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Amazon Echo Sub initial review: Getting serious about sound
Amazon Echo Sub initial review: Getting serious about sound By Dan Grabham

This is the Amazon Echo Sub, a sign that Amazon is starting to get serious about the sound quality of its Echo devices. At a time when Google and Apple are talking-up sound quality, Amazon needed to have a product that answered this need. But Amazon... Read more

Amazon Echo Show (2018) vs Amazon Echo Show (2017): What's the difference?
Amazon Echo Show (2018) vs Amazon Echo Show (2017): What's the difference? By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has updated its year-old Echo Show (2017) with a gorgeous new model that has a fresh look and beefier sound.But how do these devices really stack up? We're comparing the established Echo Show (2017) with its new sibling, the Echo Show (2018), spec... Read more

New Amazon Echo Plus initial review: New design, better speakers
New Amazon Echo Plus initial review: New design, better speakers By Dan Grabham

The Echo Plus has been given a redesign. When it launched last year it was somewhat confusing that it used the old standard Echo design and now that has been rectified.We loved the previous Plus; with so many people using these devices for music it's... Read more

Amazon Echo event: All the announcements that matter
Amazon Echo event: All the announcements that matter By Maggie Tillman

Amazon announced 70 new devices. Here's each one. Kidding. Kind of. From an updated Echo Show with a gorgeous 10-inch HD screen to an Echo Wall Clock (seriously), no stone was left unturned. Amazon joked at the start that it would cover about "70 news... Read more

New Amazon Echo Dot initial review: Still small, bigger sound
New Amazon Echo Dot initial review: Still small, bigger sound By Dan Grabham

The Echo Dot has long been one of our favourite pieces of tech because it’s so simple and inexpensive and the new device continues at the £49.99/$49.99 price point of the previous Echo dot.When we heard there might be a new Echo Dot revealed we were... Read more

New Amazon Echo Plus vs old Echo Plus: What's the difference?
New Amazon Echo Plus vs old Echo Plus: What's the difference? By Britta O'Boyle

Amazon announced the second generation of its Echo Plus smart speaker at an event in Seattle. The updated speaker brings a new design to match the smaller Echo speaker and new Echo Dot, whilst also improving the sound experience.How does the all-new Echo... Read more

New Amazon Echo Show initial review: King of the kitchen
New Amazon Echo Show initial review: King of the kitchen By Dan Grabham

Amazon has revealed a new, improved Echo Show. The new Echo Show is available for pre-order from today for £220/$230 and will ship in October.We’re at Amazon’s US launch at its headquarters in Seattle so here are our first impressions of the all-new... Read more

New Amazon Echo Dot vs old Echo Dot: What's the difference?
New Amazon Echo Dot vs old Echo Dot: What's the difference? By Britta O'Boyle

Amazon announced several new devices during a special event in Seattle, including an all-new Echo Dot. The Echo Dot is the small, puck-sized version of the Echo speaker, offering a way to access Alexa smarts without the need for the full-sized Echo.The... Read more

Amazon Echo Auto will add Alexa voice control to any car
Amazon Echo Auto will add Alexa voice control to any car By Rik Henderson

Amazon will be introducing its own in-car device later this year, with the launch of the Echo Auto expected before Christmas.While some vehicles are already announcing Alexa support for their cars, the Echo Auto is a separate device you place on the dashboard.We're... Read more

Amazon Fire TV Recast lets you send recorded live TV to your devices
Amazon Fire TV Recast lets you send recorded live TV to your devices By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has announced the Fire TV Recast, a new addition to its line-up of home entertainment devices.This is a box that can stream shows from an HD antenna to your home. The idea is that you hook-up the box in your home and you can record and stream content... Read more

Amazon Echo Show reimagined for 2018 with better sound and 10-inch screen
Amazon Echo Show reimagined for 2018 with better sound and 10-inch screen By Maggie Tillman

A new and improved Amazon Echo Show has been announced during the company's special launch event in Seattle.Like the other "new" devices Amazon is showcasing, the latest Echo Show model is being pitched as "all-new". It features "new speakers", a "new... Read more

New Ring Stick Up Cam coming later this year, pre-order available now
New Ring Stick Up Cam coming later this year, pre-order available now By Rik Henderson

Now that Amazon owns smart security camera and doorbell company Ring, it used its surprise event in Seattle to announce a few Ring device updates.One of those is an all-new Ring Stick Up Cam, which will be released later this year.Even though it was previously... Read more

Amazon trots out an Echo Wall Clock and Microwave (seriously)
Amazon trots out an Echo Wall Clock and Microwave (seriously) By Maggie Tillman

