Amazon unveiled a new lineup of spherical Echo devices, an autonomous flying indoor Ring security camera, a new cloud gaming service, and new features to help Alexa converse and interact more naturally with users.
The flurry of news came Thursday morning during the company's annual Devices & Services event, a virtual version of a fall tradition in which the company typically shows its newest Echo speakers and other Alexa-enabled devices.
Federal lawmakers are asking Amazon to provide details on Ring's partnerships with local police dating back to 2013. The U.S. House subcommittee on economic and consumer policy sent Amazon a letter with a series of questions about its dealings with law enforcement Wednesday.
Ring unveiled new security steps for customers when logging into their doorbell camera accounts, making two-factor authentication mandatory as the Santa Monica-based company battles criticism about privacy and unauthorized access to its technology.
The Amazon-owned company said in a blog post on Tuesday that the change is now rolling out to customers, and adds authentication to help "prevent unauthorized users from gaining access to your Ring account, even if they have your username and password." Users receive a one-time, six-digit code via SMS or email, and must enter that in before they can access the Ring account.
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