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James Lamb 2017-12-04
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Aussies who’ve been spending the last week refreshing the amazon.com.au site in expectation of doing a spot of shopping with the ecommerce giant finally got to see the store in all its glory on Monday.

Up to now, Amazon’s local store only offered a tiny selection of items, mainly its Kindle ebook readers and audiobooks.

There’d been much speculation Down Under recently about when Amazon would get around to launching a full-fledged online store, as the company had already confirmed its intention while failing to offer a specific rollout date.

But with the holiday season now in full swing and December 25 fast approaching, it’s finally flipped the switch in a bid to grab some of that all-important Christmas coin.

While Amazon’s all-new Australian store includes electronics, clothing, toys, games, and more, it doesn’t yet offer the range or quantity of its online stores in, say, the U.S. and U.K. There’s nothing like AmazonFresh food delivery either, and Prime shipping isn’t coming until the middle of next year.

In the meantime, Amazon Australia is offering free shipping on orders over AU$49.

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Robert Tuohy 2017-12-20
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"You want to be able to be on a tarmac, think of a book, and get a book in 60 seconds," says Steve Kessel, one of the early leaders of the project.

In a world filled with distractions and notifications and devices that do everything, the Kindle's lack of features becomes its greatest asset.

That's why E Ink technology was so crucial to the Kindle's development: It didn't consume much battery, didn't require a backlight or hurt your eyes to look at, and just sort of looked like paper.

The Kindle has become progressively lighter with successive generations, and even the device's materials are softer than they used to be, more like a book in your hand than a high-tech gizmo.

Building a Kindle "like paper" would mean one that can be rolled, folded, dog-eared, and turned into a paper airplane, and the beginnings of that tech is already showing up in prototypes and concept devices around the world.

Reading is about focus, about falling out of your life and into a story, and so the Kindle is about those things too.

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Eric Grunau 2017-12-18
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Amazon is bringing back Digital Day following the holiday rush this December.

If you're not familiar with it, think of Digital Day as Amazon's Prime Day, but for all things you can download.

The massive retailer is offering savings on thousands of products, including movies, apps, e-books and TV shows.

The deals will kick off on Dec. 29 at midnight Eastern Time, Amazon said.

Some savings will be available as early as Dec. 26, and eager customers can visit amazon.com/digitalday to sign up for notifications.

Some deals already announced: 60 percent off "Wonder Woman" on Amazon Video; 33 percent off games like Sonic Forces, NBA 2K18 and Civilization VI; and 75 percent off selected e-books.

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Wayne Strickland 2018-06-08
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To be the first to know, please click here.

Amazon revealed two new additions to its Echo smart speaker product line: the Echo Look and Fire TV Cube.

Meanwhile, Amazon announced that the Fire TV Cube, priced at $120, will launch on June 21.

The two Alexa-enabled devices will help to further secure Amazon's foothold within the smart speaker market by giving the company the ability to target a wider audience.

Here's an overview of the two latest hardware releases:

The Echo Look boasts full Alexa functionality, but comes with an added depth-sensing camera that lets users take pictures using voice commands.

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Alberto Mcgovern 2018-06-01
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We shopped for everything together.

From toilet paper, to running shoes, to earbuds, Amazon was there to help me make my choice and deliver the goods.

The product reviews were there, too, telling me what was worth buying.

I got my toilet paper, shoes, or earbuds two days later, and if I was unhappy with something, I could send it right back.

Fake reviews are a problem

You know those reviews on Amazon you peruse to determine whether a product will change your life or is a piece of crap?

collect
0
Jonathan Godbey 2019-01-07

Alexa may be front and center for Amazon’s play this CES, but the just unloaded a whole bunch of news about Amazon Key.

The list includes a name change to the more passive Key By Amazon, a title designed to reflect the broader scope of the line.

In addition to the standard home and car delivery, the company is adding Key for Garage into the mix.

Using the Key app, customers can remotely monitor the door and accept deliveries while they’re out.

It’s a nice addition to the existing offerings, for those looking to thwart package thieves or missed deliveries.

Of course, the standard issue of how much access you’re willing to give Amazon and delivery services is still very much an open question — for some, however, garage access may ultimately be less invasive than a house or car.

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Jerry Anderson 2017-12-14
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Prime Now, the two-hour delivery service for Prime members, is being used more than ever.

Amazon's Prime membership growth is slowing in the US, according to a survey by Morgan Stanley.

This is a signal that Amazon could have hit a wall in its growth in the US, though there is a silver lining.

Amazon may not be able to lean on its increasing Prime membership numbers to fuel its insatiable appetite for growth much longer.

