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Amazon unveils new smart TV, the Fire TV Omni QLED series starting at $799.99

Amazon Fire TV Omni Series in QLED

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Amazon just announced a new TV: the Amazon Fire TV Omni series in QLED.

Aside from the QLED display, the TV has Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+ Adaptive for the first time. Those should help improve image quality, especially in dark scenes where it would otherwise be difficult to see everything on the screen. And thanks to the adaptive brightness functions, the picture will be adjusted if the room is too brightly lit by the sun or in a dark room. It also works as an Echo, with built-in Alexa, and includes Alexa Widgets. It can turn on and off when someone enters or leaves a room. Thanks to a gallery of famous landscape paintings, the TV can also function as a wall decoration when not in use.

The TV is available in 65″ and 75″ starting at $799.99. Preorders start today.

–Sofia Pitt

Amazon upgrades remote to Alexa Voice Remote Pro for $34.99

Amazon’s New Fire TV Remote

Amazon

Amazon has just unveiled a new remote, the Alexa Voice Remote Pro. Pre-orders for the $34.99 Alexa Voice Remote Pro start today and it will ship in November. You can ask the Alexa device to help you find your remote and it will play a sound for location assistance. It also comes with two customizable buttons to create shortcuts to your favorite streaming apps or channels.

–Sofia Pitt

Amazon announces new Fire TV Cube for $139.99

Amazon Fire TV Cube 2022

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Amazon has just unveiled its third-generation Fire TV Cube, a device that’s a cross between a streaming media player and an Echo speaker. It’s the first major upgrade since 2019. Amazon says the latest version of the Cube is 20% faster than its predecessor.

The Cube can be controlled by Alexa and includes support for 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR and Dolby Atmos audio. It now includes an HDMI input port, meaning cable subscribers can plug their cable box into the Cube to consolidate their TV’s user interface. The Cube also has WiFi 6E support and Super Resolution Upscaling, meaning it helps upgrade older quality content to a clearer, sharper picture.

Pre-orders for the $139.99 device start today, and orders will ship from October 25.

–Sofia Pitt

Fire TV is coming to Amazon’s Echo Show 15 . for free later this year

Echo show with Fire TV

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If you have an Echo Show 15, a large smart screen that you can hang on the wall, you can add Fire TV to your device with a free software update. An update later this year will add the Fire TV software so you can quickly access all streaming apps just like you would on any other Fire TV device.

–Sofia Pitt

Ring, owned by Amazon, unveils new Spotlight Cam Pro

Ring Spotlight Cam Pro

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Amazon just announced the Ring Spotlight Cam Pro, the Spotlight Cam Pro Solar and the Spotlight Cam Plus.

The Spotlight Cam Pro is a new professional security camera with 3D motion detection, which can send motion alerts to your phone.

The Spotlight Cam Plus now has multiple power options, including solar, battery, wired, and plug-in.

The new Ring Spotlight Cam Pro battery and plug-in costs $229.99. The Spotlight Cam Pro Solar costs $249.99. The Spotlight Cam Plus starts at $199.99.

–Sofia Pitt

Amazon’s Astro Robot Adds New Features, Including Pet Detection

Amazon Astro Home Robot

Todd Haselton | CNBC

Amazon’s Astro robot can now check doors to see if they are open. It also enables pet detection so owners can track their pets from home.

There is a new integration between Ring and Astro called Virtual Guard + Astro for small businesses. Astro’s cameras can alert virtual security agents.

–Sofia Pitt

Amazon adds enhanced shopping features to Echo Show

Amazon shop the look

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Amazon has announced a new feature for Echo Show devices called “Shop the look”.

For example, users can say “show me that shirt” when they see an image on their screen, and the device will offer similar products, based in part on Amazon’s product catalog.

The feature shows that Amazon remains committed to making voice shopping more ubiquitous.

— Annie Palmer

Amazon introduces four new Echo devices

Amazon Echo Dot 2022

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Amazon just announced four new Echo products: the Echo Dot, the Echo Dot with Clock, the Echo Dot Kids, the Echo Studio, and the Echo Auto.

The Echo Dot and Echo Dot with clock deliver up to twice the bass of the previous generation, according to Amazon. It also has a new temperature sensor so it can do things like turn on your smart fan automatically when it gets too hot inside. Both devices also have new motion controls and a new display. The coolest new feature is probably a built-in Eero, which turns your device into a Wi-Fi extender to improve network coverage in your home. Built-in Eero will also roll out to older 4th Gen Echo Dots and Echo Dots with Clock in the coming months.

