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Your Amazon Echo can now tell you how to work out

Amazon's Echo personal assistant (powered by Alexa) is an unusual device that's had a very beta-existence since its launch last summer. It still struggles to hear certain commands, and its utility is limited to certain areas, but that isn't stopping Amazon from releasing new features — like a new …

Amazon’s Other App Store, Alexa’s “Skills” Section, Has Quietly Grown To Over 130 Apps

Amazon has been quietly building out an ecosystem of applications for its connected device, the Amazon Echo. While nowhere near as well-known or buzzed about as the two top app stores on the market today – Apple’s iTunes App Store and Google’s Play Store – the Echo app store, aka the “Skills” …

Whirlpool's new smart appliances have Amazon Dash built in

Washer and dryer will tell you to buy more detergent<p>Last October, Amazon partnered with a host of companies to incorporate its Dash order functionality directly into some of their products. Where previously you could only make Dash orders via dedicated Wi-Fi-enabled buttons, the integration with …

These are the genius robots putting together your Amazon orders so quickly

6/<p>And this, the standard Kiva robot, moves around items.<p>Reuters / Noah Berger<p>7/<p>Amazon began using the Kiva robots to help shipment center staffers in …

Alexa, is my garage door closed? Ford wants your car to talk to Amazon Echo

Automotive giant wants in-car systems and smart home devices to play nicely together.<p>Ford is working on connecting its Sync in-car communications …

Amazon is now selling its own ARM-based chips

Israeli subsidiary announces Alpine line of semiconductors, one year after acquisition<p>An Israeli company acquired by Amazon last year has announced a new line of semiconductors, marking Amazon's first foray into the chipmaking market. The company, Annapurna Labs, announced its Alpine line of …

Amazon's stealth takeover of the smart home at CES 2016

Alexa everywhere<p>Of all the forecasts made here at CES, the smart home feels like one of the nearest to coming true. Nearly every big-name technology brand, from Google to Samsung to LG, is in the process of trying to own the way we interact with our appliances and our appliances interact with each …

Amazon may be making the Echo you don't need (or want)

When Amazon has a hit, they tend to overdo it. A new report suggests the company will soon release a smaller version of its Echo — likely at a radically reduced price.<p>The Wall Street Journal reports the new-look Echo will be about the size of a beer can, and is “designed to fit comfortably in the …

You can now play Jeopardy with your Amazon Echo speaker

Amazon's Echo speaker, with the voice-powered digital assistant Alexa, is good for setting kitchen timers, playing to music, and — of course — shopping on Amazon. You can add playing <i>Jeopardy</i> to that list after an update earlier this week. After enabling the new feature in the Echo's app settings, …

Amazon's 7-inch Fire tablet discounted to £40 in the UK

As if it wasn't insanely good value for money anyway.<p>Amazon's newest 7-inch Fire is all the tablet most people need, which is why it's such incredibly good value for money at only £50. Or it was, anyway, before Amazon decided it wasn't <i>quite</i> cheap enough. As of today, you can pick up the entry-level …

How to Make the Amazon Echo the Center of Your Smart Home

The Amazon Echo defies easy categorization. Amazon has placed the $180 gadget in its Home Automation Controllers category alongside remotes, security …

Amazon 'jacks up' prices of David Bowie back catalogue following legendary rocker's liver cancer death

Space Oddity, Heroes and Let's Dance albums sell-out after David Bowie's death.<p>Four days after the death of British rock and pop icon David Bowie, …

10 offensive products that Amazon refuses to sell

You can find almost anything on Amazon these days… and the things you can’t find are likely banned for being outrageously offensive. The YouTube …

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Alexa can now read Kindle books aloud from an Amazon Echo for free

You won't get the tone of a professional voice actor, but Alexa can read your Kindle books aloud: Best of all, there's no charge.<p>With so much recent …

Amazon Will Soon Let the Echo Control Your Connected Thermostats

The Amazon Echo, the connected speaker that uses voice recognition to answer questions, control lights, and plays games, is slated to add another …

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Amazon’s crazy Dash Buttons on sale for all Prime members

Amazon is opening up Dash Button sales to all Prime members, giving them a physical button that instantly replenishes household goods.<p>Amazon …

Amazon Kindle Fire commercial mocks the iPad Air with a Jony Ive parody

Amazon is the latest company to take on Apple's distinctive advertising style in its own commercials, this time by pitting the iPad Air against Amazon's 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX using what seems like a thinly veiled parody of Apple's Jony Ive, who frequently appears in the company's promotional …

Jeff Bezos has responded to a report slamming Amazon's working conditions

Over the weekend, The New York Times published a lengthy feature about what it's like to work for the online-retail giant.<p>It describes a "bruising workplace," in which employees (known as "Amazonians") work long hours and are pushed extremely hard. Here's one particularly cutting paragraph from the …

Lego machine removes DRM from Kindle e-books

Lego Mindstorms robots have been put to many good uses, such as solving Rubik's cubes and acting as a motorized wheelchair. Peter Purgathofer, an associate professor at the Vienna University of Technology, used Mindstorms to create a machine that automatically strips the DRM from Kindle e-books.<p>The …

Amazon introduces new Fire TV Stick, Fire TV and Fire TV Gaming Edition

Amazon has jumped in to the world of media with the Amazon Fire TV and its low-cost companion, the Fire TV Stick. The company today has released a pre-order for its new generation of Fire TV products, to provide more powerful voice, processing and storage abilities.<p>First is the new Fire TV stick …

Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX tablets pose real threat to iPad dominance

Amazon's new HDX tablets are a huge technological leap beyond last year's models, but are still priced aggressively.<p>Amazon's first trick was selling a tablet so cheap, it was hard not to buy it, despite the shortcomings. Amazon's next trick was to build a second, larger tablet, to show it could …