Amazon Fire TV Cube blends new with old

Amazon launches Echo Look in U.S., could popularize computer vision via Alexa

The Fire TV Cube is now available for pre-order in the US for $119.99 and ships with an IR extender cable and Ethernet adapter starting June 21. It's $90 for Prime members (until June 9). Like Amazon's other Fire TV devices, the Cube's actual remote control still lacks volume buttons and the ability to talk to other devices via infrared, so if you don't feel like talking to the TV, you'll need a second remote to turn up the volume. Amazon (AMZN) tweaked its Fire TV user interface for the Cube to make it a "more natural way to navigate", the company said in a statement. In addition, the player offers 4K streaming at up to 60fps with HDR10 and Dolby Atmos audio support.

With far-field voice recognition, eight microphones, and beamforming technology, Fire TV Cube hears you from any direction.

Amazon's Fire TV Cube is available to pre-order for $119.99. And he wasn't shouting or straining his voice to fight the sound.

Getting the content you want up on your TV screen seems pretty simple as well. If you're looking for a streaming dongle that supports all the latest and greatest in vision and sound, the best will be Apple TV 4K when the new tvOS update rolls out this fall.

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The Fire TV Cube could even push more streaming video providers to add Alexa controls to their apps. "Your Channels." Sandeep demonstrated that these numbers can be used by saying "Alexa, select 9", which is easier and more natural than saying "Alexa, select PS Vue Recommends".

The Amazon Echo Look is now available to all customers in the U.S. The main draw of the Echo Look is that it can take a hands-free photo of your outfit, complete with built-in LED lighting, depth-sensing, and background blur to help you stand out in your photo.

Other highlights include access to thousands of apps from the Amazon App Store - such as streaming services HBO, Showtime, and Starz - through Amazon's a la carte Amazon Channels service. The Fire TV Cube is able to communicate with all these devices - and control - because it has four IR blasters built into its four sides. This means that it's possible to ask Alexa on the Cube to "tune to CBS", prompting it to send commands to the cable box and switch to that channel. But it can actually do quite a bit more than a Fire TV dongle.

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