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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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AirPods Strap will tie your wireless AirPods together with a wire

AirPods Strap will tie your wireless AirPods together with a wire

By now we all know that Apple has ditched the headphone plug on the latest iPhone model and went wireless with its included earphones. Those new wireless earphones are called EarPods and look sort of like a set of older EarPods that have had their wires cut off. The problem for some that have a hard time keeping up with their stuff is that the new AirPods aren’t linked together in any way meaning it's easy to lose one of them.

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Amazon, Pandora to shake up music streaming market

Amazon, Pandora to shake up music streaming market

The music streaming business has become a rather aggressive one, especially after Apple joined the fray. Despite that, pricing for monthly subscription hasn’t substantially changed among the very few major players in that market. By now, the $9.99 a month fee is more or less standard everywhere. Amazon and Pandora, however, might soon have something different to say. The two companies are expected to debut new subscription offerings n the coming months, even as early as next week, that will be challenging the status quo and might give their rivals pause.

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Amazon expected to open 100 pop-up stores to demo Echo, Kindle, more

Amazon expected to open 100 pop-up stores to demo Echo, Kindle, more

Despite helping to revolutionize online shopping, e-commerce giant Amazon is going to continue its push into the physical retail environment. Shortly after the news that Amazon will be opening more physical bookstores in new cities across the US comes word that the next year will see 100 or so pop-up stores come to shopping malls around the country.

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Amazon said to be negotiating streaming rights for live sports

Amazon said to be negotiating streaming rights for live sports

As Amazon has already become a major player in the streaming video market, it's now looking to move beyond just offering TV shows, movies, and original series. A new report from Bloomberg says the company want to challenge broadcast TV by offering coverage of live sporting events, including soccer, golf, tennis, and auto racing. The paper's anonymous sources say Amazon has begun talks into acquiring the licenses needed to stream such events.

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49ers team with Amazon Prime Now for tailgating goods

49ers team with Amazon Prime Now for tailgating goods

The San Francisco 49ers have teamed up with Amazon to make tailgating a little more convenient. Under this partnership, 49ers fans at Levi’s Stadium will be able to order “essentials” using Amazon Prime Now and have those items delivered straight to their parking spot in certain parking lots. This is said to be the first service of its kind, and it'll be available to those located in the Blue/Green/Red Lots 1 — the area where, says the 49ers, most of the tailgating at that stadium happen.

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Amazon Fire HD 8 refresh announced with extended battery life and Alexa support

Amazon Fire HD 8 refresh announced with extended battery life and Alexa support

Amazon has announced a new version of its Fire HD 8 tablet, and it sounds like this refresh brings a number of hardware improvements over its predecessor. Taking a page out of Nintendo's book, Amazon has dubbed this the "All-New Fire HD 8," and aside from an improvement on the hardware side of things, this new tablet marks the first time that Alexa capabilities will be present in Amazon's Fire lineup.

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Amazon Restaurants delivery service kicks off in select London areas

Amazon Restaurants delivery service kicks off in select London areas

Select London postcodes now have the chance to get high-end food from restaurants delivered directly to their door via Amazon Prime Now. Available restaurants include Baltic Restaurant, Crazy Bear, Archipelago, Benares, Kiru, Comptoir Libanais, Levant, Planet Hollywood, and Stada. A couple places just for lunch are included on the list as well such as Pod and Tossed along with lots more places for lunch and dinner.

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Amazon Fire TV update expands search, voice control and more

Amazon Fire TV update expands search, voice control and more

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are getting an over-the-air update that brings new features and expands others, including Universal Search for more apps and channels, using Alexa voice control to skip through videos and ask for sports updates, and more. According to Amazon, the OTA software update is being rolled out to the aforementioned devices now.

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Amazon Dash Buttons come to Europe in first expansion outside US

Amazon Dash Buttons come to Europe in first expansion outside US

Amazon's Dash Button service has become fairly common in the US after launching a year and a half ago with the small, WiFi-connected devices that let shoppers re-order household items and snacks with just a single press, and now totaling over 100 brands and products. But in all that time, Amazon has never made the buttons available outside the US — until now. Dash Buttons have officially launched in the UK, Germany, and Austria.

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