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Amazon has given the Amazon Fire TV streaming box a new set of skills in a software update.

Top of the list is more voice controls. It borrows some talents from Alexa, Amazon's Siri-style personal assistant that powers its Echo home speaker. This lets the viewer launch apps, search for content and start it playing, all by speaking.

You can also find local cinema times, have it read Kindle books out loud, and find local businesses, all by speaking into the Amazon Fire TV remote.

The update will also give those with compatible Amazon Fire TV devices access to the YouTube 4K content library for the first time.

Using the new features is pretty simple. To launch apps using Alexa, just say "Open HBO Now" into the Fire TV Voice Remote, and it'll do so. Similarly, say "Watch 'Veep'" to start some political satire playing.

Ask the box "What movies are playing nearby?" or "What Mexican restaurants are nearby?" and it'll tell you. Finally, say "Read 'The Nightingale'" and it'll start reading the story via text-to-speech.

The update will arrive "in the coming weeks".

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