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Amazon’s new Kindle flagship due next week says CEO

Amazon’s new Kindle flagship due next week says CEO

Amazon is readying a new flagship Kindle ereader, CEO Jeff Bezos has unexpectedly revealed, which will be detailed in full next week. News of the new device came on Bezos' Twitter today, with the ereader described as "all-new" and "top of the line", though no technical details were shared.

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Sprint offers Amazon Prime subscription for $11 per month

Sprint offers Amazon Prime subscription for $11 per month

Amazon Prime has a lot of benefits that come with the $99 price. Unfortunately, that up-front cost can make it hard for some people to take the plunge and get it. After all, the free shipping doesn't seem like such a good deal when it only saves you a few bucks on that order you're about to place. However, if you don't want to pay it all up front, Sprint wants to help you out by offering a monthly subscription to Amazon's popular service.

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New Amazon Dash buttons released for over 100 brands

New Amazon Dash buttons released for over 100 brands

First released a year ago, it seems Amazon's Dash buttons — which let Prime members to re-order select items with a single press of a physical button — have really taken off in popularity. The company has announced today that it now offers buttons for over 100 brands, tripling what was available before now. While the WiFi-connected buttons previously focused more on everyday kitchen and household products, Amazon has expanded into more categories including snacks and drinks, office supplies, and even medicine and hygiene products.

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Amazon bans USB Type-C cables that don’t follow standards

Amazon bans USB Type-C cables that don’t follow standards

We have talked about a guy called Benson Leung before, Leung is an engineer who worked on the Pixel C project for Google. This guy took the task upon himself to cruise listings for USB Type-C cables being sold online and to test if the cables comply with the specifications set out by the USB Implementers Forum. The problem with cables that don’t follow these specifications is that they can damage your device.

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2nd-gen Amazon Dash Button bypasses Wi-fi

2nd-gen Amazon Dash Button bypasses Wi-fi

This week the folks at Amazon have had their second-generation Amazon Dash Button appear in the FCC. This device appears to be rolling with the same capabilities as its predecessor, able to connect to its web-based functions via 802.11 WiFi - but this time adds Bluetooth. What might a device like this need with Bluetooth? Why, to connect via your smartphone, of course. Or perhaps to go Echo on us all?

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Build your own Amazon Echo with a Raspberry Pi for $60

Build your own Amazon Echo with a Raspberry Pi for $60

It's amazing how a company can spend a fortune on researching and developing a product, and eventually someone finds a way to make the same thing for far less. Amazon's Echo has been out for a while now, but it still costs $180 for you to get your hands on one. But what if I told you that you could make your own at home for just $60?

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Amazon Alexa voice control for Nest’s Thermostat is live

Amazon Alexa voice control for Nest’s Thermostat is live

The integration between Amazon's Alexa voice control system and Nest's Thermostat has gone live, allowing owners of the Echo, Fire TV, or other devices to control their heating by spoken command. Announced earlier this month, the functionality has gone live in the Alexa companion app, allowing users to link the smart HVAC control to their Amazon account.

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Google is secretly working on an Amazon Echo competitor

Google is secretly working on an Amazon Echo competitor

Google is working on a device that will compete against Amazon Echo, according to a new report. This is the first instance of the project -- which is said to have secretly been underway for a while -- being mentioned publicly, and details are still scarce at this time. The device will function as a personal assistant similar to Echo, able to receive voice commands, and will do so with the full power of Google behind it.

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Amazon says it paid women 99.9% the same as men in 2015

Amazon says it paid women 99.9% the same as men in 2015

Amazon has given in to pressure and revealed the pay equality percentage among its workforce, saying that female workers make essentially the same amount as male workers in equivalent positions. Overall, last year saw women within the company making 99.9% of what men made. The company also tossed another percentage into the mix, saying minorities within the company made 100.1% of what white employees made.

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Haiku ceiling fans to add Amazon Alexa voice control

Haiku ceiling fans to add Amazon Alexa voice control

Big Ass Solutions’ Haiku Home ceiling fans will soon have voice control through Amazon Alexa, the company has announced. When the feature rolls around, users will be able to control their ceiling fans using voice commands, turning them on and off, adjusting their light intensity, and changing their speeds. The voice commands can be made using Amazon Tap, Amazon Echo, and Echo Dot.

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Amazon offers Comcast bundles, promises better customer service

Amazon offers Comcast bundles, promises better customer service

In the market for a Comcast subscription and thoroughly mired in Amazon’s marketplace? Amazon is now reselling a bunch of Comcast service bundles, including Internet and TV service, doing so through a quietly launched new ‘store’ called “Amazon Cable Store.” Only Comcast is being offered through it right now, and there are some exclusive offers provided, as well as the promise of it only taking "three steps" to get service. Best of all, Amazon aims to improve the customer service experience.

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Amazon Kindle critical update deadline is tomorrow

Amazon Kindle critical update deadline is tomorrow

If you have a Kindle and you haven't updated it recently, your time to procrastinate has just about reached its end. The deadline for a critical update that will ensure you can continue using your Kindle is tomorrow; fail to update in time, and your Kindle will suddenly become far less useful, forcing you to manually install the update to restore functionality.

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