Early Tuesday, Amazon.com has added the newest version of Apple TV to its product lineup. The device had been absent from the giant online store for the last four years. You can pick it up by going here. Update: As of 4:54pm ET the page has been taken off-line.
“The James Bond sweepstakes has taken an unexpected turn,” Tatiana Siegel and Borys Kit report for The Hollywood Reporter. “While Warner Bros. remains in the lead to land film distribution rights to the megafranchise — whose deal with Sony expired after 2015’s Spectre — a couple of unlikely suitors have emerged that also are in hot pursuit: Apple and Amazon.” “The tech giants are willing to spend in the same ballpark as Warners, if not much more, for the rights, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter,” Siegel and Kit report. “GM has been looking for a deal for more than two Click Here to Read more
Amazon.com has just announced that its Echo product now has the ability to play the same music in rooms that also have an Echo device. Below is a part of the official press release: You can now synchronize your music playback across Echo devices to play songs from Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora, with support for Spotify and SiriusXM coming soon. Simply use the Alexa App to create groups with two or more Echo devices by naming the group, such as “downstairs.” Once you’ve created the group, simply say “Alexa, play John Mayer downstairs.” The new feature should be Click Here to Read more
Now that the Amazon Echo has the ability to change the color of its top ring, each color represents a feature that the device can do. We have compiled a handy cheat sheet that you can download and have it near your Amazon Echo. To download it, just click here or go to the top menu, and select A.I. > Amazon > Light Meaning.
Ever since the Amazon Echo Show was first announced, we have been hard at work with making sure our Amazon Echo skill worked with the device. After weeks of testing, we can finally announce that you can now get this web site on the device. Just enable the skill at http://alexa.amazon.com, search for “CompuScoop“, enable it, then ask for a Flash Briefing :-).
Although most of us know about this, you’d be surprised at how many users don’t know ghat Alexa is in a lot of other devices. One such device is the Amazon Fire TV. An end user not only can run many Amazon Echo skills on their TV, but also have additional features to help them get the most out of the device – and your TV. Here’s what you need to get Alexa on your TV: A newer TV that has a free USB port. A compatible Amazon Fire device (Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, etc.) All of the above devices Click Here to Read more
(TheVerge.com): Amazon has just released a software update for its Fire TV devices that allows you to control them using Alexa on another device… like, say, an Amazon Echo. The update was first spotted by Android Police. To use the new feature, you’ll have to link your Fire TV to your Alexa device using the Alexa app on your smartphone. Once set up, you’ll be able to use voice commands through Alexa for things like playback controls, searching for videos, and opening apps. It’s similar to the functionality provided by Amazon’s Alexa Voice Remote for the Fire TV, just without Click Here to Read more
By: Dan Uff, Senior Editor On June 28th, customers who pre-ordered the Amazon Echo Show had received the device. While some set up the device immediately, I waited 1-2 days so I could take my time and make positive and negative notes about the set-up and the device itself. On Monday evening, I finally set it up and have been using it ever since. My thoughts? Please read on. Except for using the built-in camera for a feature called “drop-in” that allows two Shows and persons to talk and see each other (which I think could be quite creepy) I Click Here to Read more
If you were looking for an excuse to get another Amazon Echo, the company has added a feature to push you over the edge – an internal intercom feature. Now when someone has multiple echos in one home, they can use them as an internal intercom. Set-up and activating it is a snap. Here’s how: Let’s say you have one Echo in your family room, and one in the bedroom. You want to call from the bedroom. You’d just say: “Alexa, call bedroom.” In order for the other person to answer, they would say: “Alexa, answer.” Each echo unit would Click Here to Read more
(FoxBusiness): E-commerce giant Amazon (AMZN) announced Friday it will snap up struggling grocery chain Whole Foods Market (WFM) for $42 per share in an all-cash deal valued about $13.7 billion including debt. “Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting and nourishing customers for nearly four decades – they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue,” said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in a statement. Under the deal, Whole Foods will continue to operate stores under its independent brand and the company’s CEO and founder, John Mackey will remain in his position. Mackey said the partnership allows the Austin, Texas-based food Click Here to Read more
“Alexa and Siri, rival voice assistants on Amazon’s Echo and Apple’s iPhone, don’t directly communicate with one another. But the Amazon executive in charge of Alexa and the Amazon Echo said he’d welcome the idea,” Edward C. Baig reports for USA Today. “‘You should be able to tell ‘Alexa, ask Siri X,” said David Limp, senior vice president of devices at Amazon.” “‘If Apple or Google want to come calling, my phone number is out there, they can call… I don’t know if I can envision it but I hope that will happen on behalf of customers,’ Limp told a Click Here to Read more
Over the past 2 weeks, Amazon has been busy updating its Amazon Echo product lineup to give it the ability for it to make (free) calls to anyone else around the world from an Android or iOS device. How? Here is a step-by-step tutorial on what to do: Download the Alexa app for your smart phone for Android or iOS. Launch the app as you do with any other. Tap the Chat icon at the bottom. Tap the icon in the upper-right corner (that looks like the outline of a person). This will show you a list of your contacts that Click Here to Read more