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Amazon shares rise as tech giant unveils Alexa operated microwave

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Amazon shares ended higher in the US Thursday, as the tech giant unveiled a series of new Echo speakers and other tech, including an Alexa operated microwave. The global business showcased its new tech, highlighting that it is working hard to create a reason for more and more households to introduce a smart speaker into their home.

Amazon shares ended the US Thursday trading session 0.93% higher at $1,944.30. The stock is also currently a little higher in out-of-hours activity.

Echo updates

Jeff Bezos’ business Thursday showed the world its latest Echo and Alexa related tech. Among the items shown by Amazon, were updated versions of:

  • Echo Dot.
  • Echo Show.
  • Echo Plus.

The main improvements here are more focused on the design and sound quality of the echo range. For instance, the Echo Show is larger and the Echo plus, now features a temperature sensor.

However, there was also some brand-new tech from the behemoth.

The Echo sub is the first subwoofer from the firm that really delivers a great quality of sound to play your tunes on. An Amazon smart plug was also unveiled. While this idea isn’t new to the company, it’s Amazon’s first branded entry into the market.

Amazon Microwave

The AmazonBasics Microwave appears to have stolen the show. It’s currently only available in the US, but for $60, this Alexa-enabled kitchen staple is sure to prove popular. It can be connected to any echo device and users can control it by voice, including setting and starting cooking times.

Alexa also takes note of what you’re cooking in there and can auto-replenish popcorn, or potatoes or whatever else you regularly enjoy and use your microwave to cook.

“The Alexa service is always getting smarter, whether you’re using the Echo you bought three years ago or an Echo Show you buy tomorrow,” said Amazon Alexa senior VP, Tom Taylor.

“Soon customers will be able to manage their email, easily secure their home, watch the shows they love on Echo Show, and make their daily routines more productive—all just by asking Alexa,” Taylor added.

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