• Amazon just debuted a ton of new Alexa devices, but one thing was mysteriously absent

    2 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    Amazon announced a ton of new features and products at its Thursday media event.
    It didn't say a single thing about voice shopping, which was something of a marquee feature when Alexa was first developed.
    It's looking like the new phase of e-commerce that was promised for Alexa has not arrived.
    Thursday was a big day for Amazon .
    The retailer and tech giant made a splashy show of trying to own the connected home, with new products like a voice-operated microwave and updates to its popular Alexa-enabled Echo Dot , just to name a few. Among the newly announced products are devices that are...
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  • Amazon introduces APL, a new design language for building Alexa skills for devices with screens

    Amazon introduces APL, a new design language for building Alexa skills for devices with screens

    2 monthes ago - By Tech Crunch

    Along with the launch of the all-new Echo Show , the Alexa-powered device with a screen, Amazon also introduced a new design language for developers who want to build voice skills that include multimedia experiences. Called Alexa Presentation Language, or APL, developers will be able to build voice-based apps that also include things like images, graphics, slideshows, and video, and easily customize them for different device types - including not only the Echo Show, but other Alexa-enabled devices like Fire TV, Fire Tablet, and the small screen of the Alexa alarm clock, the Echo Spot.
    In...
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  • The long list of new Alexa devices Amazon announced at its hardware event

    The long list of new Alexa devices Amazon announced at its hardware event

    2 monthes ago - By Tech Crunch

    Everyone's favorite trillion-dollar retailer hosted a private event today where they continued to exercise their highly-strategic approach to hardware where they just throw everything at the wall and wait to see what sticks.
    We got some new Amazon Echo devices, sure, but there was also an amp, a camera, a clock and a microwave...? There's a lot to take a look at, including some product refreshes and entirely new verticals, so let's get to it.
    Here are the new devices we heard about today from Amazon.
    A new, louder Echo Dot
    For a lot of people, the cheap and tinny Echo Dot was their first...
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  • Amazon Echo Everything: 5 New Products That Will Bring Alexa Everywhere

    Amazon Echo Everything: 5 New Products That Will Bring Alexa Everywhere

    2 monthes ago - By Fortune

    At the beginning of Amazon's Alexa event Thursday, Amazon's senior vice president of devices and services Dave Limp announced an update to the massively popular Amazon Echo Dot. Addressing a crowd in the Spheres, the collection of glass-domed, plant-filled conservatories at Amazon's headquarters, Limp described how with louder, crisper sound and a more pleasant fabric housing, the new Echo Dot was a natural evolution of a wildly successful product.
    But more than an hour-and over a dozen new product reveals-later, it became clear that Alexa, the voice-enabled assistant technology underlying...
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  • Amazon adds Echo devices for home and car in bid to dominate voice gadgets

    2 monthes ago - By Reuters

    Amazon.com Inc on Thursday introduced a dozen new Echo speakers and related gadgets in a bid to stay ahead of rivals Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google in the nascent category for voice-controlled devices.
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  • Amazon's new Echo Dot, up close and hands-ons

    Amazon's new Echo Dot, up close and hands-ons

    2 monthes ago - By Tech Crunch

    If the Echo Show was the Amazon device most desperately in need of a makeover , the Dot was certainly a close second. After all, while the cheapest Echo device has already been through a couple of iterations, the hardware wasn't exactly the sort of thing you'd proudly display on the coffee table.
    The thing that strikes you immediately upon seeing the redesigned version of what Amazon calls “the best selling speaker” is how much the new generation of the product is influenced by Google's Home Mini. In fact, Google's influence was evident all over the place here.
    That said, I actually prefer...
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  • Amazon's new Echo Show up close and hands-ons

    Amazon's new Echo Show up close and hands-ons

    2 monthes ago - By Tech Crunch

    The Show was far and away the Echo product most in need of a makeover. The original device, introduced two years back, was far more concerned with function than form - that, of course, is in line with many of the company's hardware offerings, which are often designed to simply show what things like Alexa are capable of.
    The original show was big and boxy, with an out of whack body-to-display ratio that took up a lot of space on whatever desk or kitchen counter it might be placed. The refreshed version is far more aesthetically pleasing than its predecessor. That's important, because unlike...
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  • Amazon reveals redesigned 2018 Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Echo Show

    Amazon reveals redesigned 2018 Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Echo Show

    2 monthes ago - By Venture Beat

    Amazon today introduced nearly a dozen new Alexa-powered devices, from a second-generation Echo Dot to the Echo Sub for amplifying sound for previously existing speakers, the latest set of initiatives to spread Alexa everywhere. Also introduced today are the Echo Input; Echo Link and Echo Link Amp to amplify sound from existing speakers; and the Am...
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  • Amazon just introduced a new $50 Alexa gadget that can make any car smarter

