Amazon announces the Fire TV Cube with hands-free Alexa and IR Home Theater Controls

It has been a long wait, but Amazon has finally announced the all-new Amazon Fire TV Cube. This is the new flagship Fire TV that I leaked late last year and that Amazon teased a few weeks ago. The Fire TV Cube is a 4K streaming media player with HDR support that includes true hands-free control for your entire home theater setup via Alexa. Eight microphones and a built-in speaker allow you to talk to Alexa to make requests and navigate the UI without needing to use the remote for many tasks. Through a combination of HDMI-CEC to control newer equipment and a built-in IR blaster to control older equipment, the Fire TV Cube can also control your TV, A/V receiver, audio equipment, and cable box by voice.

The Fire TV Cube is available to pre-order today for $119.99 with an included IR Extender and Ethernet adapter. Prime members can pre-order the Fire TV Cube at a special introductory price of $89.99 during the next two days, June 7th & 8th, and save $30 off the regular price. Read more ›

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Amazon releases new Echo Dot Kids Edition with case, content, and 2-year replacement guarantee

Amazon has introduced the Echo Dot Kids Edition. The hardware is identical to the regular Echo Dot but, much like the Fire Kids Edition tablets, it comes with extras oriented towards kids. Those extras include a kid-friendly case, which is available in blue, green, or red, and a 2-year worry-free guarantee. If anything should happen to the Echo Dot, Amazon says they’ll replace it with no questions asked. Read more ›

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Anyone can now easily customize Alexa’s responses using Amazon’s new ‘Alexa Blueprints’

Amazon has announced Alexa Blueprints, a dead simple way to customize Alexa’s responses to questions and make your own Alexa skills without any coding. Using an easy to follow online interface, you can make Alexa give personal answers to questions, play personalized games, guide speakers with specific instructions, and more. Read more ›

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Amazon Echo Spot is now available in the UK and Germany

Amazon has announced that the Echo Spot is now available in the UK and Germany. In the UK, it is priced at £119.99 and in Germany, you’ll pay €129.99. Both the white and black versions of the Echo Spot are available to preorder today in both countries and will be released on January 24th. The Echo Spot is Amazon’s second Echo with a screen, after the Echo Show. It features all of the same features of the larger Echo Show, but in a more compact form factor.

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Amazon Echo devices and Alexa are now available in Japan

Japan has joined the US, UK, Germany, and India as the fifth country where Alexa and Amazon Echo devices are available. Just as Amazon has done with every new country where Alexa is launched, Echo devices in Japan are currently available by invite only while they work out potential issues and quirks with Alexa before releasing the voice assistant to all Japanese customers. Read more ›

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Amazon releases Fire TV Stick Basic Edition in over 100 countries

Amazon has just released the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition and is making it available in over 100 countries and territories. While it may look like the original 1st generation Fire TV Stick that was released 3 years ago, it is not. It’s actually identical to the current 2nd generation Fire TV Stick, but it includes the original non-voice remote instead of an Alexa voice remote. Read more ›

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Amazon Key is a new service that allows couriers to unlock your door for deliveries

Amazon introduced the Cloud Cam today, which, by itself, is a decent new entry into the security camera market. Cloud Cam is also an integral part of Amazon Key, which is a new service that allows couriers to unlock your door to deliver packages directly into your home, all while being closely watched by Amazon’s new camera. Read more ›

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Amazon announces a new intelligent Alexa security camera called Cloud Cam

Amazon has just announced the Cloud Cam, a new security camera that works with Alexa and can be viewed live through Fire TVs, Fire tablets, Echo Shows, and through mobile apps for iOS and Android. The camera also uses computer vision powered by Amazon’s cloud servers to intelligently detect people and objects, send you smart notifications, and it promises to expand on those capabilities over time. Read more ›

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Amazon Echo and Alexa are coming to Japan for the first time later this year

Amazon announced today that Alexa and the Amazon Echo will be released in Japan later this year. It’s not clear if the entire line of Echo devices will be made available to Japanese customers, but it seems as though at least the new 2nd generation Echo will be sold in Japan. Read more ›

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Amazon announces new 4K HDR Fire TV for $69.99

Amazon today announced an all-new Fire TV model. It is the first Fire TV capable of playing 4K video at 60 frames per second, since the 2nd-generation Fire TV could only play 30 fps 4K video. This new model is also the first Fire TV to support HDR video, which combined with the higher frame rate 4K capabilities, makes its video playback superior to the 2nd generation Fire TV. For that reason, Amazon is officially calling this the 3rd-generation Fire TV. Read more ›

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