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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

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 Elyse Betters

After a year of tests and preparation, Amazon has finally opened its brick-and-mortar grocery store, Amazon Go.Situated in Seattle, Washington, it gives you the option to buy your goods from Amazon in person rather than through Amazon.com.However, unlike... Read more

Alexa app update adds voice control on your phone

Alexa app update adds voice control on your phone

By Adrian Willings

Amazon has recently updated the Alexa App for Android devices to include the power to use voice commands directly from your smartphone. Previously, the app has only been a tool for accessing settings of your Amazon Echo devices; adding skills, sending... Read more

What is Amazon Echo Connect and how does it make calls?

What is Amazon Echo Connect and how does it make calls?

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has a new Echo accessory that turns your Echo speaker into a voice-controlled speakerphone.It's called Echo Connect. Before it came along, you could only make calls from one Echo speaker to another Echo speaker, kind of like an intercom system.... Read more

What is Amazon Echo Look and how does it work?

What is Amazon Echo Look and how does it work?

By Elyse Betters

Echo Look is one of the newest additions to Amazon's line of Echo-branded devices, and it's also one of the quirkiest.Each Echo device has a different form factor and is best suited to a specific environment - whether you're at home and want to listen... 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

Best Alexa speakers: Amazon Echo alternatives

Best Alexa speakers: 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

Amazon Virtual Dash Buttons are free and available for all Prime members to use

Amazon Virtual Dash Buttons are free and available for all Prime members to use

By Rik Henderson

Dash Buttons have been around for a few years now, enabling you to instantly order a product on Amazon through the click of a connected, physical button.Each Button costs a small sum which essentially goes towards your first order.Now Amazon has expanded... Read more

Amazon Echo vs Echo 2 vs Echo Plus vs Echo Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Show vs Echo Spot: What's the difference?

Amazon Echo vs Echo 2 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. And now the Echo Spot has also been announced for the UK (it was already in the US).The Echo family of products has grown rapidly over the last... Read more

Amazon Echo Spot now available in the UK, pre-order today for £119

Amazon Echo Spot now available in the UK, pre-order today for £119

By Chris Hall

The missing piece of the Echo puzzle - the Echo Spot - is now available to pre-order in the UK. The little brother to the Echo Show, the Echo Spot makes for a perfect bedside companion. See the Echo Spot on Amazon UK  Announced alongside the refreshed... Read more

Echo Show vs Lenovo Smart Display vs JBL Link View: New year, new smart display devices

Echo Show vs Lenovo Smart Display vs JBL Link View: New year, new smart display devices

By Chris Hall

While Amazon's Alexa is liberally stamping itself all over the world of technology, the fight isn't yet over, with Google staging what might look like the defence of Rorke's Drift. The announcement of new Google Assistant-equipped rivals to the Echo... Read more

Amazon Kindle and original Kindle Oasis now offer Audible support with update

Amazon Kindle and original Kindle Oasis now offer Audible support with update

By Chris Hall

When Amazon launched the updated version of the Kindle Oasis in October 2017, one of the headline features was support for Audible, meaning you can switch from reading to listening, thanks to Bluetooth hardware.However, Amazon also announced at the... Read more

Amazon Alexa on the go: What does this mean and which headphones and wearables support it?

Amazon Alexa on the go: What does this mean and which headphones and wearables support it?

By Elyse Betters

Amazon won't be happy until Alexa is everywhere.It's already supported by tonnes of different speakers, devices, and gadgets. And, just recently, Amazon announced that it’s adding microwave and oven control features to its assistant, allowing Alexa... Read more

This Alexa-enabled mirror lets you control your bathroom by voice

This Alexa-enabled mirror lets you control your bathroom by voice

By Elyse Betters

Kohler, a popular maker of bathroom and kitchen fixtures, has introduced a new smart home line that includes an Alexa-enabled mirror.Now, the interesting thing about this mirror, dubbed Verdera, is that Amazon recently patented a smart mirror. Also, because... Read more

