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Alexa update turns your Echo devices into intercoms

Alexa update turns your Echo devices into intercoms

Amazon is making Alexa a bit more sophisticated with new support for hands-free intercom functionality, enabling the various Echo devices to be used as an intercom system throughout your home. The support is available on the Echo, the smaller Echo Dot, and the display-based Echo Show, but you have to do a couple things first to get the feature up and running on your own devices.

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Amazon Echo Show Review: Alexa’s screen shows promise

Amazon Echo Show Review: Alexa’s screen shows promise

Amazon's Echo has grown from a voice-controlled curiosity to being a legitimate home assistant, and now, with Echo Show, it's gaining a display. The latest iteration in the smart speaker series bucks the trend of spoken interactions only, adding a touchscreen so that Alexa can show & tell. At $229.99, however, it's the most expensive version so far, and at this early stage not everything has quite got to grips with the new abilities.

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This big Amazon Echo discount is a one-day-only affair

This big Amazon Echo discount is a one-day-only affair

It's clear that Amazon wants its Echo line of devices to be the center hub of your smart home, but at $180 for the standard Amazon Echo, the buy-in can be significant. If that $180 price point is more than you want to spend on a smart home speaker, then good news: Amazon has slashed Echo's price significantly. The bad news is that this is a one-day-only sale, so you need to jump on it if you want to save some cash.

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Echo Show now lets you watch a live feed from your smart home camera

Echo Show now lets you watch a live feed from your smart home camera

Earlier today, Logitech announced that you will soon be able to view a live feed of footage from its incoming Circle 2 camera on Amazon's new Echo Show. It turns out that the Circle 2 is just the tip of the iceberg here. Amazon plans to incorporate Echo View functionality with a lot of smart home cameras from a bunch of different companies - in fact, you might already some of these cameras up and running in your house already.

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Logitech Circle 2 video can now be viewed on Amazon Echo Show

Logitech Circle 2 video can now be viewed on Amazon Echo Show

Logitech has announced that its soon-to-launch Circle 2 home security camera can now be used with the Amazon Echo Show device, enabling users to view their security video feeds on Amazon's latest IoT product. This is thanks to Logitech's newly announced support for the latest Alexa camera API on the Echo Show. Logitech Circle 2 owners will be able to take full advantage of the Echo's Alexa abilities, including using voice to pull up a camera's video feed.

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New message or new call? Just glance at your Amazon Echo

New message or new call? Just glance at your Amazon Echo

Smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home are mostly verbal affairs. You talk to them and they respond by voice. Visual feedback is mostly an afterthought, an add-on, or a different device altogether. That makes it sometimes difficult to check the type of notifications you get without having these assistants blurt out potentially incriminating information. Fortunately, at least one of them does have an alternative means of calling your attention. Amazon has just given the Echo a few more light signals, distinguishing between an incoming call and an incoming message.

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Amazon Prime Wardrobe takes the biggest fear out of online clothes shopping

Amazon Prime Wardrobe takes the biggest fear out of online clothes shopping

In its quest to get as many Prime subscribers as possible, Amazon has been packing it with more and more services. This year alone we've seen the launches for services like Prime Reload, Prime Reading, and Anime Strike, but today Amazon is going either further by launching a Prime service that is arguably bigger than any of those. Its name is Prime Wardrobe and it promises to "bring the fitting room to you."

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Amazon buys Whole Foods in multi-billion retail expansion

Amazon buys Whole Foods in multi-billion retail expansion

Today Amazon confirmed that it intends to acquire grocery chain Whole Foods. This news comes just hours after Whole Foods' CEO John Mackey indicated that he would resist such a buyout. Amazon is prepared to pay a ton of money to make Whole Foods part of its portfolio, which may have had a hand in changing Mackey's mind.

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Amazon plans to stop in-store shoppers from online price checking

Amazon plans to stop in-store shoppers from online price checking

For years, we've walked into retail stores only to pull out our phones and compare the prices we see to those online, generally using a website like Amazon to see if we're getting a good deal. Now that Amazon is beginning to expand into retail spaces of its own, it has to worry about those same pricing comparisons. In a fantastic bit of irony, Amazon could use a new patent to outright prevent people from comparing prices in its own stores.

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Amazon Dash Wand is a barcode scanner you can speak into

Amazon Dash Wand is a barcode scanner you can speak into

How many ways can you take an idea and turn it into different things? If you’re Amazon and you’re talking about Echo and Alexa, it might be a near limitless list. Even if the idea ends up being slightly laughable. After the Amazon Echo Look comes the Amazon Dash Wand. Don’t worry, you don’t actually wave it around to make magic. You don’t even hold it that way. Instead, you use it to scan barcodes or speak into it to ask Alexa anything, like converting from different units of measure.

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Amazon Prime subscriber? Amazon Reload is a no-brainer

Amazon Prime subscriber? Amazon Reload is a no-brainer

Amazon has quietly launched Amazon Reload, promising Prime subscribers a 2-percent reward back on every purchase as long as they jump through a few hoops. The deal builds on Amazon's gift card system, though it can be funded with any debit card or bank account. Effectively, in return for preloading cash into your Amazon account, the retail behemoth is promising 2-percent cash back on whatever you buy.

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Alexa’s Video Skills could make everything in your living room chatty

Alexa’s Video Skills could make everything in your living room chatty

Remember back in May when DISH rolled out new functionality that allowed you to control your DVR using Alexa voice commands? It's possible that we'll see functionality like that roll out on a much larger scale soon. Today, Amazon announced that all developers now have access to Alexa's Video Skill API, the very same API that companies like DISH and YouView have already been using with their own products.

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