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Amazon Echo adds Hue and WeMo smart home voice control

Amazon Echo adds Hue and WeMo smart home voice control

Amazon Echo is digging its voice-controlled fingers deeper into the smart home, with Amazon adding Philips Hue and Belkin WeMo support to the always-listening home assistant. The new functionality, pushed out to Echo units from today, allows owners to control their lighting, smart appliances, and switches using simple voice commands rather than reaching for the respective apps, and could well be the most useful additions Echo has seen since it began shipping in limited numbers late last year.

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Amazon’s tipped Crytek deal and the big screen entertainment therein

Amazon’s tipped Crytek deal and the big screen entertainment therein

The future of movies is here - it's in video game engines. I came to this realization when I took part in the Thief in the Shadows VR experience at GDC 2015 with Epic Games. Word today is that Amazon recently struck a deal with Crytek to do something or other - license their gaming engine, perhaps - in a deal that we can't help but think has something to do with video entertainment. Movies, even. While Amazon does not give up on projects, even when they fail, tapping in to CryEngine's potential more than likely means Amazon is about to go big with a big-screen production (on their own small screens, of course).

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Amazon Prime Instant Video updated for Android Tablets

Amazon Prime Instant Video updated for Android Tablets

Support for Android Tablets on Amazon Prime Instant Video is finally here. Believe it or not, this app has been out for months without support for Android tablets, working instead on Amazon's own Fire Tablets, Fire Phone, Android phones, and iOS - for iPhone and iPad, of course. Now the app is here for devices like the Nexus 9, Nexus 7, and whatever other Android tablet you might have in your possession. That's official, now, not just pirated. Support, real support, and correctly-sized controls.

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Idea to App book review; first base for iOS app creation

Idea to App book review; first base for iOS app creation

Building an app starts with a concept, and idea, a vision. If you don’t have a guiding light in mind, you’re just doing. That isn’t necessarily creating. Idea to App: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Making iOS Apps is a new book from Megan Holstein, who is also responsible for the website of the same name. Her book promises not to be a rehashing of the website, though; it’s billed as one that is full of fresh ideas, and a better walk-through of how to get from idea to app. To see if it accomplishes that, I decided to give it a read.

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OnLive shut down by Sony: all services canned

OnLive shut down by Sony: all services canned

The streaming game service known as OnLive has been acquired by Sony, and all OnLive services will be shut down on April 30th. Were you one of the unlucky few that purchased a physical OnLive Game System when it was released back in 2011? Too bad! That system doesn't work with any other software. Were you using the OnLive app on Android or your desktop machine? Too bad, it's all over. Starting on April 30th, all OnLive services are finished, gone, kaput, no more.

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Cricket Wireless partners with Amazon for BYOD kit

Cricket Wireless partners with Amazon for BYOD kit

Cricket has announced a new partnership with Amazon that will open up the carrier to those who prefer to bring their own device. Under the partnership, Cricket Wireless has introduced a Bring Your Own Device Universal SIM Card Activation Kit; it is being offered through Amazon which, presumably, is hoping consumers will pick up a new tablet or smartphone while on the retailer's site. As you'd expect, the SIM activation kit includes all the things one needs to activate a smartphone on the carrier's network, including adapters to make sure the SIM card fits any particular phone.

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Amazon Dash Buttons let you order goods with a single tap

Amazon Dash Buttons let you order goods with a single tap

When you need something, you likely don’t realize it until you go to use it. Your laundry detergent might be dangerously low, or maybe the battery drawer is empty. Kids run out of diapers all the time! When you run out of stuff, you probably run to Amazon to order more. For you, Amazon now has what they call ‘Dash Buttons’, which orders items for you with a single push, from anywhere in your home.

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Amazon takes its delivery drone testing to Canada

Amazon takes its delivery drone testing to Canada

Amazon is dreaming of a world where its drones deliver products, and the FAA is publicly cringing at the prospect. The FAA did get around to granting Amazon an element of permission for testing its drones, but it was a matter of too little too late. Amazon isn't waiting for the FAA to speed things up, and has instead simply crossed the border into Canada, where it is testing its delivery drones without the harsh restrictions imposed by the US government.

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Amazon launches Home Services, puts you in touch with pros

Amazon launches Home Services, puts you in touch with pros

If you own your home, chances are you’ve got some chores that have piled up. Amazon’s Home Services is aimed at folks like you who are just to busy (or not knowledgable enough; please don’t try electrical work) to get the small things done, but its limited availability left most wanting. Today, Amazon is broadening their scope, and taking their Home Services platform to a larger swath of the country. Reaching over 85 million people, Amazon Home Services might be just what you need to get those lingering chores done.

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Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are up for pre-order; here’s where to get one

Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are up for pre-order; here’s where to get one

Today’s the day, Galaxy S6 fans. Now that March 27 has rolled around, the latest flagship from Samsung is ready for pre-order from a variety of sources. You can, without a lot of effort, grab the phone from just about anywhere. While it likely won’t acheive the fever-pitch of a new iPhone, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are two brilliantly designed phones that tick a lot of boxes. Instead of letting you run all over town to find one, we’ll point you in the right direction.

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