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Amazon Prime had a ridiculously good 2017

Amazon Prime had a ridiculously good 2017

It'll probably come as little surprise that Amazon had a great 2017, with the online retailer announcing it shipped more than five billion items worldwide to its Prime subscribers. While Alexa-toting gadgets like the Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick with Alexa Remote had already cemented their spots as popular Amazon products over the holidays, it turns out that Jeff Bezos' online behemoth is popular for more than just tech.

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100+ Alexa skills every Echo owner should know about

100+ Alexa skills every Echo owner should know about

Christmas has come and gone and the odds are high you received an Echo device; maybe it was the flagship model, maybe it was the smaller Dot or the display-toting Show. Regardless, Alexa is now a resident in your home, and she can get stuff done...if you know how to use her properly. Key to Alexa's usefulness are her skills, of which she has many, but they're not all made equal. Find here more than 100 skills every Alexa owner should know about.

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5 ways to get the best out of Amazon Alexa

5 ways to get the best out of Amazon Alexa

Amazon's Alexa turned out to be the holiday guest in millions of homes this year, and that means plenty of people getting to grips with everything their new Echo can do. Although she may be most often seen as a joke-telling, fact-searching assistant, Alexa can do plenty more than that. Read on for five things to do in order to get the most out of Alexa.

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Amazon Alexa the holiday 2017 star with “millions” of Echo Dot sold

Amazon Alexa the holiday 2017 star with “millions” of Echo Dot sold

Amazon's Alexa has stormed the holidays, with the voice assistant - and the Echo devices that embody her - a huge sales success at Christmas 2017. The Echo Dot, Amazon's most affordable Alexa device, and the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote were the retailer's number one and number two top-selling products, respectively, Amazon confirmed today. That only underscored evidence from the Apple App Store suggesting Alexa had spread considerably on Christmas morning.

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Echo Show YouTube support is back

Echo Show YouTube support is back

The Alexa-powered Echo Show has regained YouTube support, following a spat between Amazon and Google, though there have been compromises along the way. The touchscreen-fronted smart speaker launched earlier this year with the ability to search for and play YouTube videos. However, that was subsequently disabled after the Google-owned video service complained about how Amazon had implemented the streaming.

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Amazon Echo PRODUCT(RED) makes Alexa charitable

Amazon Echo PRODUCT(RED) makes Alexa charitable

Amazon has a new Echo PRODUCT(RED) edition, cladding its Alexa-powered smart speaker in a charitable sleeve. The new model joins Amazon's sensible, dare we say rather dour line-up of colors and finishes which, for the first time with the second-gen Echo, are interchangeable.

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Amazon Alexa deals offer 24hrs of smart speaker price cuts

Amazon Alexa deals offer 24hrs of smart speaker price cuts

It's Alexa's birthday, and Amazon has announced a brief promotion that will see some sizable savings on devices powered by the virtual assistant. While it might be traditional to receive gifts on a birthday, Amazon has flipped that around and is offering a variety of deals on Alexa-powered devices. The promotion ranges from the cheapest Echo Dot, though to third-party hardware like the Alexa-powered Ecobee4 thermostat, along with Fire tablets and more.

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Amazon Alexa now recognizes your voice

Amazon Alexa now recognizes your voice

Amazon's Alexa is learning voice recognition, with the Echo smart speakers set to spot who is talking and offer up personalized replies. The functionality has remained one of the most-requested for Alexa, with users' eagerness only fueled by Google adding support for voice recognition to its Google Home several months ago.

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Amazon’s big Echo event: all the devices fit to run Alexa

Amazon’s big Echo event: all the devices fit to run Alexa

This morning Amazon revealed the "all-new Echo", Echo Plus, Echo Spot, a new Fire TV, Echo Connect, and an Alexa-infused Big Mouth Billy Bass. If that wasn't enough to excite the voice-first fans out there in Echoland, what will? In this mix is a set of devices that expand Amazon's footprint in the smart home beyond the ways and means of yesteryear, all in devices that either expand on or modify devices that've come before.

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Amazon Echo Spot alarm clock is smart and semi-spherical

Amazon Echo Spot alarm clock is smart and semi-spherical

The Amazon Echo Spot was introduced today as a smart alarm clock with Alexa inside. This device works as an alarm clock first and foremost, but also rolls with the feature every single Amazon hardware product seems to have here in 2017: Alexa. The smart assistant will live within the device, the device also acting as a screen for multiple different purposes.

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Amazon Echo Connect gives your landline hands-free capabilities

Amazon Echo Connect gives your landline hands-free capabilities

It isn't all that often we hear about landlines these days, but one of the newest additions to the Amazon Echo family is bringing them back into the spotlight. At its Echo-themed event today, Amazon unveiled the new Echo Connect. This new device essentially turns your landline into a speakerphone capable of hands-free dialing.

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Amazon’s new Echo brings multi-room audio and a stylish new design

Amazon’s new Echo brings multi-room audio and a stylish new design

Amazon has unveiled the next-generation version of its Echo device, a smaller cylindrical tower with a classier design and $99 price tag. Unlike the original Echo, this second-generation update features a cloth design not unlike what we find on Google Daydream devices. The new model boasts better sound quality versus the original smart speaker, and it is joined by a bundle discount on additional Echo devices.

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