Results from a Morgan Stanley survey of 1,000 US adults, sent in a note to investors, showed that 40% of Americans likely have Amazon Prime memberships.

That's virtually unchanged from a year ago, signaling we could be at the limit for Prime membership penetration in the US.

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Laurence Lafarge 2018-02-22
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It’s been exactly a month since Amazon opened its highly anticipated cashier-less convenience stores, Amazon Go.

Now, the company is looking to bring the simplicity of literal grab-and-go to more markets across the U.S.

According to Recode, the retail giant is hoping to plan up to six more Amazon Go locations by the end of 2018.

It seems most likely that the new storefronts will open in other areas of Amazon’s headquarter city of Seattle, as well as other West Coast hubs like Los Angeles.

According to Recode, Amazon has already held a series of “serious talks” with the billionaire developer Rick Caruso about hosting one of the Go’s in The Grove, the famous 600,000-square foot outdoor shopping center in the heart of L.A.

Los Angeles would be a rather natural fit for an Amazon Go, as the company has previously used the Californian metropolis as a testing ground for a number of new initiatives.

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Robert Russo 2018-12-12

Amazon today announced the launch of a new variety of its cashier-less Go store that’s much smaller than a standard one.

The company is referring to it as a small-format Go store, and it’s a freestanding construction with its own enclosed ceiling, which is where it places a majority of the cameras and sensors used to track shoppers and determine when an item has been taken off the shelf.

Amazon says this version, located on the sixth floor of the Macy’s building at 300 Pine Street in downtown Seattle, measures about 450 square feet and serves mainly pre-made breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, as well as beverages and snacks.

A typical Go store is much larger, usually serving a wider variety of pre-made food, as well as household supplies, groceries, and in some cases, alcohol.

It’s clear this small-format version is Amazon’s way of getting Go stores into much more constrained spaces, like malls and perhaps even airports.

Reuters reported last week that Amazon had discussions with both the Los Angeles International Airport and the San Jose International Airport over the summer to bring Go stores to terminals.

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Eric Spilde 2018-08-15
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If you’re in the mood to combine your Amazon and Microsoft-made smart assistants on any one device, today’s your day.

Because there might be a very rare instance in which you want one or the other, this particular tie-in is live.

Basically the most intuitive way possible, that’s how.

Alexa will guide you through your Cortana log-in process and you’ll be good to go.

Alexa will say something like “FINE.

There you’ll find the simplest process for getting one assistant to summon another in the world!

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Rickey Cameron 2018-04-12
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Rarely does anyone write about Amazon without including the word “giant.” Research shows that 43 percent of all online retail purchases were conducted through Amazon in 2016.

Incredibly, this scary growth continues as Amazon’s net sales grew by more than $10 billion between the third quarters of 2016 and 2017.

Just because something is big and intimidating doesn’t mean you should quake in fear when interacting with it.

But if you don’t want to be swallowed up by Amazon’s unwieldy power, exercise caution when partnering with the giant.

Yet, despite continuously growing revenue, signs say Amazon is evolving into more than just a threat to competing ecommerce retailers; it may also be growing into a threat to the very brands that sell on its platform.

Signs say Amazon is evolving into more than just a threat to competing ecommerce retailers; it may also be growing into a threat to the very brands that sell on its platform.

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Paul Mize 2018-08-30
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E-commerce behemoth Amazon has broken past the $2,000 (£1,538) per share mark, putting the online retailer well on its way to hitting a $1 trillion market valuation.

Shares in Amazon reached an all-time high of $2,010 just an hour after markets opened in the US, powering the firm past the $980bn market capitalisation milestone.

Amazon made its way past the $900bn cap marker in July, indicating the firm remains on a meteoric growth track to become the second US publicly-traded company ever to reach a $1 trillion valuation after Apple.

Read more: Amazon doubles down on profits, but misses estimates on revenue

Amazon's share price in the past year has more than doubled, and almost tripled since 2015.

In its most recent quarterly results, Amazon doubled consensus estimates on profits to reveal a staggering 1,157.5 per cent increase year-on-year in earnings per share.

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Paul Jennette 2017-12-14
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The Amazon Alexa voice assistant inside your Echo smart-home speaker, or perhaps your Android or iOS device -- it's about to become a way for app developers to actually make some cash.

That's because on Thursday, Amazon launched the ability for you to purchase additional premium voice content of an Amazon Alexa skill -- similar to the in-app purchases you've probably seen in the iTunes App Store and Google Play that subsidize many of the free apps and games you enjoy today.

Mind you, Amazon's off to a slow start.

