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CoWatch wants to put Amazon’s Alexa on your wrist

CoWatch wants to put Amazon’s Alexa on your wrist

Well, it finally happened. Given the interest poured over both smartwatches as well as voice-controlled virtual assistants, someone was bound to put the two together for Amazon very own Alexa. And now that's happening, or at least will happen if the CoWatch Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign succeeds. And actually goes into production. While running its own "Chronologics OS", the highlight of this smartwatch is definitely its integration with Amazon Echo, which, in turn, opens up the possibilities of connecting with and controlling other devices, appliances, and, of course, the smartwatch itself.

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Amazon Prime Video spells disaster for Netflix

Amazon Prime Video spells disaster for Netflix

Amazon just recently announced their plans to allow customers to subscribe to their video streaming service for a monthly fee. This has understandably confused a lot of people. After all, subscribing to Prime Video on a monthly basis actually costs more than buying a regular Prime membership. But the move is actually a brilliant one by Amazon, and they couldn't have timed it better.

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Amazon Prime Video to get a separate monthly subscription

Amazon Prime Video to get a separate monthly subscription

Amazon just made a move that has been both predicted long ago yet unexpected in its arrival. It will soon be offering a separate subscription tier for its TV and video collection that does away with annual contracts in favor of monthly piecemeal payments. Yes, Amazon Prime Video is finally going with a monthly tier. Although analysts have long seen it coming, no one was really able to predict when it would arrive. The timing, however, practically pits Amazon against the video streaming giant known as Netflix.

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Refreshed Amazon Fire HD 8 spotted at GFXBench

Refreshed Amazon Fire HD 8 spotted at GFXBench

Amazon has just finally revealed the latest iteration of its Kindle e-book reader. The somewhat odd Oasis has seemingly left some hung up, or even disappointed, on its price tag and it seems Amazon isn't done making people scratch their heads. Seen on the benchmarking site GFXBench is an unexpected Amazon tablet, believed to be a slightly revamped Fire HD 8. And though this new model does seem to upgrade some parts, it also shows some downgrades in some other areas as well.

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Why is Kindle Oasis so expensive?

Why is Kindle Oasis so expensive?

First the size wows you, then the price floors you. That Amazon's new Kindle Oasis is its skinniest, most unusually-designed yet didn't come as a complete surprise thanks to earlier leaks, but its eye-watering cost in the flagship spot at the pinnacle of the company's ereader range certainly dropped some jaws. The question is: is the Kindle Oasis worth the price?

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Amazon’s new Kindle Oasis is insanely thin and painfully expensive

Amazon’s new Kindle Oasis is insanely thin and painfully expensive

If ever an ereader was aspirational, the Kindle Oasis, Amazon's eighth generation and most dramatically impressive to-date, is it. Taking the online retail behemoth's aping of paper with the flexibility of digital books to its most extreme example so far, the Kindle Oasis promises cutting-edge ergonomics along with the flexibility of not one, but two batteries and a clever way to carry both. It comes at a hefty price, however.

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Kindle Oasis leaks with e-reader premium design

Kindle Oasis leaks with e-reader premium design

This week the folks at Amazon appear to have experienced a bit of a leak - on their newest e-reader, the Kindle Oasis. At least, that's what the leak suggests it'll be called. This leak comes from China, and includes details on what the device will look like and act like. There seems to be a case/cover that this tablet-like device will have available with its own power source, and it'll be ambidextrous - with a very unique sort of tablet design.

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Now Amazon Alexa can control Lutron Caséta lighting too

Now Amazon Alexa can control Lutron Caséta lighting too

Amazon's Alexa is getting her claws into even more of your smart home, with the news that Lutron's Caséta Wireless lighting can now be controlled by voice. The company's Echo speaker - as well as the Amazon Tap, Fire TV, and Echo Dot - can all remotely operate the Caséta range of wirelessly-enabled dimmer switches, including turning them completely off or on, and adjusting brightness.

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Amazon adds same-day deliveries to 11 new metro areas

Amazon adds same-day deliveries to 11 new metro areas

Amazon has rolled out same-day free deliveries in 11 new metro areas, expanding the number of places where Prime subscribers can get items the same day they order them. The newly added cities span the nation, and include places like Cincinnati, Sacramento, Nashville, Stockton, Tucson, and more. With this latest addition, Amazon's free same-day deliveries now cover 27 metro areas across more than 1,000 towns and cities.

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Amazon Tap Review – Alexa’s not listening

Amazon Tap Review – Alexa’s not listening

Amazon landed with a splash in the smart home space, the Echo smart speaker opening our eyes to the potential of voice control, and Alexa hasn't stopped accelerating since. Now Echo has a baby sibling, Amazon Tap, a Bluetooth speaker that allows you to take Alexa on the move with you. At $129.99 it's fifty bucks cheaper than Echo, not to mention untethered from an outlet, though there have been some compromises made along the way.

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New Kindle tipped to be thinner, have a battery case

New Kindle tipped to be thinner, have a battery case

It has been almost a year since Amazon put out a new Kindle model, the $119 Paperwhite, and you might think that ebook readers have more or less reached their perfection. No quite, if this latest insider tip is to be believed. Hot on the heels of Jeff Bezos' teaser announcement of an upcoming new Kindle, insider sources are dropping hints on what will make this latest addition to the family interesting. Those sources claim that this new Kindle will be the thinnest Kindle yet. But, it might compromise on the battery in the process.

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eBay’s desperation is showing

eBay’s desperation is showing

In an effort to become more visible in the shipping industry, eBay has launched a new shipping supplies store. Why, you might ask, would eBay decide now that they need to make their own boxes? Perhaps they noticed that one of their biggest competitors, Amazon, is still around. They were supposed to be stopped by eBay many years ago - it's easier to make your own auctions and sell in a place where the price of goods is dictated by auction-style pricing, right? As it turns out, Amazon's method of providing prices that appeared stable seemed to work better - and shipping every store's goods in an Amazon box seemed to be the ticket to people's mindshare, too.

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