Amazon, SodaStream, Aura, Satechi and more



For the first time in the retailer’s history, HomeGoods now allows customers to shop directly through its website. The recently launched e-commerce platform offers products in categories such as bed and bath, kitchen, pets and more. New items will be added regularly, according to the retailer.

Additionally, at Amazon’s annual fall event last week, it announced new Alexa features in addition to smart home devices. New features include a home calendar app, Sticky Notes for Amazon Echo, and Hey Disney, a collaboration where users can interact with Disney characters through Echo devices. Additionally, Amazon has launched Alexa, Open Sling TV, and Alexa, Open TikTok, which users can use to easily launch content on these platforms. And Amazon Together, a subscription service slated for release later this year, is expanding the Care Hub. It is designed to help aging family members lead more independent lives.

Beyond the latest shopping news, we’ve compiled some notable new launches from brands favorite with Shopping readers and others that we think you’ll want to know about.

1. Amazon launches new smart home devices

Amazon has introduced several new smart home devices, including home security technology. Some options are currently available for pre-order and will ship in time for the holiday season, while more will be arriving soon.

Amazon launches smart home security devices

Amazon’s latest smart home security launches include options from Blink: Blink Video Doorbell and Blink Outdoor + Floodlight, which you can pre-order now. Both devices connect to your smartphone and are compatible with Amazon Alexa, and offer two-way audio. Amazon also introduced new Ring devices: the Ring Alarm Pro and the Ring Always Home Cam. The Ring Alarm Pro, available for pre-order, has a built-in eero Wi-Fi 6 router and can be paired with Alexa-enabled security devices like the new Blink technology. The Ring Always Home Cam is available by invitation only. It is a flying security camera that you can control with a companion app.

Amazon launches smart home devices

Beyond Amazon Astro, a robot that monitors your home and is available by invitation-only, the company has also launched the Amazon Smart Thermostat, which is compatible with Alexa smart devices to adjust your home’s temperature. You can also set the temperature manually and choose between wired or wireless C options. It’s available for pre-order now. Additionally, the Amazon Echo Show 15 (coming soon) has a 15.6-inch display and is built with a 5MP camera, and the Halo View (coming soon) is Amazon’s latest portable fitness tracker with a AMOLED display. Finally, the Amazon Glow, a projector and a video calling device, is available by invitation only.

Aura said its Mason Luxe photo frame offers the company’s highest resolution screen to date – the device has a 9.7-inch 2K display, dual orientation, and a 4: 3 aspect ratio. The WiFi-enabled frame allows you to control it through the companion app or online, and you can invite family members or friends to contribute media to display. In addition to photos, the smart frame supports videos up to 30 seconds and is built with speakers. It comes with free, unlimited storage for photos and videos, and is compatible with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. You can buy the frame in two colors: Sandstone and Pebble.

The TUSHY Ace is the brand’s first electric bidet seat. It is built with an automatic self-cleaning nozzle and hair dryer, as well as a heated seat. Using the included remote control, you can control the bidet, its water and seat temperature, and the water angle. The electric bidet seat comes in two seat shapes: elongated and round. It must be installed near a grounded three-prong outlet to function.

SodaStream’s latest machine, Terra, offers new features over the brand’s previous models, including innovative Quick Connect technology, which helps you easily lock the gas cylinder in place. It also offers a large and ergonomic carbonating button – you can control the level of fizzing in your water by manually pressing the button. The wireless device is compatible with the brand’s reusable 0.5 liter and 1 liter dishwasher-safe bottles. Terra is available in four matte colors: white, black, misty blue and red.

5. Satechi launches new chargers compatible with iPhone 13 models

Satechi’s three new chargers are compatible with recently launched iPhone 13 models, as well as other Apple and Android devices.

You can attach your phone vertically or horizontally to Satechi’s wireless magnetic car charger if it supports MagSafe, or you can purchase the brand’s magnetic sticker (sold separately). The charger mounts on the air vent of your car and offers Qi wireless charging.

The brand’s 40W USB-C PD dual car charger features two USB-C ports. It quickly charges compatible iPhones with a USB-C Lightning cable and can charge your iPhone and iPad at the same time.

Finally, the 20W USB-C PD wall charger has a foldable plug, making it convenient for traveling. Satechi said it was the brand’s most compact Power Delivery charger to date. It has a USB-C port and offers fast charging for iPhone models compatible with a USB-C Lightning cable.

The W&P Porter Insulated Bottle features a double-walled, vacuum-insulated stainless steel core to keep drinks hot for up to 8 hours and cold for up to 24 hours. It is wrapped in a ceramic coating and its silicone sleeve makes the bottle easy to grip when traveling or training with it. The cap is designed to be leak-proof so you can put the bottle in a bag or backpack, and the wide opening lets you slip ice cubes in. It comes in two sizes – 12 ounces and 16 ounces – which W&P says will fit into a standard car cup holder. The bottle is available in the colors Blush, Cream and Charcoal.

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