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Google confirms Amazon talks about keeping YouTube on Fire TV

Google confirms Amazon talks about keeping YouTube on Fire TV

The clock is ticking toward January 1, 2018, at which point Google will prevent Fire TV devices from accessing YouTube. The decision to block access was announced days ago, and underscoring it was a sharp, immediate action from Google: it took away Echo Show's access to YouTube altogether. Fire TV owners may not lose access, though, if "productive discussions" between the two companies result in a favorable outcome.

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Amazon adds Chromecast and Apple TV, but Google feud remains

Amazon adds Chromecast and Apple TV, but Google feud remains

Amazon is now listing both Google's Chromecast and the Apple TV on its website, marking their first (official) return to the online store since being removed in late 2015. We saw signs of the Apple TV's return to Amazon earlier this year when the device briefly appeared on the company's website before disappearing. Sales of both devices will start soon, Amazon has confirmed, but it doesn't look like its squabble with Google is over yet.

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Amazon Cloud Cam can now relive and share its last 24 hours

Amazon Cloud Cam can now relive and share its last 24 hours

If you thought the Fire Phone was going to be Amazon’s last controversial product, you might not have heard of Amazon Key. While that service definitely raises eyebrows and ruffles feathers, it sadly overshadowed a related product that could stand proudly on its own. The Amazon Cloud Cam is the retailer’s entry into the smart security camera market and exists independently of giving delivery personnel access to your abode. And with the latest update, it sets itself apart further and makes it even more useful as a standalone product.

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Twitch and Alexa almost make the perfect game streaming pair

Twitch and Alexa almost make the perfect game streaming pair

Google may have dealt Amazon a big blow when it yanked YouTube from under the Echo Show’s feet but gamers don’t need to be too concerned. Amazon, after all, still owns the granddaddy of game and live streaming, Twitch.tv. Taking advantage of that inter-company relationship, Twitch has just announced new Alexa skills that would deliver an almost perfect hands-free game streaming experience. Well, almost. While it naturally works with any Alexa-enabled device, you’ll probably want to have an Echo Show anyway.

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Hisense portable AC and dehumidifier get Alexa integration

Hisense portable AC and dehumidifier get Alexa integration

HiSense has announced a new Alexa integration for its HiSmart Portable Air Conditioner and HiSmart Dehumidifier. Both products are designed for home owners (or apartment dwellers) who want an element of smart control over their home appliances. The new Alexa integration takes that ability to new levels, making it possible to control the two appliances using an Alexa device like an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot.

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Amazon Prime Video HDR10+ content arrives tomorrow

Amazon Prime Video HDR10+ content arrives tomorrow

Amazon Prime Video will start offering HDR10+ content tomorrow, making it available to anyone who has a television that supports the standard. This follows the announcement we reported on this past April, one that involved a collaboration between Samsung and Amazon to bring about the HDR10+ standard.

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Alexa music alarm wakes you up with news and tunes

Alexa music alarm wakes you up with news and tunes

Amazon has bestowed Alexa with new abilities, ones that surround its alarm functionality. Alexa can be used to set an alarm; that is nothing new. However, thanks to a new update, these users can now set Alexa to wake them up with specific music, bringing back the days of being awoken with a radio alarm clock. This functionality covers multiple music services, including the company's own Amazon Music app (if you're a subscriber).

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Nokia 6 gets an Amazon Prime Exclusive discount, LG G6+ coming

Nokia 6 gets an Amazon Prime Exclusive discount, LG G6+ coming

Even if you missed the storm of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there are companies more than happy to satisfy your shopping cravings all the way to next year. Amazon, for example, is putting some of its already discounted Prime Exclusive phones on even more discounts. The mid-range Nokia 6 is leading the fray, with the somewhat high-end LG G6+ following next week. But if you know your Prime Exclusives, then you probably already know that there is always a catch.

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Amazon Music Unlimited and Echo roll out to 28 new countries

Amazon Music Unlimited and Echo roll out to 28 new countries

Though it provides a good service, Amazon Music Unlimited suffers a bit for having arrived a little late to the party. At this point, Music Unlimited is only about 14 months old, and in that period of time, it's only come to a select few regions, like the US, UK, Germany, and Japan. That all changes today, as Amazon has announced that Music Unlimited will launch in 28 new regions around the world, greatly expanding its availability on this wonderful little planet of ours.

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Amazon Prime Video arrives on Apple TV at long last

Amazon Prime Video arrives on Apple TV at long last

After hearing promises of an Amazon Prime Video app for Apple TV at WWDC 2017, the day has finally come. Amazon Prime Video has gone live for Apple TV, with just a few weeks to spare in Apple's promise that it would be here before the end of 2017. Just as well, it appears that the iOS Prime Video App has been updated to play nice with the iPhone X.

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Echo Show loses YouTube support, Fire TV will soon follow [Update: Amazon responds]

Echo Show loses YouTube support, Fire TV will soon follow [Update: Amazon responds]

Google and Amazon are in the middle of a squabble of some sort and its customers are suffering as a result. The matter became public back in September when Google pulled YouTube support for Amazon's Echo Show without warning, leaving those device owners without access to the popular video platform. Amazon eventually got YouTube back for the customers, but Google has doubled down and will be stripping it away entirely.

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Amazon delivery drones may self-destruct to keep people safe

Amazon delivery drones may self-destruct to keep people safe

Are you ready for a future where shipments are delivered via drones? How about a future where those delivery drones can self-destruct if the situation calls for it? A newly surfaced Amazon patent details delivery drones that could self-destruct if they are at risk of falling, the idea apparently being that a destroyed drone will land in several smaller, lighter pieces than one whole delivery drone, which could potentially hurt someone.

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