The new Echo Dot Kids is now available in owl and dragon designs. The device comes with a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+ and offers content for children including books, games, videos, songs and more.

The company has also rolled out a new high-end Echo Studio. Sound quality is even better with new spatial audio processing technology and frequency range extension, Amazon said.

Last but not least, there is the new Echo Auto, which has a new design and flexible mounting options. You can use Alexa to listen to music, make calls and get hands-free roadside assistance.

The Dot costs $49.99, the Dot with Clock and Echo Dot Kids are both $59.99, the Echo Studio costs $199.99 and the Echo Auto costs $54.99. Pre-orders start today and devices will ship next month.

–Sofia Pitt

Amazon just unveiled the Halo Rise, a $139.99 sleep tracker

Amazon just unveiled a $139.99 contactless sleep tracker called the Halo Rise.

Amazon Halo Rise Sleep Tracker

Amazon

The company says the device has environmental detection with a smart alarm and wake-up light, as well as machine learning and sensor technology to accurately detect sleep patterns.

The device comes with a six-month Halo membership and will ship later this year.

The Halo Rise works with Alexa. It doesn’t require users to press any buttons or charge a battery and it helps determine all your sleep stages from REM, to light and deep sleep and provides users with a sleep score.

–Sofia Pitt

Amazon Announces New Kindle Scribe You Can Write On

Amazon just announced a new Kindle Scribe, the first Kindle you can write on.

Amazon Kindle Scribe

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It has a 10.2-inch display with a pen that allows you to take notes, create to-do lists and write directly on the pages of the book you are reading.

You can use Scribe to mark up PDFs and other documents. It can take weeks and weeks without a charge.

Pre-orders start today and ship in time for the holidays. Scribe costs $339.99.

David Limp kicks off Amazon’s hardware event with Kindle presentation

David Limp, Amazon’s senior vice president of devices, begins the presentation on the Kindle.

–Sofia Pitt

The robot elephant in the room

iRobot’s Roomba.

Source: iRobot

A question that will probably come to many people’s minds at the event: Will Amazon name Roomba maker iRobot?

Amazon made the surprising announcement in August that it plans to acquire iRobot for approximately $1.7 billion, boosting its hardware and robotics business. iRobot is best known for its robot vacuum cleaner Roomba and robot mops.

Amazon’s Astro Home Robot

Amazon

Amazon launched its own consumer robot, Astro, at the hardware event last year. Astro is equipped with Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa and can track users around the house. But it’s available by invitation only, and it’ll have a steep price of $1,450 when released.

— Annie Palmer

Amazon’s Hardware Company Isn’t A Big Money Maker

A group of Amazon Echo smart speakers, including Echo Studio, Echo, and Echo Dot models, taken on September 24, 2020.

Neil Godwin/Future Publishing via Getty Images

Unlike Apple, which makes money from the sale of its flagship iPhone and other products, Amazon’s hardware business doesn’t generate much profit and does not account for a significant portion of the company’s revenue.

Instead, Amazon launches devices at extremely cheap prices with the aim of promoting its other products and services. It hopes that for every $99 Fire tablet it sells, users will buy, for example, movies, audiobook subscriptions and other items, which tend to have higher margins.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has previously admitted that the retail giant does not expect any profit on its devices.

Even if it’s not a lucrative venture, Amazon’s growing offerings of Echo smart speakers, Ring doorbells, and Fire TV sticks help extend the company’s reach in the smart home. And they help serve the other high-growth businesses, such as advertising.

— Annie Palmer

There can be surprises

Usually you can expect new Echos, Fire TV software and the like at these events, but sometimes Amazon has a few surprises. For example, for a year it announced Echo Frames eyewear. Last year it launched a smart list that hangs on the wall. And it has also used its fall event to announce a security drone flying through your house. But it hasn’t launched yet.

Also note: Amazon just updated its Fire tablets, so we probably won’t see anything new there today.

–Todd Haselton

Amazon launches new gadgets just in time for Prime Day 2.0

Amazon’s hardware event is well-timed. The company plans to host another Prime Day-esque discount bonanza next month, the first time it has held two deal events in the same year.

Amazon usually gives a discount on its own gadgets during these events. In recent years, Amazon devices like Echos, Fire TVs, and Kindles have also been among the top sellers on Prime Day (which is usually held in the summer) and busy shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday.

— Annie Palmer

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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