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Canary security cameras get Alexa skill for viewing video feeds

Canary security cameras get Alexa skill for viewing video feeds

Canary has added Amazon Alexa support for all of its customers, enabling users to view their security camera feeds on video-equipped Echo devices and Fire TVs using voice commands. This new Alexa skill supports all Canary devices; with it, device owners can say something like, "Alexa, show me Camera Name" to pull up a video feed on their preferred device.

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Amazon Prime phones now get an ad-removed refund

Amazon Prime phones now get an ad-removed refund

Just about a week ago, Amazon revealed that it would be removing the lockscreen advertisements from Prime Exclusive phones. Those advertisements allowed Amazon to offer phones to Prime members at a lower cost, as presumably the revenue made from putting ads on the lock screen would make up the difference. Lockscreen advertisements apparently didn't work out the way Amazon was expecting, though officially, the company said it was removing them so that users would be able to take advantage of modern unlocking methods like facial recognition.

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Alexa is getting a custom Amazon AI chip: Report

Alexa is getting a custom Amazon AI chip: Report

Amazon plans to join the custom chip club, with future Alexa devices like the Echo smart speaker reportedly set to be powered by a homegrown AI processor. Efforts to design a special chipset that would give Alexa offline talents, among other improvements, are said to have been underway for the past few years. As well as further differentiating its assistant technology, it could also open Amazon up to a potentially lucrative new market.

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Here’s how to remove Amazon Prime Exclusive locksreen ads now

Here’s how to remove Amazon Prime Exclusive locksreen ads now

In a rather surprising turn of events, Amazon has announced that it will be changing its Prime Exclusive phone program in significant ways. It has promised to remove lockscreen ads, and only the lockscreen ads, on its phones, though in exchange for a slightly higher price tag. But that is only going to happen with an update that hasn’t rolled out yet to all users. If you’re feeling a bit impatient, you can actually get rid of those pesky ads now just by sideloading this APK.

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Amazon in-house FedEx and UPS rival could shake up shipping

Amazon in-house FedEx and UPS rival could shake up shipping

For the past few years, we've seen Amazon attempting to expand beyond its core business as an online retailer. The most recent move that will spring to mind for many is its acqusition of Whole Foods, which turned it into a brick-and-mortar grocer overnight. However, Amazon has also been making significant strides when it comes to logisitics, and today we're hearing about the next step in those efforts.

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Amazon Prime Now adds Whole Foods products with two-hour delivery

Amazon Prime Now adds Whole Foods products with two-hour delivery

Whole Foods customers in a Prime Now service area can now get their groceries delivered in two hours for free. Amazon has announced the new expansion of its Prime Now service, which is available in certain markets where ultra-fast deliveries for certain items are possible. Amazon recently wrapped up its acquisition of grocery store chain Whole Foods and has now added it as an option on its Prime Now service.

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How to get Gordon Ramsay’s voice on your Echo or Alexa device

How to get Gordon Ramsay’s voice on your Echo or Alexa device

Gordon Ramsay, foul-mouthed chef and TV star, was one of the celebrities featured in Amazon's Super Bowl commercial over the weekend. The commercial featured various celebrities offering their voices to fill in for Alexa after she lost her voice. It was a fun look at what Alexa could be like with a different personality, and now you can sort of experience that yourself with a new Gordon Ramsay skill.

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Amazon taps Arnold Schwarzenegger for original western series Outrider

Amazon taps Arnold Schwarzenegger for original western series Outrider

Amazon has a new original series in the works, a western drama dubbed Outrider. The series will be starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, according to sources, as both a show star and as an executive producer. Schwarzenegger will be executive producing alongside Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan executive producer Mace Neufeld, Trey Callaway, and Mark Montgomery.

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Amazon Prime Exclusive phones remove lockscreen ads

Amazon Prime Exclusive phones remove lockscreen ads

This morning Amazon made a move to bring their Prime Exclusive Android phones into the future. They removed the lockscreen ads, making their devices far closer to the standard non-ad-filled Android experience available on all non-Amazon phones. The reason Amazon's done this is likely different from what you'd expect. They suggest it's in order to allow users to use more of their phone's features - I believe there's more to it than that.

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Tablets are struggling, and only 2 strategies are working

Tablets are struggling, and only 2 strategies are working

Aggressive pricing pushed Amazon's tablets ahead of Samsung last quarter, but even with Apple's iPad holding strong in pole position it may take a form-factor change to keep the segment moving. Sales of tablets slowed dramatically in 2017, according to the new Q4 2017 numbers from IDC, though some subcategories managed a little growth. Still, there are clear signs that consumers aren't going to settle for just a big display in order to open their wallet.

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Alexa won’t be paying attention to Amazon’s Super Bowl ad

Alexa won’t be paying attention to Amazon’s Super Bowl ad

Alexa purposefully ignoring her name might seem like unexpected sass from Amazon's virtual assistant, but it's a key part of the retailer's big Super Bowl promotion this coming weekend. The assistant will take center stage in a celebrity-filled commercial at the ball game, but if you're already an Echo owner, you'll be pleased to hear that Amazon has figured out how to avoid its spot inadvertently activating your smart speaker.

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Amazon wristband patent details tracker for warehouse employees

Amazon wristband patent details tracker for warehouse employees

A newly discovered Amazon patent filed back in 2016 details a wearable device designed to track warehouse employees. Is the company developing such a product for its own warehouses? Perhaps. According to the patent, which was filed with the USPTO, the wearable can be used to monitor a warehouse worker's performance based on their proximity to certain inventory bins.

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