Amazon Chime Voice Connector now supports United States Toll-Free Numbers - A service you don't use solves for your long distance bill, a problem you haven't thought about for a decade!
Amazon EBS adds ability to take point-in-time, crash-consistent snapshot across multiple EBS volumes - This is handy for those of you RAIDing EBS volumes. Yes, you can do that. No, you probably don't need to anymore.
Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports SQL querying - When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a DBA. Consider retooling / restaffing.
Amazon Pinpoint Announces a Major Update to the Deliverability Dashboard - I flat out do not understand this pricing model. $1250 flat rate per month is either comically high or comically low for most customers. My criticisms of Pinpoint are still forming elsewhere...
Amazon Textract - Now Generally Available - Yes yes, this is fantastic HEY FOLKS LISTEN! The new version of Microsoft Excel for iOS can now take a picture of a chart AND IMPORT IT INTO THE SPREADSHEET! That's transformative for an awful lot of businesses out there--and my highlighting it here in the Textract release announcement is giving AWS a taste of what every company who releases a product during re:Invent week feels. If you have a product release you're planning for re:Invent and you don't work at AWS, consider moving that launch date.
Amazon Aurora Serverless MySQL 5.6 Now Supports Data API - The Data API is now available. Beat the crap out of your databases with Lambda functions no more; use the HTTP endpoint instead.
Amazon ElastiCache for Redis improves cluster availability during planned maintenance - ...finally. This one hit me so hard four years ago that I still wake up in the night sweating. I'm glad to see that my ticket was finally addressed.
Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK) is now Generally Available - The pricing of this thing can only be described as Kafka-esque.
AWS DataSync Now Supports EFS-to-EFS Transfer - I'm not clear if this is a node of some sort that sits between the two objects, or just sets up a source-to-destination direct link.
AWS IoT Things Graph Now Generally Available - Internet of Things Things Graph is the latest Amazon Web Services service to launch. My biggest frustration with the "IoT as an AWS umbrella brand" maneuver is that there are truly transformative services under it that people ignore, simply because they aren't running IoT devices.
Enable EC2 Hibernation Without Specifying Encryption Intent at Every Instance Launch - Great news! This horrible thing that you didn't know was a thing is no longer a thing! You're welcome!
Introducing Fraud Detection Using Machine Learning - Holy crap they're onto me--wait. They're talking about a different kind of fraud.
New Quick Start deploys AWS Cloud9 cloud-based IDE - Whenever I see a quickstart that claims to simply "set up an existing AWS service," I instinctively know that setting up that service contains multitudes of dragons.
Volkswagen Group Research Works with Altair and Uses Nvidia Technology on AWS to Accelerate Aerodynamics Concept Design - "This is incredible technology. Previously we could only lie to one or two emissions regulators per quarter; with the power of machine learning on AWS we can now lie to many times that number in less than half the time!"
AWS and the CLOUD Act | AWS Security Blog - Whenever the AWS security blog weighs in on federal law, you know you're in for one heck of a read.