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SpaceX successfully launches reused Falcon 9 rocket, recovers first stage

SpaceX successfully launches reused Falcon 9 rocket, recovers first stage

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42 percent of Amazon Echo owners have bought a second device (or more)

42 percent of Amazon Echo owners have bought a second device (or more)

Here’s a promising metric for Amazon, in terms of its ability to maintain its current lead in the voice computing market: 42 percent of Amazon Echo owners have two or more devices, according to Edison Research. This figure is seemingly growing, too. Last year, there were about 1.18 Amazon Echo devices per Alexa household , but this new finding pushes that number to around 1.5 to 1.6 devices per household.

The new metrics were first published by Voicebot , citing figures shared by Edison Research  at the RAIN conference on Wednesday.

Voicebot had also published its own independent research last year, which is where it came up with the 1.18 Echos per household figure for comparison purposes.

42 percent of Amazon Echo owners have bought a second device (or more)

These findings are important for several reasons.

For starters, it means that a large chunk of Amazon Echo owners are sold on the benefits of voice computing – after all, you wouldn’t buy a second device if you didn’t find any use for the first.

More importantly for Amazon, they’re not switching to another voice-powered speaker for their second device, like the Google Home. That would have indicated a general interest in voice computing, but an unhappiness with Echo’s implementation of the technology.

Finally, it also holds promise for Amazon’s newer Alexa-powered devices, like the fashion camera Echo Look and the first Echo device with a screen, the Echo Show . The latter is launching next week, and has already found a practical use case beyond displaying video, video calls, and other visual content on its 7-inch screen – it can display your smart home camera feeds as well, Amazon announced this week.

42 percent of Amazon Echo owners have bought a second device (or more)

Amazon has been smart by investing in different types of devices.

The Look or Dot could live your bedroom, for example, while the Show makes sense in the family room or kitchen. With different feature sets and functionality – built-in cameras, a screen, etc. – Amazon can capitalize on the existing demand for more voice devices by offering ones that can perform new tricks.

It’s also tapping into consumer’s interest in using their voice-powered speakers outside the living room, which is where the Echo was originally intended to live. It did not stay put there, though. A study last fall found that 51 percent of Echo owners had the Echo in their kitchen.  So what does Amazon launch next? A more kitchen-friendly device, of course – one that’s perfect for watching recipe videos, chatting with grandma, and keeping an eye on the kids playing outside – aka the Echo Show.

Edison’s new research report, also out this week, further delves into the habits of smart speaker device owners , largely confirming that the speakers aren’t just being bought, they’re being heavily used.

70 percent of smart speaker owners say they now listen to more audio at home, 65 percent said they wouldn’t want to go back to not having a speaker in the home, and 42 percent claim the device is “essential” to their everyday lives.

42 percent of Amazon Echo owners have bought a second device (or more)

In addition, the report

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New algorithm lets you make anything in origami

New algorithm lets you make anything in origami

They say if you fold 1,000 origami cranes out of individual sheets of paper your deepest wishes will be granted. I tried it once – I was a lonely college kid – and I ended up with pink eye. However, a new paper out of MIT describes a way to possibly make 1,000 origami cranes out of one piece of paper, a unique feat that is now a possibility thanks to a new origami algorithm.

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New algorithm lets you make anything in origami

New algorithm lets you make anything in origami

They say if you fold 1,000 origami cranes out of individual sheets of paper your deepest wishes will be granted. I tried it once – I was a lonely college kid – and I ended up with pink eye. However, a new paper out of MIT describes a way to possibly make 1,000 origami cranes out of one piece of paper, a unique feat that is now a possibility thanks to a new origami algorithm.

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Local businesses can now post on Google with Posts on Google

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