Amazon hoping to steal Premier League football TV rights from Sky and BT

Amazon hoping to steal Premier League football TV rights from Sky and BT

By Dan Grabham

Amazon has held talks with English football’s top-tier league as it continues its ambitious assembly of principal sports rights under the Prime banner.The TV rights auction for the 2019-22 Premier League seasons takes place next month and Amazon is... Read more

Amazon's next device? A mirror for trying virtual clothes, patent hints

Amazon's next device? A mirror for trying virtual clothes, patent hints

By Elyse Betters

You have to admit it: Amazon isn't afraid to dream.It had the foresight to develop Echo speakers, as well as the Alexa assistant, and then it opened up the Alexa platform up to developers and manufacturers. Now, we have Alexa everywhere, and in a range... Read more

Amazon Alexa app: How to master your Echo or Alexa device experience

Amazon Alexa app: How to master your Echo or Alexa device experience

By Elyse Betters

It looks like a lot of people received new Alexa devices this Christmas, as evident by the Amazon Alexa app, which topped app charts this week.It earned the No. 1 spot on the Apple App Store's Top Free chart for the first time and remained there throughout... Read more

How to set up and use Drop In on Amazon Echo devices

How to set up and use Drop In on Amazon Echo devices

By Elyse Betters

Christmas is done and that likely means you have new Echo devices.Whether you have an Echo speaker or an Echo with a screen, you can take advantage one of Amazon's coolest Alexa features: Drop In. With Drop In, you're able to instantly connect to any... Read more

The best Amazon deals: Grab yourself a post-Christmas tech bargain

The best Amazon deals: Grab yourself a post-Christmas tech bargain

By Adrian Willings

Christmas is over but if you didn't get what you were hoping for then there's good news. Amazon has a number of Boxing Day deals worth looking at with post-Christmas sales running until 31 December. We've been through the site to hunt down the best tech... Read more

Got an Amazon Echo for Christmas? Here's how to get music playing for £3.99 a month

Got an Amazon Echo for Christmas? Here's how to get music playing for £3.99 a month

By Max Langridge

With Amazon recently refreshing its Echo lineup and offering some decent discounts before Christmas, there's a good chance you found one underneath your Christmas tree this year. Now that you've stuffed yourself silly with turkey and done the rounds with... Read more

Amazing bargain! Amazon Kindle Unlimited free for three months

Amazing bargain! Amazon Kindle Unlimited free for three months

By Adrian Willings

Amazon is currently running Boxing Day/Post-Christmas sales that include a veritable number of tech deals and gadget bargains. In scouring the companies offers pages we've found some that might interest the bookworms out there. Amazon's Kindle Unlimited... Read more

Get two UE Boom 2 speakers for £129 in the Amazon post-Christmas sales

Get two UE Boom 2 speakers for £129 in the Amazon post-Christmas sales

By Adrian Willings

Amazon's Boxing Day/Post-Christmas sales are well underway, with a multitude of tech bargains to be had. One such deal that we feel can't be missed is two Ultimate Ears Boom 2 wireless speakers for £129.The Boom 2 is consistently one of our favourite... Read more

Amazing Echo bargains: Post-Christmas deals on the Amazon Echo Dot

Amazing Echo bargains: Post-Christmas deals on the Amazon Echo Dot

By Adrian Willings

Christmas is over now and if you didn't find an Amazon Echo device under your Christmas tree then you might be disappointed. There's no need to fret though as Amazon is running post-Christmas sales so there's still a chance to snap up a bargain.Amazon... Read more

16 fun things to ask Alexa this Christmas

16 fun things to ask Alexa this Christmas

By Rik Henderson

Considering the amazing bargains on Amazon Echo speakers during Black Friday and on the build-up to Christmas, you may well have treated yourself or a loved one to an Echo, Echo Plus or another Alexa-enabled device already.Or you might be hoping to find... Read more

Now Walmart is planning its own Amazon Go-like cashierless store

Now Walmart is planning its own Amazon Go-like cashierless store

By Elyse Betters

Walmart is trying to compete with Amazon by working on its own Amazon Go-like store, though it's still in the early stages of doing so.According to Recode, Walmart is developing a cashier-less store that you can walk into, browse goods in, and cash out... Read more

