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Amazon Music app gives Garmin smartwatches an edge

If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber and you happen to have a Garmin smartwatch on your wrist, then here’s some good news: Amazon Music is landing on Garmin’s smartwatch lineup today. In its announcement today, Garmin boasts that it’s the “first wearable company to offer Amazon Music,” so if you’ve been looking for a way to access your library on a smartwatch, then it sounds like Garmin is the…

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The Xperia 1 was clearly made for entertainment. Sony brought its 21:9 screen to a mobile size and dubbed it a CinemaWide display. Even with the addition of 4K HDR, it may not have been enough to sell the phone as much as Sony would have hoped. Now the company is hoping a different kind of smartphone user to buy the Xperia 1. Appealing to smart home owners, the new Xperia 1 now comes with Amazon Alexa built-in, which subtly hints that Google Assistant is being pushed to the side.

The specs of the Xperia 1 are definitely worthy of premium flagship status. In addition to the Snapdragon 855 (not Plus) and the aforementioned 6.5-inch 21:9 CinemaWide 4K HDR OLED screen, the phone also boasts of Sony, Eye AF camera technology. It is, in other words, the first Xperia to benefit directly from Sony’s own camera tech.

That said, the $949 price tag might have looked a bit too harsh even though it’s not an unusual Sony pricing strategy. Just like LG and HTC, Sony saw its early 2019 flagship get mostly ignored in both the press and the market more importantly. Now it’s trying to make a big splash by pulling in Amazon Alexa to its aid.

With complete hands-free or, alternatively, push-to-talk functionality, the Xperia 1 now gives owners quick and easy access to Amazon Alexa and all her skills. The partnership with Amazon, however, goes beyond just Alexa. This Xperia 1 also ships with Amazon apps pre-installed, including Music, Audible, and, of course, Shopping. In other words, Sony is introducing what many have lovingly called “bloatware”.

All of that you can now get for $949 but, up to August 26, Amazon Prime members can grab the Xperia 1 with Alexa Hands-free for only $849. There is no word on whether current Xperia 1 owners will also get the features as an update in the future but those might not really mind having those baked into the firmware anyway.

Xperia 1 with Alexa built-in tries to woo a different class of buyers

The Xperia 1 was clearly made for entertainment. Sony brought its 21:9 screen to a mobile size and dubbed it a CinemaWide display.

Amazon unveils program that helps sellers easily donate unsold products

Following reports that millions of unwanted and unsold third-party products were being destroyed by Amazon, the Internet retailer has launched a new program that lets these sellers donate their products instead. The new program is called Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) Donations and it’ll go live in the US and UK starting next month. FBA Donations joins the company’s existing charity-based work.

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Audible pens major original content deal with Skybound Entertainment

While Amazon, Netflix, and other companies are busy creating original video content, Amazon-owned audiobook company Audible has penned a new multi-year deal with Skybound Entertainment, the entertainment company responsible for The Walking Deadcomics. Under this new deal, Skybound Entertainment will create several original audio works for Audible, all of them destined to be exclusive to Amazon’s…

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Lenovo Smart Tabs gain Amazon Alexa calling and messaging, Drop-in coming

You rarely hear about Android tablets these days outside of Samsung and occasionally Huawei. There are, however, still a few companies that keep churning out these slates. Lenovo is one of those and while its latest Smart Tab family can’t exactly compete with the likes of the Galaxy Tab S6 in terms of high-end features, it does have at least two things Samsung can’t boast of: affordable prices…

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USA Basketball games will exclusively stream on Twitch

The NBA has penned a new deal with Twitch that will bring USA Basketball games to the streaming service. Under the agreement, Twitch will be the exclusive streaming destination for USA Basketball games around the world through next year, bringing more live sports content to Amazon’s video streaming platform.

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Alexa speed control is the feature we didn’t know we needed

Alexa is capable of doing quite a bit already, but regardless of what you ask you her to do, her replies are always the same speed. For some, that default speed might be too slow (time is money, after all), while for others it might be too fast. Amazon today is letting you choose how quickly or slowly Alexa replies to your queries by flipping the switch on speed controls.

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Amazon initiative makes it easy to donate backpacks with school supplies

Amazon has announced a new initiative that will enable consumers to easily donate backpacks and school supplies to students. The donation system doesn’t require customers to manually find and select school supplies as part of the initiative — instead, they just tell Alexa to make a donation in order to see the options. Donated products are sent to Communities In Schools, a national organization.

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How to stop humans from listening to your Alexa voice recordings

Amazon has added a new feature in its Alexa smartphone app that allows users to opt out of having their voice recordings reviewed by humans. The feature comes amid growing privacy concerns over the practice, which is used to help the company — and others like it — improve the quality of their AI assistants. Finding the feature in the Alexa app isn’t entirely simple, however.

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Amazon Dash Buttons will stop working this month

In mid-2015, Amazon widely launched a product called the Dash Button, a small plastic device with a product’s label and physical button that could be used to easily reorder an item. The idea behind the buttons was that consumers could place them in places where the related product was relevant — a detergent button in the laundry room, for example — to reorder the item without using the company’s…

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