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Amazon delivery fleet may ship other retailers’ packages

Amazon delivery fleet may ship other retailers’ packages

We've already heard rumor that Amazon was planning to launch its own delivery fleet that would, in some way, compete with FedEx and UPS rather than just augment them. Now new sources have cropped up with a little more details about those alleged plans, and amongst the details is one that'll likely make the big three shipping services unhappy: Amazon's own delivery fleet may one day deliver packages for other retailers, too, not just Amazon's own orders.

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Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick comes with an Alexa-enabled remote

Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick comes with an Alexa-enabled remote

Amazon seems to be bingeing new device announcements lately. First we got word of the all-new Fire HD 8, then it was the refresh of the Echo Dot, and then the company announced its Kindle for Kids e-reader. The new device train doesn't stop there, apparently, as the company has announced what it's calling the All-New Fire TV Stick.

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Amazon deliveries may be left inside your home in the future

Amazon deliveries may be left inside your home in the future

Who do you trust more? The delivery person who handles your packages, or all the random people who drive past your home and see a nondescript cardboard box sitting in front of your door? If your answer is the delivery person, you’re not alone, and one day you may be able to invite them to leave your packages inside your home, whether that’s just inside the main door or inside of the locked garage. Such deliveries would be made possible via smart locks, at least according to a new report.

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Amazon rolls out photo printing service for Prime and Drive customers

Amazon rolls out photo printing service for Prime and Drive customers

As if you needed another reason to use Amazon, the company has rolled out a brand new photo printing service for Amazon Prime and Drive customers. Dubbed Amazon Prints, this service was rolled out rather quietly last week, and it signals a move to tackle an industry dominated by services like Shutterfly. Amazon isn't pulling any punches either, pricing its prints rather low in an effort to undercut its competition.

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Amazon’s Kindle for Kids bundle ships with vocabulary tools for young readers

Amazon’s Kindle for Kids bundle ships with vocabulary tools for young readers

If you're concerned with the amount of time you child spends with their nose in a screen, you might want to have a look Amazon's new Kindle for Kids bundle. The new offer, which is currently running $99.99 on Amazon's store, bundles a Kindle together with a protective cover and a pair of vocabulary tools meant to help young readers make it through more challenging books on their own.

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Amazon’s Alexa integrates with another big speaker brand: Denon HEOS

Amazon’s Alexa integrates with another big speaker brand: Denon HEOS

Also known as one of the biggest rivals to speaker company and system Sonos*, Denon creates HEOS, a speaker system that'll soon work with Amazon Alexa. This system will be updated in the first quarter of 2017, where a wide variety of speakers with the HEOS brand will be given a software update to allow Amazon Alexa to give their voice control powers a big boost.

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Ex-Top Gear hosts’ ‘The Grand Tour’ hits Amazon on November 18

Ex-Top Gear hosts’ ‘The Grand Tour’ hits Amazon on November 18

Fan of the BBC's previous version of Top Gear — that is, the one with well-known hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May — have been missing their fix of cars, snark, and silly antics for well over a year now. The trio departed from the show in early 2015 following Clarkson's dismissal, but it didn't take long for them to re-group and come up with a new show. That show, titled The Grand Tour, was picked up by Amazon, and now finally has a premiere date.

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Philips Hue’s Alexa integration gets support for setting light scenes

Philips Hue’s Alexa integration gets support for setting light scenes

Philips Lighting has a couple of exciting announcements today, the first being that it has “enhanced” the Amazon Alexa skill for its Philips Hue light bulb for users located in North America. As well, the company says it is expanding that skill into the United Kingdom and Germany, allowing Hue owners in both of those countries to use Alexa for controlling their lights, including those new aforementioned enhanced functions. As of today, owners can now use Alexa to have Hue turn on light scenes like “wake-up” or “party."

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Amazon Echo devices bring Alexa to UK and Germany

Amazon Echo devices bring Alexa to UK and Germany

In addition to formally announcing the All-New Echo Dot today, Amazon also revealed that its lineup of Echo devices will be launching in the UK and Germany. Of course, this means that our friends across the pond will soon be getting Alexa as well, with all the smart home-focused features that come with her. The Echo and the new Echo Dot will be launching in both regions in the coming weeks, though they're available for pre-order today.

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All-New Echo Dot confirmed, wants to put Alexa in every room

All-New Echo Dot confirmed, wants to put Alexa in every room

Late yesterday, Amazon seemed to leak the existence of a second-generation Echo Dot, tweeting out an announcement of the new device before quickly deleting the tweet in question. It didn't take long for the company to officially announce the latest iteration of the Echo Dot, putting it up for pre-order today on its virtual storefront. The All-New Echo Dot - as it's being called - aims to accomplish many of the same things as the first, most notably giving you easy access to Amazon's personal assistant, Alexa.

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New Echo Dot appears in now-deleted Amazon tweet

New Echo Dot appears in now-deleted Amazon tweet

If you go to Amazon’s Echo Dot page, it says that it is currently sold out. That may not be the case for long if a now-deleted tweet from Amazon itself is any indication. According to the tweet, Amazon has a new Echo Dot device in the pipeline, one that is priced at $49.99 USD — a much cheaper price than the previous iteration’s $89.99 USD rate. With the Echo Dot, any speaker you have can be used as part of the larger Amazon system or, alternatively, Echo Dot can be used on its own as a standalone device.

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Amazon Alexa gets new skills from GE, Food Network

Amazon Alexa gets new skills from GE, Food Network

Amazon has announced a big milestone for Alexa today, revealing that its little personal assistant now has over 3,000 skills for users to pick and choose from. 3,000 different Alexa skills is a fairly large achievement when you consider the development kit is only a year old, but it's made more impressive by the fact that Alexa's skills have tripled since June. To celebrate the announcement, Amazon detailed two new skills that are arriving today and a handful that will be launching before the end of September.

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