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Twitch goes ad-free for Amazon Prime members, dropping subscription tier

Twitch goes ad-free for Amazon Prime members, dropping subscription tier

At this weekend's Twitch Con 2016 in San Diego, the Amazon-owned video game live-streaming service announced that it was replacing its premium subscription plan in favor of a closer relationship with Amazon's Prime service. Now, instead of paying $9/month for the ad-free Twitch Turbo, Amazon Prime subscribers will automatically get the ad-free Twitch experience, in addition to deals on games and bonus content.

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Amazon Game Studios reveals its first three Twitch-integrated games

Amazon Game Studios reveals its first three Twitch-integrated games

Amazon Game Studios is looking to get off the ground in a big way, announcing a total of three new games at TwitchCon 2016. What's notable about these games doesn't end at the fact that they'll be the first titles from Amazon Game Studios, but also that they're being built with Twitch integration baked in.

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‘Partnership on AI’ tech alliance will tackle thorny research issues

‘Partnership on AI’ tech alliance will tackle thorny research issues

A tech alliance composed of Google, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, and Amazon has formed ‘Partnership on AI,’ a collective effort ‘to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, to advance the public’s understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society.' The team states big goals for the partnership, not the least of which is helping the general public understand artificial intelligence and addressing concerns they may have about it.

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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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