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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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Traders Protest Government Collusion with Amazon, Flipkart: Report

On December 27, traders in various cities will go on a day-long token hunger strike, it added

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Amazon Logo is seen at the company logistic center in Lauwin-Planquin, France.

Angry at the reported move of the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) to join hands with Amazon and Flipkart for on boarding of traders on their e-commerce portals, a large number of traders on Thursday staged a demonstration at Jantar Mantar here.

Calling upon Union MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari to reject any such proposed move, traders body Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said it will not accept any kind of government “collusion” with Amazon and Flipkart.

“If the Ministry is so serious, let it create an independent e commerce portal and the traders of the country will support such initiative and will do every bit of it to onboard seven crore traders of the country on such e commerce portal,” CAIT said in a statement.

The MSME Ministry earlier deferred its decision to create a government-owned e-commerce portal for MSME entities.

In a letter to Gadkari on December 9, CAIT drew attention to reports of the ministry initiating a move to join hands with e-commerce companies including Amazon and Flipkart.

The traders were also protesting against the alleged violation of the foreign direct investment (FDI) policy by Amazon and Flipkart and said that “it is nothing but a deep rooted conspiracy of Amazon and Flipkart to enter into crony capitalism under the garb of bringing foreign investment which is being used for cash burning in maintaining predatory pricing and deep discounting, controlling inventory, having preferential seller system and exclusivity of products”.

Apart from New Delhi, business leaders from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh, Puducherry, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand, among others, participated in the demonstration, CAIT said.

Flipkart Buys Back Shares Worth $350 mn.
New e-commerce norms to impact e-tailers: Flipkart. IANS

The traders of All India Mobile Retailers Association and All India Consumer Products Distributors’ Federation also attended the demonstration in large numbers, it added.

CAIT National President B.C. Bhartia and Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal alleged that Flipkart and Amazon are leading losses of thousands of crores of rupees in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) revenue by artificially lowering the prices and by showing huge losses in their business.

CAIT has already urged Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to conduct an investigation into these charges of tax avoidance.

The trade body has also urged Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal to conduct an investigation into whether there is any violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) or other concerning laws by the e-commerce players.

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Announcing the next phase of the national movement against Amazon and Flipkart, Bhartia and Khandelwal said that the families of traders across the country will protest on December 24.

A postcard campaign will be launched across the country from December 15, under which traders will send postcards to leaders including the Prime Minister, Home Minister, Finance Minister, Commerce Minister and the Chief Ministers of all the states urging for action against these two companies, CAIT said.

On December 27, traders in various cities will go on a day-long token hunger strike, it added. (IANS)