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Cisco's Chuck Robbins Warns Higher Tariffs Will Lead To Lesser R&D Spend

In a recent Bloomberg interview, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins cautioned U.S. officials against increasing tariffs on Chinese goods, saying it would take place at the expense of American innovation due to lesser research & development budgets which companies would put in place to absorb costs of higher tariffs.

Robbins said his view represents that of several tech giants including Dell, Juniper Networks and Hewlett Packard. Cisco spent over $4 billion on R&D in 2017, being a top spender among companies including Amazon, Samsung, Apple, Alphabet, Intel, General Motors, Ford and Oracle.


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 "If we go to the next wave in tariffs, tech companies in the U.S. will have to absorb that and cut back in R&D when what they want us to do is lead in innovation,” Robbins said in the Bloomberg interview.

Cisco, like many other top R&D spenders manufacture hardware products in China and will take a hit if no agreement is sealed between the U.S. and China…

Amazon Says Over 100 Million Alexa Devices Have Been Sold

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According to Amazon's senior vice president of devices and services, Dave Limp's statement to The Verge, Over 100 million Alexa enabled devices have been sold so far which although is smaller in comparison to the Google Assistant or Siri may count as an up for the company as most Alexa-enabled devices are purchased decisively by customers in comparison to the Siri and Google Assistant which come default on Apple products and Android phones.

It wasn't specified further how many of these devices were Amazon made or designed by third party providers. Limp noted in the interview that the company surpassed its most optimistic expectations for the Echo Dot during the holiday season, stating the company has sold out its Echo Dots despite “pushing pallets of Echo Dots onto 747s and getting them from Hong Kong to here as quickly as we possibly could.”

An Amazon Dash Button, a $5 Wi-Fi connected device that allows automatic re-ordering from brands including Wellness, Tide, Orbit, Ziploc, Dixie, Bounty and others.

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The Amazon Echo Auto

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Echo Input

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Echo Wall Clock

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At a September hardware event, Amazon announced lots of Alexa-enabled devices including a clock, microwave, smart plug, security camera, The Echo Auto, Echo Sub, Echo Input and re-designed versions of already existing devices signalling efforts to integrate Alexa to anything with a circuit board.

A 100 million number counts as quite impressive for Amazon which launched Alexa in 2014 and has made it available in 41 countries so far. Markets its entered this year include Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, France, Spain and Mexico.


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