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  • Amazon’s latest Echos show the smart home space hitting its stride

    Amazon’s latest Echos show the smart home space hitting its stride

    Amazon’s Echo lineup got a refresh earlier this year that included a brand new version of its basic Echo, well as an Echo Plus with integrated smart home hub, and the stalwart Echo Dot – unchanged, but still a compelling device at its price point. The new lineup of devices also made its way to more markets this year, including an expansion to Canada just this month, which is why I… Read More

  • Twitch launches an Alexa skill that plays your channels on Echo Show, offers live audio streams

    Twitch launches an Alexa skill that plays your channels on Echo Show, offers live audio streams

    Twitch, the Amazon-owned video game streaming service, is now available on Alexa. The company says it has launched a new skill for Alexa device owners that will allow Twitch users to track their favorite video creators and be notified when they start streaming, as well as discover new games and channels, among other things. The skill seems best designed for the Echo Show, the Alexa-powered… Read More

  • Amazon Alexa can now wake you up to music

    Amazon Alexa can now wake you up to music

    This fall, Amazon made a play to become your new alarm clock with the introduction of a combination smart speaker and clock called the Echo Spot. Today, the company is adding a new feature that will make the Spot – or any other Alexa device – function more like a traditional radio alarm clock, with the introduction of music alarms. According to Amazon, Alexa device owners can… Read More

  • WeWork has big plans for Alexa for Business

    WeWork has big plans for Alexa for Business

    Amazon is soon to announce Alexa for Business, and WeWork is one of the first partners to have hopped on the platform. WeWork’s vision is to use technology to help businesses make the most out of their physical space, all while customizing that space to each individual’s personal needs. The co-working giant has been on the Alexa for Business platform for about a month now, as part… Read More

  • Alexa is arriving in Australia and New Zealand early next year

    Alexa is arriving in Australia and New Zealand early next year

    One more bit of news out of tonight’s Alexa State of the Union Keynote at AWS Re:Invent in Vegas. Amazon is finally bringing its voice service to Oceania. After several months of rumblings, the company announced today that Alexa will be arriving in Australia and New Zealand at some unspecified point in early 2018. In the meantime, it’s opening up its tools for developers, in order… Read More

  • Amazon adds in-skill purchases to Alexa

    Amazon adds in-skill purchases to Alexa

    There was clearly a lot of ground to cover at tonight’s AWS re:Invent Alexa State of the Union — but let’s be real, the most important bit was how the company plans to make a little money for its developers. After all, Amazon appears to be raking in the dough, with all of the Alexa devices it’s been selling ahead of the holidays, but what of the lowly developer? The… Read More

  • After shoving its way onto iTunes, U2 is headed for the Amazon Echo

    After shoving its way onto iTunes, U2 is headed for the Amazon Echo

    The last time U2 offered up an album exclusive, things didn’t go great. Apple reportedly paid $100 million for exclusive rights to Songs of Innocence, the Irish arena rock band’s first record in half a decade — and irritated countless iTunes users in the process by forcing it onto their iPhones and iPads. Probably no surprise, then, that the two seem to have parted ways. Read More

  • Amazon’s all-new Echo goes (RED) for a limited time

    Amazon’s all-new Echo goes (RED) for a limited time

    The new Echo is a better looking device than its predecessor, thanks in large part to its various fabric coverings. Now, there’s a new option for the outer shell: A PRODUCT(RED) special limited edition. The fabric outer comes in red, appropriately enough, and $10 of the purchase price (of $99.99, same as any other Echo) will go toward (RED)’s work fighting AIDS through the Global Fund. Read More

  • Amazon brings Echo and Alexa to Canada

    Amazon brings Echo and Alexa to Canada

    Amazon has finally brought its line of Alexa-powered Echo speakers to Canada. The release of Echo hardware has been long awaited by America’s northern neighbor, which could only watch and wait as Echo went through two generations in the U.S. Echo Dot, the second generation Echo and the Echo Plus with integrated smart home hub are all on sale in Canada as of today, compete with full… Read More

  • Amazon’s Echo Spot might not arrive by Christmas [Updated]

    Amazon’s Echo Spot might not arrive by Christmas [Updated]

    A number of customers who pre-ordered Amazon’s new Echo Spot smart alarm clock are now being told the product’s ship date has been pushed back. Emails sent to customers inform them that “unfortunately, the release date for the item listed below has changed,” and then provides a new delivery estimate based on that revised date. [SEE UPDATE BELOW] However, the… Read More

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