Amazon is announcing probably 70 new devices right now at a surprise event in Seattle, including an Alexa-enabled wall clock and microwave.Starting with the Echo Wall Clock, it's an Echo-branded accessory for displaying timers you’ve set with Alexa.... Read more

Amazon Smart Plug adds Alexa voice control to any electrical device
Amazon Smart Plug adds Alexa voice control to any electrical device By Maggie Tillman

Although there are several third-party equivalents, Amazon is bringing its own-branded smart plug to market.The Amazon Smart Plug is interesting because it can add Alexa voice control to any electrical socket - the first such device from Amazon itself.... Read more

Amazon’s new Echo Input is like a Dot but without a speaker
Amazon’s new Echo Input is like a Dot but without a speaker By Maggie Tillman

Amazon is rattling off updates to Echo devices at a surprise event in Seattle, where it's now announcing a new Echo Input product.With this device, you can plug it into any existing speaker and essentially turn it into an Amazon Echo. It appears to be... Read more

New Amazon Echo Plus gets temperature sensor and Dolby speakers
New Amazon Echo Plus gets temperature sensor and Dolby speakers By Maggie Tillman

Amazon's major Echo speaker refresh for 2018 includes a new version of its Echo Plus speaker.Similar to the other updated Echo devices announced, the "all-new Echo Plus" will bring an improved sound experience. It kicks things up a notch with premium... Read more

Amazon Echo Sub arrives to beef up your Alexa speakers
Amazon Echo Sub arrives to beef up your Alexa speakers By Maggie Tillman

Amazon is making its Echo speakers sound even better, by matching them with a new Echo Sub. The Amazon Echo Sub is designed to deliver down-firing, 100W deep bass sound through a woofer.It's designed to pair with an Echo or Echo Plus, which are sold separately,... Read more

New Amazon Echo Dot now has "full sound" and better mics
New Amazon Echo Dot now has "full sound" and better mics By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has launched a line-up of new Echo devices, including a new Echo Dot.Dubbed the "all-new Echo Dot", the new model comes with sound improvements and a fresh design.The original Echo Dot, a hockey puck-sized version of the Echo, was Amazon's most... Read more

Amazon Echo review: The best way to experience Alexa?
3.5 stars Amazon Echo review: The best way to experience Alexa? By Chris Hall

The Amazon Echo and its Amazon Alexa voice-control system has been a break-away hit for smart home speakers over the past few years.When it launched - way back in 2014 in the US - the at-home voice-assistant forged a whole new category, leaving rivals... Read more

Amazon might open 3,000 Amazon Go cashier-less stores by 2021
Amazon might open 3,000 Amazon Go cashier-less stores by 2021 By Maggie Tillman

Recently, we were watching The First on Hulu and saw a character in the show walk into a store, pick up bed sheets, quickly checkout herself by scanning the item with her wrist-worn device, and walk out. It reminded us of Amazon Go, and it made us wish... Read more

What is Amazon Alexa calling and messaging and how does it work?
What is Amazon Alexa calling and messaging and how does it work? By Maggie Tillman

Did you know you can use Alexa to call and message others?Amazon's Alexa calling and messaging feature enables you to make and receive calls, as well as send messages between Echo devices, the Amazon Alexa app for iOS and Android, and Fire tablets. It's... Read more

Amazon Echo Sub is a plug-and-play subwoofer to boost your Echo music
Amazon Echo Sub is a plug-and-play subwoofer to boost your Echo music By Chris Hall

UPDATE: Amazon's Echo Sub is now official. You can catch up with our earlier leak story below.Alternatively, head here to find out all the latest, official details: Amazon Echo Sub arrives to beef up your Alexa speakers.Earlier story...Amazon is adding... Read more

Amazon Smart Plug will add Alexa to any plug socket
Amazon Smart Plug will add Alexa to any plug socket By Chris Hall

UPDATE: Amazon has now announced its own Smart Plug, which was leaked earlier as you can see below.For the official, up-to-date details, head here: Amazon Smart Plug adds Alexa voice control to any electrical device.Earlier story...Amazon is going to... Read more

The best Alexa tips and tricks: Get more from Amazon's assistant
The best Alexa tips and tricks: Get more from Amazon's assistant By Maggie Tillman

Those of you who own an Amazon Echo might be surprised to learn how much it can really do. It's loaded with features and hidden settings.The Amazon Echo can make to-do lists, set alarms, stream podcasts, play audiobooks, read PDFs, provide weather forecasts,... Read more

How to group multiple Amazon Echo devices for music
How to group multiple Amazon Echo devices for music By Maggie Tillman