Today, it's just a handful of specific app partners pushing out some quiz show-style games -- plus Ellen DeGeneres' popular "Heads Up!," where one person has to guess what's on a card they hold up to their head based on clues from the rest of the group.

(You can say "Alexa, ask Heads Up!

But in 2018, Amazon says it plans to offer tools for any Alexa developer to monetize their skill with in-app purchases as well -- which is pretty notable, considering how few ways there are to make money with Alexa right now.

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Danny Duck 2017-12-01
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Those who create the future often fail to anticipate the downsides of their creations.

I'm therefore swooning with admiration at a new patent that's just been granted to Amazon.

The company has at least considered what might happen when one of its delivery drones encounters mechanical difficulties.

The idea is that Amazon's technicians and computers would take a look at where the drone is flying, examine the terrain below, take account of any wind or other weather conditions and then automatically break up the drone into smaller pieces that might cause less damage as they fall.

Amazon included a drawing to help envision the effect.

This is no small concern.

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Porter Johnson 2018-01-04
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Would you let Amazon dress you?

It's an idea that the company doesn't seem to want to let go of.

After launching the eyebrow-raising Amazon Echo Look camera, which took photos of a user before offering fashion advice, a new patent has been uncovered which shows Amazon considering a similar concept within a smart, mixed-reality mirror.

It describes a mirror equipped with cameras, projectors and reflective and transmissive display panels to mix the experience of a regular mirror with one capable of augmented reality overlays.

Check your look on Amazon's beach

So, you could sidle up in front of the mirror, and check out what an outfit would look like on you, projected over your image in a form-fitting way, without first having to buy the item.

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Jacqueline Cleghorn 2018-03-09
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Amazon is today giving Alexa perhaps its most useful update since its inception: You can now speak to the assistant without saying “Hey Alexa” for every single command.

The feature, called Follow-Up Mode, simply allows Alexa to listen for another command for five seconds after your last request.

That should make asking Alexa to perform several actions a lot less repetitive, although you still can’t use multiple commands in one sentence like you can with Google Assistant.

You can also end the conversation by saying ‘thank you,’ adding a dose of friendliness.

Or you can just say ‘stop’ if you’re feeling curt.

The feature is currently opt-in, so you’ll have to turn it on from the Echo’s app settings, but it’s a welcome addition.

collect
0
James Lamb 2017-12-04
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Aussies who’ve been spending the last week refreshing the amazon.com.au site in expectation of doing a spot of shopping with the ecommerce giant finally got to see the store in all its glory on Monday.

Up to now, Amazon’s local store only offered a tiny selection of items, mainly its Kindle ebook readers and audiobooks.

There’d been much speculation Down Under recently about when Amazon would get around to launching a full-fledged online store, as the company had already confirmed its intention while failing to offer a specific rollout date.

But with the holiday season now in full swing and December 25 fast approaching, it’s finally flipped the switch in a bid to grab some of that all-important Christmas coin.

While Amazon’s all-new Australian store includes electronics, clothing, toys, games, and more, it doesn’t yet offer the range or quantity of its online stores in, say, the U.S. and U.K. There’s nothing like AmazonFresh food delivery either, and Prime shipping isn’t coming until the middle of next year.

In the meantime, Amazon Australia is offering free shipping on orders over AU$49.

Eric Grunau 2017-12-18
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Amazon is bringing back Digital Day following the holiday rush this December.

If you're not familiar with it, think of Digital Day as Amazon's Prime Day, but for all things you can download.

The massive retailer is offering savings on thousands of products, including movies, apps, e-books and TV shows.

The deals will kick off on Dec. 29 at midnight Eastern Time, Amazon said.

Some savings will be available as early as Dec. 26, and eager customers can visit amazon.com/digitalday to sign up for notifications.

Some deals already announced: 60 percent off "Wonder Woman" on Amazon Video; 33 percent off games like Sonic Forces, NBA 2K18 and Civilization VI; and 75 percent off selected e-books.

Alberto Mcgovern 2018-06-01
img

We shopped for everything together.

From toilet paper, to running shoes, to earbuds, Amazon was there to help me make my choice and deliver the goods.

The product reviews were there, too, telling me what was worth buying.

I got my toilet paper, shoes, or earbuds two days later, and if I was unhappy with something, I could send it right back.

Fake reviews are a problem

You know those reviews on Amazon you peruse to determine whether a product will change your life or is a piece of crap?

Jerry Anderson 2017-12-14
img

Prime Now, the two-hour delivery service for Prime members, is being used more than ever.

Amazon's Prime membership growth is slowing in the US, according to a survey by Morgan Stanley.

