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Amazon’s Halo Rise is a bedside light to track your sleep and wake you up

Amazon has announced the Halo Rise, a bedside device meant to track your sleep and wake you up in the morning using lights and a “small alarm speaker,” as a press release describes it. The company says the Rise uses “contactless” technology, meaning you don’t have to put on something like a fitness tracker or […]

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Amazon’s new Echo Auto is smaller and easier to mount in your car

Amazon has announced an update to the Echo Auto that it originally launched back in 2018. The new Echo Auto is a wholly new design, with a smaller footprint, fabric covering, and easier mounting options. It will sell for $54.99. The idea behind the Echo Auto is to put Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant in your […]

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BMW is building a new custom voice assistant for its cars based on Amazon’s Alexa

BMW owners have been able to use Amazon’s Alexa as their in-car voice assistant since 2018. But the automaker announced that it will be taking things a step further, using Amazon’s Alexa core technology to build its own custom voice assistant. The voice assistant will be built using Amazon’s Alexa Custom Assistant, a service that […]

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Square launches support for Apple’s Tap to Pay technology

Square now lets merchants use Apple’s Tap to Pay feature to process transactions. In a press release, the company announced that sellers with a compatible iPhone can use Square’s Point of Sale (POS) app to accept contactless payments. Apple first rolled out Tap to Pay on the iPhone XS and newer in February. The feature […]

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Amazon’s Kindle Scribe is an E Ink tablet for reading and writing

The newest Kindle is the first truly new Kindle in years. It’s called the Kindle Scribe, and it’s both a reading device and a writing one. With a 10.2-inch E Ink screen, a stylus that attaches to the side of the device, and a bunch of new software, the $339.99 Scribe is trying to be […]

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Web apps on Windows are getting closer to their native counterparts

Progressive web apps on Windows look more like native Windows apps than ever before. Thanks to a new feature that Microsoft just announced, the Window Controls Overlay, developers can now customize the title bar of their PWAs. Previously, web apps did not have access to this feature, which could lead to empty space, clashing colors, […]