Amazon restores YouTube access on Echo Show and adds access to Vimeo and Dailymotion

A couple of months ago, Google blocked access to YouTube on the Amazon Echo Show because the device’s voice optimised interface violated their terms of use. I never got around to writing about it when it happened because I was busy attending to more important matters. Today, Amazon has restored access to YouTube videos on the Echo Show. While they were at it, they also added access to videos from Vimeo and Dailymotion. Read more ›

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Amazon Echo Show now displays virtual Dash buttons on command

Amazon has added a somewhat obvious but potentially handy feature to the Amazon Echo Show. You can now ask “Alexa, show me my dash buttons” to view a scrollable list of your virtual Dash buttons that give you a quick way to reorder specific products. Read more ›

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Amazon Echo devices now support multi-room audio playback

After several leaks, Amazon has now added support for multi-room audio to the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show. The new feature allows you to group together multiple Echo devices and play music on all devices simultaneously. The feature is also being made available to 3rd-party speaker manufacturers so non-Echo devices can also sync music with Amazon’s own speakers. Read more ›

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Benchmark reveals that the Echo Show is Amazon’s most powerful device

Ever since Amazon discontinued their Fire HDX line of premium tablets and began focusing on more affordable tablets, the Amazon Fire TV has been the most powerful device they produce. That’s not surprising since it’s the closest thing they have to a game console, so it needs the horsepower to run demanding games. What is surprising is that, according to an internal benchmark, the Fire TV has been dethroned as the most powerful Amazon device by the Echo Show. Read more ›

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Amazon Echo Show Review by Lon Seidman — featuring a quick cameo appearance by me

For feature rich products like the Amazon Echo Show, I typically don’t write a single review article. Instead, I like to go in-depth on individual aspects and features in dedicated posts, which I plan to do with several of the Echo Show features soon. For those of you who want a good overall review of the product, I highly recommend checking out Lon Seidman’s Video Review of the Echo Show. He has a great YouTube channel, that I suggest you all subscribe to, where he reviews electronics on a daily basis. Lon invited me to help demonstrate the Echo Show’s video calling capabilities, so look for my big cameo about 4 minutes into the review.

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How to enter Fastboot and Recovery Mode on the Amazon Echo Show


Since the Amazon Echo Show runs a modified version of Android, it comes with several things common to Android devices, like hidden developer options. Something else it has is Fastboot and Recovery mode, which are used to manipulate the operating system. It’s still unknown what use these modes have for modding purposes, or how locked down they are, but here’s how to boot into Fastboot and Recovery, as well as the available options. Read more ›

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How to properly Shutdown or Reboot the Amazon Echo Show

While experimenting with the Amazon Echo Show, I stumbled on the proper way to shut the device down. It doesn’t seem to be documented anywhere, so I figured I’d post it for those who need it. To shut down the Echo Show, simply hold down the mute button for about 3 seconds and then tap “OK” when the power off option appears. The mute button is the leftmost button on top of the Echo Show. To power the device back on, which essentially restarts it, just press and hold the mute button again while the device is off.

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Amazon’s Echo Show runs Android and has Developer Options

The Amazon Echo Show seems to be running a very customised version of Amazon’s Fire operating system, which is based on Android. On nearly all Android devices, if you go into the device settings screen and tap on the device’s serial number several times, you’ll enable developer options. The same is true for the Echo Show. Read more ›

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Amazon Echo Show has a hidden Web Browser

The Amazon Echo Show has just been released and while playing around with it, I discovered that there is a hidden web browser. The device is clearly not meant to be used to browse the web, nor is it a good experience, but in a pinch, it’s absolutely possible. Here’s how to do it. Read more ›

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‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ announces monologue recap video flash briefing for the Amazon Echo Show

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has announced that they’ve released a video flash briefing that will contain a daily monologue recap from the previous night’s show. The Tonight Show Monologue skill will let Amazon Echo Show owners watch the monologue on their device along with their usual flash briefings. Other flash briefing providers will also be adding video to their daily updates, including Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, People, and TechCrunch, but The Tonight Show will be the first to offer a recap-segment. Jimmy Fallon revealed the new flash briefing through a video on his twitter account where he demonstrated it on a pre-release Echo Show.

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