What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know About Amazon Alexa

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Amazon Alexa is the digital assistant software that empowers Amazon’s smart speaker series, the Amazon Echo. Most than just a digital assistant, Amazon Alexa is evolving into software that empowers and proliferates the Internet of Things.

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Fighting Accessibity Weaseling by Amazon et al, Victory!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Last September, I wrote a Beneblog post: Objecting to Accessibility Weaseling , about Amazon and other ebook reader makers trying to dodge out on making their devices accessible. So, last year, Benetech joined with the National Federation of the Blind and over twenty other groups that care about consumers with disabilities to object to an attempt by Amazon and their competitors to secure a permanent exemption from accessibility requirement for many of the ebook readers.

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Amazon S3 for web server backup

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I’ve been getting to know Amazon S3 lately, and there are some great things about it. Tags: CMS Linux amazon aws backup drupal s3 I think it is one of the long list of unpredicted successes that resulted from the near-ubiquitousness of open source software on the server side. We’ve been using it for “offsite&# backup for drupal sites for a while now. We have a script going which runs by cron daily to do the backups. There are a number of ways to do this.

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[Cool Infographic Friday] Alibaba vs Amazon

SocialFish

The post [Cool Infographic Friday] Alibaba vs Amazon appeared first on SocialFish. More like this. Cool Infographic Friday] How Will You Deal With Your Digital Afterlife?

Lame spams of the day: Fake Amazon and PayPal receipts

Robert Weiner

They're similar to the fake Amazon HDTV receipts I wrote about in September. 2) The Amazon receipts have no details about what I purchased. 3) I got a dozen of the Amazon spams. Text: Here's the text of one of the Amazon messages. Sample Amazon spam: Malware Spam

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Lame spams of the day: Amazon HDTV shipments

Robert Weiner

We have to inform yo that amazon shipped your item, and that this completes your order. Unless otherwise noted, items are sold by Amazon LLC. I got 3 versions of this today. The most amusing part is that the shipping address is a mail merge field with my email address inserted.

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Amazon eBook pricing war: Thanks for being evil, Apple

Judi Sohn

Apparently, Amazon is now getting push back from publishers, starting with Macmillan, who want them to charge more than $9.99 As a result, Amazon pulled Macmillan books from their US store: I’ve talked to a person in the industry with knowledge of the dispute who says the disappearance is the result of a disagreement between Amazon.com and book publishers that has been brewing for the last year. Now, Amazon is fighting what is essentially the same battle.

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Amazon eBook pricing war: Thanks for being evil, Apple

Judi Sohn

Apparently, Amazon is now getting push back from publishers, starting with Macmillan, who want them to charge more than $9.99 As a result, Amazon pulled Macmillan books from their US store: I’ve talked to a person in the industry with knowledge of the dispute who says the disappearance is the result of a disagreement between Amazon.com and book publishers that has been brewing for the last year. Now, Amazon is fighting what is essentially the same battle.

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More excitement around Amazon Payments from 09NTC!

Connection Cafe

I am posting this on behalf of our very own Jennifer Judkins who attended the Amazon Payments session at NTC 2009. Having posted earlier this week about Amazon Payment's offerings and their upcoming webinar on May 19th , I thought I'd share her comments on the service. "I I heard that Amazon is now offering Amazon Payments for nonprofits, so thought I’d check out their Product Spotlight session at NTEN’s NTC.

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Facebook, Amazon and Google All Help Charity Create Cancer-Busting Mobile Game | Fast Company

AFP Blog

Facebook, Amazon and Google All Help Charity Create Cancer-Busting Mobile Game | Fast Company : Programmers and engineers from some of the biggest tech companies are teaming up with a cancer charity in the UK to create a mobile game that will aid research into the disease.

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New Amazon Program Enables Shoppers to Easily Donate to Their Favorite Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

AmazonSmile is a new program that enables Amazon shoppers to easily donate 0.5% of their Amazon purchases donated. Visit smile.amazon.com and login to your Amazon account. of their purchases ($.50 50 per $100 spent) to their favorite U.S.-based based nonprofits. With $26.5

The Struggle for Book Access: Amazon (Blog Post #2)

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

But, we just saw Amazon fold when the Authors Guild pushed them to turn off the voice of these books: Amazon to flip on Kindle. We have an action by Amazon that sets back years of work to make ebooks accessible. Print-disabled people of the world shouldn't be surprised that Amazon isn't going out of its way to help them. Amazon is a business, and is very focused on doing business on behalf of its shareholders. Amazon is the company that built Target's website.

