294: Amazon Shows Off Their New Echo And Microsoft Builds A New Platform

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Amazon showed off their new echo: Echo Show, which comes with a display to augment Alexa’s voice control. Think of it as a video conference landline, which the possible potential to be MUCH more. At $320, it isn’t going to be for everyone, but if you have the right use case, it’s a great product. The rest of the stories are below.

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Amazon released the Echo Show. It’s an Echo with a touch screen. It’s not a tablet, but instead a screen to augment the voice control of Alexa. We had a healthy debate on the future of these devices.
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