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All That New Alexa Stuff Goes on Sale in the UK Today

It feels like no time at all since Giz UK was living it up in Seattle trying out all the new Alexa devices, but already it's launch day. Read More >>

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Hands On With Amazon’s New Alexa Devices Coming to the UK

We schlepped over to sunny Seattle for Amazon's big Alexa launch, and we know you're dying to know whether the new Echo products are any good. They're not all coming to the UK (at least not initially), but we got our hands on all the ones that are. Here are our first impressions. Read More >>

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Alexa is Down in the UK, so Please Try Not to Panic and Definitely Don’t Call the Police

For those of you who are not at work at the moment, and are at home to talk to your Amazon-issued eavesdropping device smart speaker, please try not to freak out at what I'm about to tell you. Alexa services are down across the UK and parts of Europe, so now you can't ask the virtual person living inside your home whether or not they can order you a taxi. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Alexa Microwave Is as Dumb as It Is Brilliant

A voice-activated microwave is a terrible idea and a pointless frivolity, a device which solves a problem almost no one had. Why trust your lying eyes? Amazon’s Basics microwave (with Alexa!) is no such bauble, and as silly a creation as it may appear, it’s the company’s cutthroat business as usual. Read More >>

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New Alexa Devices: All the Best Bits from Amazon’s Launch Event

As we mentioned earlier, Amazon held a launch event at its extraterrestrial-looking The Spheres venue in Seattle today, where it unveiled a host of new devices that include Alexa-powered sound equipment, smart home gadgets and even a microwave. Read More >>

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Amazon is Launching a Whole Set of New Alexa Devices Today

If you didn't think there were already too many smart assistant devices on the market, you're in luck: Amazon is launching a whole new range of Echo hardware in Seattle today. Read More >>

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Amazon is Planning on Releasing Eight New Alexa-Enabled Devices This Year

Amazon is planning on releasing at least eight new Alexa-powered devices before the end of the year, according to CNBC, including everything from some type of “in-car gadget” and audio equipment to, uh, a microwave oven. Read More >>

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For £400, Bose’s First Smart Speaker Better Sound Amazing

While smart speakers aren’t exactly new, the battle for AI-powered audio supremacy is just heating up, and in the past year we’ve seen a number of high-end AI-speaker systems hit the market including the Sonos One, the Apple HomePod and the Google Home Max. However, even with all these new entries, there was still a noticeable absence left by one of the biggest names in home audio: Bose. Read More >>

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A Year Later Cortana and Alexa Are FINALLY Working Together

It only took a year, but Cortana is finally coming to Alexa speakers, and vice versa. Read More >>

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Alexa Will Soon Remember How Stupid It Is

Amazon enthusiasts have spotted a new feature being tested in the wild that lets the interactive speaker thing get back to you at a later date, should it currently not know the answer to one of your spoken queries. Read More >>

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Now Every Alexa Device Should Know Which One You’re Yelling At

Keeping multiple voice assistants in your home can lead to the occasional misfire, causing a far-flung device in the bedroom to react while you’re attempting to extract the weather forecast from the one in your living room. Amazon addressed this quirk with its own Echo devices in 2016, and now it’s bringing that improved listening functionality to all third-party devices. Every Alexa-enabled gadget should finally be on the same page when you ask a question in your assistant-laden home of the future. Read More >>

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Someone Developed an App That Lets You Speak to an Amazon Echo Using Sign Language

Lots of people like these new smart speakers tech companies have been basically giving away, but they're not the most inclusive devices in the world. For one they rely on voice and sound to operate, which isn't great for people who are deaf, mute, or both, so some things have been done to try and fix that. That includes one intrepid developer figuring out how to communicate with an Amazon Echo using sign language gestures. Read More >>

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Alexa, Is My House on Fire?

Many devices are now pulling double-duty these days. Game consoles are entertainment streaming devices. Smartwatches tell you the time while also telling you which of your coworkers is demanding your attention. Lightbulbs are burglar deterrents, at least when they’re not setting the mood. So Onelink’s Safe and Sound, a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm with an integrated speaker and voice assistant, isn’t exactly a far-fetched concept. It is, however, indicative of a future where connected devices aren’t just for nerds. You might not need a voice assistant, smartwatch, or a ceiling-mounted speaker, but everyone needs a smoke alarm. Whether you need a £192 smoke alarm is another. Read More >>

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Alexa is a Pretty Crappy TV Remote, for Now

Plenty of companies want to build the centrepiece for tomorrow’s smart home. Amazon has a head start, too. Tens of millions of Americans now own Echo devices, and Alexa now has tens of thousands of skills. Adding a voice assistant to any TV, I’ve always thought, could be a game changer. And now, Amazon’s Fire TV Cube does just that. Is it a game changer? Not yet. Read More >>

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Amazon is Making Special Echos for the Hotel Industry

When it comes to adding new technology, hotel chains seem quite eager to bring in new stuff to try and make things more comfortable for their guests. Whether it's basic things like Wi-Fi, more extravagant plans to ditch room keys, or even much fancier things like gaming suites or smartphones in your room. In the future you might even be able to talk to an Amazon Echo instead of a real person. Read More >>