shopping took over the role of Amazon as the face of immediate shopping. They benefit from the fact that Alexa can confirm the price of an article before ordering and unlike Dash buttons can put a variety of different items in your shopping cart. Amazon also benefits from the fact that Alexa offers the company a better grip in their home. [CNET]
In other news:
- StockX resets user passwords for suspicious activity: StockX, a site for buying and selling sneaker apparel, sent emails to reset passwords after receiving a notification of suspicious activity on their systems. The cautious approach would not be so unusual if users were not initially told that the password reset was due to system updates. The transparency in advance is always better. [TechCrunch]
- Pixel phones speak for you with 911: One of the main problems with 911 is that the system relies on your ability to speak. If you are too hurt to speak, problems arise. Pixel and other selected Android phones will soon be able to contact 911 and speak simple messages for you (eg, fire, medicine, etc.). In addition, more information about your location can be shared. [Geek.com]
- Apple no longer sends Siri audio for contractor approval: Like Amazon and Google, Apple has sent Siri audio to human contractors. People listened and gave feedback on whether Siri understood it correctly or made corrections if Siri did not understand it. Sometimes it included audio when nobody spoke to Siri. Apple announces that it will suspend the program, re-check the process, and introduce a feature that will be disabled later. [9to5Mac]
- Some Windows 10 users are stuck in S-mode: If you buy a Surface Go or other laptops, your device will initially start on Windows 10 S. This operating system can not install programs outside the Microsoft Store. Moving to Windows 10 should be easy, but users have been unable to switch for a few days. Microsoft says it's being investigated. [How-To Geek]
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After waxing, children usually have 20 teeth, while adults usually have 32 teeth. "Typical" and "ordinary" are appropriate here because in India a boy's dental x-rays showed that he had 526 teeth , This is not a typo. He had over 500 teeth. A sack buried in his jaw contained most of his teeth. The additional teeth were also tiny and had a size between 0.1 mm and 0.3 mm.
Surprisingly, the boy did not have much pain and only complained of occasional toothache. Surgeons have removed the bag, and now the boy has only 21 teeth. All of this really gives you something to chew when you go to the dentist next time, does not it? [The Guardian]
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