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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...
Amazon's AI assistant Alexa can help you get a lot accomplished with nothing more than your voice, but it does have its limits. What if you wanted to know what happened on a show that already aired, for example? Or, for that matter, an episode that hasn't even aired yet? It might prove a bit complicated if the proper APIs aren't in place. Fortunately though, Syfy fans won't have to worry about that limitation for much longer. On its website, Syfy says that it's been working with Amazon to offer an extension that lets fans get quick information about the network and its programming. The company... Read more...
While it's not uncommon for consumers to want to upgrade their smartphones each and every year, the market is learning more and more that tablets don't enjoy the same kind of uptake. IDC's latest report highlights this well, as it shows a 14.7% year-over-year decline in tablet shipments. That puts the total at 39.6 million shipped, and includes both standard "slate" and detachable form-factors. With these results, it's clear that there is not as much demand for tablets as there once was, but things could change in the future as more and more users are ditching their desktops to become more mobile.... Read more...
Back in mid-September, Amazon dove into uncharted pricing territory with a $50 Fire tablet. Given its $50 price tag, specs are decidedly on the low-end of the spectrum with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 1024x600 IPS display, 8GB of internal storage and a microSD slot. At the time, the Fire was only available in black, but Amazon is now sprucing up the color palette with three new colors: magenta, blue, and tangerine. The new color options of course don’t drive the price up, but those who want to double their onboard storage have a new option to select. Amazon will sell you a Kindle Fire... Read more...
A new Indiegogo campaign is looking to make smartwatches a bit more pervasive in our modern lives. The CoWatch leverages the powerful Alexa Voice Services (AVS) platform, which is a first for a smartwatch. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen some rather intriguing third-party devices with Alexa power; look no further than the Raspberry Pi-Powered Echo smart speaker. “Speak, and CoWatch shall listen. Integrating Amazon Alexa, ask questions, order an Uber, organize your life - all with the power of your voice,” states IMCO, the company behind the CoWatch. Unfortunately, it’s not stated how... 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...
If you’re a fan of Amazon’s Kindle e-readers, the online retail juggernaut is on the verge of releasing its next generation flagship. Luckily for us (and for you), the device has leaked out ahead of its official unveil, as is usually the case with today’s tech gadgets. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos first alerted us to the existence of a new flagship e-reader last week with the following tweet: Heads up readers – all-new, top of the line Kindle almost ready. 8th generation. Details next week.— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 4, 2016 We now know, thanks to a leak from Amazon China, that the e-reader is called... Read more...
The last time that Amazon released a flagship Kindle e-reader was way back in October 2014. That is when the online retail giant released the Kindle Voyage to much fanfare. The Kindle Voyage brought with it a redesigned exterior, 6-inch 300pi e-ink display, an ambient light sensor and PagePress navigation with haptic feedback. All of this upgraded hardware came with a relatively high $199 price tag.Kindle Voyage 18 months after the launch of the Kindle Voyage, Amazon is now ready to announce its next generation flagship reader. And the confirmation comes from none other than Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos,... Read more...
Based on personal experience, Amazon Prime is pretty awesome. It's loaded with perks that go above and beyond the free two-day shipping that's offered on millions of items, though that's still the main benefit. I'm a also a Sprint subscriber, and if you're one too, you can subscribe to Amazon Prime through an add-on plan that runs $10.99 per month. Seems like a strange partnership, doesn't it? I'll admit there's a certain convenience to consolidating two separate payments (mobile phone and Amazon Prime) into a single monthly bill. There's also the benefit of spreading out your Amazon Prime membership... Read more...
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