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Amazing Amazon Echo Spot, Echo and Echo Dot spring bank holiday deals slash up to £20 off
Amazing Amazon Echo Spot, Echo and Echo Dot spring bank holiday deals slash up to £20 off By Rik Henderson

Amazon is known for its amazing bargains during major sale periods and the spring back holiday in the UK is no exception.It always likes to discount its own tech for special occasions and has slashed the cost of a trio of its Echo devices - including... Read more

Amazon Music app for iOS and Android now has hands-free Alexa voice control
Amazon Music app for iOS and Android now has hands-free Alexa voice control By Rik Henderson

Amazon has introduced hands-free Alexa voice control for its Amazon Music application on iOS and Android.It is only available for Music Unlimited and Prime Music subscribers in the US at present, with no word yet on the feature coming to UK versions of... Read more

How Alexa recorded a private conversation and sent it to another user
How Alexa recorded a private conversation and sent it to another user By Maggie Tillman

Amazon Alexa made headlines today for appearing to violate a user's privacy by recording her conversation without consent.Worse yet, Amazon's assistant then sent the conversation to the user's contact - again, without consent. While that sounds absolutely... Read more

How to install a VPN on an Amazon Fire TV Stick or Fire TV
How to install a VPN on an Amazon Fire TV Stick or Fire TV By Steve Dye

Amazon's Fire TV Stick and 4K Fire TV streaming devices each allow you to convert any TV into a smart one. You just plug one into a spare USB or HDMI port and connect it to the internet. This opens up a multitude of new video services, including Amazon... Read more

Amazon Fire TV Cube specs, news and release date: Set-top-box and Echo hybrid coming soon
Amazon Fire TV Cube specs, news and release date: Set-top-box and Echo hybrid coming soon By Rik Henderson

Amazon has confirmed the existence of a new Fire TV device it calls the Fire TV Cube.Here's everything we know so far about the new device, which is a set-top box that also features Amazon Echo functionality built-in A splash page on Amazon.com simply... Read more

Sick of Alexa's voice? Amazon now allows skills to use different voices
Sick of Alexa's voice? Amazon now allows skills to use different voices By Elyse Betters

Those of you who really want Alexa to have different voices will be happy with this latest development.Amazon has released a new developer preview that essentially lets Alexa skill developers add a new voice to their skills. They can pick from a handful... Read more

Echo bargains! Amazon offers £10 off Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick bundle
Echo bargains! Amazon offers £10 off Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick bundle By Chris Hall

It's almost summer and a new round of sales have hit Amazon.co.uk, bringing with them a couple of hot discounts on the Amazon Echo Dot.The Amazon Echo Dot has a discount of £10, bringing it down to £39.99 (it's normally £49.99). Click here to see the... Read more

HP’s new Envy All-in-One is world’s first with Amazon Alexa
HP’s new Envy All-in-One is world’s first with Amazon Alexa By Max Langridge

HP has unveiled a brand new all-in-one PC for 2018, with a number of design changes and upgrades over its predecessor, the most notable of which is built-in Amazon Alexa support.  New HP Envy 15, 17 and x360 models promise great battery life and up to... Read more

"Alexa, how many times has the UK won nil points?": Alexa knows everything about Eurovision
"Alexa, how many times has the UK won nil points?": Alexa knows everything about Eurovision By Max Langridge

All eyes will be on be on Lisbon, Portugal this weekend as the annual Eurovision song contest takes places on Saturday 12 May. Amazon Alexa is getting in on the singing action with a special Eurovision skill. Amazon Echo: What can Alexa do and what services... Read more

Does Amazon want Alexa to become your in-home health aide?
Does Amazon want Alexa to become your in-home health aide? By Elyse Betters

Soon, you might be able to ask, "Alexa, am I sick?", and then possibly share your sensitive health data, such as symptoms, to your doctor.According to CNBC, which looked at a leaked internal document about Amazon's plans, billionaire Jeff Bezos' online... Read more

Alexa, unlock door: Schlage deadbolts gain new voice-unlocking skills
Alexa, unlock door: Schlage deadbolts gain new voice-unlocking skills By Elyse Betters

Door hardware maker Schlage is fullly embracing Alexa with new voice-controlled skills.It has announced the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt have expanded support for Amazon's voice assistant in the form of a new voice-unlocking... 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 Elyse Betters

Amazon's Echo lineup is insane at this point, spanning smart speakers, video devices and new Alexa Gadgets.The Echo family of products has grown rapidly over the last couple of years, with a flurry of new devices announced last September to add to the... Read more

