Amazon shares rise as tech giant unveils Alexa operated microwave

NewsGeneralRead Amazon reveals a slew of new Echo hardware
By Robin Leigh Chetty

NewsGeneralRead Amazon reveals a slew of new Echo hardware By Robin Leigh Chetty

The Echo Plus is also getting an update. Although it looks like a giant HomePod, its design is not really the most important thing. Users can say, "What's the weather in LA?"

It expands on the Echo dot offering in capabilities and stature and comes in the same three new fabric colours.

The Echo Sub can be paired with two Echo speakers for stereo sound reproduction. It is not in full release and, in fact, requires an invitation to actually purchase.

Amazon's Alexa powered devices are more than what we expected. The other 2 accessories are the Echo Link and Echo Link Amp. The only thing you need is to make sure that the antenna has a good reception and the paired Echo device is present near it.

Amazon used the event to launch another of its products, the Fire TV Recast. It also adjusts itself according to Daylight Savings.

These devices were due to be unveiled at the tech company's F8 conference in May, but Facebook held off due to intense public scrutiny following the Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier this year, Bloomberg reported. Audi joined the growing list of vehicle makers this week announcing Alexa voice control is coming to select models in 2019. This device also works with Auto Popcorn Replenishment through Amazon Dash Replenishment technology.

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There's also a new Ring security camera. And now almost seven months later, the company has introduced the new Ring Stick Up Cam which monitors both indoor and outdoor home areas in HD quality video.

For Alexa to work on the new Echo, the smartphone app is still needed, as the system uses the existing phone plan to access music, navigation or calling.

At this time, there's no way to activate Alexa via Cortana using a mobile device or your Xbox One console. Priced at $24.99, it will be available starting October this year.

Google's next voice-activated device could be a smart speaker with a screen. Once connected to one or two of the speakers, you will be able to control the music that plays from the multiple speakers by commanding Alexa with your voice.

He revealed a new feature that can understand if a user whispers to the device in an attempt to keep the noise down, with Alexa now knowing to whisper in response. It's now only available in the USA, but for $60, this Alexa-enabled kitchen staple is sure to prove popular. Not only the persons in the front seats but also the one sitting in the rear seat will be able to give commands to Echo Auto.

Update: The AmazonBasics Microwave was originally reported as "Alexa-enabled". Last month, it released an Alexa Auto Software Development Kit to make it easier for programmers to build Alexa into automotive infotainment systems.

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