Review: The $299 Echo Link Amp adds Alexa to any speaker

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Review: The $299 Echo Link Amp adds Alexa to any speaker The Echo Link Amp is designed to give Echo owners options. Instead of settling for the sound from a couple of Echo speakers, this amp lets owners use a set of nice bookshelf speakers. Best yet, this replaces a large receiver generally needed to power speakers. At $299 the … Read More

Review: The $199 Echo Link turns the fidelity up to 11

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Review: The $199 Echo Link turns the fidelity up to 11 The Echo Link takes streaming music and makes it sound better. Just wirelessly connect it to an Echo device and plug it into a set of nice speakers. It’s the missing link. The Link bridges the gap between streaming music and a nice audio system. Instead of settling for … Read More

Amazon Alexa now offers long-form news coverage in addition to Flash Briefings

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Amazon Alexa now offers long-form news coverage in addition to Flash Briefings One of the top use cases for Amazon Alexa is its ability to quickly summarize the day’s headlines via its customizable “Flash Briefing” skill. Now, Amazon is rolling out a new feature that will allow Alexa device owners to get more in-depth news from their preferred news provider, … Read More

New privacy assistant Jumbo fixes your Facebook & Twitter settings

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New privacy assistant Jumbo fixes your Facebook & Twitter settings Jumbo could be a nightmare for the tech giants, but a savior for the victims of their shady privacy practices. Jumbo saves you hours as well as embarrassment by automatically adjusting 30 Facebook privacy settings to give you more protection, and by deleting your old tweets after saving them to … Read More

Sonos partners with Ikea and announces $99 speaker

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Sonos partners with Ikea and announces $99 speaker Ikea and Sonos are partnering on a a new range of connected speakers that will be available in August 2019. The Symfonisk speakers aren’t just cheap Ikea speakers with a Sonos logo. You’ll be able to control the speakers from the Sonos app just like a normal Sonos product. Ikea and Sonos … Read More

Daily Crunch: The corporate fallout of the Bezos divorce

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Daily Crunch: The corporate fallout of the Bezos divorce The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. MacKenzie Bezos giving ex-husband Jeff 75 percent of Amazon stock, voting control MacKenzie Bezos noted in a … Read More

Amazon reportedly readying its Alexa-powered answer to Airpods

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Amazon reportedly readying its Alexa-powered answer to Airpods Amazon is ready to challenge Apple with a cheaper, Alexa-powered set of wireless earbuds. If successful it would carve out a space for the popular digital assistant, and its deep connections to the rest of Amazon’s ecosystem, in the mobile world Amazon has hitherto largely failed to penetrate. But that’s a big … Read More

Daily Crunch: Apple cuts HomePod prices

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Daily Crunch: Apple cuts HomePod prices The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Apple’s HomePod gets a $50 price cut Announced in mid-2017 and released in early 2018, the Siri-powered product brought a … Read More

Amazon Alexa launches its first HIPAA-compliant medical skills

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Amazon Alexa launches its first HIPAA-compliant medical skills Alexa is moving into healthcare. Following a trial of Amazon’s smart speakers in patients’ rooms at Cedars-Sinai, the company this morning announced an invite-only program allowing select developers to create and launch HIPAA-compliant healthcare skills for Alexa. The skills allow consumers to ask the virtual assistant for help with things like booking … Read More

Amazon again slashes Whole Foods prices, doubles Prime member weekly deals

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Amazon again slashes Whole Foods prices, doubles Prime member weekly deals Amazon-owned Whole Foods announced this week a third round of price cuts this morning that will see the grocer discounting hundreds of items, offering an average savings of 20 percent. Produce is an area of specific focus in this wave of price cuts, with lowered prices on seasonal items … Read More