Amazon Echo and Echo Dot update adds “Computer” wake word to help complete the Star Trek fantasy

A new software update for the Amazon Echo and the Echo Dot seems to be rolling out that adds the option to select “Computer” as the device’s wake word. Instead of using “Alexa,” or one of the alternatives like “Echo” and “Amazon”, you’ll be able to get a little closer to the ultimate dream of having the Star Trek computer in your home. The new option was first spotted by Reddit users as a new feature for software version 4812 on the German Amazon page for Echo software updates. Amazon’s page has since removed the new feature listing, but other redditors are reporting that the option is starting to appear in the wild.

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Keep your Echo Dot warm this winter with a sweater …err, I mean a case

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Amazon now sells Leather and Fabric Cases for the Echo Dot 2 in 6 different colors. I’m not quite sure if they’re stylish or adorable, because they look like little cozy sweaters. You be the judge. The fabric versions are $14.99 each and come in charcoal (gray), indigo (blue), and sandstone (off-white). The leather versions are $19.99 and come in merlot (burgundy), midnight (black), and saddle (tan). They’re available to pre-order now and will be released on November 9th, expect for the sandstone and saddle colors, which will be released on November 23rd.

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Amazon Echo and Echo Dot update with Echo Spatial Perception starts rolling out

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The Amazon Echo and 1st-gen Echo Dot are starting to receive a new software update, version 4008, that adds the much anticipated Echo Spatial Perception (ESP) feature. ESP is the feature revealed when the Echo Dot 2 was announced, that allows several Echos and Echo Dots within listening range of each other to correctly identify which device is closest to the person interacting with them. This makes it so two devices don’t respond to the same voice request. Read more ›

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Amazon’s $3.99 Echo-only plan for Amazon Music Unlimited is litterally for a single device

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Amazon Music Unlimited, the new stand-alone music streaming service from Amazon, launched this morning with an enticing $3.99 per month option for Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap owners. The catch though is that the $3.99 plan can only be used from a single device. That doesn’t mean a single device at a time, but rather, it literally means only a single Echo, Echo Dot, or Tap can access the Amazon Music Unlimited library. Read more ›

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Existing Amazon Echo and Echo Dots to receive Spatial Perception software update

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Along with the all-new second generation Echo Dot, Amazon announced a new feture called Echo Spatial Perception (ESP) that will ship on the new Echo Dot and be arriving via a software update to existing Amazon Echo and first generation Echo Dots soon. When multiple Echos or Echo Dots are within earshot, ESP allows Alexa to respond intelligently from only the device that’s closest to you. With Amazon positioning the Echo Dot as a device for every room, and even selling them in 6 and 12 packs at a discount, this is a much needed feature to prevent multiple instances of Alexa responding at once, or worse, executing a sensitive request, like placing an order, more than once. An exact date for the release of the software update for existing devices has not been announced, but you can expect it to arrive this fall.

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All-new 2nd generation Echo Dot now available for $49.99

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Amazon has unveiled an all-new 2nd Generation Amazon Echo Dot. It’s available in the US for $49.99, the UK for £49.99, and Germany for €59,99. That’s considerably less than the $89.99 price of the first generation model. The main difference between this new model and the first one announced earlier this year is the new one no longer has a spinning volume wheel on top, like on the full sized Echo. Instead, the new Echo Dot has volume up and down buttons, like you find on the Amazon Tap. The new Echo Dot is also thinner than the original, at 1.3″ compared to the original’s 1.5″ height. It’s also lighter, weighing in at 163 grams versus the 250 grams for the first generation version. Read more ›

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Amazon Echo and Echo Dot available in white

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When Amazon announced the Echo and Echo Dot are coming to the UK and Germany, they also revealed both devices are now also available in white in addition to black. The white models are identical to their black counterparts, apart from the color of course. The white Echo is available for pre-order in the US now and will arrive on September 28th. The 2nd-generation white Echo Dot is also available for pre-order now for $49.99 and will ship October 20th.

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Amazon Echo and Echo Dot coming to the UK and Germany

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The Amazon Echo and the Echo Dot are finally going to be available in the UK and Germany. In the UK, the Echo Dot is £49.99 while the Echo is £149.99, and in Germany the Echo Dot is €59,99 while the Echo is €179,99. Customers in the UK can pre-order either device immediately, but just like when the Echo first arrived in the US, German customers will have to request an invitation to purchase the Echo or Echo Dot. In both regions, Prime members will receive £50/€50 off the price of an Amazon Echo if they pre-order/request an invitation within the next couple days. In the UK, first shipments will arrive on October 20th and Germany’s first orders will arrive a few days later on October 26th.

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Amazon possibly leaks new, cheaper Echo Dot on their own Twitter account

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At some point yesterday, Amazon’s official Echo twitter account tweeted an introduction to an “all-new Echo Dot … for just $49.99” and then promptly deleted the tweet. Several people have archived the tweet, so it looks like someone at Amazon may have jumped the gun on the announcement.

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The Echo Dot immediately went out of stock after its release in March. In July it was listed as sold out with no way to backorder, but Amazon has said it will return in time for the holidays. Read more ›

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Amazon Echo Dot will return in time for the holidays

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The Amazon Echo Dot has been listed as “sold out” out for a month now, making some customers wonder if it has been discontinued. An Amazon representative has told CNET “I expect Echo Dot will be a big hit this holiday season, but I’ll have to ask you to stay tuned for more on availability.” So the Echo Dot will return later this year.

Despite requiring an Alexa device to order one, the Echo Dot became backordered immediately after its release. I’m expecting new Fire Tablets and Fire TVs to be released in the coming months, which is likely contributing to the delay in producing more Echo Dots.

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