    Amazon just introduced a new $50 Alexa gadget that can make any car smarter

    2 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    Amazon created a new Alexa device that can make any car smarter.
    The Echo Auto is a miniature smart speaker that mounts on your dashboard. The device is Bluetooth-enabled, but can also connect to your car via an auxiliary jack. It's powered via USB or cigarette lighter adapter.
    Echo Auto works like any other Alexa device, which means you can ask it to create a shopping list, ask Alexa where the nearest Starbucks is, or get directions while you're driving. You can also use it to have audio calls with other Alexa-powered devices.
    Echo Auto will be available by invitation only later this...
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  • Amazon's Fire TV Recast will let you record live TV, stream it anywhere

    2 monthes ago - By Tech Crunch

    Amazon this morning introduced a new device called the Fire TV Recast that works with Fire TV and other devices to allow you to record live TV through a connected digital antenna. The device allows you to place your digital antenna anywhere in the house where you can get good reception, without having to worry about having your connected media player device - like a Fire TV or Echo Show - also having to be nearby.
    As Amazon explained, the Recast allows you to separate out where the actual recording happens and where the viewing happens.
    The device also helpfully includes an app that will...
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  • Amazon is releasing a redesigned Echo Show with a larger screen and better speakers

    Amazon is releasing a redesigned Echo Show with a larger screen and better speakers

    2 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    Amazon has created a brand-new, redesigned Echo Show - the first Amazon Echo device with a screen.
    The Echo Show will cost $229.99 like the previous version, and will be available for preorder starting Thursday. It will start shipping next month.
    The new Echo Show has a fabric-covered back, and better sound than the previous model. It also has a larger 10-inch screen. Like the last version, it will have Alexa built in, which will be able to hear you by way of a new eight microphone array.
    The new Echo Show will also come integrated with a smart home hub, like the Echo Plus, making it...
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  • Amazon is releasing four new products to make your speaker system way smarter - including a subwoofer

    Amazon is releasing four new products to make your speaker system way smarter - including a subwoofer

    2 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    Amazon just announced the addition of four new audio products in its Echo lineup.
    The Echo Input gives you Alexa control by connecting to a non-echo speaker through an auxiliary cord or bluetooth.
    The Echo Link connects to a receiver or amplifier, and lets you control music selection, volume, and multi-room playback through Alexa.
    The Echo Link Amp has the same functionality of the Link, but includes a built-in amplifier.
    The Echo Sub adds a subwoofer to the Echo lineup, and can be paired with two Echos for a 2.1 stereo sound system.
    Amazon just announced four new audio products meant to...
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  • Amazon made a $30 wall clock with its Alexa assistant built in

    Amazon made a $30 wall clock with its Alexa assistant built in

    2 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    What time is it? Maybe time to get a new wall clock, powered by Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant.
    The wall clock, somewhat unimaginatively called the Echo Clock, is Alexa-enabled and is capable of setting multiple timers at once. The clock is analog, but it has a built-in motor, so it's capable of updating the time on its own during Daylight Savings.
    The clock will cost $30 and is available for pre-order starting Thursday. Amazon says it'll be available later this year.
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  • Amazon is releasing a redesigned Echo Show with a larger screen and better speakers

    Amazon is releasing a redesigned Echo Show with a larger screen and better speakers

    2 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    Amazon has created a brand-new, redesigned Echo Show - the first Amazon Echo device with a screen.
    The Echo Show will cost $229.99 like the previous version, and will be available for preorder starting Thursday. It will start shipping next month.
    The new Echo Show has a fabric-covered back, and better sound than the previous model. It also has a larger 10-inch screen. Like the last version, it will have Alexa built in, which will be able to hear you by way of a new eight microphone array.
    The new Echo Show will also come integrated with a smart home hub, like the Echo Plus, making it...
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  • Amazon launches an Echo Wall Clock, because Alexa is gonna be everywhere

    2 monthes ago - By Tech Crunch

    Amazon keeps rolling out new Alexa devices this morning, with the launch of a new Alexa device - in a clock. Yes, there's now an Echo Wall Clock available that has Alexa voice capabilities built in. That means you can ask Alexa to do things like set alarms and timers - and the lines on the clock will illuminate as the time progresses. Alarms and timers, of course, are two of the most used Echo features - and a wall clock makes sense as a place where people might like to use them, or so Amazon thinks.
    The Wall Clock is designed to have an easy-to-understand interface so anyone who walks...
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  • Amazon shows off a new $180 Ring ‘Stick Up Cam'

    2 monthes ago - By Tech Crunch

    Among the slew of devices Amazon announced this morning is a new Ring Stick Up Cam - stick up, because it's designed to go anywhere. (And is not, apparently, a reference to being robbed at gunpoint?) The camera comes in two versions - one that's battery powered and could be more easily used outdoors, as well as one that's wired, which may make more sense indoors.
    The device also supports power over internet - so if your house is wired for that specifically, you'll have another option to power the device, Amazon says.
    The company didn't detail many specs for this device - we'll add those...
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  • Amazon adds new Echo devices in bid to dominate voice gadgets

    2 monthes ago - By Reuters

    Amazon.com Inc on Thursday introduced new Echo devices with more powerful audio in a bid to stay ahead of rivals Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google in the nascent category for voice-controlled gadgets.
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