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Tech giant Amazon has expanded the sound detection capabilities of Alexa along with more features.

Tech giant Amazon has expanded the sound detection capabilities of Alexa along with more features. Alexa can now identify the sounds of running water and appliances beeping, reports Android Central. This means users can set up an Alexa routine to notify themselves when the washer beeps to indicate that laundry is finished, the report said.

When Alexa detects that the faucet has been left open, it will send users a notification as well so they can take appropriate action, it added. Amazon previously said at its event in September that it would add the ability to programme Alexa to recognise custom sounds, but that feature has yet to arrive. Having said that, the two new sound detection capabilities not only help users save energy, but they also make it easier to avoid paying for unnecessary charges on your home utilities, the report said.

The retail giant has also announced ultrasound motion detection, which will allow you to set up "Occupancy Routines" on additional Echo devices. This feature allows your smart speaker to detect nearby motion and initiate a routine, such as turning on the lights. It is compatible with many of the best Alexa speakers including the 4th-gen Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Dot with Clock. (IANS/ MBI)


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Due to high credit card transaction fees, tech giant Amazon will stop accepting Visa credit cards in the UK from 19th January.

Due to high credit card transaction fees, tech giant Amazon will stop accepting Visa credit cards in the UK from 19th January. According to the BBC, it said the move was due to high credit card transaction fees but said Visa debit cards would still be accepted. Amazon said that the cost of accepting card payments continues to be an obstacle for businesses striving to provide the best prices for customers.

The online retailer said costs should be going down over time due to advances in technology, "but instead they continue to stay high or even rise". An Amazon spokesperson said the dispute was to do with "pretty egregious" price rises from Visa over a number of years with no additional value to its service. Meanwhile, Visa said in a statement it was "very disappointed that Amazon is threatening to restrict consumer choice in the future. When consumer choice is limited, nobody wins".

It said it had "a long-standing relationship with Amazon" and that it was trying to resolve the situation so customers would be able to use Visa credit cards with Amazon UK. Amazon declined to say how much Visa charges to process transactions the retailer made on credit cards. (IANS/ MBI)


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Amazon is rolling out a new feature in the Prime Video.

Tech giant Amazon is rolling out a new feature in the Prime Video that lets its iOS users share video clips from TV shows and movies in the US.

The company said that the clips can be shared on social media or via direct message.

"While watching an episode in the Prime Video app on your iOS mobile device, hit the 'Share a clip' button. This will pause the show and open a clip, edit and share screen," the company said in a blogpost.


"Prime Video will generate a 30-second clip of what you just watched, and you will be able to move the clip forward or backward to fine-tune. You will also be able to preview it before sharing," it added.

According to the company, once you are ready to share a clip, tap the "Share" icon on the screen, and you can upload it via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, iMessage, Messenger and WhatsApp.

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Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos has predicted that space will become humanity's home one day and that people will visit Earth on vacation

Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos has predicted that space will become humanity's home one day and that people will visit Earth on vacation. Bezos said that in centuries to come, people will be born in space and live in giant floating cylinders that could house up to a million people and re-create Earth's gravity and environment, with 'rivers, forests and wildlife' and regular Terran weather, Daily Mail reported. The tech titan said this at the Washington Cathedral as part of the 2021 Ignatius Forum in DC, hosted by Adi Ignatius, editor in chief of Harvard Business Review, this week.

"Over centuries, many people will be born in space, it will be their first home," Bezos said. "They will be born on these colonies, live on these colonies, then they'll visit Earth the way you would visit, you know, Yellowstone National Park," he said.

Bezos further noted that even his company's name, 'Blue Origin,' was a nod to the idea of Earth as humanity's origin point, not its final destiny. Previously, Bezos talked up his idea about space habitats, and called them 'O'Neill colonies', after physicist Gerard O'Neill, who theorised other planets might not be the best place to house humans beyond Earth. AHe said own trip beyond Earth in July was even more transformational than he had imagined.

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