Amazon surprised us at its Fall Devices and Services event with its new Luna cloud-gaming service, along with the expected updates to its line of Echo, Fire TV and Ring products. The event helps Amazon generate buzz as we roll into the holiday shopping season, and for the first time, Prime Day. (The annual sale is usually held in July, but this year it is slated to start on Oct. 13.) That means putting Alexa everywhere — inside homes and out — and addressing privacy concerns, which were big storylines in 2019 for both Ring and Alexa. In today’s life-at-home existence, with millions of us hunkered down for the long haul, the connected house concepts that Amazon has been developing for years have become more relevant than ever.
The company’s Echo and Fire TV products will be its first to earn sustainability badges, and
Amazon’s marathon of hardware announcements is now over.
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Amazon brings updates to Fire TV Stick, rolls out cheaper version
The new Amazon Fire TV Stick
Amazon is rolling out updates to its Fire TV Stick and is also introducing a cheaper option, Fire TV Stick Lite. The signature Fire TV Stick will include an enhanced processor that makes 50% more powerful than the previous generation. The classic option will go for $39.99, while the Lite costs $29.99 — Jessica Bursztynsky
Amazon launches video game streaming service Luna to take on Google and Microsoft
Amazon Luna gaming service
Amazon rolled out Luna, its video game streaming service that works on the company’s Fire TV, Mac, PCs, smartphones and tablets. It’ll feature a set of 100 curated games and users can play with a special Luna gaming controller. You don’t
Amazon unveiled plenty of new hardware at its fall event on Thursday, including several new Echo speakers and a flying Ring drone.
Amazon’s signature smart speaker now comes in a sleek spherical shape with the Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Dot with Clock. With brand-new colors, Amazon’s first-generation AZ1 Neural Edge processor, and a 1.6-inch front-facing speaker for the Dot and Dot with Clock, the company claims the devices will provide faster processing times and crisper sound than their predecessors.
When you’re using it to video chat or cook, the Echo Show 10 smart display will follow you as you move around the room. According to Amazon, the device already supports Skype, and they will soon be adding support for Zoom, Amazon Chime, and
TheWrap and the Breakthrough Prize Foundation today announced the winners of the inaugural “Heroes of Science: Breakthrough Filmmakers Challenge” – a new competition created to promote and support the development of films dedicated exclusively to science and scientists. The announcement was made at TheGrill 2020, TheWrap’s annual business conference focused on the convergence between entertainment, media and technology.
Competitors submitted a proposal for a short film about a Breakthrough Prize laureate. Each candidate was then judged by a panel of experts including filmmakers, scientists and science communicators, based on the proposal’s engagement with the laureate and their work, its characterization, creativity, clarity, accuracy and vision, as well as the filmmaker’s experience.
The six winners are: Cutter Hodierne and John Hibey (US) Dana Turken (US) Grace McNally (US) Hussain Currimbhoy (Sweden) and Carrie McCarthy (US) Molly Murphy (US) Thor Klein (Germany)
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Amazon surprised us at Thursday’s event with its new Luna cloud-gaming service as well as the expected updates to its line of Echo, Fire TV and Ring products. The event helps Amazon generate buzz as we roll into the holiday shopping season, and for the first time, Prime Day. (The annual sale is usually held in July, but this year is slated to start on Oct. 13.) That means Alexa everywhere and addressing privacy concerns, which were a big storyline in 2019 for both Ring and Alexa. In a life-at-home existence, with millions of us hunkered down for the long haul, the connected house concepts that Amazon has been developing for years have become more critical than ever.
The company’s Echo and Fire TV products will be its first to earn sustainability badges and it’s working on reducing power consumption across devices with a new
From new Ring flying indoor drone cameras to an adorable new kids version of one of its most popular Amazon home products, Jeff Bezos’ Seattle retailer unveiled a slew of new hardware goodies just ahead of the holiday shopping season.
Amazon kicked off its latest hardware showcase by unveiling a new version of the company’s Echo devices, which now include spherical speakers (with a version for kids featuring cute animal graphics). Amazon also unveiled an updated, more personalized Echo capabilities and a new tracking feature for its Show 10 that mirrors Facebook’s Portal in its ability to follow users as they move around a room.
Amazon’s annual hardware event has come and gone, and with it we’ve seen a slew of new Alexa features for your Echo speakers, displays and other voice-driven devices. Alexa continues to expand its reach, connecting with over 140,000 smart home devices, and boasting more than 100 million Alexa-compatible devices installed across its user base. But the voice assistant’s power isn’t just in its rapidly growing scale.
When I spoke to Daniel Rausch, Amazon’s vice president of smart home and Alexa mobile, before the hardware event, he said Alexa is becoming more independent too. Alexa will soon be able to act on Hunches without asking, to listen for and react to sounds other than a wake word, and to protect your home more actively with an upgrade to Alexa Guard.
In recent years, Amazon has evolved from an online retailer to an online retailer that also makes a slew of hardware. And, like any other hardware company, that means holding annual events to show of its latest and greatest tech. Amazon’s latest hardware event is today, and we’re expecting it to be where Amazon showcases its latest Alexa devices, Ring devices, and so on.
Unfortunately, Amazon’s even is invite-only — so you can’t livestream it like you would be able to an Apple event or Google’s upcoming event. That is why we’ve put together this roundup.
We’ll be updating this roundup as the event happens, so if you’re interested in Amazon’s latest devices, check back every now and then.
What we expect at Amazon’s event
Amazon’s hardware offerings have all been based around Alexa, and that’s likely to continue this year. The Amazon Echo has traditionally been the star of