Amazon’s cloud outage saw Alexa’s, Roomba robot vacuum cleaners and Ring doorbells go down – leaving some users trapped outside their own ‘smart’ homes

‘What do snowmen eat for lunch?’ Answer: ‘Iceburgers.’ There is frowning as they wait for the translation, and then squeals of laughter. Jokes are handed to Farid, who asks his girls to repeat English words after him.

England was a dream to hang on to – it represented hope for me and my family, and for all of us who risked our lives beside British soldiers. We feared that it might never be a reality, but we needed that dream to keep going,’ he says.

Phillips, a 57-year-old freelance reporter, Apple was doing research for a Buy Book on the trip with the 41-year-old Pereira, a former head of isolated and recently contacted tribes at federal indigenous affairs agency Funai.

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Gentle on gums yet tough on plaque, the electric toothbrush oscillates, rotates, and pulsates to remove up to 100 per cent more plaque versus a manual toothbrush. Upgrade your manual toothbrush and boost your oral hygiene routine with the Oral-B Pro 3 Electric Toothbrush with Smart Pressure Sensor – now less £39.99 on Amazon.

In the Frames, Amazon’s smart assistant really isn’t much better than Siri.  After becoming a mainstay in millions of households, Alexa truly moves outside the house with the Frames. But this is nothing like Jarvis in the Iron Man movies. The big appeal of the Echo Frames, of course, isn’t the style but the technology.

Amarildo ‘Pelado’ Oliveira, 41, who had been under arrest on a firearm ammunition possession charge since June 7 and was held in temporary custody as part of the investigation, confessed to shooting Phillips and Pereria last Wednesday.

This lightweight stick vacuum features Shark’s latest cordless technologies, offering up to 60 minutes run-time, 50 per cent more suction with Powerfins – picking up more dirt in one pass – and an LED smart display.

You will want to keep that USB charging cable handy to make sure you can get through a full day. Roughly a half-hour of charging got me back to 60%, with Amazon saying that a full charge takes about 75 minutes.

A team of Brazilian police divers recovered the speedboat that was used by British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian indigenous expert Bruno Pereira to travel Brazil’s Amazon before they were killed.

You can also make calls and control compatible smart home devices, including lighting, home security, and heating.  Now £29.99, the voice-controlled smart speaker with Alexa can be added to any room in your home, and with a simple command, you can ask for music, news, weather updates, and more.

Roughly five hours after numerous companies and other organizations began reporting issues, the company said in a post on the AWS status page that it had ‘mitigated’ the underlying problem responsible for the outage, which it did not describe.

‘I know I am lucky to be alive and lucky to be in England where my family can celebrate the Christmas season. I experienced several Christmases on duty at the Embassy.

But this year we are in a different land.

I know that people give gifts and thanks at Christmas for what they have, and I would like to thank the British Government. Our first Christmas in Britain will be something we will never forget. ‘Our dream has come true.

The plastic feels cheap and fragile. But while the frames look relatively nice, for $180 (or the $250 regular price after the invitation window has closed), Amazon needs to put more focus on the build quality. I could never get the glasses completely closed because the arms were so bulky, and it ended up looking awkward and unbalanced.

‘Everyone is excited, there is a spirit that is uplifting at this time of year, whatever your religion and beliefs.’ That can be seen in his children’s faces as they put up a Christmas tree in the west London flat of their aunt, Muzghan, 35, a British citizen. There’s confusion when handed crackers – they have never seen them before.

The Civil Police said the suspects placed sink sandbags before sinking the speedboat 65 feet deep under and 98 feet to the right of the Itacoai River shore in the Amazon rainforest near the northern town of Cachoeira.

Helping ensure your little one has a restful night’s sleep, Pip the Panda from Tommee Tippee (now 40 per cent off) has a built-in CrySensor so he can settle them back to sleep when they cry with soothing sounds and lullabies.

Authorities have said a main line of the police investigation into the disappearances has pointed to an international network that pays poor fishermen to fish illegally in the Javari Valley reserve, which is Brazil’s second-largest indigenous territory.

During my testing over the past couple of weeks, I played a lot of music, made several phone calls and asked a bunch of questions to Alexa. I was able to get roughly 6 hours, 40 minutes of battery while doing that mix, though on days where I did more music streaming I noticed the battery drain quicker. 

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