Amazon bins its music upload storage service

Amazon bins its music upload storage service

By Rik Henderson

For a fair few years, Amazon has offered free and paid music storage options - where you can upload up to 250,000 of your own mp3 tracks to its cloud and listen to through Amazon Music.This includes tracks bought on other music services, including iTunes.However,... Read more

Amazon Fire TV devices now let you browse the web via Silk and Firefox

Amazon Fire TV devices now let you browse the web via Silk and Firefox

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has opened up web browsing to Fire TV users.The online retailer announced that, starting 20 December, all owners of the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick will be able to browse the web on those devices via Amazon's Silk browser or Mozilla's Firefox... Read more

Amazon Echo Buttons are available in the UK, order now for Christmas party fun

Amazon Echo Buttons are available in the UK, order now for Christmas party fun

By Chris Hall

The Amazon Echo Buttons are the first "Alexa Gadgets", a fun accessory for your Echo that will let you play interactive games. They were initially announced for the US, but Amazon.co.uk is now offering them for the UK too.Priced at £19.99 a pair in... Read more

Amazon's new Echo Spot, Echo Connect, and Echo Buttons are now available to buy in the US

Amazon's new Echo Spot, Echo Connect, and Echo Buttons are now available to buy in the US

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has released a new Echo device and two new Echo gadgets, just in time for Christmas.In September, the online retailer announced the Echo Spot, Echo Connect, and Echo Buttons, and now, roughly three months later, it's made all three available to... 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 Echo tips and tricks: The ultimate guide to Alexa

Amazon Echo tips and tricks: The ultimate guide to Alexa

By Elyse Betters

The Amazon Echo needs no introduction, that gateway to a world of connected fun. Posing as a cylindrical speaker, the Amazon Echo is was one of the hottest gadgets of 2016, and with a continuously expanding set of Alexa skills, it's a hot product for... Read more

Amazing Christmas Fire tablet deals: Get a Fire 7 for just £35 or Fire HD 8 for £50

Amazing Christmas Fire tablet deals: Get a Fire 7 for just £35 or Fire HD 8 for £50

By Rik Henderson

With Christmas just around the corner, Amazon is offering a little bit of extra help by discounting its own devices, the 4K Fire TV is £55 for example.The deals have extended to the Fire tablets too: they were cheap before, but now they're silly cheap.The... Read more

Grab yourself an Amazon Fire TV Stick for just £30 or 4K Fire TV for £55

Grab yourself an Amazon Fire TV Stick for just £30 or 4K Fire TV for £55

By Chris Hall

It's almost Christmas. And as we rush headlong to the day itself, tech deals across all types of devices are emerging to help you make last minute gift purchases. Some are certainly too good to miss out on: the discounted Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa... Read more

How to set up and play music on multiple Amazon Echo devices

How to set up and play music on multiple Amazon Echo devices

By Elyse Betters

Amazon's Echo devices support multi-room audio.Technically, Amazon is calling the new feature "multi-room music", but it works similarly; you can use the feature to play music across multiple Echo devices in your home at the same time. But there are... Read more

Wow! Amazon Echo Show gets a huge £70 knocked off for Christmas

Wow! Amazon Echo Show gets a huge £70 knocked off for Christmas

By Rik Henderson

Amazon is known for its amazing bargains during major sale periods and Christmas is no exception. If you were interested in adding an Amazon Echo Show to your smart home setup, now is the time: it's available with a massive £70 off the cover price on... Read more

Hurry! Amazon Christmas US deals: Echo Show is $80 off right now

Hurry! Amazon Christmas US deals: Echo Show is $80 off right now

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has slashed prices on many of its own devices, including the Echo Show, just in time for Christmas.The Echo Show, which is basically an Echo speaker with a touchscreen display, now costs $149.99 on Amazon (US), down from its usual $229.99 price.... Read more

When is The Grand Tour on TV and how can I watch it?

