Amazon owns my Echo, I’m just feeding it

It’s no secret that voice assistants are a Trojan Horse. You “buy” a voice assistant like an Echo Dot or a Google Home, and you plug it in and give it your Wi-Fi password. But you don’t “own” it like you own a computer. The software is controlled entirely by Amazon or Google or some other company.

So, I bought a Trojan Horse in December as a little self-gift for Christmas: an Echo Dot.

Amazon’s audiobooks

On the evening I set up my Echo Dot, the first thing I wanted to do was listen to an audiobook. Being an Audible junkie makes the Echo an easy fit into my life. Saying, “Alexa, play an audiobook” will simply resume whatever book I was last listening to on my phone.

I have a lot of books in my library that have only a chapter or two…

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Grab this Amazon Web Services Certification Training bundle for just $41.40!

When it comes to cloud computing, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is near the top of the pile. It can be found in countless places around the web, and it’s comprised of multiple services from computing and storage to analytics. As AWS continues to grow, there is understandably an urgent need for trained professionals in the field.

Because AWS is comprised of so many different services, becoming proficient in the entire system can be pricey and time-consuming. Instead of finding the appropriate courses on your own, why not grab a bundle?

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New Halo Gray Essential Phone now available for pre-order with built-in Amazon Alexa

Essential Phone Halo Gray official

Hot on the heels of the debut of three new Essential Phone colors, Essential has announced a fourth new version of its flagship Android smartphone.

The Essential Phone is getting a new Halo Gray color option. This device features a matte finish on both the titanium frame and the ceramic backside.

Also of note is that this Halo Gray Essential Phone is exclusive to Amazon, and as such, comes with the Amazon Alexa assistant installed. You can use Alexa to get answers to questions, control smart home devices, access Alexa skills, and more.

The Halo Gray Essential Phone is now available for pre-order from Amazon. Pricing is set at $ 449.99, and devices will begin shipping on February 21.

This is another nice-looking variant of the Essential Phone, offering a simply two-tone gray look with a matte finish that should give you some improved grip. If you like the look of this Essential Phone, you can hit up Amazon to pre-order one of your very own.

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