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The NHS Will Use Alexa To Find At-Risk Patients

We've already heard that smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo might soon be able to call 999 for you (but in the meantime, please don't rely on Alexa to contact the authorities), and now it seems they'll perform another vital role in the UK. Read More >>

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Smart Assistants Could Soon Call 999 For You

This time last year, Lancashire Police said they'd like to see smart assistants like the Amazon Echo add functionality to call the authorities for you. Well, it seems they were ahead of their time, because Scotland Yard has just announced it's working on exactly that. Read More >>

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Google Capitalises On Lack Of Echo Dots With Discounts

The Echo Dot speaker, officially Amazon's best-selling item of 2018, is out of stock. It's been out for a while, in fact, and it's not coming back until the 8th of March. Read More >>

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We Didn’t Want Cortana Smart Speakers Anyway, Says Microsoft

As smart assistants go, there are the favourites: Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and then there are the also-rans: Bixby and Cortana. Read More >>

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Alexa, Violate My Privacy

Most readers of this site are probably fairly tech savvy. We are the ones who fix our family’s minor IT troubles. We adjust the settings on the TV that went haywire after that time the cat walked over the remote. Whenever we look at our parents’ computer screen, we die a little on the inside as we take in the wealth of bloatware that has crept into the browser that we cleaned just last month. We roll our eyes and wonder how clueless someone has to be to keep on getting caught out by this nonsense. Read More >>

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CES 2019: Alexa Lives in Toilets Now

Sometimes we have to read a press release three times to check we're not making it up. Just a few short years ago, the idea of talking to your tech seemed futuristic and cool, and now here we are writing about a bog with Alexa in it. Read More >>

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CES 2019: Lenovo’s Cheap Android Tablets Double as Alexa Speakers

The tablet is lazy. At least that’s what Lenovo seems to think. The company believes tablets can be used for more than watching Netflix and playing Solitaire. So today, it’s launching two tablets (both under $300; UK pricing and availability TBA) that double as Alexa devices—complete with docks that double as Bluetooth speakers. Read More >>

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CES 2019: You Can Ask Alexa to Change Sounds on Roland’s New Keyboard While Your Hands Keep Playing

Voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa have been baked into a lot of questionable gadgets that don’t really need to be controlled through voice commands. But one device where hands-free operation makes a bit more sense is a digital piano where a user’s hands are preoccupied making music, so Roland’s adding Alexa to its new Go:Piano, letting performers change sounds and settings by just asking the virtual assistant to. Read More >>

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They’re Putting Alexa in Bikes Now

It's pretty obvious that tech companies are obsessed with voice assistants these days, and seem hell bent on stuffing them into every device that can handle them. You only need to look as far as Amazon's Alexa microwave to see what I'm getting at. But now there's a new Alexa-device in town, and it's got two wheels. Read More >>

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Mum Busts Son Using Alexa to Solve His Maths Homework

If you got an Amazon Alexa device for Christmas, you might want to keep a closer eye on the wily kids in your house. Last week, a mum in the US state of New Jersey caught her son red-handed using the virtual assistant to cheat on his maths homework. Read More >>

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Even Alexa Took Christmas Day Off

We might all take the day off on December the 25th, but we expect our smart tech to keep working. Apparently, Amazon's Alexa smart assistant took exception to our Ebenezer Scrooge attitude this year, and went on strike on Christmas Day. Read More >>

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The Amazon Alexa Eavesdropping Nightmare Came True

An Amazon user in Germany recently requested data about his personal activities and inadvertently gained access to 1,700 audio recordings of someone he didn’t know. Read More >>

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O2 and Alexa Have a Fun Festive Youth Speak Quiz

If you have one of those speakers you talk to as your main friend, here's a fun thing to do for a few minutes over Christmas -- an Alexa skill that explains common youth-slash-internet terminology and frames it as an enjoyable quiz for the the family. FML, eh, everyone? Read More >>

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Bose’s Fancy Home Speaker Might Be the Best Sounding Echo Alternative Yet

The idea seemed silly at first. Bose made an Alexa-powered wireless speaker with a little screen, a big £400 price tag and a promise “to fill any room with an astonishing stereo performance.” I’ve been using the Bose Home Speaker 500 for a little more than a month, and there are a few things I don’t like about it. But it sure does sounds great. Read More >>