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Amazon Astro is a $1,000 Alexa-powered home robot

Amazon Astro is a $1,000 Alexa-powered home robot

Amazon has unveiled its first robot, Amazon Astro, combining Alexa on a motorized platform that can roam around the home. Astro has a pop-up periscope camera on top, a moving screen on the front, and a cutesy expression to make it more appealing to families.

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Ring Alarm Pro puts a WiFi router in your Ring base station

Ring Alarm Pro puts a WiFi router in your Ring base station

It's not an Amazon Devices and Services reveal event without new Ring devices, and Amazon announced an interesting one today. Amazon led its Ring announcements with the reveal of the Ring Alarm Pro, which combines an eero WiFi router with a Ring Alarm base station. In addition to the Ring Alarm Pro, Amazon also announced several new services that will be associated with it, including something that will allow construction professionals to secure their jobsites when they're away.

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Alexa Together lets you monitor your grandparents

Alexa Together lets you monitor your grandparents

If you're looking for a way to be a Big Brother to your grandparent or elderly friend, Alexa Together may be the key. Amazon will provide a series of services and features that'll allow you to use your Amazon Echo, Alexa, and a variety of other devices to keep an eye on your relative or friend. It's sort of like a baby monitor, but far, far more advanced.

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Amazon Blink Video Doorbell and camera mounts: Making sense of it all

Amazon Blink Video Doorbell and camera mounts: Making sense of it all

Amazon expanded their Blink ecosystem of whole-home security products with their Blink brand this week, including their first video doorbell. The Blink Video Doorbell will be ready to roll in among the collection that also includes a Blink Floodlight Camera and a Blink Solar Panel Mount, both of which can be bundled with the previously revealed Blink Outdoor in a variety of combinations.

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Amazon Halo View adds a display, bands, services

Amazon Halo View adds a display, bands, services

Today Amazon launched Amazon Halo View, a fitness band with a touchscreen display. This new device takes what the original Halo Band was and adds a display. This device is made to be as inexpensive as possible while still allowing the functionality of a fitness band that has a color touchscreen.

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Amazon Glow is a kids video camera with a game projector built in

Amazon Glow is a kids video camera with a game projector built in

Amazon has a new video calling system, but Amazon Glow is intended for kids, not to turn your home into an extension of the office. The upright video calling screen integrates a projector, which beams an interactive play surface onto the desk or floor.

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Amazon Echo Show 15 wants to replace your kitchen TV

Amazon Echo Show 15 wants to replace your kitchen TV

Amazon started its Devices and Services event today by announcing the Echo Show 15. Compared to the other Echo Shows on the market, the Echo Show 15 is a rather dramatic departure, as it features a 15.6-inch display and can be mounted on a wall (though it can also be placed on a stand). That 15.6-inch display allows you to surface a lot of information at once, and it'll do that through the use of various Alexa widgets.

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Amazon Hey Disney uses Alexa with Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel

Amazon Hey Disney uses Alexa with Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel

Amazon just announced that they've teamed up with Disney to create a new Alexa-based system called Hey Disney! This new system creates a "custom assistant" with Amazon's brain, ambient computing, and Disney's intellectual property to create a cross-brand powerhouse. This new service will work "alongside Alexa" with some devices in the near future.

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Amazon skips the cloud with local Alexa processing: Here’s who gets it

Amazon skips the cloud with local Alexa processing: Here’s who gets it

Amazon is switching on local voice recognition processing, promising users of some of its latest Echo smart speakers and smart displays that they can have their Alexa commands avoid the cloud completely. The new feature, announced at Amazon's big hardware and services event today, taps into the retail giant's homegrown AZ1 Neural Edge chipset.

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Amazon Smart Thermostat teams with Honeywell

Amazon Smart Thermostat teams with Honeywell

Today Amazon revealed their first Smart Thermostat, developed with Honeywell Home thermostat technology. This new device will cost approximately $60 USD and will work with Amazon Alexa and touch controls. Amazon suggested that users will be able to install this tech quickly and simply, and use the device with ease, too.

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Pokemon Legends Arceus serves up new gameplay trailer

Pokemon Legends Arceus serves up new gameplay trailer

This week we get a new peek at the open world Pokemon game Pokemon Legends: Arceus. This new game enters a new realm for Pokemon, taking place in the "long-gone era of Sinnoh." In the game, your quest - as it exists in our distant past - is to complete "the region's first Pokedex." This opens the doors to new games in other regions too, of course - this could be awesome!

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1Password and Fastmail team to launch spam-fighting Masked Email feature

1Password and Fastmail team to launch spam-fighting Masked Email feature

1Password today announced that it's teaming up with Fastmail to offer a new feature called Masked Email through its browser, desktop, and smartphone apps. You'll be able to create new email accounts on the fly with Fastmail's Masked Email, allowing you to have individual emails for each website that requires you to create an account. Not only does that offer better protection against data breaches, but it can also make it easier to determine who may be selling your information for some extra cash on the side.

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