Amazon Alexa skills for kids: New Lego, Pac-Man, and other skills go live
Amazon Alexa skills for kids: New Lego, Pac-Man, and other skills go live By Elyse Betters

The first Alexa skills built specifically for kids are now live in the UK.Initially, there are handful of new skills, including a new Lego skill and a Pac-Man skill. According to Amazon, all these new experiences are designed to "mix learning with fun".... Read more

What is Amazon Prime Book Box and how does it work?
What is Amazon Prime Book Box and how does it work? By Elyse Betters

Amazon has quietly launched something called 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.... Read more

Amazon just hiked the price of Prime for US customers by 20 per cent
Amazon just hiked the price of Prime for US customers by 20 per cent By Elyse Betters

Billionaire Jeff Bezos wants even more of your hard-earned money.His company, Amazon, has revealed it will increase the annual cost of a Prime membership in the US. It will cost $119 a year, a 20-per cent increase from the previous $99 price. This change... Read more

What is Amazon Music Unlimited and how does it work?
What is Amazon Music Unlimited and how does it work? By Elyse Betters

Amazon Music Unlimited is performing rather well. MIDiA says it's the third largest music streaming service after Spotify and Apple Music, with around 16 million subscribers. Here's everything you need to know about Amazon Music Unlimited, including... Read more

Amazon is doing a kids version of the Echo Dot that encourages 'please' and 'thank you'
Amazon is doing a kids version of the Echo Dot that encourages 'please' and 'thank you' By Dan Grabham

Amazon is launching a new version of the Echo Dot that is more expensive but will be tailored specifically for use by children.Among other cool child-friendly features to keep kids entertained – like age-appropriate jokes - it encourages the use of... Read more

What are Amazon Key and In-Car Delivery and how do they work?
What are Amazon Key and In-Car Delivery and how do they work? By Elyse Betters

Have you ever had a package stolen from your doorstep?It can happen to anyone. There's not much you can do when you've ordered something to be delivered to your home and it arrives when you're not there, whether that's because you're at work or walking... Read more

It's finally happening! Amazon is working on a robot for your home
It's finally happening! Amazon is working on a robot for your home By Elyse Betters

Does Amazon want to make Rosey the robot a reality?It is reportedly developing a home robot - and we can't help but think about The Jetsons. According to Bloomberg, which described the yet-to-be-announced effort as "top-secret", Amazon's robot project... Read more

Amazon Echo, Fire TV Stick and other great devices reduced for Prime members
Amazon Echo, Fire TV Stick and other great devices reduced for Prime members By Rik Henderson

Amazon has knocked money off some of its own top tier devices for customers with Amazon Prime membership.Prime members in the UK can get £30 off a Kindle Paperwhite, £40 off a Fire HD 10 Tablet, £25 off an Echo Spot, £20 of a second-generation Echo... Read more

What is Amazon Prime and what do you get for your money?
What is Amazon Prime and what do you get for your money? By Rik Henderson

Amazon Prime launched in 2007 in the UK and two-years earlier in the US. It's now available in multiple countries around the world and millions of members have signed up to receive a swathe of benefits. Not least early access to bargains during Black... Read more

How to use Alexa to make the perfect cup of tea
How to use Alexa to make the perfect cup of tea By Dan Grabham

Today is National Tea Day and as usual on such occasions, Alexa has been in touch to let us know that we could all make better cups of tea if only we would ask her. Seriously though, Alexa's repertoire does include being able to answer various tea-related... Read more

Amazon Prime Music: What is it and how does it differ from Music Unlimited?
Amazon Prime Music: What is it and how does it differ from Music Unlimited? By Rik Henderson

Amazon has finally brought its own streaming music service to the UK. It's a limited service that's free for Amazon Prime users - members do not need to pay any more to access it.It doesn't really take on the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Deezer... Read more

Alexa Announcements now in the UK: How to broadcast your voice to all your Echos
Alexa Announcements now in the UK: How to broadcast your voice to all your Echos By Elyse Betters

"Alexa, tell everyone it's time to go!" Wouldn't it be nice if Alexa could help you hurry your family along or maybe announce that dinner is ready?Now, families with Echo devices in their home can do just that, thanks to a new "Alexa Announcements" feature... Read more

How to create custom Amazon Alexa skills without any coding knowledge
How to create custom Amazon Alexa skills without any coding knowledge By Elyse Betters

Amazon has opened up its Alexa platform so that anyone - and we mean absolutely anyone - can create a custom Alexa skill.Skills are Alexa apps that provide Amazon's assistant with additional features. For instance, there's a popular Jeopardy! skill, which,... Read more

Amazon continues its push into TV, scores exclusive rights to US Open tennis
Amazon continues its push into TV, scores exclusive rights to US Open tennis By Max Langridge

