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Amazon is adding a Spanish language option to its website

Amazon is adding a Spanish language option to its website

Amazon’s website will soon be offered with a Spanish language option, making it a more appealing destination for Spanish speakers in the United States. This language option will be rolled out over the coming weeks, according to an Amazon spokesperson, and will be easily accessible via a language drop-down menu near the “Accounts & Lists” option. Changing the site's language will transform all the listings into Spanish.

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Amazon Echo gets Bluetooth speaker support

Amazon Echo gets Bluetooth speaker support

Thus far, if you wanted to use Amazon Alexa with a Bluetooth speaker, you needed to get a Dot device. That has changed, as Amazon has quietly introduced Bluetooth speaker pairing support for its Echo device, as well. By pairing Echo with a Bluetooth speaker, users are able to enjoy the powerful and better quality audio delivered with a speaker rather than the device’s own built-in audio offering.

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Nintendo Switch: Netflix, Hulu “will come in time”

Nintendo Switch: Netflix, Hulu “will come in time”

It seems that the Nintendo Switch if off to a pretty strong start, with the console selling out across the US and fans and critics alike singing the praises of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Even with that praise, though, the Switch is still lacking in some other areas. Specifically, aside from Zelda and a few other launch games, there isn't that much to do with the Switch just yet.

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Amazon Alexa taps WebMD to answer your health questions

Amazon Alexa taps WebMD to answer your health questions

WebMD has announced that its glut of medical and health information is now accessible through Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, giving users a way to easily ask for health-related information. The information is accessible by asking Alexa health questions, such as, “Alexa, ask WebMD to tell me about insert health condition here.” Alexa, of course, will retrieve the information and then read it back to the user, no smartphones or apps necessary.

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Amazon tipped to release Alexa-based home intercom devices

Amazon tipped to release Alexa-based home intercom devices

Amazon has plans to bring Alexa into more homes via one or more devices that function as in-home intercoms and as devices for making phone calls via voice commands. The news comes from recently surfaced sources who claim Amazon will be releasing one or more of these types of devices some time this year, and that such hardware has already undergone beta testing within the company.

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Amazon home security camera, possibly with Alexa, leaks on retailer’s site

Amazon home security camera, possibly with Alexa, leaks on retailer’s site

It looks like Amazon’s getting into the home security camera market, at least if a new image pulled from the retailer’s website is any indication. According to a recent report, an automated script stumbled upon the image; in it we see a tall oval-shaped camera with Amazon branding on the top and a glowing blue ring, possibly indicating Alexa is present, on the bottom.

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Kwikset smart locks get Alexa voice control

Kwikset smart locks get Alexa voice control

Kwikset has announced that some of its smart locks on the SmartThings platform can now be controlled via voice commands and Amazon Alexa devices. This new support is due an Amazon API update, according to Kwikset, which says the new support is available for its SmartCode 910, 914, and 916 smart locks. The new support enables users to ask Alexa to lock their deadbolt.

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Amazon AWS outage means the Internet is down

Amazon AWS outage means the Internet is down

If you’ve had some trouble accessing certain (read: many) services and websites today, you’re not alone. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is experiencing problems with its us-east-1 region of data centers, and that is causing some major outages and headaches for companies relying on the service. Major websites and online services are being affected, including ones like Quora, Trello and more.

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Amazon Echo might soon be able to tell voices apart

Amazon Echo might soon be able to tell voices apart

Amazon arguably kicked off the “personal assistant in a can” line of products, so it’s almost fitting that it also be the first to implement one of the most needed feature for smart speakers. These devices can already recognize and understand voices and speech, but they can’t really differentiate one voice from the next, which makes for a sometimes hilarious, sometimes frightening situation. Amazon, however, is tipped to be working on a certain “Voice ID” feature that would put those worries to rest.

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Amazon said to be developing its own suite of office productivity apps

Amazon said to be developing its own suite of office productivity apps

For the longest time, there have been two titan when it comes to office productivity software: the ever enduring Microsoft Office suite, and the more recent web-based Google Docs. But there soon could be a new challenger in the form of Amazon, as sources have indicated the company is planning to beef up its Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform with a productivity suite that will attempt to lure enterprise customers away from Microsoft and Google.

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Amazon Go futuristic convenience store will sell beer, too

Amazon Go futuristic convenience store will sell beer, too

Amazon's recently unveiled futuristic convenience store, Amazon Go, will also sell alcohol, it has been revealed. This convenience store, currently existing as a concept in Seattle, aims to revolutionize corner shops by eliminating the human element (mostly) and replacing it with a variety of machine learning, sensors, and cameras. Rather than paying for an item via a cashier or automated checkout machine, the store aims to charge customers automatically as they take items off the shelves.

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Amazon’s All-New Fire TV Stick pre-orders begin in the UK

Amazon’s All-New Fire TV Stick pre-orders begin in the UK

Back in September, Amazon revealed the next iteration of its Fire TV Stick. Brilliantly named the All-New Fire TV Stick, there wasn't a whole lot that was changing with this new device, save for one thing: the introduction of an Alexa voice remote. Even though it went up for pre-order in the US with that announcement, folks in the UK were left waiting.

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