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Apple's Apple Music service now can be enabled on Amazon Echo smart speakers today (US), a few days ahead of schedule. Apple and Amazon announced the partnership in November, which the latter recognizes Apple Music as "one of the most popular music services available today." (Via 9to5Mac)

Apple Music skill can now be activated in the Alexa app on the iPhone to play songs, playlists, and Beats 1 radio on Amazon Echo speakers. For example, you can say, "Alexa, play the song of Ed Sheeran on Apple Music." Of course, you can also set Apple Music as the default music streaming service with the Alexa app so you can omit the "Apple Music" phrase you want to listen to music.

Alexa also supports features that aren’t available on Apple's HomePod, such as the ability to set alarms to music as well as music automation via a feature called Routines. In addition, Echo speakers also support many other music streaming services as well, like Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, Deezer, and so on.

In a blog post today, Amazon announced that Apple Music will launch on Echo devices as soon as the week of December 17, ahead of the holiday season, and it comes after Apple and Amazon reached the agreement of starting to sell almost all Apple Products again on their website, except for HomePod.

Once it's launched, users will need to enable the Apple Music skill within the Alexa app, and then link their Apple Music account to start listening songs. Apple Music Subscribers can ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artist, playlists, or even radio stations, and playing over 50 million songs. Echo speakers also supports other music streaming services as well, such as Spotify, Pandora.
“We are committed to offering great music providers to our customers and since launching the Music Skill API to developers just last month, we’ve expanded the music selection on Alexa to include even more top tier services. We’re thrilled to bring Apple Music – one of the most popular music services in the US – to Echo customers this holiday.”
Well, this certainly is a bad news for HomePod, however, since it's specifically designed for Apple Music, but is also an indication that cares Services revenue to the company. Perhaps, the poor sales of the smart speaker may leds Apple to decide bring Apple Music to echo devices.

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Apple teamed up with Amazon to sell Apple products such as iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch on the website in countries like the USA, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, as well as India, according to a report by CNET. An Amazon spokesperson said that the deal is designed to improve the user experience:

Amazon is constantly working to enhance the customer experience, and one of the ways we do this is by increasing selection of the products we know customers want. We look forward to expanding our assortment of Apple and Beats products globally
The partnership will take into effect rather sooner than later so Amazon will sell newly-released products to the customers, products including iPhone XS, XR, Apple Watch Series 4, the 2018 Mac mini model, and a selection of Beats headphones. It’s understood that these products will be available on Apple-authorized Amazon resellers.

For now, all Apple products lists on Amazon from independent sellers, by the time when Amazon begin selling Apple products, all third-party retailers needs to become Apple authorized resellers, in which they need to apply for it. And they will have to make sure to go on sale at regular prices.

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This week, Apple was named the world's most valuable brand in Interbrand's 2018 Best Global Brands ranking this week, marking Apple's sixth consecutive year in the position. Thanks to the revenue record and that its Market Cap hits 1 trillion US dollar, the Cupertino headquartered company is able to maintain the spot this year.

Apple's Interbrand valuation rose 15 percent to $214.5 billion, beats Google ($155.5 billion), Amazon ($100.7 billion), Microsoft ($92.7 billion), and Coca-Cola ($66.3 billion. Both Apple and Google two companies have been holding the top two positions over few years, but Amazon #3 position is new as its stock price been went up storgingly.

Not surprisingly, Apple didn't make to top 5 in Top Growing Brands, as Amazon led the category with 56 percent growth, followed by Netflix (45 percent), Gucci (30 percent), (23 percent), and Louis Vuitton (23 percent). However, last year's champion Facebook didn't appear in the list since its privacy issues that's ongoing

To check the cumulative value of the brand, Interbrand considers the financial performance of the brand's products and services, the role of the brand in influencing customer choice, and the brand's ability to achieve high prices.

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Amazon has unveils many Echo-enabled speakers at its Seattle headquarter, like the Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Echo Show. The online retailer also announced first Echo device without speakers, Echo Input, as well as Echo Sub the subwoofer, Echo Link Amp the amplifier, and so much more that ranges from Smart Plug and Smart Home appliances.

Firstly, Amazon announced a new Echo Dot that has a brand new mic array, more powerful sound, and increased max volume, all these for $49.99. Echo Plus, a new Echo device, which designed for more advanced uses, it includes more powerful sound, stronger bass, new equalizer to adjust the bass, new temperature sensor, and a smart home hub for controlling smart home products, it cost you 150 bucks. Echo Show is redesigned with a larger HD display, improved stereo sound quality, smart home hub, it is priced at $229.9. All three Echo speakers now available for pre-order today.

The largest online retailer also unveiled Echo device without speakers, Echo Input, which adds Alexa to an external speaker and connects via 3.5 mm audio cable or Bluetooth. So if you have a speaker, just simply plug it, and then you can experience Alexa just for $34.99.

Amazon also gives a first look at Echo Sub, a plug-and-play enhanced subwoofer, once paired with the Echo/Echo Plus lineup, it'll provide a rich boost of bass. In reality, Amazon Echo Sub could even rival Apple's HomePod bass performances, plus it only cost like $130.

For more products that Amazon announced today, head over to Amazon Blog.

Google Turns 20: Google, the biggest search engine in the world now turns 20 years old, the company was founded on September 4th, 1998 by Larry Page‎; ‎Sergey Brin. To celebrate this, Google launched its popular browser Chrome with a refreshed design, rounded tabs, a new color palette, and new icons, address bar combined with the search bar, and more!

Amazon now worth $1 Trillion: Believe or not, Amazon, the largest online retailer now has a market cap of $1 trillion, it's officially the second trillion dollar publicly traded company in the world, joins the trillion dollar club, as Apple has already surpassed that milestone since early of August.

Samsung to announce foldable phone this year: Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh announces that they plan to release a foldable smartphone this year, it would be called Galaxy X, since it will feature its own branding. The device is said to like a small tablet, but you can fold it and fit your pocket. The Korean- based tech giant aims to beat Apple in the development of foldable phones (Via CNBC).

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Amazon’s Prime Video app for Apple TV is officially beginning to roll out to tvOS devices in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and several other regions across Europe. Back in June, Apple CEO Tim Cook first announced that the streaming app will be available on the company’s set-top box by the end of the year.

Like other versions of Amazon Prime Video, the Apple TV app allows Prime subscribers to sign into their accounts and watch Amazon Prime exclusive TV series, as well as browse a collection of movies. Users can add shows and movies to a watchlist, sync their watchlist across devices, and use Apple TV's Siri Remote to search for Amazon content from inside the app.

Amazon also updated its Prime Video app for iOS devices, which now supports Universal Search, allowing users to look up Prime videos using the native search function on their devices. The updated app also supports iPhone X displays. According to the release notes, Amazon Prime Video is said to be available on pre-app store third-generation Apple TVs as well as fourth-gen and 4K Apple TVs.

Amazon Prime Video should be one of the last remaining streaming service holdouts to release a tvOS app, so users will now be able to rely on the 4th and 5th generation Apple TV devices a little more without having to use a PlayStation 4, Fire TV, or Roku to jump to Amazon's video catalog.

For over two years, Amazon has banned the sale of Apple TV on At the same time, the online retailer has refused to add the company’s Prime video service to Apple’s set-top box. That was supposed to change soon after the launches. 

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