Following the news last year that Amazon has secured the exclusive rights to broadcast the ATP World Tour tennis through Amazon Prime, the retail giant has now announced it has done the same with the US Open tennis championship. Amazon serves up exclusive... Read more

Amazon reveals number of Prime subscribers for the first time
Amazon reveals number of Prime subscribers for the first time By Elyse Betters

Amazon, for the first time, has revealed how many people subscribe to Prime, and it came close to revealing the same for Amazon Music.The company, which just released its annual shareholder letter, said the subscription service has 100 million paid members... Read more

Amazon Fire TV Edition smart televisions with Alexa coming to Best Buy later this year
Amazon Fire TV Edition smart televisions with Alexa coming to Best Buy later this year By Rik Henderson

Televisions with Amazon's Fire TV platform built-in have been around for the last year but not on the scale expected for the coming months in 2018.That's because the company has signed a deal with Best Buy to sell Fire TV Edition sets in US and Canadian... Read more

Amazon made a web browser app for Android called... Internet
Amazon made a web browser app for Android called... Internet By Elyse Betters

Amazon owns the Internet.Literally. It's launched a new web browser app for Android, and it's called Internet. The app went live in Google Play Store in March, but Amazon never publicly announced the product, so it went unnoticed until TechCrunch spotted... Read more

How to solve Amazon Echo mic problems
How to solve Amazon Echo mic problems By Elyse Betters

Amazon Alexa is fun to use... when she can hear you.If you own an Echo device, especially one of the original models, you've likely noticed that Alexa picks up your voice when she feels like it. You can yell all you want, and Amazon's assistant will still... Read more

Amazon slashes price of Ring Video Doorbell now that it owns Ring
Amazon slashes price of Ring Video Doorbell now that it owns Ring By Elyse Betters

Amazon has finalised its purchase of Ring, a maker of smart doorbells and outdoor security cameras, and as a result, it's cutting some prices.The first-generation Ring Video Doorbell now costs $100 (roughly £89), down from about $150 on Amazon and $179... Read more

How to create and edit music playlists with Alexa commands
How to create and edit music playlists with Alexa commands By Elyse Betters

Amazon is constantly adding new features to its Alexa voice assistant, and the latest is the ability to create playlists.You will now be able to ask Alexa to make and edit a playlist through an Alexa-enabled device. This includes asking the assistant... Read more

Amazon's Parent Dashboard means you can remotely manage children’s devices
Amazon's Parent Dashboard means you can remotely manage children’s devices By Dan Grabham

Parent Dashboard is a new, microsite from Amazon that lets adults manage their Fire tablet. Providing they have a subscription to Fire for Kids, parents can remotely manage their child’s Fire for Kids settings remotely on Parent Dashboard, as well as... Read more

You'll no longer have to press a button to talk to Alexa on the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 (2017)
You'll no longer have to press a button to talk to Alexa on the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 (2017) By Dan Grabham

You can now use Alexa hands-free on more Amazon Fire tablets - previously you had to press and hold the Home button to awaken Amazon's virtual assistant. The new feature is rolling out this week to Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 (2017) tablets via a free, over-the-air... Read more

Amazon UK Easter deals still live on Echo, Fire TV, Netgear and more
Amazon UK Easter deals still live on Echo, Fire TV, Netgear and more By Chris Hall

Amazon's Early Easter Sales week is now over, meaning we've now got to turn our attention to Prime Day for the next big wave of deals.That's not to say there still isn't a chance to snap up some bargains, though. Some of the deals we saw last week are... Read more

Amazon Alexa Easter Eggs: Your complete guide to funny Alexa commands
Amazon Alexa Easter Eggs: Your complete guide to funny Alexa commands By Elyse Betters

Alexa, Amazon's virtual assistant, has an answer for just about everything. And, at the same time, she's loaded with hilarious responses for all sorts of hidden commands.These are "Alexa Easter Eggs" - an unexpected feature in software - and they range... Read more

Amazing Easter Fire tablet deals: Get a Fire 7 for just £35 or Fire HD 8 for £60
Amazing Easter Fire tablet deals: Get a Fire 7 for just £35 or Fire HD 8 for £60 By Rik Henderson

With Amazon's Easter Deals week hitting the halfway point, the retail giant is now making further discounts on its own devices, the Fire TV with 4K is £60 for example.The deals have extended to the Fire tablets too: they were cheap before, but now they're... Read more

Amazon is talking to AARP about making products for the elderly
Amazon is talking to AARP about making products for the elderly By Elyse Betters

