Amazon's new Fire TV Cube turns Alexa into your remote

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

Amazon’s new smart speaker is a TV streaming box, and vice versa

Over the a year ago we invited customers to use Echo Look and give us feedback, which led to the launch of many new features-we're now excited to make the device available to all customers, with even more fashionable features and functionality to come that will help customers look their best every day.

As if this weren't all enough, Amazon says the Fire TV Cube will continue to be improved over time as future software updates roll out, adding even more capabilities to the device. Plus, since it's a streaming device, it can stream content from stuff like Prime Video and Netflix and still give you access to all of Alexa's skills.

The Fire TV Cube has dual-band Wi-Fi built in but also comes with an Ethernet adapter for a wired internet connection.

Amazon is celebrating the release of its new smart home gadget with an exclusive discount for Prime members. The Fire TV Cube uses multi-directional infrared technology, cloud based protocols and HDMI CEC, which combined with Alexa, allows users to control a compatible TV, sound bar, A/V receiver, and cable or satellite box. Local brands such as French magazine Le Point, and the RATP Paris metro system, have also created skills for Alexa. There are also apps available in the U.S. for ESPN, Fox Now, Showtime, Starz, PlayStation Vue, CBS All Access, and NBC.

Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Spot are voice-controlled speakers designed entirely around your voice-they're always ready, hands-free, and fast.

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Everything you love about Alexa is truly brought to life with this clean-looking device and its giant 7-inch screen. All you have to do is ask. The built-in microphones with far-field voice recognition will enable users to control their TV from across the room. Even with the TV off, simply say "Alexa, play Billions on SHOWTIME" and Fire TV Cube powers on your TV and starts playback right where you left off.

And then there's the third thing: the Fire TV Cube triples as a universal remote.

Similar to Amazon's existing Fire streaming sticks, the Cube supports popular video apps, such as Netflix and Hulu.

Amazon's small new cube-shaped device sort of marries an Amazon Echo speaker with one of the company's Fire TV set-top devices.

The Cube, which is available for purchase starting June 21, will cost $119.99.

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