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Amazon's Echo can now buy your mom flowers so you don't have to

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It's Friday, so that means Amazon's Echo is learning new tricks. On the lesson plan this week is the ability to order flowers from 1-800-Flowers. This integration is clearly timed for the upcoming Mother's Day holiday in the US on May 8th, and will let you order four different flower arrangements with your voice.

Amazon offers its own flower delivery service, but it's not clear why Alexa is working with 1-800-Flowers instead of that. Apparently, making robots order bouquets is a big thing for technology companies, as the 1-800-Flowers bot was one of the integrations Facebook recently showed off for its bot platform.

Also new, and related to an upcoming event, is the ability for the Echo to tell Star Wars jokes and trivia, since May the Fourth is coming up in less than a week.

That's it for this week's updates, be sure to check back next Friday for more. Until then, call your mother.