When is The Grand Tour on TV and how can I watch it?

By Rik Henderson

The Grand Tour, an Amazon exclusive show, is back for its second season. The car show, starring ex-Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May has relaunched today, 8 December, with a new episode released every Friday for the next... Read more

Google pulls YouTube support from Echo Show, Fire TV to lose access in New Year

Google pulls YouTube support from Echo Show, Fire TV to lose access in New Year

By Max Langridge

Is Google being petty, or are its reasons completely justified. That's what we're wondering after it's been announced that Google is removing YouTube access from the Echo Show as of today and the Fire TV device from 1 January 2018. Amazon Echo Show: Release... Read more

Amazon Echo Buttons pre-order now open bringing interactive Alexa fun

Amazon Echo Buttons pre-order now open bringing interactive Alexa fun

By Chris Hall

The Echo Buttons are designed to bring a level of physical interaction with the Amazon Echo, meaning you can play games being hosted by your friendly AI speaker.Announced with the birth of the new Echo speakers, the new Echo Buttons come in a two pack... 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 announces new (RED) Echo and 150 other (RED) items for charity

Amazon announces new (RED) Echo and 150 other (RED) items for charity

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has partnered with (RED) on a US-only sale for charity.(RED), founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver, aims to help fight AIDS. It teams up with famous brands and companies, like Apple, which agree to contribute up to 50 per cent of profits from... 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 the current... Read more

Amazon Echo Plus review: The better Alexa experience
4.0 stars

Amazon Echo Plus review: The better Alexa experience

By Chris Hall

The Amazon Echo is undoubtedly one of the most significant gadgets to launch in the past few years. Amazon's smart speaker has created and dominated a new category of devices, wrong-footing rivals, leaving speaker manufacturers scratching their disconnected... Read more

Black Friday Paperwhite steal: The best Kindle is only £79 today

Black Friday Paperwhite steal: The best Kindle is only £79 today

By Chris Hall

Amazon's Black Friday sales are landing through-out the week, but today you can get one of the most appealing offers: the Kindle Paperwhite for £79.99, or $89.99 for those in the US.Normally priced at £109.99, there's a £30 saving on the Kindle that... Read more

Amazon Echo Plus hits Black Friday sales, yours for £109 today!

Amazon Echo Plus hits Black Friday sales, yours for £109 today!

By Chris Hall

With the Echo and Echo Dot already seeing Black Friday discounts, it's no surprise that Amazon has now extended this offer to the Echo Plus - the smartest of the smart speakers.The Echo Plus normally retails for £139.99, but is £30 off today, meaning... Read more

Amazon Black Friday sales have started, amazing tech deals to be had right now

Amazon Black Friday sales have started, amazing tech deals to be had right now

By Rik Henderson

Amazon has started its Black Friday deals event. There are thousands of products available on its dedicated UK Black Friday pages with some amazing discounts on TVs, games consoles, games, smart home devices and many more tech items.An Xbox One S with... Read more

Amazon Echo Show: Release date, price and everything you need to know

Amazon Echo Show: Release date, price and everything you need to know

By Max Langridge

Amazon has an extensive range of Echo devices. All of them can respond to voice commands, control smart home products and answer questions, but the Echo Show is a little different.It's the only Echo Device with a touchscreen display, and ushers in some... Read more

Amazon kicks off Black Friday deals with 3-months of Amazon Music Unlimited for 99p

Amazon kicks off Black Friday deals with 3-months of Amazon Music Unlimited for 99p

By Rik Henderson

Amazon is always one of the retailers that goes all out for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and we fully expect this year to be no different. In fact, it has started early with a big discount on its Amazon Music Unlimited streaming service.Basically Amazon's... Read more

Amazon might soon offer a free, ad-supported version of Prime Video

Amazon might soon offer a free, ad-supported version of Prime Video

By Elyse Betters

Amazon is considering a free, ad-supported version of Prime Video, a new report has claimed. The streaming service is a benefit for Amazon Prime subscribers, who currently pay $99 a year for their membership. They get things like free two-day shipping... Read more