amazon devices

Amazon is expanding its Alexa digital voice assistant to a broader range of devices today. Currently, Alexa only resides with Amazon Echo, Fire TV, and Fire TV Stick.

Echo Dot

The first of the two products is Echo Dot. This new device features the far-field voice technology that is already in Echo. This means that you don't have to hold a button and be within a few feet of the device when you're speaking to it.

Unlike Echo, Echo Dot doesn't double as a speaker. Paired with a speaker through Bluetooth or a wired connection, Echo Dot turns your speaker into an Amazon Echo.

Sony USB Type C Drive

Sony recently announced the new CA1-series portable storage device that offers the newest USB standard Type-C and A, combining up to 130MB/s transfer speed (read).

 

jolla tablet 2

Finnish company Jolla, which was created by a group of former Nokia employees, has had a difficult few months, to put it mildly. In November, the firm announced that it had been forced to "temporarily lay off" many of its staff due to serious financial difficulties, but after securing new funding in December, it said it had emerged from that "latest death valley", and that its future was "now looking more stable".

Having already shipped 121 Tablets back in October, Jolla announced yesterday that it will "ship 540 units as soon as we can, starting from February".

nexus 5x 11

Google unveiled the Nexus 5X back in September, alongside the larger, range-topping Nexus 6P, as a 'showcase' device for Android 6.0 Marshmallow - and now, three months after its launch, the LG-made handset has got a permanent price cut.

The Nexus 5X first went on sale in October, priced at $379 for the model with 16GB of storage, or $429 for the 32GB variant. Following various limited-time promotional discounts in recent weeks, Google has now reduced the price of the device by $30 on a permanent basis.

intel compute stick core m 2016

Last year, Intel released an Atom-based Compute Stick, while Asus and Archos have launched similar devices sporting Atom processors running Windows 10. Now, Intel is outdoing those by offering their latest PC stick with an expanded list of specs and models running faster processors.

First, there’s a Compute Stick packing a 6th gen Core M Skylake processor. The Core m3 version ships with Windows 10, 64GB of eMMC storage, 4GB of memory, HDMI out, three USB 3.0 ports, dual band AC 7265 wireless and Bluetooth 4.2. Pricing is $399; there’s a Core m5 version that runs $499 but ships with no operating system.