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Amazon Echo Show: Tell Alexa to Show You Things!

We could also adjust the bass, mid-range and treble on Echo Show

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The Alexa Echo Dot devices include the official Saint Louis University logo and are equipped with specific skills to provide information on local events and campus life. VOA

If you have got used to talking to Alexa on Amazon Echo smart speakers by now, the next step is to meet her in person, virtually.

Seeing the stupendous growth in the smart speakers market in India (Amazon Echo led the Indian market with 59 per cent share in 2018), the retail giant has brought Echo Show with a 10-inch HD display, built-in smart home hub and a speaker system for Rs 22,999 to the country.

Video calling and streaming has slowly but steadily been on the rise in India and with Echo Show, just ask Alexa to show you video news bulletins, music videos or make hands-free video calls.

Essentially a voice-first device, the device comes with a new speaker with dual 2-inch neodymium drivers, a passive bass radiator, and Dolby processing to deliver super stereo sound with powerful bass.

To make the device more efficient on differentiating users’ voices from the ambient sound, Amazon has added an eight-microphone array and “far-field” technology.

The Echo Show has a built-in 5 MP camera that supports high-definition video calling and is great for hands-free calls to friends and family who have an Echo Spot, Echo Show, or the Alexa App.

You can also Use “Drop In” feature like a two-way household intercom; connect from your Echo Show to another supported Echo device in the playroom to let the kids know dinner is ready, or you can “Drop In” from your app to your Echo Show at home to check in on the living room to watch over kids.

Connect with friends and family around the world through support for Skype voice and video calling.

Setting up Echo Show is easy. Just follow these three simple steps.

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In this March 2, 2016, file photo, David Limp, Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices, pushes down on an Echo Dot in San Francisco. VOA

Plug the power adapter into Echo Show and then into a power outlet. Place the Echo Show on your countertop, side table or island (the company recommends placing it about six inches away from a wall).

Follow the prompts that appear on the screen to select a language, connect to Wi-Fi and log in to your Amazon account.

When it comes to music, you can choose from Amazon Music, Saavn or Hungama. You can also access music videos through a direct integration with Hungama video.

For movies, Amazon Prime Video is handy. Ask Alexa for movies playing near you, and watch the trailer before heading to the theatre.

We could also adjust the bass, mid-range and treble on Echo Show.

With a built-in “Zigbee” smart home hub, the Echo Show makes it simple to set up and manage light bulbs, plugs and switches and other smart home devices.

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Just say, “Alexa, discover my devices,” and Echo Show will discover and set up compatible devices so you can control them with your voice or manage them on-screen.

Get things done like reorder groceries, add items to a shopping list, check Google, Outlook and Office 365 calendar, find pictures of anything on the web, track stocks, check the weather and so much more – all on the screen.

Conclusion: Facebook’s video calling devices Portal and Portal+ would soon be out. Before that, Amazon has put up an impressive show, creating an enhanced audio-visual experience. It is time to tell Alexa to show you things! (IANS)

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Amazon To Empower SMBs in India By Exporting Products Worth $10bn

According to Prabhu Ram, Head, Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CMR, SMBs in India account for 45 per cent of industrial output, creating employment for 60 million Indians and roughly 1.3 million jobs annually

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Amazon wants to make sure that the current perception of the company among the small businesses go away, else this will further call for strict scrutiny from the regulators and protests from small traders. VOA

$1 billion commitment by Amazon to empower small and medium businesses (SMBs) in India is Jeff Bezos’ attempt to change the e-commerce giant’s perception among small businesses which are in a retaliatory mode, industry experts said on Wednesday.

Bezos announced that the e-commerce major, through its global footprint, will help SMBs export products worth $10 billion by 2025. This move is seen as a measure to calm the growing unrest and protests going on under the aegis of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT).

“Amazon wants to make sure that the current perception of the company among the small businesses go away, else this will further call for strict scrutiny from the regulators and protests from small traders,” Satish Meena, Senior Forecast Analyst with Forrester, told IANS.

Over the next five years, Amazon will invest $1 billion to digitise micro and small businesses in cities, towns and villages across India, helping them reach more customers than ever before, announced Bezos.

According to Meena, this is in line with what Amazon is planning to do in India for the next few years.

“They need partnerships with SMBs for products to cater not only to the Indian customers, but also to customers outside the country,” he said. Amazon said it would establish ‘Digital Haats’ in 100 cities and villages to help businesses integrate into the digital economy.

According to Prabhu Ram, Head, Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CMR, SMBs in India account for 45 per cent of industrial output, creating employment for 60 million Indians and roughly 1.3 million jobs annually. “The SMBs, however, are constrained by multiple challenges, including access to skills, talent, finance, and most importantly, digital outreach,” Ram told IANS.

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$1 billion commitment by Amazon to empower small and medium businesses (SMBs) in India is Jeff Bezos’ attempt to change the e-commerce giant’s perception among small businesses which are in a retaliatory mode, industry experts said on Wednesday. Pixabay

“This is where SMB-centric initiatives, such as Amazon’s commitment, are a welcome initiative to digitally support SMBs, enabling them to gain knowledge, reach their target audience, achieve scale, and while doing so, be able to measure their growth metrics,” Ram said.

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In the end, added Meena, SMBs in India also need handholding in product development, capital investment and access to market. (IANS)