Amazon's Echo devices support multi-room audio, but you need to use the Alexa app to group them up.This feature lets you play music across multiple Echo devices in your home at the same time. But there are caveats: the feature is only available in a few... Read more

What is Alexa Cast and how does it work?
What is Alexa Cast and how does it work? By Chris Hall

Amazon announced Alexa Cast in July 2018 which makes it more intuitive and easier to send your Amazon Music to compatible devices, like your Amazon Echo.The new casting feature is similar to Spotify Connect or Google Cast, letting you control your Amazon... Read more

Amazon Echo Spot review: That hits the spot
4.5 stars Amazon Echo Spot review: That hits the spot By Chris Hall

Alexa has liberally thrust itself into the lives of just about everyone. Amazon's omnipotent AI appeals not only to the technically minded, but to everyone.Amazon's voice-controlled virtual assistant, Alexa, has become the complete smart home influencer:... Read more

What is Alexa and what can Amazon Echo do?
What is Alexa and what can Amazon Echo do? By Britta O'Boyle

Amazon Echo is one of a range of hands-free speakers and devices that can be controlled with your voice. The voice-controlled Amazon "personal assistant" on these devices is called Alexa, who will perform various tasks for you and control various systems.In... Read more

How to get started with Amazon Echo and Alexa
How to get started with Amazon Echo and Alexa By Adrian Willings

Your Amazon Echo has just arrived and you might have glanced at the quick-start guide, but beyond the basic setup, do you know the first things you should do with your new Echo? Alexa is the virtual assistant inside Amazon Echo devices - for a briefing... Read more

Amazon might launch eight new Alexa devices, including a microwave
Amazon might launch eight new Alexa devices, including a microwave By Maggie Tillman

Amazon is developing an entire new range of Alexa-powered smart home devices. To be clear, these likely won't be new Echo speakers.According to a report from CNBC, Amazon is working on new voice-controlled devices, including a microwave oven, an in-car... Read more

Doubling up on Alexa: How to use multiple Amazon Echo and Dots
Doubling up on Alexa: How to use multiple Amazon Echo and Dots By Adrian Willings

Amazon is pushing the Echo and Echo Dot hard in a bid to dominate the connected home market before too many players - like Google - can catch up.The Amazon Echo got off to a flying start, establishing itself as one of the hottest smart home devices,... Read more

Amazon Echo vs Echo Plus vs Echo Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Show vs Echo Spot: What's the difference?
Amazon Echo vs Echo Plus vs Echo Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Show vs Echo Spot: What's the difference? By Maggie Tillman

Amazon's Echo lineup is insane at this point, spanning smart speakers, video devices and Alexa Gadgets.The Echo family of products has grown rapidly over the last couple of years - there really is an Echo for everyone!Here are all the Alexa-enabled Amazon... Read more

Amazon's next big Prime perk? Real full-size Christmas trees
Amazon's next big Prime perk? Real full-size Christmas trees By Maggie Tillman

Amazon is known as a disruptor. From books to retail, it takes an industry and turns it upside down. But its next target is, well, unusual.The online retailer plans to sell and ship 7-foot-tall Christmas trees to customers this holiday season, according... Read more

Amazon Fire 7 vs Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD 10: Which Fire tablet should you buy?
Amazon Fire 7 vs Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD 10: Which Fire tablet should you buy? By Chris Hall

Amazon's Fire tablets continue to offer a popular alternative to the iPad, and with the choices of Android tablets reducing over the past few years, the Fire family has offered affordable tablets that do just about everything you need. But with three... Read more

Amazon Show Mode Charging Dock turns your Fire tablet into a smart display
Amazon Show Mode Charging Dock turns your Fire tablet into a smart display By Chris Hall

The Show Mode Charging Dock is an accessory for Amazon's Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets, allowing you to dock you tablet, charge it and use it a bit like an Echo Show.Previously released in the US, it's now coming to the UK, as Amazon sweeps in a number... Read more

Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet updated and it's all about Alexa
Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet updated and it's all about Alexa By Chris Hall

Amazon has updated its mid-sized tablet, the Fire HD 8. One of the best value tablets on the market, this device is firmly pointed at family entertainment, giving you an HD display, a solid body and enough power and battery life to keep you entertained.Amazon... Read more

Save £20 on full Amazon Prime membership - offer ends tomorrow!
Save £20 on full Amazon Prime membership - offer ends tomorrow! By Rik Henderson

Amazon is broadcasting the US Open tennis tournament in the UK exclusively on Amazon Prime Video and you can ensure you don't miss a moment by getting a yearly Prime subscription. What's more, you can nab one at a discount.Amazon Prime membership has... Read more