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Save on IT Costs with Amazon Web Services

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup is proud to announce the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Grant Credits Program for Nonprofits. Amazon WorkMail. Amazon WorkDocs. Amazon WorkSpaces.

Amazon Payments Announcement from 2009 Nonprofit Technology Conference

Connection Cafe

Amazon Payments created some great buzz at NTC 2009. What's Amazon Payments and why is it relevant for nonprofits you ask? Well, Amazon Payments makes it easy for millions of Amazon customers to pay online using the information in their Amazon.com account. Amazon Payments had a great presence at the NTC 2009 and introduced nonprofits to its range of easy-to-integrate, cost effective and reliable payment solutions.

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Steve Garfield's Excellent Suggestion for Amazon

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

He offers a list of his favorites (including Creative Commons and Sharing Foundation ) Here's what he'd like Amazon to do: Our family likes to use Amazon.com : Amazon Gift Central for our Wish LiIsts. Some rights reserved.

We Ain’t Amazon: 5 Family-Friendly Benefits See3 Offers for a Balanced Workplace

See What's Out There

The post We Ain’t Amazon: 5 Family-Friendly Benefits See3 Offers for a Balanced Workplace appeared first on The See3 Blog. At See3, we know that it’s possible to do awesome work while creating a work culture that helps employees flourish, not burn out. Yeah, work is important (we are making the world a better place after all), but at See3, we realize that work is a component of our lives, not all of it.

Test Your Security Knowledge and Win an Amazon Gift Card!

Tech Soup Blog

We'll be doing a random drawing weekly for a $100 Amazon gift card. And if you answer all four quizzes correctly, you might win a $500 Amazon gift card. Are you a trivia master? Or a security enthusiast?

Test Your Security Knowledge and Win an Amazon Gift Card!

Tech Soup Blog

We'll be doing a random drawing weekly for a $100 Amazon gift card. And if you answer all four quizzes correctly, you might win a $500 Amazon gift card. Are you a trivia master? Or a security enthusiast?

Everything you need to know about Amazon [Slide Deck]

SocialFish

Check this out!! This post includes a slide deck. If you can’t see it, check it out here. Case Study

The Amazon Kindle | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

Personally, I like the idea, but plan on waiting for either the next generation or for someone to outdo Amazon. It’s been sold out/on backorder at Amazon… since always really. I’m not saying that Amazon’s creating a false shortage, but… I don’t have a way to end this sentence. I predict that the Amazon Kindle 2.0 (or

Is Amazon the next Salesforce?

Idealware

Recently, Amazon released its SimpleDB project into "unlimited public beta". Several months I read about this intriguing bleeding edge database effort by Amazon on Larry Keyes blog here , who thought this was an innovation to keep an eye on. Amazon built it, but will developers come? As Frank Bell puts it in his review , SimpleDB is a "web service that simulates a database".

Putting XO Laptops Under Christmas Trees—and into Classrooms—via Amazon | Xconomy

AFP Blog

Putting XO Laptops Under Christmas Trees—and into Classrooms—via Amazon | Xconomy: "Under the Give One, Get One (G1G1) program, consumers can buy two laptops for $399. One will be shipped to a school of OLPC’s choice, and the other to any recipient of the buyer’s choice. Part of the purchase price is tax-deductible—though OLPC says buyers should consult their accountants to figure out how much.".

NetCentric Advocacy: Amazon lets people help computers -- and get paid

Network-Centric Advocacy

Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Network-Centric Services: Amazon Mechanical Turk | Main | Stickyshadow » November 10, 2005 Amazon lets people help computers -- and get paid Link: Amazon lets people help computers -- and get paid. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

Help Shape the Future of TechSoup (and Win an Amazon Gift Card!)

Tech Soup Blog

Plus, everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a raffle to win one of three $50 Amazon gift cards! Education is a critical part of TechSoup's mission. We want every nonprofit and library to have access to the right technology.

A Year Later Steve Garfield Gets His Charity Wish List at Amazon

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last year at this time, Steve Garfield asked Amazon to add charity donations to his Amazon wish list - which included the Sharing Foundation. This year, Amazon granted his wish ! . Some rights reserved. Photo by Steve Garfield Direct link to photo (leave Steve a comment).

NetCentric Advocacy: Network-Centric Services: Amazon Mechanical Turk

Network-Centric Advocacy

Main | Amazon lets people help computers -- and get paid » November 04, 2005 Network-Centric Services: Amazon Mechanical Turk This is unbelievable! Amazon just launched a network-centric work service! Amazon Mechanical Turk provides a web services API for computers to integrate Artificial Artificial Intelligence directly into their processing by making requests of humans. Amazon just launched a network-centric work service!

