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Thoughts On A Touchscreen Enabled Amazon Echo (Or Whatever They Call It)

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Thoughts On A Touchscreen Enabled Amazon Echo (Or Whatever They Call It)

If you thought the Amazon Echo rumor mill had shut down for 2016, you're wrong. That's because word of a new Amazon Echo with a 7" touchscreen has surfaced, an interesting potential development given how focused the company has been on the voice interface. I wrote about the rumored device over at The Spoon, focusing on the early indications this device might be a kitchen-focused Echo. For those who have been following Amazon's digital home machinations for a while, you'll remember that last year there was a rumored "kitchen computer" project called Project Kabinet. My guess is this is the...

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Could Amazon Home Assistant Be Company's Way To Get Home To 'Run on Amazon'?

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Could Amazon Home Assistant Be Company's Way To Get Home To 'Run on Amazon'?

If we've learned anything about Amazon, they are willing to experiment with new business ideas. After all, this is the same company that came up with the idea for single-brand order buttons and a deal of the day truck. But even for Amazon, their latest idea of a possible "home assistant" (and not of the virtual kind) is a little far afield. That's because the description of the position sounds like a help wanted ad for a Merry Maid, not your typical Amazon job posting.   Now, home assistant services have long been in the crosshairs of the tech world, going way back...

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