Bonjour, Alexa: Amazon digital assistant heads to France

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

Echo devices with Alexa software compete against Google Home smart speakers, which became available in France previous year, and with voice-activated devices from other makers including Apple.

Amazon's latest product, the recently announced Fire TV Cube, is a triple-threat - but is it a threat to the Apple TV? Household Profiles allows you to register up to two accounts to your Echo Look and switch just by asking or, using your voice, Alexa can recognise it and switch accounts automatically when enabled-you don't even need to ask.

The Fire TV Cube has dual-band Wi-Fi built in but also comes with an Ethernet adapter for a wired internet connection. It costs $119.99 with given pre-orders that are starting from today, but Prime members can pre-order it for a discounted price of $89.99 until tomorrow.

Amazon's Fire TV Cube lets you use your voice as a remote control.

Amazon says the Fire TV Cube is essentially a hands-free device that can stream 4K Ultra HD video. It also includes the same beam-forming, noise-reducing, and echo-cancelling tech found in older Echo devices.

"We tried to be thoughtful about when she speaks back to you instead of just doing what you've asked her to do".

It is another Alexa device but have different set of features and use.

And then there's the third thing: the Fire TV Cube triples as a universal remote. Even with the TV off, simply say "Alexa, play Billions on SHOWTIME" and Fire TV Cube powers on your TV and starts playback right where you left off.

"We believe voice makes it easier for customers to control their entertainment systems and watch the TV and movies they care about", said Marc Whitten, Vice President of Fire TV.

Amazon is also offering a separate IR extender which will increase the reach of the Fire TV Cube.

Leaked ahead of its official launch, the Fire TV Cube is a small, cubed set-top-box that combines the full Fire TV streaming experience and an Amazon Echo.

Initially, the Echo Look had debuted as a camera that was available through invites only, but throughout those trial months, the Echo Look has been improved and now also has an Echo Look smartphone app, which of course, you can purchase from Amazon's website.

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