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Amazon adjusts the Alexa app to better accommodate those with disabilities

Amazon adjusts the Alexa app to better accommodate those with disabilities

Amazon announced this week that it's adding a new feature for its Alexa app available for Android and iOS devices. The adjustment Amazon is making to the app allows Alexa to wait longer for speech input. The change was made to improve support for Alexa users that have speech impediments.

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“Astro, hold my beer”: Amazon’s home robot should fear more than the stairs

“Astro, hold my beer”: Amazon’s home robot should fear more than the stairs

Amazon knows you're probably skeptical about "Alexa on wheels," but it's making its Astro robot anyway. Announced today, the latest iteration of the retailer's smart assistant cuts the cord completely - well, for as long as the battery lasts, anyway - in a way the rotating Echo Show 10 could only dream of, though there's still an uphill struggle if Astro is to convince us that it's a household necessity.

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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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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 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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Here’s what Amazon’s big Alexa event could bring – with some surprises

Here’s what Amazon’s big Alexa event could bring – with some surprises

Amazon's big Alexa, Echo, and Ring event may not be until next week, but some of the surprises in store - including a brand new form factor for the company's smart speaker - may already have been leaked. With previous years to guide us, Tuesday's event on September 28 is likely to be one rapid-fire announcement after the other, spanning everything from the smart home, to security, to automotive tech.

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OnStar Guardian is getting its own Alexa skill for home emergencies

OnStar Guardian is getting its own Alexa skill for home emergencies

OnStar Guardian, the safety app that helps families stay connected with each other, will soon have its own Amazon Alexa skill. With the expanded support, which GM says is coming soon, Alexa users will be able to use their voice to contact OnStar advisors and more using the smart home devices they already own.

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Amazon sets a date for its big 2021 Echo and Ring devices event

Amazon sets a date for its big 2021 Echo and Ring devices event

Amazon has set the date for its next big devices and services event, and if previous years are anything to go by we can expect new Echo and Ring hardware along with potentially a few surprises. The event will kick off at 9am PT (12pm ET) on Tuesday, September 28, and as with last year's it'll be online-only.

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Amazon Fire TV Omni and 4-Series revealed, starting at $370

Amazon Fire TV Omni and 4-Series revealed, starting at $370

Amazon started making their own smart TV sets and announced the lot for the first time this week. The Amazon Fire TV Omni Series will be released with Fire TV smart TV access, Alexa, far-field voice controls, and a variety of display sizes. There'll be Fire TV Omni Series sets in 43, 50, 55, 65, and 75-inch models, all with 4K Ultra HD (UHD) resolution.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max revealed with WiFi 6, price to match

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max revealed with WiFi 6, price to match

Amazon got today started with a bang, announcing a new 4K Fire TV Stick. This new streaming device is officially called the Fire TV Stick 4K Max, and as the name suggests, it's an upgrade to the existing Fire TV Stick 4K. Amazon says that the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is "40% more powerful than its predecessor," and while that's a rather vague claim, the new streaming stick does indeed offer some upgraded internals.

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