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Smart Speakers Are a Great Tool for the Visually Impaired 

Touchscreens have become the primary way many of us interact with the digital world, but they aren’t great options for the visually impaired. Smartphones have small displays and require precise controls, and their screens shut off after a few moments of inactivity, which makes them difficult to use if your vision…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Save $70 On Amazon’s Touchscreen-Equipped Echo Show

If you missed the one-day Echo sales last week, Amazon’s once again taking $70 off the Echo Show today, bringing it back to within $10 of an all-time low. You can read Gizmodo’s review if you want to learn more, but it turns out Alexa would have benefitted from a visual component all alongRead more… […]

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How to Enable Amazon’s New ‘Brief Mode’ for Alexa

Amazon’s digital assistant is chatty, and we don’t blame you if you’re tired of hearing a HAL 9000-like “OK” every time you ask her to do something on your behalf. Thankfully, Alexa’s caretaker is currently testing a new “brief mode” that allows your Echo devices to respond with softer beeps instead of larger…Read more… Continue […]

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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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