Echo Dot Kids launches with parental controls and bright color options

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Amazon has released its Internet of Things (IoT) speaker meant just for children at home. For fans of their Amazon Echos, there’s good news for their children as Echo Dot Kids is now available. Amazon has now released a variation of the smart speaker designed with parental controls. The outer casings are available in any of a range of different colors. This is meant to bring kids into the Alexa mix, which is fun for children and great for Amazon. After all, what better way for Amazon to secure itself…

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Amazon app makes it easier for international customers to shop

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The application has launched an International Shopping feature on both its iOS and Android versions. Countries around the world with their own official Amazon app and website are used to its convenience. However, there are still many nations without their own version of the marketplace. Amazon has launched an International Shopping feature on its mobile commerce apps for those consumers. This feature makes it possible for consumers around the world to use the Amazon app (US) to purchase products that can be shipped to their countries. This new feature not…

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Amazon unveils SmileCodes, its own version of QR codes

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The online marketplace will be using their own form of quick response codes to share offers and discounts. Amazon has announced it is rolling out its own branded form of QR codes, which it has called SmileCodes. These logo shaped quick response codes will let shoppers activate the company’s offers through a fast and easy scan. When shoppers spot the smile shaped QR codes in the real world, they can scan them to access the offer. Shoppers will be able to see the SmileCodes and their associated offers in real…

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Amazon tablet lineup includes new low-cost options and kids models, too

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The massive online marketplace is now offering a thinner, lighter and cheaper model of Kindle Fire. The latest Amazon tablet offerings have been unveiled and it’s clear that affordability and children are two areas of central focus for the company. The spotlight has fallen on a new version of the company’s 7-inch tablet, which is now lighter and thinner. Moreover, the larger 8-inch version of it is $10 cheaper. This newly unveiled Fire 7 is the latest bare bones and yet very affordable Amazon mobile device. This new Amazon tablet…

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Your Amazon Alexa may soon make phone calls

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An upcoming version of the device may also be able to work as an intercom, say certain reports. According to a number of sources, a future version of Amazon Alexa will be unveiled which makes it possible to make phone calls initiated via voice command. The system would also make it possible for people to talk to each other through an intercom feature. The sources, which have been cited in several reports, have said that the company has been beta testing the new Amazon Alexa hardware internally. Moreover, they said…

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Will the Amazon wireless experiment receive government approval?

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The online marketplace company is seeking the FCC’s approval to test technology in Seattle and rural Washington. An Amazon wireless experiment is in the works to test out mobile devices and fixed-base stations in Seattle and rural areas of Washington state. Amazon revealed this much of its mysterious plans in recent government filings to the Federal Communications Commission. The filings do not specifically describe what will be involved in Amazon’s technology tests. However, what is known about this Amazon wireless experiment is that it looks like it is testing a…

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Will Amazon Echo help investigators to solve a murder?

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Officials in a current case under investigation have issued a warrant to learn what the device “heard.” The Amazon Echo is making headlines not only because it was the e-commerce giant’s top selling item during the holiday season this year. It may also provide evidence to investigators in a murder case. Bentonville, Arkansas police have issued a warrant to Amazon, requesting the Echo’s data. The investigators are hoping that the Amazon Echo was “listening” at the time of the murder of Victor Collins. Prosecutors would use the connected device’s data…

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Amazon Go app beta launched for mobile grocery shopping

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The goal of the application is to allow shoppers to buy food without a line or a checkout counter. The Amazon Go app is now being beta tested in Seattle exclusively by Amazon employees. The company called the process “Just Walk Out” technology. The Go mobile app is meant to be used at the one 1,800 square foot supermarket which is “new kind of store with no checkout required.” Customers using the Go app simply walk into the store with the application open on their mobile devices. Sensors in the…

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Amazon mobile commerce is leaving the competition in the dust

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The online marketplace is considered to be among the most important shopping platforms over online channels. Despite the power of big box retailers, Amazon mobile commerce is still leading the way, just as its e-shopping marketplace is also continuing to be a massive force to be reckoned with. The stock price of the company over the last year has made it clear that this is a brand that knows how to grow. The dominance Amazon mobile commerce has achieved and is steadily holding is a primary reason that explains why…

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Mobile commerce exploded on Amazon over the holidays

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According to recent data compiled by comScore, smartphones and tablets play a vital role with that online marketplace. This holiday season, mobile commerce played a more important role than ever at Amazon, as shopping over that company’s mobile app increased by more than double when compared to the same time in 2014. Moreover, almost 70 percent of the shoppers heading to Amazon did so using a mobile device. Cyber Monday saw a tremendous spike in mobile commerce activity, at which time 33 electronics items were purchased every second by way…

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Amazon.com enters into tablet commerce collab with Baidu

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The American online marketplace is working with the Chinese company for Fire sales in China. Amazon.com has now joined forces with the top search company in China, Baidu, in order to be able to enhance its tablet commerce by releasing its Fire device to the Chinese consumer marketplace. This tablet contains a range of different features designed to let it stand out from other similar devices. The tablet commerce offerings from Amazon have been carefully designed to set the Fire apart from other devices within the same category. For example,…

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