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You can now order the Pixel 3a and 3a XL on Amazon

Google's new Pixel 3a and 3a XL phones have the potential to be the company's most widely adopted yet, with a competitive price and greater carrier availability. Another point in the 3a's favor: everyone's favorite online mega-retailer is now selling both models directly.

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Amazon refreshes Fire 7 lineup with more storage, hands-free Alexa, and some depressingly drab colors

The Fire 7 and Fire 7 Kids Edition are Amazon's most accessible tablets and they remain a decent, trusted option against other products at their respective price levels. Now, 2 years since they were last made over, the company is pushing out another refresh. While not much has changed on paper, some of the tweaks do bring more bang for the same number of bucks.

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Amazon turns Echos into rudimentary home security devices with 'Alexa Guard' update

Amazon's Echo devices can now keep an eye, or rather an ear, on your home while you're away. An update is rolling out that enables the new "Alexa Guard" feature. Just tell your Echo that you're heading out, and it will begin listening for signs of trouble on the homestead. This feature was in beta testing over the last few months, but now it's coming to all users.

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Right before Google I/O, Amazon says Alexa now supports 60,000 smart home devices

Google I/O is kicking off in a few hours and we expect to hear a lot about Android, Assistant, and various other Google products and services during the conference. Just in time for this parade of all things Google, Amazon has updated its Alexa smart home compatibility page to say that a staggering 60,000 smart home devices from 7,400 brands are now compatible with the voice assistant. Sixty thousand.

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Amazon Echo 2nd gen on sale at all-time low of $65 ($35 off)

We're approaching Mother's Day in the United States and Amazon has a good number of its Echo and Fire devices on sale — our Aatif Sumar just pointed out a very good price on the latest version of the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader. What better way to follow up than to point you to the best price we've seen for the current-gen Amazon Echo speaker.

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Amazon reportedly working on Tidal-like high-fidelity music streaming service

Amazon already has two music streaming products Amazon Music (a limited library available to all Prime users) and Music Unlimited (a larger streaming library for $7.99/month). A new report claims the company is working on an additional service intended to directly compete with Tidal.

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Amazon to offer free one-day Prime shipping

Amazon revolutionized online shopping and quickly became one of the most ubiquitous and successful businesses in the world. This is in part owed to it always being on the forefront of reinvestment without pausing to actually earn money. To get ahead of its retail competitors, the company announced that it's working on bringing free one-day deliveries to its Prime members during its earnings calls on Thursday.

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You'll soon be able to return Amazon impulse buys at your local Kohl's

You've almost certainly kept things you've ordered on Amazon that you didn't necessarily want to save yourself the hassle of returning them, but an expanded partnership between the online retailer and department store Kohl's could soon save you from that fate. Beginning in July, you'll be able to return Amazon purchases to any Kohl's location.

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[Update: Available in app] Amazon Key for Garage is available starting today

Ever wish that you could have packages delivered to your garage, safe from thieves and waiting for your return home? Amazon is already on it with today's launch of Key for Garage, a system that allows Prime members to let deliverymen into, you guessed it, their garages. On the surface, this seems like a good idea, and it requires a special kit from Amazon.

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UK government adds '12,000 pieces of information' to Google Assistant and Alexa

Smart speakers are great for answering basic questions, like "what's the weather tomorrow" or "what's the population of Brazil" (it's 209.3 million, in case you were wondering). However, since the answers to many of these questions come from Google's ability to scrape the content of webpages, they can sometimes be inaccurate or purposely manipulated. Answers to questions about the UK government should now be fairly accurate, as the country has added "more than 12,000 pieces of information" to both Google Assistant and Alexa.

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