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Amazon Prime Video arrives on Apple TV at long last

Amazon Prime Video arrives on Apple TV at long last

After hearing promises of an Amazon Prime Video app for Apple TV at WWDC 2017, the day has finally come. Amazon Prime Video has gone live for Apple TV, with just a few weeks to spare in Apple's promise that it would be here before the end of 2017. Just as well, it appears that the iOS Prime Video App has been updated to play nice with the iPhone X.

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Echo Show loses YouTube support, Fire TV will soon follow [Update: Amazon responds]

Echo Show loses YouTube support, Fire TV will soon follow [Update: Amazon responds]

Google and Amazon are in the middle of a squabble of some sort and its customers are suffering as a result. The matter became public back in September when Google pulled YouTube support for Amazon's Echo Show without warning, leaving those device owners without access to the popular video platform. Amazon eventually got YouTube back for the customers, but Google has doubled down and will be stripping it away entirely.

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Amazon delivery drones may self-destruct to keep people safe

Amazon delivery drones may self-destruct to keep people safe

Are you ready for a future where shipments are delivered via drones? How about a future where those delivery drones can self-destruct if the situation calls for it? A newly surfaced Amazon patent details delivery drones that could self-destruct if they are at risk of falling, the idea apparently being that a destroyed drone will land in several smaller, lighter pieces than one whole delivery drone, which could potentially hurt someone.

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Google bans apps with lockscreen ads, Amazon phones in question

Google bans apps with lockscreen ads, Amazon phones in question

Like it or not, and many definitely don’t, ads have become part and parcel of the modern digital life. It’s not that ads themselves are bad. In fact, for some, it’s the only way to generate revenue for something they offer for free. What makes ads the villains, however, are the way people have unscrupulously used every trick they can come up with to inconvenience or, worse, mislead users. Google has been cracking down on inappropriate uses of ads on Android, and the latest to get the banhammer are apps that put those ads on phones’ lockscreens.

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Fire TV gets Alexa control for Hulu, CBS, NBC, Showtime, and PlayStation Vue

Fire TV gets Alexa control for Hulu, CBS, NBC, Showtime, and PlayStation Vue

Alexa just got support for several video apps on Amazon Fire TV, including Sony's PlayStation Vue, Hulu, CBS, NBC, Showtime, and Bravo. With this support, Fire TV owners can ask Alexa to do things on their behalf, no Echo device necessary. If you have a newer Fire TV device that includes the Alexa Voice Remote, you can do all of this just by pressing the microphone button on that remote control.

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Alexa for Business brings Amazon AI into the workplace

Alexa for Business brings Amazon AI into the workplace

Between Hulu integrating Alexa with its streaming service and third-party speakers now supporting Alexa out of the box, it sure seems like Amazon's smart assistant is everywhere these days. Despite wide-ranging support, one area that Amazon has yet to tackle is enterprise. That all changes today, as Amazon has introduced Alexa for Business, which will bring the smart assistant to the workplace.

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Google Home can now take on two voice commands at once

Google Home can now take on two voice commands at once

The battle between Google Home and Amazon Echo to become the smart speaker that ultimately makes it into your home is a close one, but today Google is rolling out a new feature that might just give its speaker an edge. It seems that a new update has given Google Home the capacity to handle two commands at once. This is a handy ability, because before this update rolled out, each action you wanted Google Home to perform had to be delivered through individual voice commands.

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Hulu’s Alexa integration is now live

Hulu’s Alexa integration is now live

Back in September, Hulu revealed plans to integrate Alexa voice commands with its service. At the time, Hulu only said that this new functionality would be coming sometime in the fall, failing to get more specific. It turns out that "sometime in fall" is today, with Alexa voice commands rolling out to Hulu users now.

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Amazon AWS DeepLens camera brings local deep learning to the smart home

Amazon AWS DeepLens camera brings local deep learning to the smart home

Amazon made a rather surprising announcement today, revealing a product that seems to go toe-to-toe in many ways with Google Clips. Say hello to the AWS DeepLens camera, a new camera that's designed with deep learning AI in mind. That's similar to what Google is trying to do with Clips, but while that camera is aimed at consumers, the DeepLens camera is targeted toward developers.

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Amazon Fire TV Silk browser support officially arrives

Amazon Fire TV Silk browser support officially arrives

If you have any of Amazon's Fire TV devices, including the stick and smart TVs, you now have a way to browse the Internet with them: Amazon's own Silk browser. This is the same browser that Amazon includes on its Kindle Fire devices. We've known for a while that the Silk browser would likely appear on the Fire TV devices soon enough -- a beta leaked earlier this year, for example, followed by a very temporary arrival in the Amazon Appstore.

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Amazon Sumerian wants to be the cross-platform VR/AR builder

Amazon Sumerian wants to be the cross-platform VR/AR builder

Amazon might not be a name you’d immediately associate with creating interactive content, much less games, but that is exactly what the retail giant has been up to lately. Following the Lumberyard game engine it spun off from Crytek’s dying CryENGINE, Amazon is introducing Sumerian, its own VR and AV creation platform for generating interactive scenes and content that can run on any VR or AR hardware in the market. Of course, it’s stored in and runs on Amazon’s cloud.

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Essential Phone gets a big discount in Amazon’s Cyber Monday sale

Essential Phone gets a big discount in Amazon’s Cyber Monday sale

Black Friday and Cyber Monday give us a seemingly unending list of deals to sift through, but as far as phones are concerned, there aren't always a lot of discounts that give us pause. Many phone discounts require an activation to go along with the device, and that's enough to sour some people on them. If you find yourself in that boat on this fateful Cyber Monday, then you might want to have a look at Amazon's new offer on the Essential Phone.

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