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Amazon’s surprise event makes new Echo likely

Amazon’s surprise event makes new Echo likely

Still got any gadget enthusiasm left between Apple's iPhone X aftermath and Google's upcoming Pixel 2 launch? Amazon is hoping the answer to that is yes, since it's holding an unexpected launch in Seattle today. The retail behemoth is playing exactly what's on the agenda close to its collective chest - though we're holding out hope for Jeff Bezos spending three hours talking about Whole Foods' new hot counter food line-up - but we have a few ideas as to what we can expect.

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Google yanks YouTube from Amazon Echo Show citing ToS violation

Google yanks YouTube from Amazon Echo Show citing ToS violation

Amazon’s screen-toting incarnation of Alexa has just gotten less useful. Well, depending on what you were using the Amazon Echo Show for. If you were mostly using it for watching YouTube videos, which, admittedly, is an odd case for a more or less stationary and limited tablet, then you are in for a rude awakening. Both companies have confirmed that, yes, YouTube has been pulled out of the Echo Show without prior warning to users. And, yes, both companies are blaming the other for it.

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Apple TV 4K made a brief appearance on Amazon

Apple TV 4K made a brief appearance on Amazon

Amazon stopped offering the Apple TV back in 2015, but things briefly changed recently when a listing for the Apple TV 4K appeared on the online retailer's site. That was a surprise, but one short-lived: Amazon pulled the listings soon after, leaving people to wonder whether the device will once again be available from Amazon or what else may be going on.

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Alexa is now on the Amazon Music mobile app

Alexa is now on the Amazon Music mobile app

It's a match made in heaven and yet it took this long to happen. Alexa has already been taking orders requests on Echo and Fire devices to play your favorite music or discover new ones. The one place it has remained absent from was on your smartphone. Not anymore. Amazon has finally announced that the Amazon Music app on Android and iOS now has Alexa integration so you can say instead of type the music you want it to play.

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Kohl’s will soon accept your Amazon returns

Kohl’s will soon accept your Amazon returns

Earlier this month a new partnership between Amazon and Kohl's was announced, with the brick-and-mortar retailer starting to sell the online giant's branded hardware, like the Echo speakers, in dedicated areas called the Amazon Smart Home Experience. It looks like that deal is already expanding, as Kohl's has revealed that it will begin accepting return orders from Amazon customers for free.

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Westinghouse 4K Amazon Fire TV Review: Great for anyone, especially cord-cutters

Westinghouse 4K Amazon Fire TV Review: Great for anyone, especially cord-cutters

Roku got a jump on the budget smart TV market, but Amazon's own platform is ready to battle for top spot. The company first introduced its media box product in the form of the Fire TV and then the Fire Stick, and now that same system has been built into select televisions to bring the same features (and more!) without the actual dongle or box. Chief among these televisions is Westinghouse's new 4K lineup.

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Amazon Restaurants partnership may soon include Chipotle and Shake Shack delivery

Amazon Restaurants partnership may soon include Chipotle and Shake Shack delivery

Amazon has gradually been entering the food market for several years now, with Amazon Fresh grocery delivery, and more recently acquiring Whole Foods. But its next expansion may include home delivery from one of your favorite restaurants. The company has announced it's partnering with Olo, a platform that handles online restaurant orders, to help improve its existing Amazon Restaurants service.

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Amazon Alexa smart glasses could be retailer’s next big thing

Amazon Alexa smart glasses could be retailer’s next big thing

Despite having coffers as large as Google, more or less, Amazon is less trigger-happy when it comes to hardware not directly related to its core business of selling people stuff. Especially after it got burned so hard by the Fire Phone, pun totally intended. Its success with its Echo line of speakers, however, may have emboldened Amazon to make a leap of faith again, this time by putting its Alexa assistant on your face, via its own spin on the smart glasses wearable.

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Hilton rewards points can now be used to buy stuff on Amazon

Hilton rewards points can now be used to buy stuff on Amazon

Hilton has announced that its rewards members can now use the points they get from stays at hotel properties to buy stuff on Amazon. This is made possible under the newly announced Shop with Points at Amazon option, giving customers a different way to redeem their Hilton Honors points. The new redemption option is available to all Hilton Honors members.

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New Amazon Fire HD 10 adds Alexa hands-free

New Amazon Fire HD 10 adds Alexa hands-free

The tablet segment may have stalled, but Amazon believes there's still room for an impressively potent, surprisingly affordable Android model. Welcome, then, the Amazon Fire HD 10, the newest update of its 10.1-inch slate, with a 1080p Full HD display and quad-core 1.8 GHz processor. The headline specs might be speed, but the price is just $149.99.

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Amazon Fire TV software update rolls out ahead of device refresh

Amazon Fire TV software update rolls out ahead of device refresh

Amazon may have stopped selling its Fire TV set-top box, but it hasn’t stopped supporting it. At least not yet. In fact, merely hours after said halt of sales, Amazon is reported to be rolling out an update to its range of Fire TV devices, including the Fire TV Stick, with an important new feature: keyboard voice input. This could very well be paving the road for the new 4K devices that will come with Alexa integration out of the box.

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Fire TV sales stop on Amazon: two new 4K models expected soon

Fire TV sales stop on Amazon: two new 4K models expected soon

Days after a big leak revealed alleged upcoming versions of the Fire TV set-top-box, Amazon has stopped selling the current Fire TV device through its website. Though refurbished and third-party units are still available to purchase, Amazon has new units of the existing model listed as 'Currently unavailable' with no details about why.

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