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Amazon’s smart doorbell could give delivery people access

Amazon’s smart doorbell could give delivery people access

Amazon is reportedly working on a smart doorbell, that would allow delivery people one-time access into your home. The device, which has not yet been officially confirmed by the retailer, is intended to offer a solution to disappearing packages and weather-damaged shipments, which can be left vulnerable, waiting on doorsteps for some time. According to a new report, it's one of a number of ideas Amazon has for addressing the problem.

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Amazon Echo Show price cut after losing YouTube

Amazon Echo Show price cut after losing YouTube

Amazon has slashed the price of the Echo Show, its touchscreen-fronted, Alexa-powered assistant, not long after Google unexpectedly yanked one of its most popular features. Most expensive of the Echo line-up, the Echo Show is the only model in the range to have a display, which Amazon uses to show videos, search results, products, and more. While it launched back in June at $230, it's now down to under $200.

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Amazon may start selling prescription drugs online

Amazon may start selling prescription drugs online

Amazon is about to make a big decision about whether it will get into the medicine-selling business, sources say, a move that may see it selling prescription drugs online to those who have a doctor's prescription. Should the online retailer get into that business, it would be a direct competition to major pharmacy chains like CVS and Walgreens, a reality underscored by their stock drops following the news.

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Amazon made its own iPhone dongle, beating Belkin in price

Amazon made its own iPhone dongle, beating Belkin in price

Last year, Apple removed the standard 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7, a "courageous" move, but one that has put us in a world where dongles are now the norm. With Google's new Pixel 2 smartphones also ditching the 3.5mm jack, the era when we could charge our devices and use wired headphones at the same time is quickly coming to an end. Fortunately Amazon is here to rectify the situation, at least for iPhone users, with a dongle that slightly undercuts Belkin's new solution in price.

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Sonos’ Alexa public beta arrives today in “sonic internet” push

Sonos’ Alexa public beta arrives today in “sonic internet” push

Sonos has launched a public beta of its Alexa integration, following up on its promise to use Amazon's virtual assistant to control its multiroom speakers. The public beta follows Sonos' ongoing closed beta, which has been running for a small number of users over the past few months. However, you won't need a new Sonos speaker in order to try it.

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Georgia city will create 345 acre Amazon City if it gets company’s HQ2

Georgia city will create 345 acre Amazon City if it gets company’s HQ2

The city of Stonecrest, Georgia is desperate to become the location of Amazon's corporate hub dubbed HQ2, and it is willing to change its name to prove it. The city has declared that it will rename (part of) itself "Amazon" if it becomes the coveted location for Amazon's second North American headquarters. Plans to establish HQ2 were revealed early last month.

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Nougat-based Amazon Fire OS 6 is out but no one can get it

Nougat-based Amazon Fire OS 6 is out but no one can get it

The relationship between Google and Amazon has just taken a sour turn, but they have never really been best buds from the beginning. While Amazon's Fire tablets and TV devices do run Android, they use a heavily customized, not Google-certified, version that doesn't keep up with the latest Android updates. At least until now. Despite making a big splash about new hardware products, Amazon was nearly totally silent about the release of Fire OS 6. And there reason might be to prevent user backlash about this latest update not being available to any existing Fire device in the market.

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Amazon’s tipped original sci-fi shows include Ringworld and Snow Crash

Amazon’s tipped original sci-fi shows include Ringworld and Snow Crash

Amazon has some big plans for original content, and sources say it includes three big science fiction series: Ringworld, Snow Crash, and Lazarus. These are all based on the novels/comic book by the same name, and in one case will include co-production with MGM. Though Amazon still hasn't reached Netflix's level of original production, it now has dozens of original shows in various states of production.

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Whole Foods is investigating a payment card data breach

Whole Foods is investigating a payment card data breach

Whole Foods has revealed that it is investigating a potential data breach that may have affected the taprooms and in-store restaurants within some Whole Foods locations. Not much is known about the possible breach at this time, aside from the fact that it affects payment cards. The company has promised to update customers with more information in the future.

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Google “Manhattan” tipped to be an Amazon Echo Show rival

Google “Manhattan” tipped to be an Amazon Echo Show rival

There was a large disturbance in the force when Google unceremoniously pulled out YouTube from the Echo Show. Amazon said Google unfairly did so without prior notice. Google said Amazon's implementation violated its terms of service. But now it seems there might be another, somewhat self-serving, reason for Google's sudden action. According to sources familiar with the matter, Google is working on its own tabletop smart screen, ala Echo Show. And those will most likely come with Google services, including, of course, YouTube.

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Alexa could make Amazon Music better than Spotify

Alexa could make Amazon Music better than Spotify

Yesterday, Amazon announced plans to add Alexa to the Amazon Music app on iOS and Android. This removes the barrier of entry that is the Echo line and gives Amazon Music subscribers app-access to Alexa and the handy things she can do. By serving up Alexa to Amazon Music subscribers, Amazon may have just made its own streaming service a significantly better than the reigning king: Spotify.

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Amazon’s big Echo event: all the devices fit to run Alexa

Amazon’s big Echo event: all the devices fit to run Alexa

This morning Amazon revealed the "all-new Echo", Echo Plus, Echo Spot, a new Fire TV, Echo Connect, and an Alexa-infused Big Mouth Billy Bass. If that wasn't enough to excite the voice-first fans out there in Echoland, what will? In this mix is a set of devices that expand Amazon's footprint in the smart home beyond the ways and means of yesteryear, all in devices that either expand on or modify devices that've come before.

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