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Briefly: Amazon Echo in Staples, Amazon Prime sharing restricted

08/04, 6:49am

Staples starts selling Amazon Echo connected speaker through online store

The Amazon Echo, the network-connected speaker hosting the retailer's Alexa assistant, has gone on sale through a third-party store for the first time. Staples is offering the cylindrical speaker through its website to all customers priced at $180, the same as Amazon. So far, it can only be acquired through the Staples website, with delivery to local stores available as a shipping option, though there is still the potential to sell it from stores directly.

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Amazon opens up Alexa service to other developers, creates $100M fund

06/26, 7:17am

Alexa APIs allow developers access to Amazon voice recognition service

Amazon is allowing third-party developers and companies access to Alexa, the digital assistant included in the retailer's Echo network-connected speaker. As well as a collection of tools and APIs, Amazon is helping accelerate the push to make Alexa as useful as Siri and Google Voice Search by launching the Alexa Fund, a scheme where it will offer up to $100 million in investments to support developers and start-ups making use of the software and the technology.

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Amazon makes Echo speaker available to all US customers

06/23, 10:24am

Amazon removes invitation requirement to purchase Echo

Amazon has finally made its Echo network-connected speaker available for purchase by anyone, seven months after the company initially launched the device. Previously only sold to Amazon Prime subscribers and on an invitation-only basis, the Echo can now be bought by all customers in the United States without requiring an invitation, with the retailer expecting to start shipments of the device on July 14.

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Briefly: Audible audiobooks on Amazon Echo, Netflix Europe expansion

06/08, 7:21am

Amazon adds Audible audio support to Echo speaker

Amazon has updated its Echo network-connected speaker to work with Audible. Via voice prompts using the Alexa assistant or the Amazon Echo App, the speaker can start reading out Audible audiobooks to the user, with vocal commands allowing the book to be requested by title, paused, resumed, and to go forward or back 30 seconds. It also works with Whispersync for Voice, allowing listeners to pick up an audiobook from where they left off on another device.

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Briefly: Amazon Echo Google Calendar link, Facebook supports GIFs

05/30, 10:51pm

Amazon Echo can read appointments stored in Google Calendar

Alexa, the virtual assistant that forms part of the Amazon Echo network-connected speaker, has been upgraded to allow it to read Google Calendar events. Android Central reports Alexa can now be linked to the user's Calendar and will respond to queries about it, such as "Alexa, what's on my calendar?" and "When is my next event?" So far, it appears Alexa can only read appointments, not add new items, but this could be included in a future update of the device.

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Amazon adds product re-ordering to Echo networked speaker

05/15, 6:58am

Prime subscribers can ask Alexa to re-order previously bought items

Amazon has made it easier for owners of its Echo to do online shopping, in what is an expected expansion of the capabilities of the retailer's portable speaker. Prime subscribers are now being given the option of placing orders for items they shopped for previously by voice commands alone, via the Alexa digital assistant, half a year after the Echo initially launched.

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Briefly: Amazon Echo Prime Stations, Windows Insider upgrades

05/11, 10:20am

Amazon adds Prime Stations to Echo wireless speaker

Amazon has updated the Echo portable wireless speaker to work with Prime Stations. An email sent to Prime subscribers owning the device advises that the Alexa digital assistant can be commanded to play a personalized ad-free station from Prime Music. The verbal command "Alexa, play the Bruno Mars Prime Station" will start streaming the relevant station through the speaker, with "Alexa, thumbs up/thumbs down" rating the track for further personalization, and "Alexa, what song is this?" to receive more track details.

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Amazon Echo gains extra abilities with new IFTTT channel

05/04, 6:58am

Alexa assistant can trigger commands in other apps via IFTTT

Amazon Echo network-connected speaker and Alexa virtual assistant has been updated with the ability to make and receive commands through If This Then That (IFTTT). The new Amazon Alexa IFTTT Channel allows users to set new commands or "recipes" for the device to follow, expanding its functionality to work with a large number of well-known online services.

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Briefly: Amazon Echo upgraded, Twitter tweaks mobile search

04/09, 10:05am

Amazon Echo adds support for Hue, WeMo home automation systems

The Amazon Echo has been updated to include support for other connected devices. The voice-controlled device is able to make changes to the WeMo Switch, Insight Switch, and Light Switch, reports TechCrunch, with the Hue A19, Lux, BR30, Bloom, and LightStrip also supported, allowing users to verbally alter the lighting or control other devices.

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Briefly: Amazon Echo improves music options, Dixons Carphone carrier

02/02, 7:42am

Amazon adds iTunes, Spotify, Pandora music options to Echo

An update to the Amazon Echo has added more options for music playback. Recode reports the Internet-connected speaker now offers voice control for Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora, when the Echo is paired with a device that has the required apps installed. Improved responsiveness, question accuracy, and more voice commands have also been touted for the device, which has yet to have a wider release outside of its invitation-only testing.