The Sky is Falling!

NCE Social Media

Yesterday, Amazon had a server problem for their cloud-based clients. Well, several social media sites like HootSuite , SCVNGR , Reddit , Quora and Foursquare use Amazon’s services to host their content. Tools amazon cloud foursquare hootsuite quora scvngr

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Information Island Grand Opening Celebration: Jeff Barr, Amazon Presentation

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last night, I dropped into the lecture/presentation by Jeff Barr, Amazon Technology Evangelist, in the open-air auditorium on Information Island. It's a busy time in Second Life , particularly for libraries, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations.

Amazon Is Sharing the Cart Checkout Wealth … with 501(c)(3)s

Tech Soup Blog

In the spirit of helping others, Amazon recently announced a new option for gift giving that benefits nonprofits and charities. For the millions of people shopping on Amazon every day AmazonSmile needs only the slightest behavior change — basically, it’s easy for them.

Hearing an Echo in the Voice AI Wilderness

SocialFish

That got me thinking about how much has changed in the relatively short amount of time that I’ve had Amazon’s Echo in my own home. Would Amazon Echo meet our expectations? Amazon’s regular “What’s new with Alexa?” email from Amazon, I’ll likely see that irritation erased.

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eBooks #1: ePub is to eBooks as MP3 is to music?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

For a while there, the two big players on the field were Amazon on one side, with it’s Kindle and proprietary format, which is an offshoot of MobiPocket format, and a reader that has a fairly limited range of formats it can read. Both Amazon and Barnes and Noble have DRM in their book formats. Amazon and Barnes and Noble were all geared up for a big fight, until a number of things happened to change the equation. Books Technology Zen amazon epub google

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Disaster Preparedness and Relief Survey: Win an Amazon Gift Card!

Tech Soup Blog

Have you ever checked out TechSoup's Disaster Planning and Recovery Toolkit ? It's a good place to turn for any organization whose tech infrastructure has suffered a disaster, natural or otherwise. We're overhauling the manual and toolkit, and we need your help!

Daily DoGooder: Dilma: Save the Amazon, Veto the New Forest Code

See What's Out There

Change the world, one video at a time.Dilma: Save the Amazon, Veto the New Forest Code | 0:45 Greenpeace International This short video is a compact and explicit visual indication of what might happen to the Amazon Rainforest, given the current Brazilian legislative changes to their Forest Code.

What Flows Through the Network Defines It. Twitter, Facebook, Ebay, Amazon, School Network, Knowledge Networks, Advocacy Networks

Network-Centric Advocacy

How about Amazon ? One of Amazon’s most valuable assets is its user-contributed product reviews, which are essentially just Amazon connecting people who know something about a product with people who want to know something about a product. Clearly, that’s not all Amazon does, but connecting people is a really important part of what they do. So, is Amazon a social network? While less obvious than eBay, Amazon’s marketplace also rests on a network of people.

Amazon Offers Free Online Payment Processing to US Non-Profits

Wild Apricot Blog

Now there’s another payment option you might want to look at: Amazon Payments.( We’ve talked before about some of the most popular online payment processors suited to smaller non-profits who want to accept donations or sell fundraising products on their websites. read more ).

Want a $25 Amazon Gift Card? What Do You Think of the TechSoup Blog?

Tech Soup Blog

Alright. I'm laying it all out there as bait. If you'd like to win a fantastic hour of one-on-one tech consulting AND a $25 Amazon.com gift card, then you need to take 10 minutes out of your day today (or tomorrow) to tell us what you think of the TechSoup Blog.

Google Voice: A New Tool For Nonprofits But Not So Great for Community Voicemail

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Tags: Community Voicemail CVM Telephony Amazon S3 Amazon EC2 Google Google Voice Grandcentral Strategy

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How to Buy a Small Nonprofit IT System

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

I think many nonprofits can get away with a kind of virtual IT system where the files reside primarily on Amazon’s S3 and any more specific applications can be set up remotely (maybe even on Amazon EC2 which now supports Windows servers ). The way this works is that the JungleDisk application spends all it’s time synchronizing your files with Amazon’s S3 service. Ever wonder what it takes to get a IT system up and running as a nonprofit under 25 people?

Google Voice: A New Tool For Nonprofits But Not So Great for Community Voicemail

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Tags: Amazon EC2 Amazon S3 Google Strategy Telephony Community Voicemail CVM Google Voice Grandcentral

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June Update: Next Week’s Move to Improve Our System Performance

Wild Apricot Blog

Read about our switch to Amazon Web Services, updates to our mobile app, and other news. July-Newsletter