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One year on, Amazon's Alexa is quietly ushering in the smart home of the future

Throughout the 20th century, visions of the future imagined living rooms with screens used for video calls and smart homes that could listen and respond to all our requests using voice. Somewhere around 2005 it became clear that Skype had quietly made easy video calling a reality and now Amazon's Alexa, with little fanfare, is doing the same for home voice assistants.Read More

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Oasis is lightest and thinnest Kindle yet

If you've ever held a Kindle Paperwhite or Voyage e-reader, you've probably never thought "Boy, I wish this thing could be lighter and thinner." The fact is, both readers are already comfortable to hold and use, and can pack in thousands of books in their slim form factors. But clearly the engineers at Amazon felt there was room for improvement and today they announced the Kindle Oasis, the thinnest and brightest Kindle yet.Read More

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Amazon's new Echo Dot and Tap make Alexa more portable ... sort of

Amazon wants to make it easier to add its voice-controlled assistant, Alexa, to any room in the home by offering a pair of new, smaller versions of Amazon Echo, the original tabletop Bluetooth speaker inhabited by Alexa. Echo Dot and Amazon Tap are both smaller than the original Echo and Tap is even portable, but was too much sacrificed in the design to keep them from being the next go-to digital assistant?Read More

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Amazon Dash is now live, automatically reorders household supplies

The days of having to log onto your computer or smart phone, navigate to the proper site, and click "purchase" are over, not to mention the quaint notion of visiting an actual store. Your smart appliances can now handle the exhausting task of shopping for you. With Amazon's Dash Replenishment Service, connected devices in your home or office automatically reorder from Amazon when supplies run low.Read More

Amazon goes Uber with Flex delivery service

Amazon has launched a new means of delivering its packages. No, it's not by drones just yet. Instead, Amazon Flex will let individuals deliver packages in their local area, using a similar model to Uber or Nimber. To begin, they'll just need their own car and an Android smartphone.
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Amazon's new Fire HD tablets have budget pricing, predictive content downloading

Amazon has announced its new Fire HD tablets, which come in two sizes and numerous colorful finishes. The hardware, which is thin and light, looks solid enough, but the real star here could be the extra features that the company has packed in, including an updated UI, quick reading software and On Deck – a background tool that keeps the tablet up to date with Prime content.Read More

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