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ADT’s Pulse security system gets a new Amazon Alexa skill

ADT’s Pulse security system gets a new Amazon Alexa skill

Of all of the new Alexa skills being announced at CES 2017, the one for ADT's Pulse security system is one of the most interesting. Pulse is a smart home focused security system from ADT, so it makes a lot of sense to see support for Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot being added by way of an Alexa skill. The skill isn't available just yet, but ADT says it'll be start rolling out later this month.

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Amazon Fire TV Edition is coming to 4K UHD smart TVs

Amazon Fire TV Edition is coming to 4K UHD smart TVs

There’s a new smart TV platform on the market, and it’s one that many consumers already know well: Amazon Fire TV Edition, the smart TV version of Amazon’s Roku competitor. This version of Amazon Fire TV will be available on a new line of 4K Ultra HD televisions from Element Electronics, Seiki, and Westinghouse. Much like the Roku smart TVs, you’ll be able to access the Fire TV functionality and interface directly on the television, no set-top-box or HDMI stick required.

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Amazon Digital Day will have your wallet groaning

Amazon Digital Day will have your wallet groaning

If you lucked out on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas deals, don't you fret, Amazon has got you covered. At 00:00 PT on 30th December, that is, midnight in the Pacific (3 AM Eastern), Amazon will be letting loose a barrage of sales, from 50% to 75% to 80% off on loads of items on its shelves. Digital shelves, that is. Amazon Digital Day cometh and while it will naturally be limited to digital products, this day and age that is exactly what buyers want.

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Amazon patent details floating fulfillment center for drone deliveries

Amazon patent details floating fulfillment center for drone deliveries

Amazon has patented an ‘airborne fulfillment center’ that works with drones to deliver items from said floating warehouse to customers. The patent relates to Amazon’s publicly stated drone delivery ambitions, though we’re still a long way from seeing an actual delivery center floating around in the sky. The patent goes on to describe small airships that would deliver items to the airborne fulfillment center.

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Alexa a hostile witness in murder investigation

Alexa a hostile witness in murder investigation

How reliable a witness is Amazon's Alexa? The voice-controlled assistant, star of the Echo smart speaker but increasingly spreading to other connected devices, has become the unexpected informant in an Arkansas murder investigation set to go to trial come 2017. According to police, and freshly-unearthed warrants filed by investigators, the always-listening Echo could hold crucial evidence in the case.

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Alexa was the star of Amazon’s billion-order holiday

Alexa was the star of Amazon’s billion-order holiday

It sounds like Amazon's Alexa devices were a big hit over the holidays. Amazon announced today that sales of the Echo family were up 9x over 2015's holiday season, which puts sales of Alexa devices well into the millions for 2016. As is usually the case with Amazon, it didn't share specific numbers, and that's something of a shame, as it would offer good insight into how the Alexa ecosystem is performing in the face of increased competition from Google Home.

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Star Citizen space sim moves to Amazon Lumberyard game engine

Star Citizen space sim moves to Amazon Lumberyard game engine

Star Citizen, the new brainchild of Wing Commander Chris Roberts, blasted into the gaming scene with its unique crowdfunding system and ambitious and unique spin on the space sim genre. If you have been sold on the idea, and maybe even put in money yourself, and have been waiting for that 1.0 release, you might have to wait a bit longer. Already four years in the making, developer Cloud Imperium Games just revealed that the game has switched from CryTek's CryEngine to Amazon's fresh new Lumberyard game engine.

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Tech’s 8 biggest winners of 2016

Tech’s 8 biggest winners of 2016

The biggest winners of the year this year really shine a light on where our priorities are as a collective unconscious. This list is not based on the "most popular stories" or "most searched topics" or anything scientific like that - instead it's based on my perception of the tech world as a reporter and a participant. It's also important to note that I consider "tech" to include technology, science, and science fiction entertainment, as well - so those that have any items to add, please, by all means speak up.

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NES Classic Edition available at these new retailers soon

NES Classic Edition available at these new retailers soon

After losing out on GameStop, Best Buy, Meijer, and even Target*, sale seekers are looking to a new retailer to carry the Nintendo NES Classic Edition. This console is quite easily the fastest-selling console in Nintendo's history, selling more units in a week than the Wii sold in its entire lifespan. This is also true of the original PlayStation, GameBoy, and Xbox 360, too, each selling less than 120-million while the NES Classic Edition has already sold 196k.

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Plex Cloud is dropping Amazon Drive support soon

Plex Cloud is dropping Amazon Drive support soon

Plex recently announced a feature that makes life easier for some users: Plex Cloud, a way to access and stream content stored on a cloud service. Amazon Drive was named as one of the cloud storage options for Plex Cloud (the only one initially), but troubles soon started for the company. Unfortunately, those troubles have proven too much to handle, and so Plex is dropping Amazon Drive support entirely.

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Logitech Harmony gains Amazon Alexa support

Logitech Harmony gains Amazon Alexa support

Logitech's line of Harmony universal remote controls have long had the ability to control some home automation devices like the Hue lights from Philips. Harmony devices have now gained support for the Amazon Alexa via the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. If you have a Harmony remote and the Echo or Echo Dot in your home you can use your voice to control your entertainment.

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Onvocal OV wireless earbuds have Amazon Alexa built in

Onvocal OV wireless earbuds have Amazon Alexa built in

Onvocal has introduced its new OV in-ear headphones with Amazon Alexa Voice Services built in. Using these earbuds, users can ask Alexa to do various things like open up the company’s music app, as one example. The earbuds can also be used to access other personal voice assistants like Siri by tapping a button. The headphones will be available next month, though they can be pre-ordered now.

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