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Amazon Echo introduced as networked speaker with virtual assistant

11/06, 2:46pm

Echo speaker answers questions, plays music on command via voice recognition

Amazon has quietly launched a network-connected speaker with voice recognition. The Echo is a tall cylindrical speaker unit which can be used for music playback, but it also includes a seven-microphone array at the top for listening to voice commands, allowing users to give the device instructions to play music, ask questions, and set appointments.

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Ceton to ship Echo Windows Media Extender by Thanksgiving

10/11, 10:41am

Ceton Echo extender is now much smaller, more power efficient, priced at $179

Ceton has announced pricing and an approximate ship date for its Echo Windows Media Center Extender that was introduced earlier this year. The unit is much revised, however, with a body that's 72 percent smaller than the original, and now nearly the quarter of the size of the power adapter for the Xbox 360. It's also power efficient, rated at under 5 watts.

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Kyocera gives out 10K free Android games to spur Echo sales

08/15, 4:30pm

Kyocera offers 10,000 free game copies for Echo

Kyocera, in an attempt to boost sales of its dual-screen, Android-powered Echo smartphone, announced on Monday it has began offering 12 free premium games. Part of the company's 'Summer of Free Apps' campaign, the games normally range in price from $1 to $5. The first 10,000 downloads are free.

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Sprint releases fixed Gingerbread update for Kyocera Echo

08/10, 9:05pm

First update caused problems for users

Sprint has begun to release a second round ofGingerbread updates for Kyocera's Echo handset, after the first update, which arrived several weeks ago, had caused problems for many users. The company suspended the first rollout after a number of owners reported that the download had caused their phone to become inoperable.

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Kyocera Echo's Android 2.3 update goes live

08/01, 7:00pm

Release matches earlier rumors

Confirming earlier rumors, Sprint has released an Android 2.3 update for the Kyocera Echo. The release, which steps up from Android 2.2 Froyo, brings the standard set of Gingerbread UI tweaks, along with the updated Swype 3.0 keyboard and an 'Eco Mode' utility that is claimed to help users manage battery life.

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Kyocera Echo may get Android 2.3 on August 1

07/28, 3:40am

Kyocera Echo inline for Gingerbread update

The Kyocera Echo looks like it might be in line for an update to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) on August 1. Update 2.002SP is expected to land next Monday and move device from 2.2 (Froyo) to the latest build of Android for mobile phones. The update will also bring some Kyocera Echo specific treats including Swype 3.0.

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KDDI, Kyocera phone does multi-layer touch feedback

05/27, 8:35am

KDDI, Kyocera show multi-layer haptic prototype

At the currently ongoing Wireless Japan show, major wireless provider KDDI showed off a prototype handset that uses multiple layers for haptic touch feedback. The so-called New Haptic Smartphone uses display technology from Kyocera, maker of smartphones such as the Echo. The prototype uses feedback for two haptic layers, but Kyocera assures the public its technology can support seven layers all over a screen's surface.

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Kyocera Echo to ship April 17 for $200

03/14, 3:20pm

Sprint dates Kyocera Echo for April 17

Sprint today dated and priced the Kyocera Echo. Its one-off, dual-screen Android phone we tried ourselves should ship April 17, with pre-orders starting March 26. The device is still locked in for a $200 price on contract.

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Sprint teases new mystery phone for February 24

02/21, 10:40am

Sprint hints new smartphone on February 24

Sprint put out a teaser on Monday hinting at a mystery new phone. The company didn't give out clues but asked users to check back on Thursday, February 24. Devices like the Kyocera Echo aren't due to arrive until later.

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Sprint adds 1.1m users, sees slight hit from Verizon iPhone

02/10, 10:10am

Sprint adds 1.1m, says will survive Verizon iPhone

Sprint saw two rare milestones today even as it braced for the possible impact of the Verizon iPhone launch. The carrier added 1.1 million cellphone users, its highest additions since early 2006. Of those, it also saw its first gain in contract subscribers for the first time since spring 2007, adding 58,000 for the first time.

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Sprint to get HTC Arrive, Kyocera Echo smartphones?

01/24, 2:35pm

HTC Arrive, Kyocera Echo phones coming to Sprint?

Two new previously unheard of handsets are coming to Sprint, according to a Monday Engadget report. Other than the logos and names for the two, the HTC Arrive and Kyocera Echo, not much else is currently known. The HTC model is said to be powered by Windows Phone 7, however, and a trademark registration at the USPTO confirms the upcoming availability of this phone; it may be the name for the 7 Pro slider.

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