The latest technology isn’t always easy to use for people of a certain age.If that line sounds familiar it's because it comes from a year-old Saturday Night Live sketch that imagined Amazon partnering with AARP to develop a silver Echo speaker specifically... Read more

Amazon Fire TV Stick slashed to £29 in Easter sales
Amazon Fire TV Stick slashed to £29 in Easter sales By Rik Henderson

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a great way to add smart features to your TV. Normally costing £39.99 the Fire TV Stick, with Alexa Voice Remote, has been slashed to £29.99 in the Early Easter sales. See the discounted Fire TV Stick on Amazon UK The Stick... Read more

Grab yourself a 4K Amazon Fire TV for just £60
Grab yourself a 4K Amazon Fire TV for just £60 By Rik Henderson

Amazon often discounts its own-branded products, and now we've hit the Easter sales there are some bargains to be had: the discounted Amazon Fire TV with 4K and Alexa Voice Remote, for starters.Normally selling for £69.99, the 4K Fire TV is just £59.99.... Read more

Shush, Alexa! Amazon tests 'brief mode' so Alexa will beep, speak less
Shush, Alexa! Amazon tests 'brief mode' so Alexa will beep, speak less By Elyse Betters

Have you ever wished Alexa would just shut up?The Future Today Institute, which forecasts how emerging technology will disrupt business, said in its recent 2018 Tech Trends Report that traditional smartphones are on the way out, and that over the next... Read more

Twitch Prime now PS Plus for PC, free games for Amazon Prime members every month
Twitch Prime now PS Plus for PC, free games for Amazon Prime members every month By Rik Henderson

The Amazon-owned Twitch has been running a paid membership tier for a while now, but if you haven't been tempted to join before your head might be turned by the company's new initiative.Like PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold, Twitch Prime will now give... Read more

Amazon's Kindle Oasis is now offered in gold and with more storage
Amazon's Kindle Oasis is now offered in gold and with more storage By Elyse Betters

You know what makes everything better? Gold.We're not trying to sound like Goldfinger, but obviously, it's must be true, or else tech companies wouldn't release all their devices in gold. The latest example is Amazon, which, five months after launch,... Read more

Awesome Amazon reviews that are bound to amuse
Awesome Amazon reviews that are bound to amuse By Adrian Willings

Isn't Amazon great? From humble beginnings, the e-retailer has gone from strength to strength and now you can pretty much buy anything and have it delivered to your door in a matter of hours (sometimes same day if you really can't wait). With so many... Read more

Amazon Alexa calling and messaging comes to Fire, Android and iOS tablets
Amazon Alexa calling and messaging comes to Fire, Android and iOS tablets By Max Langridge

When Amazon launched the Echo Show in May 2017, it introduced Alexa calling and messaging, a free-to-use feature that lets Amazon Echo owners and those with the Alexa app on their smartphone to make and receive calls and messages. Today, Amazon has opened... Read more

Amazon Alexa calling and messaging: What is it, how does it work, and where can you use it?
Amazon Alexa calling and messaging: What is it, how does it work, and where can you use it? By Elyse Betters

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

How to turn on Alexa Follow-Up Mode and ask strings of questions
How to turn on Alexa Follow-Up Mode and ask strings of questions By Elyse Betters

Amazon buried a little switch in the Alexa app that allows its AI assistant to be a lot more conversational.Available only in the US, the new feature is called "Follow-Up Mode," and when it's turned on, you can make more requests without having to repeat... Read more

Amazon Music Unlimited gains more voice control, makes finding music even easier
Amazon Music Unlimited gains more voice control, makes finding music even easier By Max Langridge

Amazon has announced some new voice control updates to its Music Unlimited streaming service that will allow users to find and discover music even easier than before. What is Amazon Music Unlimited and how does it work? We've all been there, we've heard... Read more

Amazon's Alexa is laughing without prompting and freaking people out
Amazon's Alexa is laughing without prompting and freaking people out By Elyse Betters

For a moment, we thought Amazon's AI reached consciousness.Yes, that sounds like something out of a sci-fi horror - but we had to ponder the possibility, considering she managed to wake herself up and start giggling in what can only be described as a... Read more

Amazing Echo bargains: Get an Amazon Echo Dot with Fire TV Stick in a super low price bundle
Amazing Echo bargains: Get an Amazon Echo Dot with Fire TV Stick in a super low price bundle By Rik Henderson

Amazon is hosting some great deals on its own devices in the build up to Mother's Day, with the Echo Spot, Echo Show, 4K Fire TV and Kindle Paperwhite. However, the bargains don't stop there.The company is is offering its bestselling Amazon Echo Dot for... Read more