Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa takes great advantage of touchscreen, speakers sound decent, and is a good value at $230, but display is low resolution (Nathan Ingraham/Engadget)


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Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa takes great advantage of touchscreen, speakers sound decent, and is a good value at $230, but display is low resolution  —  Siri may have ushered in the era of the digital assistant, but Amazon’s Echo (with Alexa) really took that concept and put it in our homes.


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Source: Amazon built language translation tech to use internally, plans to open it to devs, who could use it to offer sites and apps in multiple languages (Jordan Novet/CNBC)


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Source: Amazon built language translation tech to use internally, plans to open it to devs, who could use it to offer sites and apps in multiple languages  —  – Amazon has built translation technology to use internally, and now it’s looking to let third parties access it.


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HMD's Nokia 6 will arrive in the US next month for $229

Like so many European acts that tried to make it big in the US, Nokia never really managed to crack the market in its original form. But HMD Global, the company that produces smartphones using the Nokia brand, is hoping that will change with the arri…
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Nintendo SNES Classic mini-console launches September 29

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Following on the recently discontinued NES Classic Edition, Nintendo has officially announced a long-rumored SNES Classic Edition follow-up will be available on September 29 in a package that includes two wired controllers. A UK price is yet to be confirmed, but in the US the SNES Classic Edition will retail for $80—more than the $60/£50 launch price of the NES Classic Edition.

The highlight of the package is the first official release of Star Fox 2, which Nintendo’s announcement notes “was created during the Super NES era but never released … anywhere!” While an emulatable, leaked prototype version of Star Fox 2 has been floating around online for years, Creator Dylan Cuthbert confirmed in 2015 that development on a completely finished version of the game was completed just before the project was cancelled, reportedly to avoid competition with the coming Nintendo 64. The SNES Classic will be the first chance gamers have to try this full version of the title.

Unlike the NES Classic, which sold £10 controllers on top of the £50 base package, the SNES Classic comes packaged with two controllers. However, only five of the included titles include true simultaneous multiplayer gameplay, with a handful of others allowing for two players to alternate play. The Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro designed for the Wii and Wii U will also work with the SNES Classic Edition.

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SNES Classic Edition is real, and now has an official launch date and pricing

SNES Classic Edition Release Date

The $60 NES Classic Edition was one of the hottest gifts last year during the holiday season, and it remained in short supply in the months that followed. People went crazy trying to get their hands on the retro console, and Nintendo couldn’t come anywhere close to building enough of them to satisfy demand. With all of that attention focused on the console, Nintendo’s next move was clear: Discontinue it.

Plenty of people out there still can’t believe Nintendo would discontinue such a popular console, and the only way to buy one now is to pay a premium and order one on Amazon. The good news is that rumors of an upcoming sequel to the popular retro console have just just been confirmed. That’s right, an SNES Classic Edition is on the way.

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