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Everything Amazon announced today, and how to preorder or register early

Everything Amazon announced today, and how to preorder or register early

Today Amazon revealed a collection of devices for smart home monitoring, security, and communication. Ring devices like the Always Home Cam (the flying security camera), Virtual Security Guard, and Ring Alarm Pro, Blink video doorbell, Echo Show 14, "Hey, Disney!" voice assistant, and Halo View. There's also a home robot called Astro.

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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 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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How to switch to Amazon Alexa’s new Echo voice

How to switch to Amazon Alexa’s new Echo voice

Amazon's Alexa has a new voice option, and if you've wanted something new in your conversations, switching to a different sounding assistant could do the trick. The company quietly rolled out the new Alexa voice earlier this month, and changing over is straightforward.

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You decide if Amazon makes these Diane von Furstenberg Echo Dots

You decide if Amazon makes these Diane von Furstenberg Echo Dots

Amazon is adding a new project to its Build It crowdfunding system, with a set of Echo Dot x Diane von Furstenberg smart speakers customized by the famous designer. Launched earlier this year, Amazon Build It is an opportunity for the retailer to test the water for more unusual products, gauging consumer demand before giving them the green light for actual production.

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Amazon’s Reading Sidekick arrives on Echo to help young kids read

Amazon’s Reading Sidekick arrives on Echo to help young kids read

Amazon has introduced a new Alexa feature it describes as a "learning experience," and it's called Reading Sidekick. The functionality is targeted at kids ages 6 to 9, helping them learn to read independently for enjoyment. The feature works with Echo devices that have the Kids feature enabled, though you'll also need an Amazon Kids+ subscription to use Reading Sidekick.

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Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen, 2021) Review: Alexa’s best display yet

Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen, 2021) Review: Alexa’s best display yet

The pandemic has made clear that low-resolution webcams are only the tip of the video calling iceberg: in an ideal world we'd all have our own cameraperson to make sure the angles were perfect. That's what Amazon's Echo Show 8 (2nd Generation) promises, turning Alexa into your personal videographer but - to keep the new smart display to $130 - with no moving parts involved.

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I just opted out of Amazon Sidewalk: Here’s how and why

I just opted out of Amazon Sidewalk: Here’s how and why

Amazon Sidewalk launches this month, but I just headed into the Alexa app to make sure I wasn't automatically enrolled into the controversial shared neighborhood network. Part of Amazon's Echo and Ring products, Sidewalk makes big promises about more resilient connectivity, useful features like lost object tracking, and even helping get new smart home devices online. At the same time, though, Sidewalk and the way Amazon is launching it has given many users pause.

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Amazon Sidewalk Wi-Fi sharing experiment goes live next month

Amazon Sidewalk Wi-Fi sharing experiment goes live next month

It might not be as big a name in tech as Google or Apple or Microsoft or in social networking like Facebook but it's hard to argue that Amazon may have actually trumped them all. Best known for its e-tailer business, Amazon's empire actually covers a whole range of industries and there seems to be no stopping its ambitions even in the face of controversy, criticism, and lawsuits. Its latest will surely put it under a microscope once more as it prepares to flip the switch on its controversial Internet sharing experiment known as Amazon Sidewalk.

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Amazon Echo Buds (2nd Gen) Review: Alexa and ANC on a budget

Amazon Echo Buds (2nd Gen) Review: Alexa and ANC on a budget

As lockdown gradually lifts, the active noise cancelling earbuds which have made working from home more bearable are about to get a taste of the outside world. Amazon's new Echo Buds (2nd Gen) arrive just in time for that, pitching not only true wireless audio but hands-free Alexa and ANC with a head-turning $129.99 price tag.

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Amazon Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 5 get a 2021 camera upgrade

Amazon Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 5 get a 2021 camera upgrade

Amazon has revealed two new smart displays, and while the 2021 updates to the Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 5 may not have an auto-swiveling screen like the Echo Show 10, they're also a lot more affordable. Both get upgraded cameras, with the Echo Show 8 adding digital panning and zooming for video calls to help keep you centered int the frame as you move around.

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