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Amazon India on Wednesday announced a partnership with Bengaluru-based talent management start-up HackerEarth

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  • Amazon announced a partnership with talent management start-up HackerEarth

  • It is for its first virtual Artificial Intelligence (AI) hackathon for Alexa in the country

    Amazon India on Wednesday announced a partnership with Bengaluru-based talent management start-up HackerEarth for its first virtual Artificial Intelligence (AI) hackathon for Alexa in the country.

This unique hackathon is aimed at building more engaging skills for Alexa, which is the Cloud-based voice assistant, including Amazon Echo.

This initiative will improve skills in youth. VOA

“The AI Hackathon with HackerEarth will showcase the potential of the developer community in India to build voice skills for Alexa,” Dilip RS, Country Manager for Alexa Skills Kit, Amazon, said in a statement.

The contest will encourage developers to think outside of the traditional application development approach and embrace a voice-first design approach.

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The participants will be given access to the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) — a set of free, self-service, public APIs that developers can utilise to easily create new experiences for Alexa. The ASK is a useful tool for independent developers, designers and brands to create new ways to engage Alexa.

“It is a great honour to collaborate with Amazon India for the AI Hackathon. This hackathon will provide a platform for eager participants to create amazing new skills for Indian users,” said Sachin Gupta, CEO and Cofounder, HackerEarth.The registration process for hackathon will conclude on April 1. IANS

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Apple Makes a Deal with Amazon, Which is Win-Win Game For Both

Amazon's volume sweet spot is in the much lower price tiers

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Aiming to boost sales in the wake of weaker-than-expected demand for new iPhone models, Apple has sealed a deal with retail giant Amazon to sell its range of products which is a win-win game for both the tech titans, market research firm Counterpoint Research has said.

According to Counterpoint, the move would allow the Cupertino-based giant to better manage pricing, warranties and the overall customer experience.

Third party vendors who are selling on Amazon’s platform will be phased out by January 2019, Maurice Klaehne, Research Analyst, Counterpoint Research, wrote in a post on Sunday.

“Apple is attempting to regain control over its iPhone sales on one of the biggest online channels. Third party vendors were selling on Amazon and it was near impossible for Apple to control the supply chain, assure quality control, price,” Klaehne added.

The move is likely to affect the third party vendors who sell new and refurbished Apple products on the e-commerce platform.

“Not only will this affect many smaller businesses in terms of iPhone sales, their service offerings will also be affected. The refurbished and repair market will also take a hit as companies will either have to move off the Amazon platform or go through the authorisation process,” noted Klaehne.

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Amazon, Apple deal win-win game for both: Counterpoint.

The retail major would gain with the agreement.

Amazon does not compete with its own hardware or bundling opportunities directly with phones, wearables or even directly with tablets; Amazon’s Kindle Fire range is aimed at a different segment than the iPad.

The agreement gives Amazon sales and analytics on a segment of the phone market it has hitherto had limited information on-the premium/flagship market, according to Counterpoint.

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Amazon’s volume sweet spot is in the much lower price tiers.

Counterpoint estimated the weighted average selling price (ASP) of phones selling on Amazon to be under $250. (IANS)