Amazon is building a new version of its artificially intelligent Echo speaker with a screen, according to a Bloomberg report. The device is currently being worked on by the company's secretive Lab126 research team that was also responsible for some of Amazon's greatest flops and successes like the Fire Phone, Echo Dot and Fire tablet. It sounds weird and kind of unwieldy — but it might prove to be a great idea.
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The Kindle e-reader has been with us in one form or another since 2007, and it's still going strong. It's a super simple device, and for most people, that's a huge part of its appeal. But don't let its simplicity fool you into thinking there aren't any interesting tweaks you can make to your beloved e-reader. Here are 10 of our favourite Kindle tweaks that make reading anywhere even easier.
Amazon has just announced some nice improvements to the cheapest Kindle. The price is still crazy good at $US80 ($107), and the battery still lasts for weeks. (It also still has a middling 167 ppi display.) But it's also thinner, lighter and now comes in black and white.
Today Amazon introduced the Kindle Oasis — the eighth generation of Kindle — "crafted from the ground up for readers," Amazon says. It is 30 per cent thinner and over 20 per cent lighter than any other Kindle, and includes a charging cover that delivers "months of battery life".
You can put an Oasis on pre-order in Australia today for $449, and Amazon says it will start shipping in the coming weeks. Here's what it can do.
As entertaining as the internet can be, who has time to read all of it? Even employing the services of a read-it-later app such as Instapaper or Pocket can make catching up on articles difficult. What you need is a dedicated reading device, free from social media pings, email alerts, and other distractions — and that's where Amazon's Kindle comes in.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon's Lab126 — makers of the Kindle, iFire Phone, and Amazon Echo — is laying off dozens of engineers. That's a shame. Some consolation: now we can hear about the gadgets they were secretly building!
We're talking the old-fashioned kind. A "new" Dr. Seuss book, What Pet Should I Get? is cause for rejoicing, and likely the purchase of a paper copy, if you're into Dr. Seuss. But do you really buy books these days?
Independent author and blogger Imy Santiago bought an ebook, read it, and posted a review on Amazon. Then things started to go wrong, according to her recent blog post, which has put Amazon in the crosshairs of another round of criticism from authors and reviewers.
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