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You can also write on this Kindle

Amazon makes an Apple: In a large presentation, the online giant shows a whole range of products that are scheduled to be launched this year. BILD presents the most important innovations.

A Kindle for writing

Until now, the eBook readers of the Kindle series were intended for reading. The new Kindle Scribe comes with a stylus that allows users to make their own notes on the iPad-sized display (10.2-inch diagonal).

The Kindle Scribe is 5.8 millimeters slim and uses the same display technology as previous Kindle models. The included stylus magnetically attaches to the side of the device

Photo: Amazon

The recordings are stored on the device and in the cloud, so they can be accessed later from any computer. It is possible to create your own documents or to make notes on eBooks.

According to Amazon, the Kindle Scribe will be available in the fourth quarter. The cheapest model should cost 369 euros.

Ein flexibleres FireTV

Amazon is improving its smart TV system with the new FireTV Cube (159 euros). Like the FireTV Stick, the Cube also plays videos from almost all streaming services. In addition, the Cube offers a faster processor and an HDMI input, via which other devices such as speaker systems, receivers, game consoles or Blu-ray players can be integrated into the FireTV interface.

The box supports the standards Dolby Vision, HDR and Dolby Atmos. It delivers its video signal in 4K resolution to the television. The Cube also supports WiFi 6E. It has an Ethernet connection and can be expanded with a webcam via USB, then used for video calls.

The FireTV Cube is scheduled to go on sale by the end of October

The FireTV Cube is scheduled to go on sale by the end of October

Photo: Amazon

Appropriate: Amazon’s new voice remote control Pro (39 euros) plays a clearly audible tone via voice command. This helps if the remote control has disappeared into a crack in the sofa.

Alexa for the children’s room

In addition to the new devices, Amazon is also bringing a service to Germany from October 20 that was previously only available in the USA. The language assistant Alexa should be more accessible for children in the future. Philipp Berger, German Alexa manager, explains: “The goal was to create a child-friendly Alexa. For this we adjusted Alexa’s personality. So the answers are more empathetic and try to convey information to children in a more understandable way.”

The Echo Dot Kids is offered in a dragon or owl design

The Echo Dot Kids is offered in a dragon or owl design

Photo: Amazon

From October 20th, there will be a dashboard in the Alexa settings that parents can use to switch on the child mode and regulate the use of the system by children. In this way, times and displayed content can be defined and the actual use by the kids can be checked. Once activated, the Echo speakers use voice or face recognition to decide which responses a user will receive. Alternatively, individual devices can also be permanently switched to child mode.

Kids+, a subscription that Amazon offers for €4.99 per month, goes one step further. It delivers kid-friendly content to kids via Alexa, including popular brands like Was-ist-Was, Conny and Gruffalo.

There is a matching echo speaker in a colorful children’s look. The new Echo Dot Kids costs 69.99 euros. It includes a year of the Kids+ subscription and a two-year worry-free guarantee: Amazon promises to simply replace broken devices within this period.

There are new versions of the round Echo Dot speakers.  The most important differences to the current generation: The sound of the Echo Dot (59 euros) and Echo Dot with clock (69 euros, photo) has been improved and the devices now have a built-in temperature sensor

There are new versions of the round Echo Dot speakers. The most important differences to the current generation: The sound of the Echo Dot (59 euros) and Echo Dot with clock (69 euros, photo) has been improved and the devices now have a built-in temperature sensor

Photo: Amazon

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