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Amazon Sidewalk is coming – and not everyone will be happy

Amazon Sidewalk is coming – and not everyone will be happy

Amazon is preparing to launch Amazon Sidewalk, its localized networks for Echo, Ring, and other devices, and it looks likely to be one of the most controversial products from retail behemoth so far. Echo owners have begun being notified by Amazon that Sidewalk shared networks are launching later in the year, along with apparent confirmation that it will be turned on by default.

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This free Echo Buds update makes Alexa your workout buddy

This free Echo Buds update makes Alexa your workout buddy

Amazon today is starting to roll out a new update for Echo Buds that will allow users to have Alexa track their workouts. While those who are serious about fitness may want to stick to dedicated fitness trackers, it seems that the functionality rolling out to Echo Buds today covers the essentials, giving users basic statistics about their workout via voice commands.

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Amazon Echo Frames available to all – Alexa smart glasses upgraded

Amazon Echo Frames available to all – Alexa smart glasses upgraded

Amazon's Alexa glasses, the Echo Frames, are graduating from the retailer's tech preview and going up for general sale, with a bunch of new updates for those eager to wear the assistant on their face. At the same time, fellow Amazon Day 1 Editions product Echo Loop - effectively a ring for interacting with Alexa - is being discontinued, the retailer says.

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Amazon just revealed a bright new PRODUCT(RED) Echo speaker

Amazon just revealed a bright new PRODUCT(RED) Echo speaker

Amazon has revealed a new, limited edition version of its latest Echo smart speaker, with the PRODUCT(RED) model promising a share of the price goes to charity. As with other PRODUCT(RED) launches we've seen, sales of the red-finish Echo will include a contribution to the Global Fund to support HIV and AIDS programs in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) Review – Sphere of Influence

Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) Review – Sphere of Influence

Alexa is getting a fresh wardrobe for 2020, and the new Echo Dot (4th Gen) is going spherical just like its bigger Echo sibling. As always, the pitch is fairly straightforward: at $49.99, the Echo Dot is a more affordable way to add Alexa to a new room, while the $59.99 Echo Dot with Clock clamors for a spot on your nightstand. Unlike with the 4th Gen Echo, however, the advantages aren't quite so clear-cut.

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Amazon Echo (4th Gen) Review – Alexa gets vocal

Amazon Echo (4th Gen) Review – Alexa gets vocal

It's six years since the first Amazon Echo arrived, igniting a whole new category of smart speakers and making the idea of talking to a disembodied voice a little less weird, and now Alexa is getting some new, spherical digs. The fourth-generation Echo frees Amazon's chatty assistant from her cylindrical tower, transplanting her in a new, ball-like speaker instead. For 2020, though, there's a lot more to recommend.

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Amazon’s new Echo Show 10 pans and zooms to follow you

Amazon’s new Echo Show 10 pans and zooms to follow you

During its big product reveal event today, Amazon announced the Echo Show 10, which is unquestionably one of the biggest reveals of the show. The Echo Show 10 comes with a lot of new functionality, but users will have to pay a pretty penny to get it - while smaller Echo Shows can be had for around $100, the new Echo Show is going to set you back a whopping $249.99.

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New Amazon Echo Dot released with spherical, Nexus Q look, smarter Alexa

New Amazon Echo Dot released with spherical, Nexus Q look, smarter Alexa

There's a new Amazon Echo device with a shape like a lopped-off sphere as of this afternoon. This device was revealed during a special Amazon event in which Amazon's revealed a WHOLE BUNCH of other items. This device has at least two iterations, one with a clock, the other without. UPDATE: And there'll be an Echo Dot Kids Edition with animal faces.

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Amazon Alexa Fall 2020 event gets a date – What we expect

Amazon Alexa Fall 2020 event gets a date – What we expect

Amazon has confirmed the date for its annual fall "Devices & Services" event, with the online-only launch taking place on September 24. It's expected to see the debut of Amazon's latest Alexa-powered hardware range ahead of the holidays, and which, if past events are anything to go by, will probably include both smart speaker mainstays of the line-up together with some more unusual options.

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Amazon Alexa Routines can now be shared with anyone

Amazon Alexa Routines can now be shared with anyone

Smart assistants and smart speakers have introduced new ways of making our busy lives less frantic but, until recently, they have been more about single-action commands. Routines, scenes, and other similar features have started rolling out to truly offer some automation, bundling related actions together for a specific theme or time. These are definitely useful but only if you actually know how to create them in the first place. Amazon is helping remove the guesswork by making it dead easy to share Alexa Routines around.

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AT&T customers can now use Amazon Echo speakers as phones

AT&T customers can now use Amazon Echo speakers as phones

When the first smart speakers, led by the Amazon Echo, appeared, there was some confusion at what they'd really be good for. These devices eventually became commonplace inside more modern homes but they initially lacked one feature people presumed they would have: making and taking phone calls. That also eventually arrived in one form or another but now Amazon and AT&T are making it easier by linking subscribers' accounts with their Echo speakers for convenient hands-free calls.

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Amazon’s Echo Flex gets a simple but handy Smart Clock attachment

Amazon’s Echo Flex gets a simple but handy Smart Clock attachment

First revealed last year, the Echo Flex is a device that acts as an Alexa smart speaker that plugs directly into an outlet. As the name suggests, the Echo Flex is also a modular piece of equipment, as it has a USB port on the bottom that allows users to plug in attachments. We've seen a few different attachments for the Echo Flex including a night light and a motion sensor, but today, a company called Third Reality is introducing a new one called the Echo Flex Smart Clock.

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