Alexa Follow Up Mode and Voice Profiles are now available in the UK and beyond

Customers outside of the US are starting to receive some of Alexa’s more recently added capabilities. Follow Up mode, which allows customers to string together multiple requests without needing to say “Alexa” each time, has been spotted in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. It may be available in other new regions as well. Voice Profiles, which allow Alexa to identify the speaker and tailor responses to them, has made an appearance in the UK as well. Follow Up mode is enabled on a per-device basis, so head into the device settings of the Alexa app to see if it’s available for your Echo. Voice Profiles are an account-wide feature, so check for a “Recognized Voices” option under “Alexa Account” in the Alexa app to see if it’s available.

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Amazon Echo Buttons can now be used to trigger Alexa Routines

Amazon has made their Echo Buttons far more useful by now allowing them to be used as a physical way to trigger an Alexa Routine. With the flexibility of Alexa Routines, the Echo Buttons can now be used to turn lights on or off, control music, tell you the weather, start your flash briefing, and several other functions. Simply edit or add an Alexa Routine in the Alexa app and select Echo Button as the trigger option. The number of Alexa skills that use Echo Buttons is close to 200, but the vast majority are just games. This newly added capability for Echo Buttons has made them much more than just a novelty item. A pair of buttons cost $19.99, but they’ll very likely be on sale during Black Friday for $14.99 or less.

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Get $5 Amazon Credit just for installing the Fire TV Audible app

Amazon is offering a free $5 credit for installing the Audible app for Fire TV. You don’t need to sign up for the service or do anything other than installing the app. The promotion page says the offer ends tonight at midnight, but the email I received informing me of my free $5 credit says the offer ends 11/14 at midnight. Either way, there is little time to get your free credit. You must have never installed the app before to qualify for this promotion. You’ll receive an email within 48 hours informing you that the $5 credit has been applied to your Amazon account.

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New Amazon shipping option lets you buy Add-On items with no minimum and group shipments

Amazon has introduced a new shipping option called “Amazon Day” that lets customers select a day of the week for their packages to arrive, according to CNET. By designating a specific day of the week as your Amazon Day and selecting the new delivery option at checkout, Amazon will hold your orders during the week and delivery them all at once on your selected day. This comes with the added benefit of being able to order Add-on items without needing to reach the $25 minimum order requirement. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Stick + Echo Dot bundle is on sale for $39.98 — New Lowest Price Ever

Get this Stick + Echo Dot Deal

Amazon has put the Fire TV Stick + Echo Dot bundle on sale for $39.98. That’s $35 off what this bundle usually sells for and it’s the new lowest price that it has ever been. For reference, the Fire TV Stick will be $24.99 and the Echo Dot 2 will be $19.99 during Black Friday, so this sale is less than you’ll pay for the two individually later this month. This bundle is the best “Getting Started” kit for anyone that is new to streaming and voice control, so it makes a great gift. the bundle is available with either a black or white Echo Dot.

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New Fire TV apps of the week — Nov 4-10

This week there were 24 new apps and games released for the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions. Jump Drive is a great looking game that just added Fire TV support this week. You navigate a space craft through obstacles where precise timing of your jumps is the key to success. Motorsport.tv has brought their subscription service of live and on demand racing coverage. They offer full races, documentaries, and movies for $3.99 per month or $40 annually. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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Fire TV 3 (pendant) is on clearance for $20.98 in Target stores

For those of you willing to venture out into the real world, Target stores have placed the Amazon Fire TV 3 (pendant) on clearance for $20.98. This is the lowest price that the 3rd-gen Fire TV has ever been and will likely be among the last deals you’ll see for this model, since it has been discontinued and replaced by the Fire TV Stick 4K in Amazon’s lineup. The Fire TV Stick 4K is a much better device and it’s worth spending the extra $14 over this clearance deal to get the Fire TV Stick 4K for $34.99 during Black Friday, however, compared to the regular 1080p Fire TV Stick, which will be $24.99 during Black Friday, this Fire TV 3 at $21 is a much better buy. You can try checking Target’s website for stock information in your area, but it’s not very accurate since it said my local Target didn’t have any but they actually did have a pair on the shelf. You might have better luck calling your local Target and asking them to check the stock of item number 00806023, instead of relying on the website stock information.

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Second season of Amazon original series ‘Patriot’ is now available on Prime Video

The long wait for more of Amazon’s original series Patriot is over. The second season has debuted today on Prime Video. The first season received great reviews from fans across Amazon (4.2/5 stars), IMDB (8.2/10 stars) and Rotten Tomatoes (94% fresh). The second season is already off to a similar start. Check out the trailer for the second season or just jump right in.

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NVIDIA Shield TV with Free Echo Dot is on sale for $139.99 — New Lowest Price Ever

Get this Shield TV Deal

The NVIDIA Shield TV is currently on sale. Combining that with the ongoing promotion where you get a free Echo Dot with every purchase means you can get a Shield TV + Echo Dot 3 for $139.99. The lowest price the Shield TV has ever been is $139, so the fact that you get it for that price with the all-new Echo Dot included makes this the best deal on a Shield TV that has ever been available. The Shield TV is really the only media streamer running official Android TV that anyone should consider. Google’s efforts towards Android TV has been lacking, to say the least, but NVIDIA continues to support the Shield TV and add features to make up for it. UPDATE: Echo Dot is no longer included for free, but the Shield TV is still on sale for $139.99.

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New Alexa Voice Remote stores power and volume functionality internally

Despite only gaining a few more buttons, compared to the previous remote, the new Alexa Voice Remote for Fire TV devices has quite a bit going on under the hood. I’ve started doing a bit of unconventional experimenting with the new remote and one of the things that I’ve learned is that the power and volume commands for the new buttons are stored internally on the remote, while other universal remote capabilities are transmitted through the Fire TV device. Read more ›

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