9 Nice Readings From CNET This Week: Amazon Astro, James Bond, Robocalls and Extra – CNET

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Without a doubt, it was the attention-grabbing tech of the week Amazon’s Astro, a tiny rolling robot with cartoon eyes, a camera on a periscope, and a mission to follow strangers around the household. The $ 1,000 smart home gadget will initially only be available to a small group of invitees, but it is already taking up brain space far and wide.

There are many ways to think about Astro. It’s a convenience and a cool little toy. It is a Privacy and surveillance nightmare waiting for it to happen. It is Amazon’s Trojan horse to bring more and more of its products into your home. Soon we’ll know if it’s a guard like that Roomba or a lightning bolt in the pan like Sony’s Aibo.

Our stories on Astro and everything else has been announced by Amazon are among the many in-depth features and thought-provoking comments posted on CNET this week. So, let’s go. Don’t miss these stories:

After Amazon’s scene-robbing home robot is revealed, the big question is whether it can succeed where others have failed.


Comment: Amazon understands that being popular is more important than being good. The astro robot proves it.

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James Bond finally gets a life in this epic, explosive, and emotional farewell to senior 007.

Daniel Craig as James Bond

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Acting chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel tells CNET she hopes the FCC can resolve these big problems.

Vice Chairwoman of the Federal Communication Commission Jessica Rosenworcel

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Being a trucker is dangerous, difficult and in demand as e-commerce continues to grow. Truck traffic is also subject to major technological changes.

Tractor units

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Instagram and other social media sites are accused of not doing enough to protect the mental health of adolescents and young adults.

Young person with bowed head

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At SE Shires, artisans work hard to make horns that are an exact fit for their players.

Joseph Alessi, principal trombonist with the New York Philharmonic

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The Indigo Invitational took me from being a denim fan to a full-time “fader”, connecting me to my past and the world.

Amanda Kooser in raw denim jeans

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Over 190 nations will come together in Glasgow this November to address the climate crisis.

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