It's a speaker. It's a music system. And much more. The Amazon Echo is a new cloud-connected gadget designed around your voice. Always on, you wake it by saying "Alexa", then asking it questions or giving it commands. Want to know the weather? Just ask. Want to add something to your shopping list? Done. In the mood for some Beatles? Say the words. With dual down-firing speakers, it produces surprisingly rich sound, and thanks to integrated Bluetooth, it also syncs with the Echo app, and lets you stream music from any source you want — although you probably won't have to use the feature very often, as it offers built-in support for your Amazon Music Library, Prime Music, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio.
One of the most iconic beer brands around has something special up its sleeve with Guinness 1759 this fall. 1759 is a limited edition amber ale based on a 200-year-old recipe using a blend of traditional beer malt and peated whisky malt, along with Guinness yeast. Named for the year that Arthur Guinness signed the lease for St. James' Gate in Dublin, and clocking in at 9% ABV, this should please those loyal to the Guinness brand and beer connoisseurs alike.