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New Alexa skill has Amazon Echo reading 60,000 recipes

New Alexa skill has Amazon Echo reading 60,000 recipes

The Amazon Echo connected speaker can turn a number of activities into passive ones, such as reading the news or e-books out loud for users, book travel plans, track orders from Amazon, and even send text messages. But one category where the device has been lacking is in looking up and reading cooking recipes. That's finally changing, and just in time for the holidays.

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Amazon app adds ‘Package X-Ray’ feature to see what’s inside boxes

Amazon app adds ‘Package X-Ray’ feature to see what’s inside boxes

With the holidays now upon us, the shopping season is about to get into full swing. Like most people do nowadays, the majority of your shopping is done online, probably from a certain retailer by the name of Amazon, and that means plenty of packages arriving within a short time period. To help with this, Amazon has updated its iOS app with a new "Package X-Ray" feature that allows users to see what's inside a certain box with the iPhone's camera.

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Amazon Prime on sale for one day only in US

Amazon Prime on sale for one day only in US

If you've been on the fence about subscribing to Amazon Prime, then you might like to know that the yearly cost is currently discounted. The sale, which drops the price down to $79 for your first year of Prime, will only last as long as November 18 does. That means when the clock hits 11:59 PM, Amazon Prime's price jumps back up to $99 per year.

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Now you can buy Fiat Chrysler cars on Amazon (if you’re in Italy)

Now you can buy Fiat Chrysler cars on Amazon (if you’re in Italy)

Fiat Chrysler and Amazon have joined forces to make online car sales through the latter's massive storefront a reality. The program will start small - only offering three different models initially - but the implications for the future of car sales are easy to see. Unfortunately, only folks living in Italy are getting the chance to take advantage of this new program.

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Amazon’s Black Friday starts early with Alexa’s Voice Shopping

Amazon’s Black Friday starts early with Alexa’s Voice Shopping

Starting this morning Amazon is making certain Black Friday shoppers are spending cash as early as possible with "voice shopping weekend." To do this, they're running a deal in which Amazon Tap is a bit cheaper than normal, and a few more deals can be found by asking Alexa devices. Users that have an Alexa-enabled device should ask, "Alexa, what are your deals" each day - but make sure not to say "what is YOUR deal," because that means something different.

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Amazon Prime Video ready for global rollout soon

Amazon Prime Video ready for global rollout soon

Right now Amazon Prime Video is a streaming service rather like Netflix that is available in only a few countries around the world. Those countries include the US, UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan. A launch in India is planned as well. Hints have started to surface about the global rollout, most notably via a tweet from "The Grand Tour" and former "Top Gear" star Jeremy Clarkson.

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Amazon Echo will soon be able to send texts for AT&T subscribers

Amazon Echo will soon be able to send texts for AT&T subscribers

Starting tomorrow, the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot will be able to send text messages on the behalf of AT&T subscribers, making the entire texting process hands-free. AT&T plans to launch the Alexa skill on Friday, calling it the AT&T Send Message skill. According to the carrier, it is the first of its kind to let Alexa device owners send a text from their phone number to someone in their contacts using one of the Echo models.

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The Grand Tour premieres tonight as Amazon cuts Prime prices

The Grand Tour premieres tonight as Amazon cuts Prime prices

After waiting nearly a year and a half, The Grand Tour is set to premiere on Amazon Prime video tonight. That means fans of former TopGear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond will once again be able to see them in front of the camera and behind the wheel. The show was first announced back in July of last year, and since then, Clarkson, May, and Hammond have been travelling the world filming episodes for their new series.

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Eero Wifi system update boosts speed with TrueMesh, enables Alexa skills

Eero Wifi system update boosts speed with TrueMesh, enables Alexa skills

If you happen to own an eero home Wifi system, then you might be interested in hearing about a rather large update that's coming your way. First and foremost, this update will implement a new feature called TrueMesh. TrueMesh includes improvements to eero's mesh routing algorithms, which increases the speed at which your signal is transferred between individual eeros.

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Hyundai Ioniq Blue Link supports Amazon Alexa voice commands

Hyundai Ioniq Blue Link supports Amazon Alexa voice commands

Hyundai has announced a new feature that owners of the Ioniq EV and plug-in EV can use that takes advantage of Blue Link and Amazon Alexa. By using Amazon Alexa voice commands owners of Ioniq vehicles can perform tasks such as starting and stopping charging of the EVs.

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Amazon Music Unlimited rolls out family subscription plans

Amazon Music Unlimited rolls out family subscription plans

Amazon Music Unlimited has wasted little time in taking the fight to established streaming services. Today Amazon announced a new family subscription plan for the service, barely a month after Music Unlimited rolled out in the US. Like other family plan subscriptions, this one will let multiple folks use Music Unlimited for one monthly fee, rather than shelling out for numerous individual accounts.

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Amazon Music Unlimited launches in the UK, starts at £7.99 mo

Amazon Music Unlimited launches in the UK, starts at £7.99 mo

Amazon has announced that its Amazon Music Unlimited service has launched in the UK. The service is an on-demand streaming music service with a catalog of over 40 million songs that is also packed with thousands of hand curated playlists and personalized stations for subscribers to enjoy. The service works in conjunction with a new Amazon Music Unlimited App that features Alexa voice controls.

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