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How the HomePod Stacks Up Against Other Smart Speakers

It seems like every new wireless speaker on the market comes with a voice assistant now. Since 2014, when Amazon announced the Echo, the idea of a smart speaker has taken the gadget world by storm. Apple has finally thrown its hat into the ring with the release of the HomePod, leaving us to wonder […]

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Super Bowl Tips and Tricks for Google Home, Amazon Echo, and Siri

The Super Bowl is almost here, and whether you care about the food, the commercials, or the actual game, there’s something to be excited about. But if none of that interests you, maybe you’ll get a kick out of talking football with your AI assistant of choice.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Garmin’s Alexa-Powered Navigation Device Gets the Built-in Dash Cam It Should Have Had From the Start [Update]

I really liked Garmin’s bare-bones Speak navigation device when I tried it out a few months ago. Instead of a touchscreen, the $130 device relies on voice commands, processed by Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant, to get you where you want to go. A few months later, Garmin is already introducing a new version that adds […]

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Amazon’s Echo Spot Is a Good-as-Hell Alarm Clock

The smartphone made the standalone alarm clock worthless. Sure you probably know some alarm clock holdouts (a parent or grandmother perhaps), but you probably just use your phone, which is already resting on the nightstand and has a decent enough alarm. The $130 Amazon Echo Spot, a new, tiny, Alexa device with a…Read more… Continue […]

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Amazon Alexa users can now listen to live BBC radio and podcasts

Alexa owners can now enjoy each BBC radio station and podcast via the AI personal assistant. The newfound BBC/Alexa compatibility enables both Echo and Echo dot users to not only listen to BBC supported audio shows in real time, but additionally permits listeners to “play,” “pause,” and “resume.” Alexa-enabled electronics owners can also skip back […]

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How to Control Your Fire TV With Alexa Voice Commands

Amazon is making it even easier to control your Fire TV without straining yourself with the use of a physical remote. After adding the ability the control your television through an Echo speaker over the summer, the company announced an update on Thursday that adds even more voice-based controls across even more…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Google Home & Alexa don’t record everything their users say, but assistant owners can easily delete their command history anyway

Contrary to viral belief, Amazon and Google’s electronic assistants aren’t recording everything that Google Home and Alexa users say. While the Alexa and Google Home’s microphones remain on, the systems don’t register conversation until a user says the given assistant’s “wake word.” Traditionally “Ok Google” for Google Home owners, and “Alexa” for Amazon’s Alexa, once […]

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Use This Alexa Skill to Get the Perfect Brine on Your Thanksgiving Turkey

If you’re on the hook for turkey duty this Thanksgiving and you’re freaking out, Amazon is here to help. The same company that will happily sell you a turkey over the internet can teach you how to prepare it, too, thanks to a new Alexa skill from Morton Salt.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Amazon’s AI assistant Alexa throws ‘her own party,’ incites authorities

Amazon‘s AI personal assistant Alexa incited German authorities to action after reportedly throwing “her own party” in a Hamburg resident’s flat. The Alexa-enabled soirée began to play music at maximum volume at 1:50 AM. The noise exacerbated neighbors who called the police to register the disturbance. Police broke into the sixth-floor Hamburg flat, quieting Alexa […]

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Here’s a Rare Chance to Save on the Alexa-Packing Ecobee4 Thermostat

While not nearly as ubiquitous as Nest’s Learning Thermostats, Ecobee’s smart thermostats one-up the competition by pairing with wireless remote sensors that you can place elsewhere in your house, giving the thermostat a more accurate picture of your home’s overall temperature.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Tell Alexa or Google Assistant to Make Your House Spooky on Halloween 

Maybe you’ve spent the past month spreading faux cobwebs over your fireplace, creating the perfect Halloween playlist, and counting down the days to the most wonderful holiday of the year. Or maybe you woke up this morning, realized it’s October 31st, and thought, ‘Oh, perhaps I should be festive?’ If you have Google…Read more… Continue […]

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How Microsoft’s New Invoke Smart Speaker Stacks Up to the Competition

Better late than never, right? Microsoft is finally ready to compete in the smart speaker market after unveiling its Cortana-powered version of the Amazon Echo earlier this year. The Harman Kardon Invoke launched on Sunday with high-quality audio and a stylish design for $199.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Sonos Finally Squished Alexa Into A Speaker, But Maybe Just Buy A Dot

Sonos wouldn’t like it, but you could call its new smart speaker an “Echo.” A high-end, very nice-sounding, but flawed Amazon Echo—the kind someone who just got a promotion might buy themselves, because unlike the $50 Dot or new $100 Echo, this speaker will set you back $200.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Amazon is Offering Big Discounts on Two Sonos Speakers

Amazon’s offering a big discount on Sonos’ Play:1 and Play:5 speakers from now until October 10th, or as long as supplies last. You can save $50 on the Play:1, and $100 on the Play:5 if you order through your Alexa-enabled device —or snag one online, using the offer code SONOSPLAY1 or SONOSPLAY5. Read more… Continue […]

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