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How to Use Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant From a Computer

Digital assistant apps of all kinds are on the rise, but you don’t necessarily need to invest in a smart speaker to start chatting to one: with a little know-how you can get Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant up and running on your computer. Here’s what you need to do. Read More >>

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One Step Closer To The Robot Apocalypse

We all know Google Home and the Amazon Echo. Both are voice-activated speakers that can handle a bit of your life admin, giving you a calendar update or keeping track of your shopping list. But now they can talk to each other — and they get along — so I'm not sure how long it'll take until they realise that they should just team up and kill all humans. Read More >>

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Did Amazon Rip Off the Echo Show From a Startup It Invested in?

A couple hours after Amazon announced the new Echo Show, a touchscreen communication device powered by the company’s AI voice assistant Alexa, I got an email from a PR firm representing a company called Nucleus. The subject was salacious: “Amazon is out for blood - the Echo Show is proof.” I almost never reply to these emails, but the story this one told intrigued me. Read More >>

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I Hope to God Amazon’s New Echo Isn’t This Ugly

We had high hopes for the long-rumoured Amazon Echo with a touchscreen, but this week, those hopes were absolutely shattered. 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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How to Lock Down Your Privacy on the Amazon Echo and Google Home

The smart speakers are coming! Wandering into our living rooms, listening for our voice commands, pulling random bits of trivia from the web, spitting out weather forecasts, and controlling a growing number of home appliances. But they’re always listening and currently there isn’t an easy to way to know when they aren’t (apart from hitting a mute button). So how do you stop TV ads, young kids and dumb roommates from controlling your speakers and revealing your most intimate secrets? Read More >>

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Google Home and Google WiFi Go On Sale Today

If you've been eagerly awaiting the UK launch of Google Home – and fancypants mesh router Google WiFi – in the UK, today is the day you can finally get your hands on one. Read More >>

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Google Home Undercuts Amazon Echo With £129 Price Tag

Google's equivalent of the Amazon Echo, Google Home, is officially coming to the UK on the 6th of April – and it's £20 cheaper. Read More >>

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Google Home is Finally Coming to the UK

Some brilliant news for nerds this cloudy Tuesday morning: Google's rival to Amazon Echo is finally making its way across the pond, and we don't have long to wait. Read More >>

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The Amazon Echo Now Has 10,000 Mostly Useless ‘Skills’

Amazon proudly announced today it’s adding its 10,000th skill to the Echo, the company’s artificially intelligent speaker. About a year ago, I wrote a love letter to my Echo praising it as the ultimate gadget for the lazy. The prospect of greatness seemed so obvious. The speaker was quickly getting smarter, and soon I’d be able to control most of my home from it, right? Read More >>

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How to Make Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa Do Whatever You Want

Our peaceful homes are being invaded by talking Bluetooth speakers and there’s nothing you can do about it—so you might as well enlist the help of these AI-powered hubs and get them to do your bidding. Here’s how to set up your own custom voice commands on Google Home or the Amazon Echo. Read More >>

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It’s The Season Finale Of The Grand Tour – Here’s A Free Way To Keep The Boys In Your Life

The season finale of The Grand Tour is now streaming, meaning series 1 has come to an end and we're once again without new episodes of car-based camaraderie. But there's a free way you can keep the GT boys in your life for a little longer - if you have an Amazon Alexa device. Read More >>

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Alexa Won’t Tell You A Trump Joke Anymore

Since what we need in these dark times is apparently less humour, Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant has stopped telling jokes about Donald Trump. Read More >>

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You Can Get a Weed Leaf Decal for Literally Any Gadget, So I Did

I love my Amazon Echo. She is the perfect Bluetooth speaker, kitchen timer, and personal shopper—for better or worse—but also a friend, keeping me company on those brutally cold and lonely nights. So when I learned that MightySkins—a company that makes decals for literally every gadget under the sun, from hoverboards to drones to seven-year-old iPhones to electric unicycles to a wide variety of vapes—I had to elevate my precious Echo from boring black tube to party monster. Read More >>