Amazon's new Fire TV Cube controls your home and your television

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

The Fire TV Cube is now available for pre-order in the USA for $119.99 and ships with an IR extender cable and Ethernet adapter starting June 21. It's now available for pre-order by Prime members Thursday and Friday for $89.99. This will let the user control everything included but not limited to TV, cable boxes, soundbars, A/V receivers, etc.

Amazon has announced the Fire TV Cube, a new product in its series of media players that is controlled entirely by voice. Amazon says the device is compatible with set-top boxes built by the likes of Comcast, Dish and DirecTV, covering more than 90 percent of households that pay for cable or satellite TV subscriptions. However, for the average person who doesn't have a large sound system and already has an Amazon Echo and Fire TV, the Fire TV Cube probably won't add too much value. So just like Amazon Echo devices, it offers hands-free access to Alexa and you get all of the features that are now offered by the Amazon Fire TV boxes and dongles.

Amazon said that its Echo Look, an Alexa-powered device that will give you fashion advice, is generally available in the U.S. The launch could popularize computer vision use cases.

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Amazon's Alexa-enabled smart speakers are the most popular on the market, having moved "tens of millions" of units over the past year according to CEO Jeff Bezos.

Amazon Echo relies on Microsoft's Bing search engine and Wikipedia, while Google Home uses the company's own Google Search.

Heads up, fashion lovers: Amazon's $200 hands-free camera and style assistant Echo Look is now available to everyone in the United States who wants one.

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Google's Assistant software is also able to answer follow-up questions on the same topic, in a near-conversation style, but Echo as yet can not.

'And, it's just the beginning. And with Fire TV Cube, many Alexa responses are optimized for the big screen and accompanied with rich visual information, allowing you to view your smart home camera feeds, watch video flash briefings, view sports scores, see extended weather forecasts, and watch trailers for movies playing in nearby theaters. You can check out the full list of features for the Fire TV Cube below, then it's decision time.

It's a potent little package in many ways.

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While the Fire TV Cube can be controlled completely by voice, it will still come with a remote control for times when you may not want to shout at your television.

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