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Amazon brings Echo and Alexa to India and soon Japan, its first markets in Asia

 As the Echo and Alexa from Amazon continue to set the pace for what to expect from voice-based interfaces and home hubs, Amazon is expanding them to Asia for the first time today. Today, the e-commerce giant announced that Echo and Alexa are now on sale in India, and later this year, they will also launch in Japan. “Millions of customers love Alexa, and we’re thrilled to introduce… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

October 4th

Gadgets

Microsoft confirms plans for a new flagship store in Regent Street opposite Apple

 Shopping may be turning into an increasingly virtual experience, with people buying goods online and through apps, but there is no denying the power of a physical in-store experience — a lesson that Microsoft is taking to heart. Today the company announced that it would be opening a new flagship store in London in Regent Street near Oxford Circus — just a stone’s (or an… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

September 21st

Gadgets

Andy Rubin’s Playground Ventures is raising another $15M

 Playground Ventures — the VC fund co-founded by Android inventor and former Google exec Andy Rubin that sits alongside an eponymous incubator/startup studio and is making some big bets in areas like artificial intelligence and new generations of hardware– is raising more money. A Form D filed with the SEC notes that Playground Ventures is in the process of adding another $15… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

June 30th

Gadgets

Mobile

Amazon unveils the $230 Echo Show, with a screen for calls, shipping June 28

 Look out, world: Alexa is coming to a screen near you. Today Amazon unveiled the Echo Show, a WiFi-enabled home device with a seven-inch screen that is the newest addition to its Alexa-powered Echo range of home hubs that plays media and responds to voice commands. While previous versions of the Echo have been all about asking Alexa questions and getting responses from her, this new device… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

May 9th

Gadgets

Alexa Voice Service now works on connected devices in UK and Germany

int-avs-banner-_cb535474587_ Since first being unbundled back in 2015 in the U.S., Alexa Voice Service — the voice-response software that powers the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot — has been one of Amazon’s chief tools to spread its services to a range of connected devices. Now Amazon is taking its strategy international. Today it announced that AVS will now also work in the UK and Germany, and will… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

February 7th

Gadgets

Alexa Voice Service now works on connected devices in UK and Germany

int-avs-banner-_cb535474587_ Since first being unbundled back in 2015 in the U.S., Alexa Voice Service — the voice-response software that powers the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot — has been one of Amazon’s chief tools to spread its services to a range of connected devices. Now Amazon is taking its strategy international. Today it announced that AVS will now also work in the UK and Germany, and will… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

February 7th

Gadgets

Razer goes immersive with new in-room gaming projection and 3-screen laptop

project-ariana-room-view-2 Razer, the billion-dollar startup that builds hardware and software for hardcore gaming enthusiasts, is today unveiling two of its latest products aimed at ramping up the immersive gaming experience. And — surprisingly, given how much else we’ve seen in this area this week already at CES — Razer is not launching yet another virtual reality tool. Project Ariana is a… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

January 5th

Gadgets

Razer goes immersive with new in-room gaming projection and 3-screen laptop

project-ariana-room-view-2 Razer, the billion-dollar startup that builds hardware and software for hardcore gaming enthusiasts, is today unveiling two of its latest products aimed at ramping up the immersive gaming experience. And — surprisingly, given how much else we’ve seen in this area this week already at CES — Razer is not launching yet another virtual reality tool. Project Ariana is a… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

January 5th

Gadgets

High-end audio maker Devialet nabs €100M from Foxconn, Jay Z, Rubin’s Playground and more

phantom-gif-final-1 Make way for another startup that wants to shake up the world of music and audio technology. Devialet, the French developer of high-end speakers and the IP behind the sound systems that make them go boom, has raised €100 million ($106 million). This is a strategic growth round that is bringing in a number of high-profile new investors — and with them, a lot more audio… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

November 28th

Gadgets

High-end audio maker Devialet nabs €100M from Foxconn, Jay Z, Rubin’s Playground and more

phantom-gif-final-1 Make way for another startup that wants to shake up the world of music and audio technology. Devialet, the French developer of high-end speakers and the IP behind the sound systems that make them go boom, has raised €100 million ($106 million). This is a strategic growth round that is bringing in a number of high-profile new investors — and with them, a lot more audio… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

November 28th

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