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Marshall’s New Itty Bitty Smart Speaker Packs Big Sound

Marshall’s latest smart speaker is an unusually small boy. How small? The new Uxbridge Voice, which is integrated with Amazon Alexa, measures a mere 5 by 6.6 by 4.8 inches. Read More >>

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Unplug Your Smart Speakers While You’re Working From Home

Whether you just started working from home or have been for a few weeks now, it’s a good idea to turn off your smart speakers sooner rather than later; your Alexa or Google Home could be listening in on all those confidential work calls. Smart home devices not only listen to us when we don’t want them too, but we have no idea when an Amazon or Google employee is also listening to those conversations for the sake of ‘improving voice-recognition features.’ Read More >>

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You Can Now Make and Receive Mobile Phone Calls With Alexa on EE

You're not going out, you need to communicate, and the phone is charging all the way across the room. Urrrgh, that's a pain. What if there was someway you could make a mobile call without having to physically handle it? Now you can without being with Vodafone, thanks to a partnership between EE and Amazon. Read More >>

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You Can Now Quiz Alexa on the Reasons Why She Did Something and Get an Answer

You may often ask your digital assistant why the hell it did something that irked you, but you know its insolent silence is all you'll get in return. Well, not anymore. Read More >>

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The Shows On Netflix That Could Be Triggering Your Smart Speaker

As smart speakers have become a ubiquitous part of our day-to-day lives, so too has it become clear these devices may not be as private as they appear at first glance—that they may be listening in even when they shouldn’t be, that recordings may contain sensitive information that we didn’t realise was being uploaded to the cloud, and that those recordings may be accessible by human workers. Read More >>

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CES 2020: You Can Now Add Alexa to Your Shower Head for Some Fucking Reason

If there's one thing I've learned about tech shows in my short years of covering and attending them, it's that the stuff on show is quite mind-blogging. Either because of how mind-numbingly dull it is (five hundred near-identical low-brand smartphones, anyone?) or that it's so spectacularly weird nobody would ever want it. This latest announcement from Kohler is definitely the latter. Read More >>

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Alexa: Would U?

From the dawn of time to the release of Her and beyond, man has dreamed of the day they could bone a sex machine. Friends, that day is now upon us... if you’re fine with Amazon recording it. Read More >>

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Amazon Unveils Its New, Battery-Powered Echo Input for Ultimate Alexa Portability

The Echo Input Portable is making its debut in India later this month. Read More >>

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Alexa Will Pretend it Understands When You Are Sad About a Major Sporting Event

The developers in charge of Amazon's Alexa speaker thing or whatever it is are about to unleash new speaking options, with which the virtual assistant will attempt to do a better job of reacting to requests and issuing news in the right tone of voice. Perhaps it will sound apologetic when it says it can't do something unless you pay Amazon more money. Read More >>

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Amazon Quietly Reveals Plan to Put Alexa in Almost Everything

Just when you thought Alexa wasn’t integrated into enough stuff, Amazon has casually announced a new way to add the artificially intelligent voice assistant to even the cheapest, dumbest things. The new technology is capable of running Alexa with the most basic processors and less than 1MB of memory. That means you might soon mean your light switches, your toaster, and even your toothbrush might start listening to you. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Fire TV Blaster Lets You Hook Up Your Fire TV and Echo for Better Voice Control

Amazon's current range of Fire TV devices has had Alexa built in for a while, though only the Fire TV Cube will function as a proper Echo-like device with hands-free control over your TV. The other Fire TV device still require pressing a button on the Alexa Voice Remote. Well soon there will be a device that changes that, letting you connect your existing Echo devices to a Fire TV for better hands-free control over what you watch. Read More >>

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This Parody of Blade Runner Is Prepared to Hunt Down 2019’s Real Machine Menace

Okay, yeah, the replicants aren’t bad, that’s the whole point of Blade Runner. But, throwing that little subtextual wrinkle out the window, let’s consider the fact that Blade Runner is now set in the present. It’s November 2019, the same timeframe as the original film. It’s happening, out there, in the streets. And if it’s happening, maybe it’s happening like this. Read More >>

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Alexa Gets a Voice-Activated Crossword Puzzle for Her Birthday

It was Alexa's birthday this week, so if you didn't get her anything, she's probably livid. She got something for you - a new skill. Read More >>

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How to Find and Delete Everything You’ve Ever Said to Your Digital Assistants

Most of us are comfortable using digital assistants to ask about the weather, or the traffic on the way to work, or just how many years it’s been since our favourite sports team actually won anything – but what’s happening to all of our voice commands and queries? And just how many human beings are listening in to them? Here’s how to see what’s on file, and how to delete it. Read More >>

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Alexa Gets Spoopy Halloween Features You Can Try out With These Commands

It's Halloween, and even if no one you know is getting into the spooky spirit, you can at least force your voice assistant to participate. Read More >>