It has happened to all Amazon users at one point or another -- a year passes in the blink of an eye and before you know it, a new $97 charge has appeared on your credit card. You peer at it, wondering what ill-advised purchase this was, only to realize it was Amazon's auto-renew feature coming out of hibernation to bite your wallet. You don't want another year's membership but it feels too late to cancel...only fortunately, it's not.
Amazon's launch of the screen-toting Echo Show may have made people forget the fact that it launched a different Echo model just two weeks prior. And for good reason too. The camera-enabled Echo Look, after all, seemed to cater to a very niche market. Some might even look at it, pun totally intended, like a month-late April Fools or an SNL skit. But to show it really means business, it has just released the Android and iOS apps to help users fend off the fashion police.
It's been about eight months since Amazon Prime Reading launched in the US, and now it's the UK's turn to get in on the action. Prime Reading, for those who aren't familiar with it, gives users a rotating selection of books and magazines to read. The best part is that, like Prime Video, it's included in your Prime subscription, so you won't have to pay anything extra for it.
Almost everything you hear connected to Amazon these days would be about Alexa or the Echo. It's been quite a while since we've last heard from the retail giant's other smart devices, specifically its Fire line of tablets. Is Amazon done with tablets? Not quite! It has just unloaded four new Fire tablets, the Fire 7, Fire HD 8, Fire 7 for Kids, and Fire HD 8 for Kids, that offer the wealth of Amazon's digital content and services, including Alexa, at still ridiculously low prices.
Let's admit it. Today's fancy gadgets and technologies are really designed for younger, more agile consumers. While market dynamics and profits do demand that, it doesn't have to be that way. Good technology is inclusive technology. Take for example the new Amazon Silver Echo, as seen on Saturday Night Live and only on Saturday Night Live. It's a super limited and nonexistent version designed with well-aged users in mind, responding to almost any name even loosely sounding like "Alexa".
If you were reading through the news last week, you might have heard that Apple and Amazon are rumored to have buried the hatchet in their content competition. This could mean a number of things, and chief among them is the idea that Apple could finally allow an Amazon Prime Video app on Apple TV. Originally, we heard that Amazon Prime Video could appear on Apple TV in the third quarter of this year, but new rumors say that it might get a reveal before that.
There's a product out there with nearly the same capabilities and general aim as Amazon's Echo Show. That's the Echo Show, the product that Amazon announced this week. The Echo Show, you see, is a touchscreen display with a user-facing camera, a mic, and a speaker. The product known as The Nucleus is a touchscreen display with a user-facing camera, a mic, and a speaker - and the differences are few.
Amazon's Echo Show may be the retail behemoth's biggest news today, but it's also going after Skype and other internet calling services with a new Alexa feature. Debuting on the Echo Show, the new Alexa Calling and Messaging service will actually be available across all of the Echo devices, though not all will support the same features. At its core, though, the new service will turn your Echo gadgets into a hands-free calling system.
The new Amazon Echo Show, the latest way for Jeff Bezos & Co. to sneak Alexa into your home, has been officially revealed, complete with both voice and touch. The first Echo device to include a display, the Echo Show has a 7-inch touchscreen and a 5-megapixel camera for video calls. There's also a total of eight microphones packed into its fairly blocky housing.
We're probably just hours away from the official event, but that's not going to stop last-minute details about Amazon's next smart home speaker from leaking out. Just as how the Amazon Look was an Echo with a camera, this Amazon Echo with a screen is apparently going to be called the "Echo Show". And, as expected, it's going to cost a lot more than the original Echo, but strangely not that much compared to the Echo Look launched just weeks ago.
The smart home speaker competition is heating up. Just a few hours ago, Microsoft and Harman Kardon launched the Cortana-powered Invoke speaker, whose design is an obvious jab at Amazon Echo. As early as tomorrow, however, Amazon might be biting back by releasing the next gen Echo speaker, which might not be a speaker at all. Instead, if all the leaks do pan out, it will basically be a smart intercom with a touch screen and, yes, VoIP functionality.