This is a signal that Amazon could have hit a wall in its growth in the US, though there is a silver lining.

Amazon may not be able to lean on its increasing Prime membership numbers to fuel its insatiable appetite for growth much longer.

Results from a Morgan Stanley survey of 1,000 US adults, sent in a note to investors, showed that 40% of Americans likely have Amazon Prime memberships.

That's virtually unchanged from a year ago, signaling we could be at the limit for Prime membership penetration in the US.

Robert Russo 2018-12-12

Amazon today announced the launch of a new variety of its cashier-less Go store that’s much smaller than a standard one.

The company is referring to it as a small-format Go store, and it’s a freestanding construction with its own enclosed ceiling, which is where it places a majority of the cameras and sensors used to track shoppers and determine when an item has been taken off the shelf.

Amazon says this version, located on the sixth floor of the Macy’s building at 300 Pine Street in downtown Seattle, measures about 450 square feet and serves mainly pre-made breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, as well as beverages and snacks.

A typical Go store is much larger, usually serving a wider variety of pre-made food, as well as household supplies, groceries, and in some cases, alcohol.

It’s clear this small-format version is Amazon’s way of getting Go stores into much more constrained spaces, like malls and perhaps even airports.

Reuters reported last week that Amazon had discussions with both the Los Angeles International Airport and the San Jose International Airport over the summer to bring Go stores to terminals.

Rickey Cameron 2018-04-12
img

Rarely does anyone write about Amazon without including the word “giant.” Research shows that 43 percent of all online retail purchases were conducted through Amazon in 2016.

Incredibly, this scary growth continues as Amazon’s net sales grew by more than $10 billion between the third quarters of 2016 and 2017.

Just because something is big and intimidating doesn’t mean you should quake in fear when interacting with it.

But if you don’t want to be swallowed up by Amazon’s unwieldy power, exercise caution when partnering with the giant.

Yet, despite continuously growing revenue, signs say Amazon is evolving into more than just a threat to competing ecommerce retailers; it may also be growing into a threat to the very brands that sell on its platform.

Signs say Amazon is evolving into more than just a threat to competing ecommerce retailers; it may also be growing into a threat to the very brands that sell on its platform.

Paul Jennette 2017-12-14
img

The Amazon Alexa voice assistant inside your Echo smart-home speaker, or perhaps your Android or iOS device -- it's about to become a way for app developers to actually make some cash.

That's because on Thursday, Amazon launched the ability for you to purchase additional premium voice content of an Amazon Alexa skill -- similar to the in-app purchases you've probably seen in the iTunes App Store and Google Play that subsidize many of the free apps and games you enjoy today.

Mind you, Amazon's off to a slow start.

Today, it's just a handful of specific app partners pushing out some quiz show-style games -- plus Ellen DeGeneres' popular "Heads Up!," where one person has to guess what's on a card they hold up to their head based on clues from the rest of the group.

(You can say "Alexa, ask Heads Up!

But in 2018, Amazon says it plans to offer tools for any Alexa developer to monetize their skill with in-app purchases as well -- which is pretty notable, considering how few ways there are to make money with Alexa right now.

Porter Johnson 2018-01-04
img

Would you let Amazon dress you?

It's an idea that the company doesn't seem to want to let go of.

After launching the eyebrow-raising Amazon Echo Look camera, which took photos of a user before offering fashion advice, a new patent has been uncovered which shows Amazon considering a similar concept within a smart, mixed-reality mirror.

It describes a mirror equipped with cameras, projectors and reflective and transmissive display panels to mix the experience of a regular mirror with one capable of augmented reality overlays.

Check your look on Amazon's beach

So, you could sidle up in front of the mirror, and check out what an outfit would look like on you, projected over your image in a form-fitting way, without first having to buy the item.

Robert Tuohy 2017-12-20
img

"You want to be able to be on a tarmac, think of a book, and get a book in 60 seconds," says Steve Kessel, one of the early leaders of the project.

In a world filled with distractions and notifications and devices that do everything, the Kindle's lack of features becomes its greatest asset.

That's why E Ink technology was so crucial to the Kindle's development: It didn't consume much battery, didn't require a backlight or hurt your eyes to look at, and just sort of looked like paper.

The Kindle has become progressively lighter with successive generations, and even the device's materials are softer than they used to be, more like a book in your hand than a high-tech gizmo.

Building a Kindle "like paper" would mean one that can be rolled, folded, dog-eared, and turned into a paper airplane, and the beginnings of that tech is already showing up in prototypes and concept devices around the world.

