Amazon surprised us at Thursday’s event with its newas well as the expected updates to its line of Echo, Fire TV and Ring products. The event helps Amazon generate buzz as we roll into the holiday shopping season, and for the first time, . (The annual sale is usually held in July, but this year is slated to start on Oct. 13.) That means Alexa everywhere and addressing concerns, which were a big storyline in 2019 for both Ring and Alexa. In a life-at-home existence, with millions of us hunkered down for the long haul, the connected house concepts that Amazon has been developing for years have become more critical than ever.
The company’s Echo and Fire TV products will be its first to earn sustainability badges and it’s working on reducing power consumption across devices with a new low-power mode and an energy dashboard integrated with Alexa. It’s also pledging to build solar and wind farms to generate energy that matches the consumption of all its devices.
A new cloud gaming service starting at $6 per month
The company launched a cloud-gaming service on top of Amazon Web Services that runs on PCs, Fire TVs and even iOS. There’s a Luna Plus game channel with a curated set of games, and Amazon is partnering with publisher Ubisoft for Day 1 availability of some of them.
It has a custom $50 controller that connects directly to the cloud rather than the local device…Read more>>