Premium Alexa with Screen in the works?
Bloomberg.com is reporting that Amazon is developing a premium Alexa/Echo with improved speakers and a screen. According to the article Amazon is “trying to capitalize on the surprise success of its voice-controlled home gadgets.”
Anonymous sources say the new device will have a 7″ touchscreen to give easier access to popular content such as calendar, news and weather forecasts. The new unit will tilt upwards to be used while the user is standing, such as in a kitchen. This Alexa/Echo will have higher grade speakers and will be introduced in April 2017 according to the sources.
Read Bloomberg’s article here.
Paula’s thoughts: A touchscreen with the device is a welcome improvement. Having the Alexa app on an external device is not convenient. I’ll let you know as soon as the next Alexa is introduced.

 

Do you have a book in you?
Amazon is encouraging indie authors to publish in 2017 and will be showcasing a collection of books published via Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace and audiobooks created via Audible’s Audiobook Creation Exchange.
Read about Amazon’s publishing platforms and the support they offer here. You will also find helpful reference guides and books of advice to read on your Kindle.
If your New Year’s resolution is to be more creative, write a book or do something outside your comfort zone, check out the resources available from Amazon.

 

Instant Video – Only 99 cents through January 23
Don’t miss your chance to rent a popular video!
Amazon is offering more than 49,000 movies to rent for 99 cents. Sadly, the deal is limited to one per customer and account. Click here to browse all the videos available to rent. Choose your favorite and follow the instructions carefully.
Deal expires Monday, January 23. When renting, you have 30 days to start watching this video, and 24 hours to finish once started. Read more in this post from last night.

 

Cheap Read – Political Thriller
The eyes of the world will be on Washington, DC, tomorrow as our next President will be inaugurated. These four political thrillers are selling for only 99 cents each.