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Before too long it might be easier and quicker to list the things Amazon's digital assistant can't do rather than all the things it can. Case in point, Alexa just learned yet another trick, one of many of as of late. This newest trick, or "skill" as Amazon likes to call them, is the ability to transmit text messages. The caveat is that you have to be an AT&T subscriber to use the feature. AT&T is in full braggadocios mode at being the first and so far only wireless carrier to offer this skill. Using it, AT&T subscribers can summon Alexa to dutifully transcribe their voice message into... Read more...
Online shopping may seem like the modern thing to do, but if you're moving your mouse and pecking away at your keyboard (or tapping on your touchscreen), you might already be behind the curve. That will be the case if voice shopping takes hold, as Amazon would like to see happen. From now until Monday, Amazon Prime members can shop online using their voice. This is Amazon's first ever voice shopping weekend event. Of course for this to work you need to own an Alexa-enabled device. There are several out there, including the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Fire HD tablet, and Fire TV. If you... Read more...
Do you hear that noise? It's the sound of the holiday shopping season getting underway and if you want to get a head start on the madness, you can treat yourself (or someone else) to a discounted Amazon Prime membership this Friday, November 18. The one day discount starts at 12:00 AM (Eastern) and ends at 11:59 PM (Pacific) and is for new members only. That last bit is a buzz kill, but if you have managed to go this long without being a Prime member, Friday is your chance to jump on board for $79, a 20 percent discount for the first year's membership fee. Each year thereafter runs $99, barring... Read more...
Reviews for Google Home may have started flooding the internet this week, but Amazon’s Echo is still the device to beat when acting as your central hub for AI voice assistance and home automation. Now, Amazon is looking to make it even easier to add new Alexa skills to your Echo straight from Amazon.com to give it a leg up on the competition. Not only will Amazon customers be able to quickly browse Alexa skills with an easy-to-use interface, but developers will also have the ability to give customers direct access to their skills on Amazon via a single click. “On the page, customers can take actions,... Read more...
Admit it, you freak out when you're in the middle of a gaming session and discover you're running low on Cheez-Its or Pop-Tarts, right? Okay, maybe it's just us. Whatever, that's the beauty of Amazon's Dash Button program—when your rations are running low on a particular item, just press the corresponding button and Amazon will process the order as if you've hopped online. Well, now both aforementioned items are part of Dash along with dozens of others. Amazon added more than 60 new brands to its Dash program. Need more Airheads? There's a Dash Button for that. Same goes for Coca-Cola, Dasani Drops,... Read more...
Imagine playing a game of basketball, only instead of players or refs calling ticky-tack fouls for brushing an opponent on his way the hoop, you're allowed obliterate your opponent with a warhammer or a mighty battleaxe. That's sort of what it's like to play Breakaway, a mythological sports brawler featuring 4-versus-4 gameplay unveiled by none other than Amazon. Yes, we said Amazon! The world's largest online retailer has been working towards this moment for a long time, acquiring various gaming IPs and buying Twitch, the live video streaming service, for around $970 million two years ago. Breakaway,... Read more...
Move over Spotify and scoot your booty Apple, you'll both need to make room for Amazon. The world's largest online retailer is now an official player in the streaming music business with Amazon Music Unlimited, an on-demand music service boasting "tens of millions of songs," hand-curated playlists, and personalized stations. Oh, and it's pricing plans are rather attractive, too. The streaming music field has become a bit crowded in recent years, but if there was one company in a position to make some noise, it was Amazon. And that's exactly what it's doing. Pricing is pretty standard at $9.99 per... Read more...
If you're looking for an upscale Windows PC with a cylindrical design reminiscent of the Mac Pro, you should definitely check out Samsung's spiffy looking ArtPC Pulse. It's equal parts form and function—it looks like a concept PC with a design that's about as far removed from the industrial looking beige boxes of yesteryear as you can get, and it has premium components to match. We're surprised Samsung isn't making a bigger splash with this one. The same goes for Harman Kardon, which not only is in charge of 360-degree audio on the ArtPC Pulse, but its branding is displayed prominently on top above... Read more...
Being an Amazon Prime member has a bunch of perks, not the least of which is free two-day shipping on millions of qualifying items. However, it's become much more than a free-shipping program over the years. Members get unlimited streaming access to select movies and TV shows (Prime Video), ad-free access to more than a million songs (Prime Music), and a whole lot more. On top of all, Amazon today yet another perk called Prime Reading. Prime Reading is a great addition for bookworms. With Prime Reading, Prime members can enjoy unlimited reading from a rotating selection of books, magazines, comics,... Read more...
In an effort to ensure that customers aren't mislead about items they're researching, online retailer Amazon is somewhat banning the practice known as incentivized reviews, which is when a reviewer posts an evaluation of a product in exchange for receiving it for free or at a discount. We say "somewhat" because Amazon will still allow such evaluations, but only when it's the one setting them up. "Today, we updated the community guidelines to prohibit incentivized reviews unless they are facilitated through the Amazon Vine program. We launched Vine several years ago to carefully facilitate these... Read more...
Giving your key to your partner is usually a big step on one’s relationship. Are you ready to take that next step with Amazon? Two smart home companies, August and Garageio, are working with Amazon to enable actual “in-home” deliveries. How would this process work? Users would be able to select in-home delivery and give the mail courier a one-time access code to their August-locked door or Garageio-controlled garage. The courier would then access the key through the Amazon app. Many argue that there are both pros and cons to this kind of system. Companies would no longer need to use extra packaging... Read more...
Earlier this week, Roku rolled out a reengineered lineup of players to cement its lead in the streaming market. Not be left out, Amazon has announced a refreshed media streamer of its own: the all-new Fire TV Stick. The Fire TV Stick has ditched the crusty, old dual-core processor in favor of a sprightlier quad-core processor (which Amazon says is up to 30 percent faster) and wireless connectivity has been upgraded to support 802.11ac MIMO. The Fire TV Stick also now comes with an Alexa Voice Remote included in the box, which allows you to belt out commands to control your viewing experience. We... Read more...
The smart home category is one of the fastest growing segments and everyone wants a piece of it. That includes Apple, which is looking for another breakout product like the iPhone. Apparently Apple believes that product could be a smart home device similar to Amazon's Echo gadget, but powered by Siri instead of Alexa and sporting a few additional bells and whistles.People who claim to be familiar with Apple's plans say that Apple began work on the smart home device two years ago, and that the project just recently exited the research and development phase. Apple has yet to finalize plans for whatever... Read more...
Amazon first launched its Echo speaker in November 2014, and it has quickly become a dominant force in the personal digital assistant market. Roughly a year ago, Amazon opened up the Alexa engine that powers the Echo to developers. The resulting Alexa Skills allow developers to “plug-in” their services to the speaker using voice commands. Now, over 3,000 Alexa Skills are available for customers to use. Today, Amazon is making a minor update to its original Echo speaker. Since its debut, the Echo has only been available in a black finish. However, black might not fit the design aesthetic for... Read more...
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