Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot are now shipping in India

A few weeks ago, Amazon announced that the Alexa voice assistant would be coming to India via the second-generation Echo, the Echo Plus, and the Echo Dot. Fast forward to today, and those three Echo products have begun to ship to those customers who bought them by invitation on Amazon India. The new Echo and Echo Plus actually began shipping in the US today as well.

To grab any one of these, you had to request an invitation.

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BLU S1 is company’s first Sprint-compatible phone, sports 5.2″ 720p display and MediaTek MT6750

We first heard about the BLU S1 nearly two months ago, and the leaked specifications were spot-on. Now, the device has officially been announced as BLU’s first Sprint-compatible and Sprint-certified device, and although the specs are nothing impressive, it’ll cost just $ 179.99 (or $ 129.99 if you order very soon).

Specs

Display 5.2″ 720p w/ curved glass
Processor 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6750 octa-core
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB w/ microSD slot
Cameras 13MP f/2.2 rear, 5MP front
Battery 2800mAh
Connectivity WiFi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB
Compatibility GSM unlocked, Sprint
Dimensions 147.3 x 72.8 x 8.4mm, 137g
Software Android 7.0 Nougat

Clearly, the S1 doesn’t have the greatest specs, but it’s about on-par with other devices in the same price bracket.

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Android Pay launches in Ukraine, its 15th market, with support for PrivatBank

Android Pay has been around for a few years now, but it’s still not available in very many countries. Case in point: it’s just made its way to Ukraine, which has become only the 15th country that it’s usable in. It’s only available at one bank, at least for now: PrivatBank.

November 1st is Android Pay’s official Ukraine debut date, but since it’s already the 1st there, we’re already hearing about it.

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Instagram now supports Arabic, Hebrew, and Farsi

Here’s a thing: Instagram now supports right-to-left languages. Quite frankly, I’m a little surprised that this wasn’t present already given the amount of people who speak these languages, but it’s here now. If you speak one of those languages, it’s very easy to switch your app over to it.

To switch your language to Arabic, Hebrew, or Farsi, just go to the settings tab, then ‘Language,’ then choose which RTL language you’d like.

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ARM announces new display technologies to improve VR and HDR

If you’ve got an Android device, outside of a few exceptions, the odds are that it’s powered by an ARM processor. Companies like Qualcomm, Apple, and Samsung license the company’s tech, so when ARM improves something, we all benefit. Today ARM is announcing some new display technologies which the company alleges can deliver an HDR experience on any screen, while providing increased power savings and performance for applications such as VR. 

In all, ARM is announcing three new bits of technology based on the “Komeda” architecture—itself based on the earlier Cetus.

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