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Amazon’s entry-level e-reader is getting a makeover; its first in two years. The first thing you’ll notice is that this marks the return of a white color option for the Kindle lineup in six years. Of course, if you prefer the staid black, you can still go that route as well. Memory has been doubled, which should help to improve the overall performance of the 5.7-ounce e-reader. The new Kindle is also both thinner and lighter than its predecessor, and the edges have been rounded out to make the e-reader easier to grip during extended reading sessions. This is also the first Kindle to incorporate... Read more...
Amazon’s Fire lineup of tablets have for the most part offered a lot of features while skewing towards the value side with regards to pricing. This has led to devices that while durable, don’t exactly exude a sense of being “premium” tablets. Amazon is changing that today with the introduction of new aluminum enclosures for its Fire HD 10 lineup (to join the existing black or white plastic-bodied models). Amazon is introducing this premium aluminum body at the same price as the existing plastic models, with a starting price of $229. The 32GB model will set you back $259.99, while a new 64GB storage... Read more...
It's fair to say that a lot gamers had May 27 circled on their calendars. That's the day NVIDIA said its beastly GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card would be available to purchase, and considering the price to performance ratio, high demand was inevitable. Unfortunately, limited inventories have led to price gouging, which is what third-party sellers are doing on Amazon. The GeForce GTX 1080 is supposed to retail for $699 for Founders Edition SKUs, a fancy title for what are cards that follow NVIDIA's reference blueprint. Other versions are supposed to start at $599. However, if you head over to Amazon... Read more...
Amazon is bringing Alexa, its voice powered digital assistant, to a wider audience, and this time it doesn't require the purchase of a smart speaker like Echo. Alexa is now available right inside your browser as part of a project called Echosim.io, which uses 3D JavaScript animations and Alexa Voice Service (AVS) integration. "Echosim.io lives in your browser, so anyone, anywhere can access it and test their Alexa skills. You no longer need an Alexa-enabled device to test your skills. Developers worldwide can use Echosim.io to experience Alexa. Its simplicity makes it easy for anyone to understand... Read more...
It can be argued that Apple kicked off the digital assistant craze nearly five years ago when it baked Siri into iOS 5 and promoted it as a major feature of the iPhone 4S, but it's Amazon's Echo that everyone is gunning for. Google's taking a direct approach with Google Home, a Wi-Fi connected smart speaker, and apparently so will Apple, which also might open up Siri to app developers by releasing a software development kit (SDK).The latter is the more immediate step Apple is considering, according to a paywalled report by The Information, which cites "a person with direct knowledge of the effort."... Read more...
Nobody likes buying something only to find out that it's been marked down a few days later. Some stores, both online and brick-and-mortar, have price match policies in place that allow you to receive a refund for the difference when that happens. Amazon was one of them, but has quietly scrapped post-sale refunds on everything except televisions. The change in policy comes as startup services such as Earny that track online purchases and automatically request refunds on behalf of its users grow in popularity. There are a few mobile services that do this, including ones that don't necessarily automate... Read more...
When it comes to smartphones, we can only remember a few recent outright flops that were not only rejected by the tech community, but also general consumers. There was the ill-conceived Microsoft Kin, the HTC First “Facebook Phone” and more recently, the Amazon Fire Phone. In late 2014, Amazon took a $170 million charge on unsold Fire Phone inventory and ended up canning dozens of employees from its Lab126 “skunkworks” division that developed the smartphone.Credit: Flickr - Steve Jurvetson But if you thought that the Fire Phone was an epic fail from Amazon, you haven’t seen anything yet. In an... Read more...
Digital assistants have proven handy companions for daily activities and reminders, and not just on smartphones, but more recently in standalone form as well. Amazon was first to really capitalize on the latter, and now Google's getting in the game—it's expected to announce a device similar to Echo called Google Home later today.Google Home will be able to answer questions and perform basic tasks. The full extent of its capabilities will be made known when Google makes an official announcement, but you can expect that it will be able to play music, look up the weather, search the web for answers... Read more...
We’ve all seen Amazon’s Dash buttons; the little Wi-Fi connected devices that allow you to quickly reorder products without even having to visit Amazon’s website. Back in late March, Amazon expanded its Dash lineup to include over 100 products from dozens of household brands. Now, Amazon has rolled out a customized version of Dash, which is called the AWS IoT Button. The AWS IoT Button isn’t meant for restocking your pantry, bathroom or laundry room — instead, it’s destined to integrate into your digital life to automate tasks. As its name implies, the AWS IoT Button takes advantage of the Amazon... Read more...
If you're a content creator tied to YouTube and are itchin' for a change, Amazon's brand-new 'Video Direct' service is probably worth checking out. Amazon Video Direct is going to be a viable competitor to YouTube, but offers a little more flexibility with how you manage your content. And, because Amazon is behind all of this, you can expect excellent integration with the company's affiliate service. When content creators want to release their video on this service, they'll have four ways to do it. If everyone on planet Earth is welcome to watch, then the video will be ad-supported. Otherwise,... Read more...
Teslas are pretty darn adept at pulling into and out of tight parking spaces and garages all own their own through a feature called Summon, but what's really cool is combining the auto-park function with Amazon's smart Echo speaker. That's exactly what developer and cloud connected platforms advocate Jason Goecke did over the weekend. As a result of Goecke's "fun weekend project," he can now ask Alexa to pull his Tesla Model S out of or into his garage. To make the magic happen, he concocted an awesomesauce recipe consisting of smart technologies, cloud tools, and good old fashioned programming,... Read more...
Pretty soon it might be easier and quicker to list the things Amazon's Echo speaker can't do rather than what it can. The list of tricks runs deep, from firing up Spotify to summoning an Uber driver. Heck, you can have Echo order a pizza if you're craving Domino's. If all that weren't enough, a new app created by the Innovation & Digital Health Acclerator (IDHA) team at Boston Children's Hospital gives Echo the ability to answer questions about your child's health. Called "KidsMD," the new app isn't just for Echo, but for any device powered by Amazon's Alexa digital assistant, including Amazon's... Read more...
Amazon believes its library of online movies and TV shows is rich enough that it can challenge Netflix for streaming supremacy and so it now offers Prime Video as a standalone service. This is a first for Prime Video, which prior to today was strictly a supplemental perk of being an Amazon Prime member. A subscription to just Prime Video runs $8.99 per month. Netflix's most popular streaming plan runs $7.99 per month and allows for streaming on up to two devices at the same time, though the price is jumping to $9.99 next month. When it does, Amazon's Prime Video service will be a dollar cheaper,... Read more...
Amazon bills the Kindle Oasis as its “thinnest and lightest Kindle ever,” but those proclamations come at a huge cost — $289.99 to be exact. The Kindle Oasis takes over as the flagship of Amazon’s Kindle family and does so at a price point that is far higher than even the $199 Kindle Voyage (which was already criticized for its high price). Amazon justifies the significant price increase with its intriguing exterior that was designed by the its Lab126 division. The Oasis, which weighs in at just 4.6 ounces, measures just 5.6 inches by 4.8 inches while its thickness ranges from 0.13 to 0.33 inches... Read more...
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