Reading is about focus, about falling out of your life and into a story, and so the Kindle is about those things too.

Wayne Strickland 2018-06-08
img

To be the first to know, please click here.

Amazon revealed two new additions to its Echo smart speaker product line: the Echo Look and Fire TV Cube.

Meanwhile, Amazon announced that the Fire TV Cube, priced at $120, will launch on June 21.

The two Alexa-enabled devices will help to further secure Amazon's foothold within the smart speaker market by giving the company the ability to target a wider audience.

Here's an overview of the two latest hardware releases:

The Echo Look boasts full Alexa functionality, but comes with an added depth-sensing camera that lets users take pictures using voice commands.

Jonathan Godbey 2019-01-07

Alexa may be front and center for Amazon’s play this CES, but the just unloaded a whole bunch of news about Amazon Key.

The list includes a name change to the more passive Key By Amazon, a title designed to reflect the broader scope of the line.

In addition to the standard home and car delivery, the company is adding Key for Garage into the mix.

Using the Key app, customers can remotely monitor the door and accept deliveries while they’re out.

It’s a nice addition to the existing offerings, for those looking to thwart package thieves or missed deliveries.

Of course, the standard issue of how much access you’re willing to give Amazon and delivery services is still very much an open question — for some, however, garage access may ultimately be less invasive than a house or car.

Laurence Lafarge 2018-02-22
img

It’s been exactly a month since Amazon opened its highly anticipated cashier-less convenience stores, Amazon Go.

Now, the company is looking to bring the simplicity of literal grab-and-go to more markets across the U.S.

According to Recode, the retail giant is hoping to plan up to six more Amazon Go locations by the end of 2018.

It seems most likely that the new storefronts will open in other areas of Amazon’s headquarter city of Seattle, as well as other West Coast hubs like Los Angeles.

According to Recode, Amazon has already held a series of “serious talks” with the billionaire developer Rick Caruso about hosting one of the Go’s in The Grove, the famous 600,000-square foot outdoor shopping center in the heart of L.A.

Los Angeles would be a rather natural fit for an Amazon Go, as the company has previously used the Californian metropolis as a testing ground for a number of new initiatives.

Eric Spilde 2018-08-15
img

If you’re in the mood to combine your Amazon and Microsoft-made smart assistants on any one device, today’s your day.

Because there might be a very rare instance in which you want one or the other, this particular tie-in is live.

Basically the most intuitive way possible, that’s how.

Alexa will guide you through your Cortana log-in process and you’ll be good to go.

Alexa will say something like “FINE.

There you’ll find the simplest process for getting one assistant to summon another in the world!

Paul Mize 2018-08-30
img

E-commerce behemoth Amazon has broken past the $2,000 (£1,538) per share mark, putting the online retailer well on its way to hitting a $1 trillion market valuation.

Shares in Amazon reached an all-time high of $2,010 just an hour after markets opened in the US, powering the firm past the $980bn market capitalisation milestone.

Amazon made its way past the $900bn cap marker in July, indicating the firm remains on a meteoric growth track to become the second US publicly-traded company ever to reach a $1 trillion valuation after Apple.

Read more: Amazon doubles down on profits, but misses estimates on revenue

Amazon's share price in the past year has more than doubled, and almost tripled since 2015.

In its most recent quarterly results, Amazon doubled consensus estimates on profits to reveal a staggering 1,157.5 per cent increase year-on-year in earnings per share.

Danny Duck 2017-12-01
img

Those who create the future often fail to anticipate the downsides of their creations.

I'm therefore swooning with admiration at a new patent that's just been granted to Amazon.

The company has at least considered what might happen when one of its delivery drones encounters mechanical difficulties.

The idea is that Amazon's technicians and computers would take a look at where the drone is flying, examine the terrain below, take account of any wind or other weather conditions and then automatically break up the drone into smaller pieces that might cause less damage as they fall.

Amazon included a drawing to help envision the effect.

This is no small concern.

Jacqueline Cleghorn 2018-03-09
img

Amazon is today giving Alexa perhaps its most useful update since its inception: You can now speak to the assistant without saying “Hey Alexa” for every single command.

The feature, called Follow-Up Mode, simply allows Alexa to listen for another command for five seconds after your last request.

That should make asking Alexa to perform several actions a lot less repetitive, although you still can’t use multiple commands in one sentence like you can with Google Assistant.

You can also end the conversation by saying ‘thank you,’ adding a dose of friendliness.

Or you can just say ‘stop’ if you’re feeling curt.

The feature is currently opt-in, so you’ll have to turn it on from the Echo’s app settings, but it’s a welcome addition.