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Amazon Prime Now Alexa update adds orders for booze

Amazon Prime Now Alexa update adds orders for booze

With a range of skills at its disposal, Amazon's Alexa platform is capable of a lot of things. Strangely, one thing Alexa hasn't been able to do is place orders through Amazon Prime Now. You'd think we would have seen that kind of functionality early on, but in any case, it's arriving today, letting you place same-day orders through Amazon's service.

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Amazon ‘Outfit Compare’ tool tells you which of two outfits looks better

Amazon ‘Outfit Compare’ tool tells you which of two outfits looks better

Amazon has introduced a new feature for Prime members that allows shoppers to share images of themselves wearing different outfits. The tool will send those images to a specialist who will, a minute or so later, return a suggestion about which outfit to purchase, doing so based on which one looks best, fits best, and more. The service is intended to be used as you’re shopping, and gives users the ability to delete the photos after getting a response.

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Alexa comes to iPhone in a trojan horse

Alexa comes to iPhone in a trojan horse

Thus far, Alexa has been exclusive to Amazon's own lineup of devices, like the Echo or the Fire TV Stick. That all changes today, as Amazon is putting Alexa on iOS. While she may not be as easily accessible as she is on Amazon's first party hardware, this means that you won't need any additional devices to use Amazon's AI assistant.

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Amazon now offers credits to make Alexa skills development free

Amazon now offers credits to make Alexa skills development free

We could be seeing many more Alexa skills launch shortly, as Amazon is rolling out new incentives for developers today. Aimed at making development of Alexa skills more affordable, Amazon will begin offering Amazon Web Services promotional credit to developers who have already published an Alexa Skill. Amazon says that in a lot of cases, this could make development of new Alexa skills entirely free.

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Amazon is adding a Spanish language option to its website

Amazon is adding a Spanish language option to its website

Amazon’s website will soon be offered with a Spanish language option, making it a more appealing destination for Spanish speakers in the United States. This language option will be rolled out over the coming weeks, according to an Amazon spokesperson, and will be easily accessible via a language drop-down menu near the “Accounts & Lists” option. Changing the site's language will transform all the listings into Spanish.

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Amazon Echo gets Bluetooth speaker support

Amazon Echo gets Bluetooth speaker support

Thus far, if you wanted to use Amazon Alexa with a Bluetooth speaker, you needed to get a Dot device. That has changed, as Amazon has quietly introduced Bluetooth speaker pairing support for its Echo device, as well. By pairing Echo with a Bluetooth speaker, users are able to enjoy the powerful and better quality audio delivered with a speaker rather than the device’s own built-in audio offering.

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Nintendo Switch: Netflix, Hulu “will come in time”

Nintendo Switch: Netflix, Hulu “will come in time”

It seems that the Nintendo Switch if off to a pretty strong start, with the console selling out across the US and fans and critics alike singing the praises of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Even with that praise, though, the Switch is still lacking in some other areas. Specifically, aside from Zelda and a few other launch games, there isn't that much to do with the Switch just yet.

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Amazon Alexa taps WebMD to answer your health questions

Amazon Alexa taps WebMD to answer your health questions

WebMD has announced that its glut of medical and health information is now accessible through Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, giving users a way to easily ask for health-related information. The information is accessible by asking Alexa health questions, such as, “Alexa, ask WebMD to tell me about insert health condition here.” Alexa, of course, will retrieve the information and then read it back to the user, no smartphones or apps necessary.

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Amazon tipped to release Alexa-based home intercom devices

Amazon tipped to release Alexa-based home intercom devices

Amazon has plans to bring Alexa into more homes via one or more devices that function as in-home intercoms and as devices for making phone calls via voice commands. The news comes from recently surfaced sources who claim Amazon will be releasing one or more of these types of devices some time this year, and that such hardware has already undergone beta testing within the company.

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Amazon home security camera, possibly with Alexa, leaks on retailer’s site

Amazon home security camera, possibly with Alexa, leaks on retailer’s site

It looks like Amazon’s getting into the home security camera market, at least if a new image pulled from the retailer’s website is any indication. According to a recent report, an automated script stumbled upon the image; in it we see a tall oval-shaped camera with Amazon branding on the top and a glowing blue ring, possibly indicating Alexa is present, on the bottom.

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Kwikset smart locks get Alexa voice control

Kwikset smart locks get Alexa voice control

Kwikset has announced that some of its smart locks on the SmartThings platform can now be controlled via voice commands and Amazon Alexa devices. This new support is due an Amazon API update, according to Kwikset, which says the new support is available for its SmartCode 910, 914, and 916 smart locks. The new support enables users to ask Alexa to lock their deadbolt.

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Amazon AWS outage means the Internet is down

Amazon AWS outage means the Internet is down

If you’ve had some trouble accessing certain (read: many) services and websites today, you’re not alone. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is experiencing problems with its us-east-1 region of data centers, and that is causing some major outages and headaches for companies relying on the service. Major websites and online services are being affected, including ones like Quora, Trello and more.

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