Twitch is no stranger to outside-the-box ideas, and the streaming platform is celebrating Amazon Prime Day in a unique retro fashion: by hosting a shopping channel. When the calendar hits July 15 and July 16, Twitch will begin streaming a live shopping show that it promises will be unlike anything viewers have ever witnessed, but in a good way. The event will be called Twitch Sells Out: A Prime Day Special Event, and it looks like it may be a spectacle, for better or worse. The two 12-hour daily broadcasts will feature a curated selection of what Twitch calls the “best of the best” Amazon Prime Day sales items, and will feature dozens of popular Twitch streamers participating on the shopping channel. Twitch wouldn’t say who these hosts will be, but revealed that the full list of participants will be released on July 10. These hosts will be selling everything from kitchenware to games, with Twitch indicating that as-yet-unseen gaming footage from upcoming releases will … [Read more...] about Twitch To Run A Shopping Channel For Amazon Prime Day
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FACEBOOK is developing a voice assistant to rival Amazon Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Alphabet Inc’s Google Assistant. The AI assistant could reportedly be used on the tech giant's Portal video chat smart speakers, the Oculus headsets or other future projects. “We are working to develop voice and AI assistant technologies that may work across our family of AR/VR products including Portal, Oculus and future products,” a Facebook spokesperson said. CNBC reported that the tech company has been developing the new assistant since early 2018. A Washington-based team from Facebook’s augmented reality and virtual reality group has been spearheading the effort. The Facebook assistant faces stiff competition.STIFF COMPETITION Amazon and Google are the leaders in the smart speaker market with 67 per cent and 30 per cent shares in the US in 2018, respectively, according to eMarketer. Amazon’s Echo is expected to capture 63.3 per cent of smart speaker users in 2019, … [Read more...] about Facebook is working on a voice assistant to rival Amazon Alexa and Apple’s Siri
APPLE Music subscribers can now listen to songs on Amazon's range of Fire TV and Echo devices. It means Apple fans with an Alexa speaker won't be forced to pay for a different service on their Echo – like Spotify or Amazon Music. Starting today, Apple Music will become available for all users across the UK and Ireland. To choose tracks using voice controls, simply say commands like "Alexa, player today's hits on Apple Music" or "Alexa, play Beats 1 on Apple Music". You can also choose specific songs, artists, playlists and albums. But you'll need to end every request with "on Apple Music" – or alternatively set Apple Music as your default service. To get started, you'll first need to make sure you have an active Apple Music subscription. If you're a first-timer then you can get a three-month trial completely free of charge – just click here: Apple Music free three-month trial (new customers only) – sign up now After that, you'll have to pay £9.99 a month. … [Read more...] about Apple Music now works on Amazon Echo speakers – how to get three month trial
AMAZON has banned sales of racist gear featuring Nazi swastikas for children and adults amid pressure from US lawmakers and non-profit groups. Just weeks prior, the online shopping titan owned by the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, was blasted by a Democrat from Minnesota for profiting from Nazi items sold by hate groups. They included a cross-burning onesie for kids (a practice associated with the Ku Klux Klan), stickers featuring nooses and lynching imagery, a "noosed costume"and Nazi swastika jewellery. In a letter addressed to Bezos, Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota said he was shocked that hate groups identified by non-profits were openly selling their wares on Amazon – with the site taking a cut of sales. “I am disturbed that such a powerful corporation is materially fueling the rise of hate groups in our country,” wrote Ellison in the message last month. In its response, Amazon said it had removed products that violated its policy against product … [Read more...] about Amazon bans sale of Nazi gear after white nationalist ‘grey market’ exposed
AMAZON is coming after your kids with a brand new smart speaker aimed at children. The Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition is a voice-controlled pod powered by the Alexa digital assistant – now rejigged to be child-friendly. The new model features bright and colourful cases, new parental controls, and a two-year "no questions asked" warranty for accident-prone youngsters. The protective rubber cases are available in red, green or blue paintjobs. But otherwise, the hardware looks identical to the existing Echo Dot – Amazon's smallest and cheapest (£49.99) smart speaker. Amazon is giving parents a new service called FreeTime with all Echo Dot Kids Edition speakers as standard. The free version of FreeTime gets you parental controls, allowing you to block out certain Alexa features. This means concerned parents can shut off news and shopping. But you'll also be able to deny access to third-party skills that connect to non-Amazon accounts – like Domino's Pizza or Uber. … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition revealed – will the smart speaker land in the UK soon?