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Now Amazon Alexa can control Lutron Caséta lighting too

Now Amazon Alexa can control Lutron Caséta lighting too

Amazon's Alexa is getting her claws into even more of your smart home, with the news that Lutron's Caséta Wireless lighting can now be controlled by voice. The company's Echo speaker - as well as the Amazon Tap, Fire TV, and Echo Dot - can all remotely operate the Caséta range of wirelessly-enabled dimmer switches, including turning them completely off or on, and adjusting brightness.

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Amazon adds same-day deliveries to 11 new metro areas

Amazon adds same-day deliveries to 11 new metro areas

Amazon has rolled out same-day free deliveries in 11 new metro areas, expanding the number of places where Prime subscribers can get items the same day they order them. The newly added cities span the nation, and include places like Cincinnati, Sacramento, Nashville, Stockton, Tucson, and more. With this latest addition, Amazon's free same-day deliveries now cover 27 metro areas across more than 1,000 towns and cities.

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Amazon Tap Review – Alexa’s not listening

Amazon Tap Review – Alexa’s not listening

Amazon landed with a splash in the smart home space, the Echo smart speaker opening our eyes to the potential of voice control, and Alexa hasn't stopped accelerating since. Now Echo has a baby sibling, Amazon Tap, a Bluetooth speaker that allows you to take Alexa on the move with you. At $129.99 it's fifty bucks cheaper than Echo, not to mention untethered from an outlet, though there have been some compromises made along the way.

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New Kindle tipped to be thinner, have a battery case

New Kindle tipped to be thinner, have a battery case

It has been almost a year since Amazon put out a new Kindle model, the $119 Paperwhite, and you might think that ebook readers have more or less reached their perfection. No quite, if this latest insider tip is to be believed. Hot on the heels of Jeff Bezos' teaser announcement of an upcoming new Kindle, insider sources are dropping hints on what will make this latest addition to the family interesting. Those sources claim that this new Kindle will be the thinnest Kindle yet. But, it might compromise on the battery in the process.

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eBay’s desperation is showing

eBay’s desperation is showing

In an effort to become more visible in the shipping industry, eBay has launched a new shipping supplies store. Why, you might ask, would eBay decide now that they need to make their own boxes? Perhaps they noticed that one of their biggest competitors, Amazon, is still around. They were supposed to be stopped by eBay many years ago - it's easier to make your own auctions and sell in a place where the price of goods is dictated by auction-style pricing, right? As it turns out, Amazon's method of providing prices that appeared stable seemed to work better - and shipping every store's goods in an Amazon box seemed to be the ticket to people's mindshare, too.

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Amazon’s new Kindle flagship due next week says CEO

Amazon’s new Kindle flagship due next week says CEO

Amazon is readying a new flagship Kindle ereader, CEO Jeff Bezos has unexpectedly revealed, which will be detailed in full next week. News of the new device came on Bezos' Twitter today, with the ereader described as "all-new" and "top of the line", though no technical details were shared.

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Sprint offers Amazon Prime subscription for $11 per month

Sprint offers Amazon Prime subscription for $11 per month

Amazon Prime has a lot of benefits that come with the $99 price. Unfortunately, that up-front cost can make it hard for some people to take the plunge and get it. After all, the free shipping doesn't seem like such a good deal when it only saves you a few bucks on that order you're about to place. However, if you don't want to pay it all up front, Sprint wants to help you out by offering a monthly subscription to Amazon's popular service.

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New Amazon Dash buttons released for over 100 brands

New Amazon Dash buttons released for over 100 brands

First released a year ago, it seems Amazon's Dash buttons — which let Prime members to re-order select items with a single press of a physical button — have really taken off in popularity. The company has announced today that it now offers buttons for over 100 brands, tripling what was available before now. While the WiFi-connected buttons previously focused more on everyday kitchen and household products, Amazon has expanded into more categories including snacks and drinks, office supplies, and even medicine and hygiene products.

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Amazon bans USB Type-C cables that don’t follow standards

Amazon bans USB Type-C cables that don’t follow standards

We have talked about a guy called Benson Leung before, Leung is an engineer who worked on the Pixel C project for Google. This guy took the task upon himself to cruise listings for USB Type-C cables being sold online and to test if the cables comply with the specifications set out by the USB Implementers Forum. The problem with cables that don’t follow these specifications is that they can damage your device.

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2nd-gen Amazon Dash Button bypasses Wi-fi

2nd-gen Amazon Dash Button bypasses Wi-fi

This week the folks at Amazon have had their second-generation Amazon Dash Button appear in the FCC. This device appears to be rolling with the same capabilities as its predecessor, able to connect to its web-based functions via 802.11 WiFi - but this time adds Bluetooth. What might a device like this need with Bluetooth? Why, to connect via your smartphone, of course. Or perhaps to go Echo on us all?

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Build your own Amazon Echo with a Raspberry Pi for $60

Build your own Amazon Echo with a Raspberry Pi for $60

It's amazing how a company can spend a fortune on researching and developing a product, and eventually someone finds a way to make the same thing for far less. Amazon's Echo has been out for a while now, but it still costs $180 for you to get your hands on one. But what if I told you that you could make your own at home for just $60?

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Amazon Alexa voice control for Nest’s Thermostat is live

Amazon Alexa voice control for Nest’s Thermostat is live

The integration between Amazon's Alexa voice control system and Nest's Thermostat has gone live, allowing owners of the Echo, Fire TV, or other devices to control their heating by spoken command. Announced earlier this month, the functionality has gone live in the Alexa companion app, allowing users to link the smart HVAC control to their Amazon account.

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