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Ford SYNC pairs with Amazon Echo and Alexa

Ford SYNC pairs with Amazon Echo and Alexa

Ford's newest play for the smart experience is pairing their SYNC-equipped vehicles with Amazon Echo and Alexa. At CES 2016, Ford has announced that they are developing ways to pair "millions of SYNC-equipped vehicles" around the world with smart products in your home. To begin, they're working with SYNC Connect, pushing connections to Amazon's products - Amazon Echo and their smart assistant system Alexa. This connection will allow voice control access between smart cars and smart homes.

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Triby connected speaker, with Alexa inside, coming this Spring

Triby connected speaker, with Alexa inside, coming this Spring

Amazon might have its own virtual smart assistant but Alexa, as she is more personally known, can be found in one and only one device, the Amazon Echo. Well, soon not anymore. At CES 2016, we're once again seeing Invoxia's Triby connected speaker fridge magnet and, as we've seen, or rather heard, months ago, Alexa is still inside, ready to take your order. This makes Triby the first third party device to integrate Amazon's assistant, expanding Alexa's reach by just a wee bit and perhaps signaling the start of a new breed of Alexa-empowered devices.

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Whirlpool debuts washer and dryer with Amazon Dash built-in

Whirlpool debuts washer and dryer with Amazon Dash built-in

Home appliance maker Whirlpool has just announced a new smart washer and dryer set that can connect with Amazon's Dash Replenishment Service, allowing automatic orders of detergent and fabric softener to be a painless process. Amazon announced Dash Replenishment Service last October as an extension of its physical, WiFi-connected Dash Buttons, which let customers order a specific product, like dish soap, coffee, and pet food, with a single press. Now appliance makers can implement the service directly into products, so users are notified when supplies run low, and orders can be placed with a single tap.

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Amazon: ‘Man in the High Castle’ will get second season

Amazon: ‘Man in the High Castle’ will get second season

Amazon has announced that Man in the High Castle, a drama based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, will be returning for a second season. The first season only recently launched on Amazon following a somewhat controversial marketing campaign. As with season 1, the second season will be made available on Amazon’s platform with ten episodes in the season.

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Amazon to lease cargo planes, cut out the middle man

Amazon to lease cargo planes, cut out the middle man

When selling goods online is your business, you need to make sure that your goods reach your customers in a timely fashion. We've seen Amazon take a variety of initiatives to get their products to your doorstep as quickly as possible, with delivery times as little as one hour. But now the company is setting their sights on something bigger.

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Target joins Amazon in pulling hoverboards from shelves

Target joins Amazon in pulling hoverboards from shelves

Back to the Future promised us hoverboards by the year 2015. We did end up getting them, but in the most disappointing way. Specifically, the devices that people keep calling “hoverboards” don't actually hover at all. Oh, and they have a tendency to catch on fire. Recently Amazon stopped taking orders for the devices, citing safety concerns, and now another retailer is following suit.

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Amazon pulls out hoverboards while conducting safety check

Amazon pulls out hoverboards while conducting safety check

If you've been considering buying or bringing along a hoverboard, those two-wheeled boards that don't really hover, for the holidays, you might want to rethink your decision or buy them from somewhere other than Amazon. The retailer giant has apparently removed hoverboards from its listings, which may have dismayed fans and Christmas hopefuls and adding to the series of unfortunate, or not, setbacks that the transportation contraption has been facing for the past few weeks. It's not a permanent ban, however. Or at least until Amazon receives indubitablre proof of their safety.

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Amazon’s one-hour delivery service gets 4,000 more items

Amazon’s one-hour delivery service gets 4,000 more items

If you’re lucky enough to live in one of Amazon’s Prime Now regions, you have the option of getting items delivered in two hours or less straight to your door. While that’s great, the service is only as useful as the quantity and quality of the products available. That’s what makes Amazon’s latest announcement so great: it has added 4,000 additional items to its one-hour delivery service, including toys and wrapping paper for those last minute holiday blunders.

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Amazon Prime offers Showtime, Starz subscriptions without cable or satellite

Amazon Prime offers Showtime, Starz subscriptions without cable or satellite

Amazon has just announced a new Streaming Partners Program that allows Prime users to add subscriptions to premium video services like Showtime and Starz to their existing account. Not only does this allow customers to completely bypass the need for cable or satellite packages, but they can even manage their video service subscriptions and payments through their Amazon Prime account.

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Amazon Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition comes with Kindle Unlimited, leather cover

Amazon Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition comes with Kindle Unlimited, leather cover

Just in time to make the perfect gift for the heavy reader on your shopping list, Amazon has announced a new Reader's Edition of its Fire HD 8 tablet. It's not actually a new version of the device; it's still the latest generation of the 8-inch display Fire HD that was introduced in September, albeit in a special bundle aimed at frequent ebook readers, priced at $250.

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Amazon Fire tablets get night-friendly display mode

Amazon Fire tablets get night-friendly display mode

Amazon is pushing out a software update to its Fire tablets, and among the features it brings is one becoming increasingly common — a nighttime-friendly mode that reduces blue light output to increase one’s odds of falling asleep. The idea is that blue light makes it harder to fall asleep, and thus the nighttime use of tablets and phones disrupts one’s sleep quality...unless they have this kind of display mode.

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Amazon gives a closer look at Prime Air drones

Amazon gives a closer look at Prime Air drones

It seems that Amazon is really itching to get its Prime Air drone powered deliver service to the skies while still hampered by regulations that have yet to catch up with modern technology. It has just revealed some new details about the Prime Air service as well as its drone, including a shiny new look for the flying robot. And to add a bit of legitimacy and a dash of urgency to the "next generation in delivery services", Amazon has enlisted Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson to sell the idea to the masses.

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