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Amazon Launches Alexa Blueprints, So You Can Create Custom Skills Without Learning to Code

Amazon has always been quite open about letting third party developers create skills for its Alexa virtual assistant, but now it's just made it even easier to build something for yourself. Alexa Blueprints will let anyone develop skills for Alexa, and they don't even need to learn how to code first. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Rolling Out Intercom-Style Alexa Announcements in the UK From Today

Earlier this month Amazon launched a feature in the US called Alexa Announcements, which let Echo users send one-way intercom-style messages from one Echo device to another. Now it's announced that feature willing be rolling out that feature to UK customers from today. Read More >>

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UK Smart Speaker Ownership Doubled in the Past Six Months, Says Poll

In case all those sales on Echo Dots and Google Home Mini's didn't make this a given, it turns out that the number of people who own smart speakers here in the UK has doubled over the past sis months. Or so says a new poll from YouGov. Read More >>

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You and 99,999,999 Other People are Amazon Prime Subscribers

Amazon CEO and Lex Luthor lookalike Jeff Bezos announced Wednesday in a letter to shareholders that more than 100 million people around the world are subscribers to Amazon Prime, providing them the privilege of getting all the shit they buy delivered in just two days. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Making Alexa Hands-Free on the Cheaper Fire Tablets*

The whole point of virtual assistants is that they're supposedly easier to use and less of a hassle than doing things yourself, which is why they're controlled by voice commands. Amazon's cheapest Fire tablets also include Alexa, but until now you had to hold down the home button to make her pay attention. Read More >>

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Amazon is Adding Alexa Calling to Android, iOS, and FireOS Tablets

Last year Amazon added the Alexa calling feature to Echo devices, essentially turning your smart speaker into a phone. That meant you could use your Echo to call other Echos without having to pay anything. Echos in North America could even call mobile and landline numbers, as if it were an actual proper phone.  Today Amazon is expanding the functionality to new devices, bringing Alexa calling to tablets running Android, iOS, and Amazon's own FireOS. Read More >>

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Amazon Just Made it Easier to Bark Follow-Up Commands at Alexa

If you have an Amazon Echo, or any virtual assistant for that matter, it can be a bit of a pain to keep summoning the miniature AI with the wake-up command. If you need a lot doing, you can end up saying "Alexa" so many times that it starts to sound like a fake word or that you're going slightly mad talking to someone who isn't actually real. Read More >>

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You Can Soon Own a HAL 9000 Replica That Uses Amazon Alexa to Control Your Home, Dave

As I vaguely recall, 2001: A Space Odyssey might have been trying to tell us something about the dangers of artificial intelligence. But I haven’t seen the movie in years, and instead of morals, all I can remember is how cool HAL9000 seemed, so I’m already fantasising about making room on my wall for this replica of the lip-reading computer that includes a real AI of its own. Read More >>

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Amazon Says it Knows Why Alexa Has Been Laughing for No Good Reason

As many people were terrified to find out, Amazon's Alexa can laugh and she's been laughing for no good reason. While Amazon has already said it's working on a fix for the problem, it's revealed exactly what's causing the virtual assistant to fire out that creepy laugh. Read More >>

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Amazon Wants to Bring Real Time Translation to Alexa

For years people have dreamed about creating the real-world Babel Fish, that lovely creature imagined by Douglas Adams as being able to automatically translate all languages in real time. The tech companies have been on it recently, particularly where earbuds are concerned, and now Amazon seems to want that feature built into Alexa. Read More >>

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Alexa Can Now Control Amazon Fire TV

Exciting news for lazy TV viewers. Amazon has today announced that it will be updating Amazon’s Fire TV platform - which includes Fire TV Stick - to add support for… umm… Amazon’s own Alexa voice controls. Read More >>

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MWC 2018: Alexa and Cortana Will Duke It Out in the Update to the Best Laptop Under £1,200

Alexa already dominates a tonne of living rooms and kitchens thanks to Amazon’s huge line of Echo smart speakers. But there’s still one major category of devices Alexa has yet to conquer: PCs. However, at CES 2018, Amazon announced that Alexa would be making its way onto computers too. That brings us to now, at MWC 2018, where Lenovo is showing off its line of new Yoga 730 2-in-1s, which are going to be one of the first systems sporting Alexa’s new PC integration. Read More >>

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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 which smart speaker is the best smart speaker. So we tested them to find out. Read More >>