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Amazon’s gadgets don’t have to be pretty so long as they’re cheap

Amazon’s gadgets don’t have to be pretty so long as they’re cheap

We've reached peak consumerism. At Amazon's event this week, it announced a whopping 70 new features and devices, including three new speakers, a revamped FireTV, an in-car dongle, an updated smart

If Amazon wants Alexa everywhere, it needs better language support

I can't profess to fully understand all of the complexities of localizing services for various languages, nuances, accents and dialects where voice recognition is concerned. However, with Amazon's
Amazon's new Echo lineup targets Google, Apple and Sonos

Amazon's new Echo lineup targets Google, Apple and Sonos

It wouldn't be an Amazon event without a slew of new Echo devices, and this time is no different. The company announced not one, not two, but seven new Echo products at an event today in Seattle. Not

For Amazon, better skills mean bigger ad revenue

Amazon is improving its Alexa voice assistant with each new update, enabling more natural conversation patterns and upgrading the system's ability to understand complex or vague questions. All of this
Amazon's Alexa-powered microwave is pretty unnecessary

Amazon's Alexa-powered microwave is pretty unnecessary

One of the most surprising announcements from today's Amazon event was a microwave oven, of all things. It's part of the AmazonBasics line of products, and you can use it for reheating food, making
Here's every Alexa device Amazon announced today

Here's every Alexa device Amazon announced today

Amazon caused a few gasps at its Alexa event Thursday when it revealed it had 70 things to announce. If that sounds like a lot to take in, fret not -- not all of those were hardware announcements.
Amazon's 2018 Echo Show finally gets it right

Amazon's 2018 Echo Show finally gets it right

When the original Echo Show debuted last year, plenty of people (including us) made fun of its chunky and bulky design. Well, Amazon must've taken those comments to heart, because the new Echo Show is
Amazon's Echo Auto puts Alexa in any car

Amazon's Echo Auto puts Alexa in any car

A growing number of cars have Alexa built-in, but what if yours doesn't? Amazon has its own solution: Echo Auto. The new peripheral uses your phone's cellular connection (through a Bluetooth link) to
Amazon's new Echo Show packs a larger display and improved audio

Amazon's new Echo Show packs a larger display and improved audio

Amazon's seemingly non-stop device announcements now include a revamp of its first smart display. The internet giant has unveiled a second-generation Echo Show that ditches the (frankly boring) look
The new Ring Stick Up Cam works with Ring Alarm security system

The new Ring Stick Up Cam works with Ring Alarm security system

Amazon is rolling out a bunch of new gadgets today, a few of which are focused on home security. Among those is a new Ring Stick Up Cam, which will come in both wired and battery-powered versions. It

Alexa Guard makes your Echo a home security device

Amazon got into the home security game this year, first by buying Ring and then through the launch of full home security packages. As part of its massive Alexa event today, the company is announcing a

There's even an Alexa-enabled Amazon wall clock

Amazon has grand plans to connect every single device in your home to the Alexa ecosystem. Today it expanded this reach to your walls with the Echo Wall Clock, which looks a lot like a standard analog
The AmazonBasics Microwave is powered by Alexa

The AmazonBasics Microwave is powered by Alexa

Amazon is continuing its quest to make as many of its own Alexa devices as possible, launching a slew of new gadgets and features at its event in Seattle today. One of the more unusual announcements
Amazon's smart plugs put Alexa in every power socket

Amazon's smart plugs put Alexa in every power socket

As if having access to Alexa on your phone and in your speakers or even car weren't enough, Amazon now has a way to put its digital assistant in literally every room of your house. At its press
Amazon's Echo Input offers Alexa for your existing speakers

Amazon's Echo Input offers Alexa for your existing speakers

The latest gadget Amazon is shoehorning Alexa into is an audio dongle called the Echo Input. The $34.99 media bridge has line inputs, Bluetooth and a far-field mic. Think of it like a combo Chromecast
Amazon's new Echo Plus has a better speaker and temperature sensor

Amazon's new Echo Plus has a better speaker and temperature sensor

The rumors of a big Amazon hardware event were true, and we're getting a look at all the Alexa-focused devices the company is showing off for the upcoming holiday season. Even though it's only been a
Amazon's Echo Sub adds some much-needed bass to its smart speakers

Amazon's Echo Sub adds some much-needed bass to its smart speakers

The Echo is a fine enough smart speaker, but what it's lacking is any sort of oomph in terms of sound quality. That's why Amazon will release the Echo Sub this October. The diminutive bass-maker
Amazon's new Echo Dot offers better sound at the same price

Amazon's new Echo Dot offers better sound at the same price

As rumored, Amazon isn't playing around and it's getting ready to launch a slew of Alexa-powered devices. First up, it's a new Echo Dot, which the company says offers better sound than before and it's

Amazon's Alexa event will take place today at 1:00 PM ET

For those who've been wondering just when Amazon's mysterious event is going to be, you need wait no longer. That day is today, and it'll take place in the company's Seattle headquarters at 1:00 PM ET