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Bragi Dash Pro makes a big move with Alexa integration

Bragi Dash Pro makes a big move with Alexa integration

We've had plenty of big Alexa reveals at IFA 2017, but perhaps one of the most exciting is the news that Alexa will soon be coming to Bragi's Dash and Dash Pro headphones. The Dash and Dash Pro found pretty incredible success on Kickstarter back in 2014, and now they're going to get a significant boost with Alexa integration. Even better is the fact that you don't need to buy some new version of the Dash to get Alexa.

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Harman Kardon Allure speaker brings Alexa along for the ride

Harman Kardon Allure speaker brings Alexa along for the ride

There's been no shortage of Bluetooth speakers on display at IFA 2017, but this next one from Harman Kardon is certainly special for one reason: Alexa integration. Harman Kardon revealed today that its new Allure speaker will feature Alexa on board, making it a prime candidate for inclusion in the smart home enthusiast's IoT collection.

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Amazon Music Unlimited just dropped its price for college students

Amazon Music Unlimited just dropped its price for college students

The fall semester is upon us and many students are returning to school for another few months of college coursework. If you're counted among them -- and you have a valid college/university documentation -- Amazon is hoping you'll sign up for its Music Unlimited service. Why choose it over competitors? Because it just got considerably cheaper.

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Alexa and Cortana become best friends later this year

Alexa and Cortana become best friends later this year

Amazon and Microsoft have come together to make a rather surprising announcement: later this year, Cortana and Alexa will be able to talk to one another. Cortana, of course, is Microsoft's own AI assistant, and even though she may have lost a platform with the decline of Windows Phone, there's still a major push underway to make her an integral part of Windows 10 devices. With Alexa compatibility on the way, Cortana could become even more prevalent.

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Best Buy salesmen will soon recommend gadgets inside your home

Best Buy salesmen will soon recommend gadgets inside your home

Best Buy is planning to more widely introduce an ambitious way to get customers to buy more gadgets: in-home salesmen. The move will result in Best Buy associates traveling to a potential customer's home and recommending products they may want or need. The customer won't have to drive to the store to get this recommendation, instead letting the salesperson directly into their home.

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Amazon Echo multi-room music arrives (sorry Sonos)

Amazon Echo multi-room music arrives (sorry Sonos)

Amazon announced a rather huge addition for its Echo family of smart speakers today. This new feautre is called "multi-room music" and, as that name suggests, it allows you to target your music playback to specific groups of speakers throughout your house. We're guessing that Sonos might be at least a little worried about this, especially considering recent rumors that the company looking to launch an Alexa-based smart speaker of its own.

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Amazon’s Whole Foods slashes prices to shed ‘whole paycheck’ stigma

Amazon’s Whole Foods slashes prices to shed ‘whole paycheck’ stigma

Grocery stores across the nation are unofficially labelled by consumers based on their prices, and the public perception of these grocery stores can heavily influence who shops there. Trader Joe's is known for low prices and good items, Walmart perhaps more so for all around cheap goods, and Whole Foods -- now owned by Amazon -- is colloquially referred to as 'Whole Paycheck' due to its (now former) very high prices.

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Sonos smart speaker with voice control tipped for multiple platforms

Sonos smart speaker with voice control tipped for multiple platforms

A new filing with the FCC suggests that Sonos may soon make some big moves in the world of smart speakers. Though the company already offers some services that achieve smart home integration at a software level (such as compatibility with the Spotify app), it would seem that Sonos will soon be ready to take the next big step: built in smart home hardware. More precisely, this means a speaker with a built in mic for voice controls.

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The Tick: A Brief History

The Tick: A Brief History

Amazon's The Tick television series (or web series, if you wish), is just the latest in the character's long and strange history. Here I've taken the liberty of putting the history of The Tick in a nutshell. This is the essential super-tiny super-quick history of The Tick - everything you need to know before you dive in on the newest "The Tick" show.

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Amazon Prime benefits will soon arrive within Whole Foods stores

Amazon Prime benefits will soon arrive within Whole Foods stores

Following the FTC's approval of the deal, Amazon has announced the upcoming closure of its Whole Foods Market acquisition, which will take place this upcoming Monday. Once the closure happens, Amazon will kick off a round of changes that will blend the two worlds -- that is, Amazon and Whole Foods -- into a more unified product. Namely, Whole Foods Market will soon have Amazon Prime integrated in their point-of-sale systems, enabling Prime customers to get in-store benefits and discounts.

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Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition back in stock (for now)

Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition back in stock (for now)

The Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition was made available and quickly disappeared all in one day earlier this week. Today the console has (once again) been made available through official means, for its original price. That means no 3rd-party flipper pricing for those that hit the button quick enough - if this ever-so-slightly different edition is the Xbox One X they want.

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Amazon’s new writing curriculum helps students learn to write

Amazon’s new writing curriculum helps students learn to write

Amazon acquired a company called TenMarks several years ago, and today it has released a writing curriculum through it for teachers and students. This online curriculum is designed to help teachers guide students through the maze that is learning to write; it involves online activities that can be completed using a smartphone or other connected device.

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