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Dec 19, 2020
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Our Amazon devices will soon get chattier with each other.

The Seattle tech giant is activating a peer-to-peer connectivity system called Amazon Sidewalk to enable its connected gadgets to work better and help them ride out network interruptions.

Sidewalk is arriving not as a one-click transaction, but as a zero-click proposition. As in, it's on unless you jump into Amazon's apps to turn it off – Amazon says it's coming online on Ring security cameras, but has yet to reach compatible Echo devices.

(In the Amazon Alexa app for Android and iOS, tap the "More" menu button, then "Settings," then "Account Settings," then "Amazon Sidewalk.”)

The sales pitch documented in a 13-page report is that you won't notice Sidewalk's data overhead – limited to 500 MB a month, which should not catapult customers over their data caps – but will appreciate having Amazon-okayed gadgets keep each other online.

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