Dave has an older 1st generation Kindle that won't work anymore on cellular. What gives? Leo says that it isn't Amazon's fault, actually. Phone companies are shutting down the old 3G towers now, to make room for 5G. As such, any Kindle made before 2017 will not work on the cellular network. But it does still support WiFi. So look in the settings for your WiFi and connect up. If it doesn't, he may be out of luck. But he can connect it via USB and copy all books onto it from a computer. It's clunky, but it will work.
Companies like Amazon and Google are doing to great lengths to make their assistant voices sound more human. Even going so far as to bring celebrities in to record random sentences and then use artificial intelligence to fill in the gaps. Known as "prosody," the technique is starting to put voiceover artists out of work since a computer can fake recorded sounds that are indistinguishable now from the human voice.
Amazon Prime Day is Monday, and Leo is choosing to sit it out. As always. Leo says that Amazon tries hard to make Prime Day the same as Black Friday with many deals. But Leo also points out that not all the deals on Prime Day are great deals.
With five bills before the House, Congress is poised to reign in Big Tech, and a breakup may be required for Big Tech to continue to do business in the United States. The Big Nine - Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple, Google, and IBM, plus Ali Baba, Tencent/TikTok, and Babu are so dominant in our society, that Congress is starting to be concerned that Big Tech has too much power, and they may require some of those firms to break up into smaller companies.
Doctor Mom calls in to talk about the 2nd generation Amazon Echo Buds. The earbuds are always listening and if you have a smart home, you can just tell Echo to do just about anything. The sound quality is a big improvement. They're also smaller and lighter. The case is also redesigned, looking a lot like Apple's ear pods case design. They are also USB-C now.
Amazon plans to use their Echo neighborhood network to making finding geotags accurately. The idea is to compete with Apple AirTags.
Amazon is now doing a kind of crowdsourcing for upcoming Echo products by offering preorders on product concepts. They are called Day 1 Additions. If enough people preorder the product, Amazon will make it. If not, they'll cancel it and move on without charging you.
Joey wants to know about Amazon's AWS and S3 storage. He can't figure it out. Leo says that there are several levels of S3 storage, including Glacier. And S3 is used by DropBox and others as their back end. It's a bit techy, but it's designed for home use. Fast to backup, but very slow to download and restore. It's like cold storage. It's become the biggest part of Amazon's business, with over a third of cloud services run by AWS.
Amazon also offers cloud computing, with such services as Macintosh in the Cloud, and others.
Wanting to offer a neighborhood-based wifi network, Amazon has announced Amazon Sidewalk, which uses Bluetooth low energy (BLE) radios to connect everyone from house to house. You can get motion alerts from your security cameras, track your pets if they should run away, and even notifications when the mailman leaves you mail. As long as one device sees the other, it can pass along connectivity with a promised small amount of bandwidth.
Doctor Mom joins Leo to talk about Amazon's latest devices that are designed to keep an eye on your parents remotely. It's called the Alexa Care Hub, and it's designed to keep track of parents and loved ones, not what they are doing. It will send kids a message if your parent doesn't do something they normally do like turn on music or if they should fall.