Amazon launches Echo Spot in the UK

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Sydney, 18 January 2018. hipages, Australia's leading platform to find and hire qualified and trusted tradies, has today announced the launch of their skill on Amazon Alexa, allowing Australians to book a professional tradie via Alexa devices including the Amazon Echo.

Amazon is expanding its smart assistant lineup to two new markets. And with them comes our own true-blue Alexa, with what we can only assume is going to be a fair dinkum Aussie accent.

There is no question that the Google Assistant is the smarter and more powerful, but Google executives will need to figure out how to get this artificial intelligence app in as many smart home devices as possible. You can ask the device what the weather is like, manage calendar events, and tell it to play songs from the Unlimited Music service, among loads of other things.

Amazon's store launch wasn't quite the beacon of digital hope many expected it would be, but don't worry, because the company that made the Kindle the most popular eReader isn't letting go of Australians any time soon.

South Africa reached 292 for 7 as India missed two golden chances
For large sections of the day, India continued to bowl poorly and the fielders didn't set the world on fire either. Obviously, if you don't take wickets you don't get bull-headed and believe things will get better from next time.

Amazon's Echo Plus smart speaker is created to respond to commands and act as a hub for connected home products, like Philips Hue light bulbs.

The Echo Dot is the baby of the bunch and is a great way to smarten up the home at an affordable cost. In addition to being sold via Amazon.com.au, they are available from Myer, JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks and Telstra.

"Alexa, turn it up", "Alexa, skip this song" and "Alexa, which song is this?" will be your best friend - as will Amazon Music Unlimited, which, thankfully, features a whole lot of functions I came to know and love with Pandora. However in 2017, Amazon expanded their operations to Australia and New Zealand, and also announced that they would be making their Echo speakers and Alexa available in those markets. Next up is the Individual Plan at AUD $11.99 per month that also lets you access the music service from a mobile device or PC. A family plan will set you back $17.99 a month and will allow up to six people to share a single account. The Echo Dot can be had for just $49, while the Echo and Echo Plus carry an introductory price tag of $119 and $199 respectively.

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