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Alexa Update Makes the Device Less Chatty

Alexa Update

Alexa on Echo or Echo Dot has become less chatty. Amazon is testing an update to the online retail behemoth’s digital assistant called “Brief Mode.” The update rolled out late last week, Engadget said. Instead of replying “Okay,” Alexa would just make a short beep, signifying that a task has been completed. While Mashable said the feature “appears to still …

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Amazon Withdraws 6 Power Banks from the Market over Risk of Battery Overheating

Battery

Do you own an AmazonBasics portable power bank? If so, stop using it now because it poses safety risks. Effective March 13, the online retail giant has voluntarily recalled six power bank units sold between December 2014 and July last year but did not say why. The recall affected 260,000 power bank units. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), …

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Google to Withdraw Nest Products from Amazon

Nest Products

Amazon will stop selling new products from Google’s smart home products department Nest, according to a Business Insider report. The move prompted the Nest team to pull out its products from the online retail giant’s site. Move Announced via Conference Call The Business Insider said Amazon’s retail team told the Nest team on a conference call late last year that …

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Woot! Offers Free Shipping for Amazon Prime Members Purchases

Amazon Prime Members

Woot! – an Amazon company – announced on Friday that Prime members would enjoy free shipping on purchases from its daily deals site. All that Amazon Prime members need to do is log in to their Amazon account by going to woot.com/prime, according to a press release from Woot! Woot! was founded in 2004 and then it was acquired by …

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Amazon Second Headquarters: 20 Candidate Cities Are on the Shortlist

City Candidates

Amazon has announced the top 20 candidate cities for second headquarters (HQ2) in North America. The cities are: Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Indianapolis, Indiana; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; Montgomery County, Maryland; Nashville, Tennessee; Newark, New Jersey; Northern Virginia, Virginia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Raleigh, North Carolina; Washington D.C.; and Toronto, Ontario. …

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Twitch Co-Founder Kevin Lin to Step Down as COO

Twitch Co-Founder

Kevin Lin, co-founder of Twitch, will exit as the chief operating officer (COO),  the video game streaming site owned by Amazon announced on Wednesday. (Read: Twitch’s Kevin Lin: This Is What It’s Like to Have Amazon Buy Your Company) Lin would be replaced by Sara Clemens, former COO of Pandora. New yet Unnamed Role Lin would still be involved in …

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Amazon Australia Is Up and Running

Amazon Australia

The world’s biggest online retailer has begun operating in Australia. Amazon.com.au went live in the Land Down Under on Tuesday after a soft launch on November 23. (Read: Amazon Launches in Australia – Sort Of) Items on Amazon Australia’s site, however, were not ready for purchase at that time. Biggest Thing to Happen in Australia’s Retail Sector Reports said the …

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Amazon Alexa Is Coming to Offices

Amazon Alexa

Those who’ve purchased Alexa and installed Amazon’s digital voice assistant at home find the device fun to use A user can ask Alexa for the latest weather report and news as well as information. Alexa can even be made to control temperature and light settings. (Read: Furby Is Now Powered by Alexa) Amazon now allows people to use Alexa in …

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Amazon Echo: Buy the Limited Red Edition and Help Fund Efforts vs. AIDS

Amazon Echo

Amazon has come out with the second generation of its Echo speakers, and customer reviews of the product have been positive, garnering an average of 4 stars out of 5. And on December 6, the online retail giant will add a limited edition Echo with red charcoal fabric cover. What makes the product special is that $10 of the purchase …

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Security Researchers Find Flaw in Amazon Key

Amazon Key

A security company has revealed that Amazon Key is not foolproof, but the online retail giant assured that the delivery system is safe. Amazon Key allows couriers access inside a house or apartment to drop off a package if the recipient isn’t around. (Read: Amazon Key Is a New Service That Lets Couriers Unlock Your Front Door) After studying the …

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