New Amazon Echo gets boosted sound and design from the Echo Plus

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In brief: Amazon as part of its big hardware event on Wednesday announced a new Day 1 Edition program that involves a limited production run of products to gauge customer feedback.

With no support for Hi-Res Audio, the upgraded Echo is unlikely to appeal to audiophiles, despite its new drivers and more powerful bass frequencies.

"Across our major worldwide markets, we've already implemented a range of initiatives from online scheduling systems - which enable our people to take greater control of their working hours - to the use of gamification and augmented reality in the delivery of our core training programs".

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As expected, Amazon unveiled its own high-end Echo speaker, called Echo Studio, to compete with some companies such as Sonos that already offer Alexa-compatible premium speakers.

Amazon also added the ability to ask the voice-commanded digital assistant why it did something, or to reveal what it has heard. And the $200 Echo Studio is an even better speaker capable of adjusting its sound based on the room itself.

Other new Echo products weren't surprising but did seem pretty nice.

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Along the same lines, the Echo Flex is a small device you plug into a power outlet for quick and easy access to Alexa.

Alexa is also getting a few new bells and whistles, including "frustration detection" that can detect when users are starting to loose their nerve with the voice assistant. Move over, Google Glass.

It's created to be at home on a nightstand, and indeed using Alexa and the Echo Dot with Clock as an alarm clock has an extra hardware feature.

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The new "Echo Buds" come with noise reduction technology from Bose, Limp said. Pair it with the $29.99 Echo Glow, a smart light that works with Alexa and supports different colored lights for kids (or adults, really) and arrives November 20. And speaking of playing well with others, the new $100 Eero works with your router to manage existing device connections and guest Wi-Fi networks.

Most of the new gadgets will ship out in October, but don't let that stop you from treating yourself today. While it's technically still a microwave, this is a more substantial home appliance with more traditional oven features like air frying and convection cooking.

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