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Ecommerce tycoon Amazon seems to be all set to launch Amazon-branded TVs in the American market. The Alexa-powered smart televisions could be launched as soon as October this year. 

The Amazon-branded television has been under development for the past two years, said ‘Business Insider’. The upcoming televisions will be powered by Amazon's own voice assistant Alexa and will be launched in screen sizes ranging from 55-inch and 75-inch. These TVs will be manufactured by partnering with third-party makers such as TCL.

Amazon sells a good number of consumer electronic devices such as smart displays, smart speakers and Fire TV sticks, and many others. It is now looking forward to adding smart televisions to the list. Though the official launch date is not declared yet.

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Amazon is introducing an AWS re/Start program, a full-time, classroom-based training and skills development session for learning cloud computing. 

To sign up for the course, candidates don't require to have a background in technology. Throughout the program, candidates will gain knowledge about technology related concepts along with other important skills such as resume writing, methods of appearing for interviews etc. The sharp focus of the program will be on relational database skills, Linux, Python, security and networking. Amazon claims that this course is to prepare the candidate for any entry-level cloud positions.

This professional session is available across 25 countries. By the end of the course, the individual will be connected with tentative employers so that they can get a suitable job in the field of cloud computing. There is no age limit or fee for this course.

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Amazon introduced India's first celebrity voice feature on 'Alexa', partnering with the legendary Amitabh Bachchan. The users in India can add his amazing voice to their Alexa experience on Echo devices for an initiary price of Rs.149/year.

In order to purchase the celebrity voice, users need to press the mic icon on the Amazon shopping app and say, “Alexa, introduce me to Amitabh Bachchan” or, one can get it directly from the Amazon site. After the successful payment procedure, users will be able to start interacting with the actor's voice. To interact with Bachchan's voice use the wake word “Amit ji” by asking, “Alexa, enable Amit ji wake word.” 

In addition to several 'celebrity experience' features, users can ask for music, set alarms and weather updates in Bachchan's signature style. The aim is to please his fans and attract new users to the voice assistant.

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Amazon’s voice-based assistant ‘Alexa’ is getting a male counterpart for the first time since its launch in 2014.

Amazon Echo speakers will now offer a new masculine voice option called ‘Ziggy.’ Many are guessing that the name is chosen to fit Amazon’s “A to Z" branding style. There are two ways to change the voice of Alexa on Echo devices, one is through the device itself and another can be done via the Alexa mobile app. Users can activate the virtual assistant by a new ‘Ziggy’ wake-up command instead of existing ‘Alexa’, ‘Computer’, ‘Echo’, and ‘Amazon’.

The feature is currently available in selective regions. Though Amazon has not officially declared when the development will release globally. 

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E-commerce platform Shein is making a hushed comeback in India, after being barred for over a year.

Banner ads on mentioned Shein as one of its “Prime Day launches” for its July 26-27 sale. Since then, social media has been abubble with celebratory posts. 

Popular for its latest styles and accessible price points, Shein was temporarily barred from selling goods in India for evading tax rules. Later the site was banned by the Government as part of India’s crackdown on Chinese apps in 2020.

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E-commerce tycoon Amazon announced to host 'Small Business Days 2021' from July 2-4, 2021, as part of efforts to allow sellers to bounce back from the economic disruption caused by COVID-19 and support the local economy.

The event will see participation from small brand owners, over 1,000 startups and brands from Launchpad, 6.8 lakh women entrepreneurs from Amazon Saheli, more than 12 lakh artisans and weavers from Amazon Karigar and over 50,000 neighbourhood stores from the Local Shops on Amazon programme.