Tag: Echo

13
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Best Amazon Canada Prime Day 2020 deals: Echo Show 5 hits CA$60, the Echo Dot drops to CA$25

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon Prime Day 2020 is underway in countries around the world, and Canada is no exception. The two-day shopping event runs through the end of the day (Pacific Time) Wednesday, Oct. 14. We’ve pulled some the most notable deals we’re seeing at Amazon Canada, and compiled them below. (Check out Amazon Canada’s press release for the full list of discounts the retailer has promised.)

Note that prices and availability were accurate at the time of this update, but are subject to change. As more deals become available, we’ll update this story.

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As in the US, Amazon’s smallest Echo display device is already available at a discount, returning to its lowest ever price of CA$60. That’s a whopping 40% off. The price is expected to stay at this level now through Oct. 14.

Read our Echo Show 5 review.

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Normally running about CA$150, you can get nearly 30% off the Fire TV Cube with hands-free control via Alexa Voice Remote. The Cube also comes with 16GB of storage. 

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Samsung’s 40-inch LED Smart TV is seeing a sharp Prime Day price cut. The cost of the 1080p-resolution TV has recently fluctuated between CA$350 and CA$400, but you can snag it today for about 20% less.   

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Prices for the Eufy Security wireless video doorbell have been dropping steadily since March, but are bottoming out for Prime Day with a 30% cut from their summer price of CA$330. If you’re looking for a cost-conscious competitor to Ring and other wireless doorbell systems with a monthly cost, the battery-powered Eufy Security comes with no monthly fee and could be just the deal for

03
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Amazon Echo: Alexa’s new smart speaker home just got a bold redesign

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Amazon rounds out the Echo.


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Amazon line of smart speakers is switching up its look; the new Amazon Echo will be spherical. The price will be $100 (£90), which is what the company’s previous, third-generation Amazon Echo went for. The new Echo speaker will be available Oct. 22, and its fabric-covered body will come in three different colors: charcoal, glacier white and twilight blue. It’s open for preorder now.

For specifics about its design as regards sound quality, Amazon says, “Its 3.0-inch woofer, dual-firing tweeters, and Dolby processing delivers stereo sound with clear highs, dynamic-mids, and deep bass that automatically adapts to any room.”

While the woofer appears to be the same as the previous Echo’s, Amazon has packed a second .8-inch tweeter into the speaker, which should fill out its mid- and high-range sound. In addition, Amazon says the speaker will adapt to the acoustics of any room it’s put in, which I’m excited to test out.

The tech giant’s lineup of smart speakers includes its budget-friendly Echo Dot, which is also getting the spherical treatment, as well as the high-end Echo Studio announced at last year’s hardware event and released for the holidays. Though a wall-plug speaker called the Echo Flex and a Dot with Clock (which is also getting spherical) were announced at last year’s event and released soon after, Amazon seemed more concerned with new generations of speakers than all new products this year.

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With its built-in Zigbee receiver for connecting with smart home devices, the new spherical Echo speaker will replace both 2019’s Amazon Echo and 2018’s Amazon Echo Plus.

See also: Every new Alexa feature

29
Sep
2020
Posted in gadget

New Amazon Echo Reflects a Spaghetti-at-the-Wall Product Strategy

Hey y’all, it’s Austin. Last week, in typical Amazon.com Inc. fashion, the Everything Store unveiled a new Everything Product for each category of buzzy gadget on the market today. At a news conference Thursday, the company showed off new smart speakers, streaming TV devices, Wi-Fi routers, a video game system, a car alarm and even a new drone security camera.

Amazon, in its relentless quest to own the home of the future, traditionally takes a spaghetti-at-the-wall approach to hardware development. Compared with rivals such as Apple Inc. or even Microsoft Corp., which generally limit their offerings to a refined set of electronics, Amazon’s ever-eclectic product line is refreshingly fun, surprising and, well, increasingly confusing. They don’t do “one more thing,” in Jobsian speak, but usually “a dozen more things.” And at this rate, people are likely to lose track of which Amazon products are actually Amazon’s.

Tech companies are forever fighting to attract more customers to their ecosystems of products. The premise is that the more people adopt one proprietary platform, the more they’ll be inclined to buy into that company’s family of products and services. That is, the Apple loyalist would own not just an iPhone and iPad but also spend money on iTunes and iCloud. You get the idea.

Amazon’s array of products tends to lack the cohesion other companies so meticulously design. Among its hardware, there’s Basics, Blink, Echo, Eero, Fire, Halo, Kindle, Luna and Ring, each with its own distinctive design and subsets of seemingly never-ending variations: Echo, Echo Auto, Echo Buds, Echo Dot, Echo Dot with a clock, Echo Dot kids edition, Echo Flex, Echo Frames, Echo Glow, Echo Link, Echo Loop, Echo Show, Echo Spot, Echo Studio. Am I missing any?

Making matters more complicated, these devices are usually linked to one of Amazon’s