Amazon’s Echo wireless speaker gets voice-controlled Prime Stations

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Amazon has added Prime Stations to Echo, its wireless speaker-slash-personal assistant, perhaps in hopes that it would get more people to press the “Request an invitation” button. Prime Stations are the company’s ad-free radio feeds — basically playlists that bundle Prime Music’s offerings based on artists and genres. The feature’s been available for iOS and Android devices for a month or so, but since Echo is a voice-activated assistant, it comes with a bunch of spoken commands. You can, for instance, play a specific station by saying “Alexa (that’s Echo’s voice assistant name), play the Bruno Mars Prime Station.”

To choose what to listen to, say “Alexa, next,” “Alexa, pause/resume” or “Alexa, go back.” If you don’t know what’s playing, simply ask “Alexa, what song is this?” And to personalize the station, say “Alexa, thumbs up/thumbs down” — the assistant will learn what to play next time based on…

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3Novices:New US fighter jet on course to becoming ‘one of history’s biggest white elephants’

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A plane so technologically advanced that it would give Britain and the US air superiority in any future conflict and billed as the world’s most advanced stealth fighter jet, could be one of “the biggest white elephants in history”, according to a former defence minister.





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Police IG sets up special unit to protect judges, courts

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The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Solomon Arase, has directed Command Commissioners of Police (CPs) to immediately set up Judges Protection Units (JPU) for Judges and courts within their areas of responsibilities. This is in a bid to ensure that the Judiciary has adequate security to carry-out their duties, according to a statement by Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu.

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