Amazon today is selling the increasingly popular Amazon Echo for just $139.99, which is $40 off the regular price for the digital assistant. It’s unclear if the new price is a short-term deal, or a permanent reduction.
The Echo, a 37-ounce, cone-shaped device, comes with a voice-activated system that will listen to and act on your commands such:
* Playing music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn:
* Answering questions about everything from science to history to current events and much more;
* Reading audiobooks;
* Providing up-to-the-minute news, sports and weather reports;
* Controlling lights, switches and thermostats with compatible devices;
Alexa, the name of the Echo’s ‘voice,’ will even order pizza from Domino’s or a car service from Uber, among other tasks.
The device is now available for Prime shipping, which means it will come in two days to Prime members.
— Phillip Swann