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    Amazon Echo Look Turns Alexa Into Your Personal Stylist

    Well, we knew Alexa was always listening. Starting today, she’ll be watching, too — and judging. Amazon announced the Echo Look today, an Alexa speaker with a camera and four bright LED lights for flash to make sure you and your clothes look their best. In terms of hardware, the Amazon Echo Look isn’t that much […]

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    Amazon Introduces a Feature to Help Parents Understand What Their Kids are Doing Online

    We’re awash in devices, software solutions, and even routers that provide parental controls, and they’ve become increasingly sophisticated. Not only can web filters be applied, schedules can be created and time limits can be enforced — kids might be able to beg parents for more online time, but they’re not going to get far making entreaties […]

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    Amazon Just Made it Possible to Buy Stuff Without a Credit Card

    A popular term in finance tech circles is ‘the unbanked’ — those without a bank account, whether they be low-income people or younger people who seem to get by fine only using services like PayPal (which itself has become something of a bank). It’s been tabbed as a huge growth market for anyone in the financial […]

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    The Alcatel A30 is a $60 Smartphone, But There’s a Catch

    Since last year, Amazon has been running their Prime Exclusive Phones program, which knocks down the price of phones by placing ads on the lock screen. The phones generally range from budget to mid-tier, and the two newest additions are no different — the Alcatel A30 and the Moto G5 Plus were already solid budget options, […]

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    Netflix and Hulu Could Come to the Nintendo Switch

    From the beginning, Nintendo has made it clear that the Switch was intended neither as a tablet nor as a direct competitor to the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One. That makes sense — Nintendo is still a games company, and they’ve long been more concerned with making fun games than with having the most power […]

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    Logitech Brings Alexa to Your Car

    Not too long ago we took a look at the Logi ZeroTouch smart car system, a way for owners of older cars to turn their smartphones into a driver safe smart car interface. Snapping an Android phone into one of Logitech’s dash or vent mounts automatically launches the ZeroTouch app, which enables simple voice commands […]

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    The Top 10 Apps of the Year Will Not Surprise You

    It’s been like this for a while, but the Wild West has been tamed. The world of apps has been whittled down to a few giants, and it’s those giants that dominate the top 10 apps of 2016. Nielsen has been getting into mobile analytics lately, and they’ve put together the list based on average […]

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    18 Ways Amazon Alexa Can Make Your Holidays Brighter

    Amazon Alexa-enabled devices such as the Echo, Dot and Tap are quickly finding their way into our homes and some would say into our hearts. Those of us who already rely on her every day to turn on the lights, make the house comfortable and order dinner will surely be asking for new ways to […]

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    Amazon Has Successfully Completed Their First Drone Delivery

    Chipotle and Domino’s have already gotten into the act, but the era of drone delivery was never going to truly begin until Amazon got started. Last week, they did just that — earlier today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tweeted out the revelation that Amazon has completed their first drone delivery in Cambridge, England. Amazon is currently […]

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    Amazon Go Will Be A Grocery Store That Eliminates Checkout Lines

    Back when self-checkout first arrived at retail and grocery stores nationwide, fears of millions of job losses for cashiers were stoked. That hasn’t happened, in large part because self-checkout is awful — too many terminals are out of order, the scales don’t always work properly, and some of them try to tell you to use a […]

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    You Can Now Tell Alexa to Vacuum the House Thanks to Neato

    It’s not exactly Rosie, but maybe it’s close enough — thanks to Neato, we now have a voice-activated vacuum cleaner. Yesterday, the company announced that the Neato Botvac Connected now works with Amazon’s voice-activated assistant, Alexa. The Botvac Connected can now be used with Amazon’s smart home speakers, including the Echo and Dot, or any of […]

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    TCL Updates Their 17-Inch Xess Tablet With Amazon Alexa

    When TCL introduced their 17″ Xess tablet earlier this year, it was meant to be a family communication hub ideal for the kitchen. It could be used by family members or roommates to leave notes and reminders for each other, and parents got the benefit of free Nickelodeon shows for their kids. But, family hub […]

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    Amazon Music Unlimited is Yet Another Streaming Music Service

    Dissatisfied with all the streaming options out there? No? Well, here’s another option anyway. Amazon Music Unlimited is joining the ranks of Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Tidal, Napster (formerly Rhapsody), and probably a bunch of others I’m neglecting to mention. So, why is Amazon getting into the game? They think they […]

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    Plex Cloud Eliminates the Need for an Always-on-PC or NAS

    Plex has been the darling of heavy movie and TV watchers for a while now. The service takes media files that you have stored on drives at home (as opposed to streaming-only services like Netflix) and makes them available from anywhere that has an internet connection. Only problem was that Plex merely organized and served […]

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    Many More Amazon Pop-Up Shops Are Coming to Malls Across the Nation

    It’s a grim idea — Amazon occupying space in a shopping mall, selling the tools of the mall’s own destruction. The online retail giant has been putting small pop-up shops — shops out in the open on the mall concourse — in a handful of malls across the nation. Some of those supposedly temporary pop-up shops have been around […]

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    Sonos Will Work With Amazon Alexa and the Spotify App in 2017

    Sonos has long been a terrific choice for setting up a simple wireless home audio system. Their speakers are all connected using Wi-Fi, with a central app enabling control over one, some, or all of those speakers. But, the technology Sonos used wasn’t something that meshed well with other products and services, which held it […]

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    Amazon is Taking On YouTube With Amazon Video Direct

    Amazon is looking to lure in more professional and semi-professional media creators from the likes of Netflix with their new Amazon Video Direct service, and they’ve got a pretty good pitch to do it. The new service helps those creators make money off all of their content in any way they want. On the consumer […]