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New shows will launch on June 17th, but only two are for grown ups.
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At Echosim.io anybody who wants to test out Alexa technology can do it on their computer. Obviously you need a microphone. And you have to sign into your Amazon account first.

I tried it on my iPad and it didn't work. Computer only.
Toggle navigation. Log In · Help. Alexa Skill Testing Tool. Amazon account is required, please login. © 2016. Echosim.io Community Edition.
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As I have noted before, Amazon is not always the cheapest, and the prices change often. There are many reasons why.

I wasn't aware that some non-Amazoners make a living by buying quantities of half-price items on some place like Sam's Club, and then selling them for full price on Amazon.
Amazon may have a reputation for offering the lowest prices, but a recent study showed that isn't always true. The reasons might surprise you.
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Amazon Studios TV  - 
 
Amazon’s unique pilot season involves the streaming service putting up the first episode of new, original shows, and either picking up or nixing...
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Amazon today announced the lineup for its next pilot season The Last Tycoon and The Interestings, which will be available in 4K Ultra HD and HDR, will be joined by new kids pilots including live-action show Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and animated pilots The Curious Kitty and Friends, Jazz Duck, Morris and the Cow, Toasty Tales and Little Big Awesome,
Amazon's New Pilot Season, Featuring Award-Winning and Acclaimed Roster of Talent, Debuts June 17 on Amazon Video. Shows feature notable talent, including Matt Bomer , Kelsey Grammer , Lauren Ambrose , David Krumholtz , Jessica Pare , David Arquette , Thomas Lennon , Zoe Kravitz , Michael Pena ...
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Reid Rosefelt
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Echo & Alexa  - 
 
Using the Roger phone app you can control your Echo from anywhere.
Android/iOS: The Amazon Echo is a cool little device that can do a lot of things just with voice commands. However, it becomes useless if you leave the room. Walkie-talkie app Roger can help with that.
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It's for sending Alexa commands when you are not at home.
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A very astute discussion of some of the implications of the proposed new European quota system on Amazon and Netflix.
The European Commission wants to ensure investment in European film and television, but how it does that could have a big impact on the major American streaming services.
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Amazon Prime News  - 
 
It would really be a problem for Amazon if it was forced to put local content for countries into their feeds. As so much of production is financed through government tithing, you have a ton of films that are produced by government funding that nobody goes to. Amazon should be allowed to put in the films that people want to see--including local films--not some governmental mandate.
A new law may be announced in Europe next week, which will force online video streaming services like Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX ) and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN )'s Prime service to allocate at least ...
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For example, in the UK, Amazon knows very well what's popular from their analytics. And when a UK show is being canceled, they have been known to pick it up and produce it on their own. And that's what I think they should do in all countries.They should have local staff who know each market well. If there's a film that is popular or well-reviewed in Germany or Japan, they should go after it. Even if it's on the small side--Amazon picks up small indies here--but good ones. In fact, the people who run Amazon Studios all have backgrounds in high quality American independent and foreign films--they are not Hollywood people.

And that will lead to success. But not if the government says that they have to buy all these films that got bad reviews and played 15 minutes in theatres and will rarely be viewed.

A lot of the best films and TV shows that are added to Amazon's list every year are produced by government subsidized TV networks like the BBC (like "Catastrophe")
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Reid Rosefelt
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Echo & Alexa  - 
 
I love the way people compare Google Home to the Alexa.
Google Home doesn't exist yet. I think that's kind of a big deal. Every day Alexa gets further and further ahead.

We know that Alexa works. We don't know if Home does. All we know is that Home can hook up to Google search, which is a big deal. But personally I think I will always do my searching on my computer, tablet and phone. Those devices will always do it better.

I'm looking at the Home device and wondering if it has all those little microphones in there so it can hear you when music is on. I'm wondering if the latency is below 1.5 second like Alexa. #echo-clone
Google Home looks terrific, but it's got some catching up to do.
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Amazon Studios Film  - 
 
In the short time since Roy Price and Ted Hope turned up at talent agencies, looking to grow past television series and get into the movie business as a way to entice Amazon Prime customers that pa…
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Echo & Alexa  - 
 
There is something of a trend for voice activated devices at the moment, and you might well be wondering if any of them are worth investing in. If you've been thinking about buying an Amazon Echo, you can now try it out in your web browser to get a feel for what it's like.
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Reid Rosefelt
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There are only two adult pilots in the new season and I'm not at all interested in Matt Bomer as "The Last Tycoon." So only one to watch.
Amazon obviously sees more value in kid's shows. Perhaps Prime members are older and more likely to be parents.
Amazon announced eight new shows on Thursday, including six for children, that it will consider turning into series for its streaming service.
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Amazon Studios announced two hour-long dramas co-produced with TriStar Television — “The Last Tycoon” based F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final work and “The Interestings,” adapted …
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Reid Rosefelt
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Catastrophe Awards
As I just set up an awards category for this Community, I see that "Catastrophe" got two BAFTA acting nominations, for Sharon Horgan and Mark Bonnar (Chris) and a Critic's Choice nomination for "Best Comedy Series." A belated congratulations!
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Amazon will no longer let customers claim adjusted refunds if they bought a product and the price went down within seven days.
Despite the hysterical headline, this article suggests, this is something nice that Amazon did that people took advantage of. And so we've all lost it.

I don't feel that I am owed a refund if I buy something anywhere where the price goes down after I buy it--this is something that happens to me all the time in my non-Amazon life. I also don't think I should be obliged to pay more if the price goes up after I buy it. : )

Thoughts?
Amazon has blocked price adjusted refunds in a bid to stop startups and other users from abusing the system.
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I have to believe Amazon made this change due to a very low amount of customers ever utilizing this feature.

I can't say I have ever used it.
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Reid Rosefelt
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Finally there is word from Apple about making an Echo clone. Interesting that this happened right after Google announced their Echo clone. No doubt they have been working on it for a long time and had to speak up.

The questions are....Will these devices function better than Alexa devices? Will they be hooked up to more other devices and services than Alexa? How much will they cost? Apple stuff tends to be pricey.
Echos are certain to be cut in price drastically the day these things come out. I predict that the Echo will be $99 and the others proportionately less.

While we wait for Google and Apple to bring their products to market, Amazon is going to sell millions more Echos, and add features every week. #echoclone
Apple is working on its own competitor to the Amazon Echo to give consumers a Siri-powered speaker for the home, according to a report from The Information today. Not only that, but Apple is also...
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It's always good to check in now and then with all of the Amazon Prime services. The list is always growing.
It's so much more than just two-day delivery, people.​
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After consultation with Rex, I'm doing some housekeeping with the categories in this Community. I've eliminated a few and there are some new ones.
Amazon Studios Film - All the films made & Acquired by Amazon

Amazon Studios TV - All TV Shows Made by Amazon

Only on Amazon TV shows and movies made by others, like "Orphan Black," "Downton Abbey," "ex machina," "Amy," etc. but only available for streaming on Amazon. This is only for shows and movies that Amazon has a long-time exclusive deal with. Lots of programming goes in and out of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon every month.

Amazon Pilots

Recommended - Rex likes to do this a lot. : )

I'm eliminating Amazon Originals so please don't put stuff there any more. I'm in the process of moving stuff from there to other categories.
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Reid Rosefelt
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Amazon Studios TV  - 
 
Uh oh.
Showrunner Frank Spotnitz has fled Amazon's drama "The Man in the High Castle"
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Reid Rosefelt
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Amazon Studios Film  - 
 
Amazon Studios came to Cannes with five (!!!) films. It's leaving with seven (so far).
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