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Amazon Has a New Echo That Tells You If Your Outfit Sucks

Amazon has a new Echo and this time, it has a camera built-in to tell you how ugly, or hot, your outfit looks. Dubbed the Echo Look, this forthcoming $200 (~£156) device has a depth-sensing camera that can take full-length photos and videos using just your voice. Read More >>

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Amazon’s The Tick TV Show Premieres on August 25th

Citizens of the world, I say to you: get hype! The new Tick TV show starring Peter Serafinowicz starts airing on Amazon Prime this summer. Read More >>

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Alexa Can Now Save Lives

A lot of the available 'skills', or mini-apps for Amazon's Alexa are pretty pointless. There's one that makes fart noises, one that finds out how much Dogecoin is currently worth, that kind of thing. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Alexa-Powered Fire TV Stick Starts Shipping Today

If you've had your eye on the new Alexa-infused Amazon Fire TV Stick since it was announced back in February, the wait is over: it starts shipping today. Read More >>

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Alexa Will Give You An April Fool From Today

The April Fools' Day deluge has already begun, and Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa is joining in with some mild japes of her own. Read More >>

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Jeff Bezos Had a Good Day yesterday

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos just had one of those days that we all have from time-to-time. He officially became the second richest human on the planet and he shut down a business that was founded by one of his bitter rivals. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Automated Supermarket Works Fine as Long as Nobody Runs or Moves Stuff Around

Believe it or not, Amazon is having a little bit of trouble with its “super futuristic shop with no employees” idea. The latest report out of Seattle claims that the Amazon Go concept is being delayed due to some technical struggles. Basically, the computers get really confused when people shop. Read More >>

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Amazon Makes Alexa Development Free To Encourage People To Code New Skills

Amazon has today announced an aggressive new move to encourage developers to get coding for its Alexa voice assistant platform. The plan is simple: Make if free. For a bit, anyway. Read More >>

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Jeff Bezos Wants to Set Up Amazon on the Moon

In September 2016, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced his grand ambitions to colonise Mars. Earlier this week, he doubled down on that promise by announcing SpaceX’s plan to launching two private citizens in a tour around the Moon in late 2018. Not to be outdone by his billionaire competitor, this week, it was revealed that Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos is planning to launch a cargo spacecraft to shuttle goods — and eventually, humans — to and from the Moon, with uncrewed missions beginning as early as July 2020. Read More >>

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Amazon Says One Engineer’s Simple Mistake Brought the Internet Down

Roughly 48 hours after its major service outage, Amazon is admitting what caused the problem. Apparently, some poor engineer at Amazon Web Services (AWS) did an oopsie and brought the internet to its knees. Oopsies are the worst! Read More >>

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How One Little Amazon Error Can Destroy the Internet

The fact that Amazon controls a vast swath of cloud computing services became dreadfully clear on Tuesday afternoon when a string of errors brought countless websites to their knees. This consolidation of power is, perhaps suddenly, a very big problem. Read More >>

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Amazon Just Broke the Internet

A little after 6pm on Tuesday, countless websites and web services ground to a halt following a reported widespread outage of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Everything from Slack to Quora to Gizmodo US saw major disruptions. Before Down Detector itself went down, the site showed outages on the tier 1 network Level 3 in most major population centers in the United States. Read More >>

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Amazon Wants Alexa to be Able to Tell Voices Apart

While voice recognition has made serious leaps and bounds over the past few years, it's still got a long way to go before it's fully secure. After all, what good is having unlocked virtual assistant if just about anyone can use it? It's a serious problem companies are starting to have to face. But now Amazon is actively working to ensure that Alexa (and thus, the Echo) can tell people apart just by listening to them speak. Read More >>