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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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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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Oh Please Let the Pop Up Camera Become a Trend

HP announced a refreshed line of both consumer and professional devices, including some appealing all-in-one computers that add some pretty novel features and make an attempt to counter the permanence that plagues all-in-one devices (and the lack of competing voice assistants in PCs). The coolest part? A slick hidden camera that, frankly, needs to be in everything. Read More >>

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Amazon Reportedly Building Healthcare Team for Alexa So You Can Ask If That Cut Looks Infected

Alexa, a voice assistant that is pretty okay at setting alarms most of the time, may soon be equally mediocre at providing medical advice. Amazon is reportedly building out a team dedicated to expanding Alexa’s health and wellness capabilities. Read More >>

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Security Researchers Created a ‘Skill’ that Allows Alexa to Spy on You

In news that will confirm your worst fears about a device with an always-on microphone in your home, security researchers have created a “skill” for Amazon’s popular voice assistant Alexa that allows the device to indefinitely eavesdrop on your conversations. Read More >>

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How to Use Google Home or Amazon Echo to Control What’s on Your TV

Your smart speaker is getting smarter—and part of that involves taking over what’s on the big TV screen sat in the corner of your living room. You can buy Google Homes and Amazon Echos with screens built-in, but here’s how to use them with a separate display, whether you want to watch movies or see the weather forecast. 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 >>

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Alexa, Burn My House Down

If you thought Echos were only good for invading your privacy and enticing hackers, then boy do I have some news for you. Amazon just introduced a new addition to the Smart Home Skill API for Alexa: cooking. Your voice-controlled assistant could potentially be burning down your house in no time! Read More >>

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One Of Amazon Alexa’s Top 5 Skills Isn’t For Humans

When Amazon's Alexa voice assistant first came out, we were all sold on the description of 'Skills' (like apps) as an exciting, open way to make Alexa work with just about anything. We could summon an Uber, we could get our favourite takeaway, we could play games – all by voice. Read More >>

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Alexa Recites The Jedi Code For Star Wars Day

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant is celebrating Star Wars Day tomorrow with some appropriately themed content and Easter eggs. Read More >>

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Alexa Can Now Say ‘Blimey’

Developers making skills for Amazon's Alexa voice assistant can now make it excessively British, with 'speechcons' (pre-programmed words and phrases) including "simples," "bob's your uncle," "whoops a daisy," "tally ho," "oh my giddy aunt," "good grief" and a load more. Read More >>

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Alexa Can Now Save Lives

A lot of the available 'skills', or mini-apps for Amazon's Alexa are pretty pointless. There's one that makes fart noises, one that finds out how much Dogecoin is currently worth, that kind of thing. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Alexa-Powered Fire TV Stick Starts Shipping Today

If you've had your eye on the new Alexa-infused Amazon Fire TV Stick since it was announced back in February, the wait is over: it starts shipping today. Read More >>

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Alexa Will Give You An April Fool From Today

The April Fools' Day deluge has already begun, and Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa is joining in with some mild japes of her own. Read More >>