Amazon's ridiculously cheap tablets and Google's revamped project
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Amazon's ridiculously cheap tablets and Google's revamped project

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These are the top stories of the week. Amazon's introduces new cheap tablets. Apple devices get updated. The Facebook dislike button and more. [SOUND] Amazon made big news this week with the new line up of gadgets,. First of, Amazon refresh it's fire [g/tablet] with a $50 seven inch fire. You can actually buy them in six packs for $250. There are also new versions of the Amazon Fire HD 8 at $150, and a new Fire HD 10 at $230. The new Fire tablets are available for preorder now and will be released on September 30th. Amazon also released a new. Fire TV set top box that supports up to 4K ultra AC video. It also includes Amazon's answer to Siri, Alexa. The Fire TV stick will also get Alexa with a software update. On Wednesday, Apple introduced a new version of its phone and tablet operating system, iOS 9. It brings lots of new functions to iPad, including Picture in picture video and the ability to run two apps at the same time. Siri is also smarter with Google Now like suggestions. The Notes app can do a lot more with photos and you can now draw in that app. And for anyone looking for Apple's app known as Passbook, it's got a new name. It's called Wallet cuz it's a digital wallet. Apple Watch was supposed to get a software upgrade, but a bug has delayed its rollout. Apple says it will release watch OS 2 shortly. This week the headlines read Facebook to introduce a dislike button. Turns out, that's only half true. In a town hall Q&A, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said That the company is working on a new button to express empathy on Facebook where a like wouldn't make a lot of sense. So Facebook is working on something, but it's not a button that lets you down vote posts. Let's take a look at what flew under the radar this week. Remember Google Glass? New Reports from Business Insider and the Wall Street Journal say that Google Glass is now known internally as Project Aura. Google also hired some people laid off from Amazon's Lab126. That's Amazon's hardware subsidiary behind the Kindle, the Echo, Fire tablets and the Fire phone. Aura will still be a part of Google and not become a separate Company under Google's new parent company, Alphabet. A new version of Glass is at least a year away. For more information on everything tech, go to CNET.com. I'm Iyaz Akhtar signing off. [BLANK_AUDIO]

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