Amazon unveils new Alexa-powered microwave

Alexa More Popcorn Please! Amazon Launches Voice Controlled Microwave

You'll find the new Echo Dot on Amazon for sale right now for approximately $50 United States dollars. They come with various inputs and outputs, including traditional speaker wire, RCA cables (for Line in / Line Out, Subwoofers, and Coaxial connections), an Ethernet port, and optical in and out connections.

Other new product announcements include the Echo Auto, a dongle that adds Alexa voice control to your vehicle; Echo Input, an accessory that adds Alexa to any speaker; Echo Link and Echo Link Amp, two home theatre accessories to stream high-fidelity music; and Fire TV Recast, a set-top box that can record over-the-air TV programming for free. You can then stream these recordings to any compatible device, like a Fire TV, Echo Show, or various other tablets and smartphones. It is incredibly slim with a 12.5mm thickness and will be up on sale later this year at $34.99.

Instead of bare plastic or metal cylinders, the upgraded Echo Dot and Echo Plus have cloth covers like the Echo, and more rounded edges on the top to give them a less stark appearance. So it can activate Alexa routines according to a room's temperature.

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The microwave won't have full Alexa functionality, meaning it can't tell you the weather or play music for you (because, boy, that would've been useful), but you can control it through a nearby Echo speaker. The Amazon Smart Plug will be available in Amazon's Electrical Equipment immediately for right around $25 apiece, shipped on October 11th, 2018.

The next Echo Show now features a high-resolution 10-inch HD display, 8-microphone array, and powerful drivers for better sound.

Amazon has introduced the new Alexa Guard for home security.

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- Guarding homes - A freshly announced Alexa Guard service synchronizes with Echo speakers in the home and security cameras from Amazon-owned smart doorbell maker Ring. You just need this plus an Alexa-enabled device (or just the Alexa app on your phone) to get started with this smart plug's control and programmability.

Much like several devices on this list, Amazon actually calls this the "All-new Echo Plus" or something to the tune of "Echo Plus (2nd Gen)". This microwave includes an Amazon Dash replenishment function that can auto-order popcorn kernels, so you don't run out, for example.

Even though the likes of Apple, Google and Samsung - which make a number of smart appliances - support a growing number of smart devices, its Amazon's Alexa which the company claims can now control over "20,000 smart home products from more than 3,5000 brands". So the only thing that sets it apart from regular clocks is that you can use Alexa and your voice to set timers, alarms, and change the time.

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Updates to the internet giant's Alexa-infused Echo smart speakers will allow them to tend to microwave cooking and even have "hunches" regarding what users may want or have forgotten. Amazon says the preferred method to hook up Echo Auto is via Bluetooth or an auxiliary jack, which many modern cars possess.

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