Amazon to launch ad-supported, free TV channel on Fire TV, claims report
Amazon to launch ad-supported, free TV channel on Fire TV, claims report By Rik Henderson

If you own an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick you might soon get an entire, new TV channel of content to view for free, provided by Amazon itself as it looks to take on the big broadcasters in the US and beyond.Amazon has been linked with launching its... Read more

What is Amazon Prime Book Box for kids and how does it work?
What is Amazon Prime Book Box for kids and how does it work? By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has officially launched Prime Book Box.Essentially, it's a monthly book subscription service for kids. If you subscribe, you will receive (delivered to your door) a box with four board books or two hardcover picture books or novels. This is Amazon's... Read more

What is Amazon Go, where is it, and how does it work?
What is Amazon Go, where is it, and how does it work? By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has finally opened its Amazon Go store.Situated in Seattle, it gives you the option to buy your goods from Amazon in person rather than through Amazon.com. However, unlike other physical shops, it doesn't have any registers. You simply walk in,... Read more

Amazon's big Bank Holiday sale is go! Great deals on devices and summer gear
Amazon's big Bank Holiday sale is go! Great deals on devices and summer gear By Dan Grabham

Amazon is having a big sale over the Bank Holiday weekend running from today until 29 August. See what's on offer for Amazon's Big Bank Holiday sale There are discounts on a load of stationery and back to school items as well as Amazon devices (quelle surprise)... Read more

Amazon is working on yet another TV device, but this one records live TV
Amazon is working on yet another TV device, but this one records live TV By Maggie Tillman

Amazon seems to be working on a new device to disrupt entertainment in the living room, though specific features may be up in the air still.Bloomberg reported that Amazon is developing a device that’ll record live TV. Internally dubbed Frank, it'll... Read more

Amazon back-to-school sale: Deep discounts on Fire tablets and more
Amazon back-to-school sale: Deep discounts on Fire tablets and more By Maggie Tillman

Amazon is holding a huge sale in the US right now - just in time for students headed back to school.Parents and kids are shopping online for the best back-to-school gear, and Amazon, of course, wants in on the action, so it is discounting Fire tablets,... Read more

Amazon's world domination soon to extend to cinemas too
Amazon's world domination soon to extend to cinemas too By Maggie Tillman

Amazon might disrupt the cinema industry next.The e-commerce giant is known for toppling several industries - from retail to books. Now, it's set its sights on brick-and-mortar movie theatres, according to Bloomberg, which reported Amazon is in the running... Read more

Is Amazon having to give up its next day delivery claim in the UK?
Is Amazon having to give up its next day delivery claim in the UK? By Dan Grabham

Amazon is apparently being investigated over claims that its next-day Prime delivery service doesn't actually deliver "unlimited one-day delivery". That's because - as you'll know if you're a Prime user - not all items do arrive the next day.  Amazon... Read more

Best Alexa speakers: Top Amazon Echo alternatives
Best Alexa speakers: Top Amazon Echo alternatives By Max Langridge

Alexa is great, she can control all manner of smart home products, answer any questions you may have and play you music she thinks you'll love.But that last one can pose a problem if you have the Amazon Echo, because it isn't the greatest sounding speaker... Read more

Seat starts to roll out Amazon Alexa to its UK car range
Seat starts to roll out Amazon Alexa to its UK car range By Dan Grabham

Volkswagen-owned Seat is beginning the rollout of Amazon Alexa to its vehicles so drivers can be every bit as frustrated with Alexa in the car as they are when asking for a pancake recipe in the kitchen (we jest, of course).There is one caveat though;... Read more

Amazon Cast can now instantly send music from Amazon Music app to Echo
Amazon Cast can now instantly send music from Amazon Music app to Echo By Rik Henderson

Amazon has launched Amazon Cast to bring its Amazon Music application up to speed with the likes of Spotify.Amazon Cast effectively enables the Music app on iOS and Android to cast tracks to an Echo device in the home. You can therefore start to play... Read more

Your TV remote will soon be able to order its own batteries
Your TV remote will soon be able to order its own batteries By Dan Grabham

We've known for some time that manufacturers would be rolling out smart appliances with the ability to order their own consumables from Amazon. Now Amazon UK has sent us a list of UK appliances and devices that will be launching using Amazon Dash Replenishment... Read more

How to adjust Alexa's EQ and sound controls by voice
How to adjust Alexa's EQ and sound controls by voice By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has finally given Alexa some equaliser features.That means you'll be able to adjust EQ settings with commands like “Alexa, increase the bass.” It’s a great option that users have been clamoring for since Amazon first launched Alexa alongside... Read more