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Are You Ready For an Alexa Robot to Follow You Around?

Just in case you wanted a robot butler to follow you around the house, Amazon is reportedly working on an Alexa bot with wheels that can be summoned via voice commands. Read More >>

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Alexa-Enabled Devices Get Fancy New Call Features Thanks to Vodafone and Amazon

If you have an Amazon Echo device you can now use it to make phone calls at those times you just can't be arsed to find your phone or use your hands to pick it up. Read More >>

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Amazon Attempts to Improve Alexa Privacy, Hilariously Fails

There’s a new Echo in town. The Echo Show 5 is a smart display with a 5.5-inch screen scheduled for a 26 June release, and it’s the first Echo device with a physical shutter to cover the onboard camera. With this release, Amazon is making some changes to how all Echos treat Alexa privacy settings. Users will now have the ability to tell Alexa to delete the current day’s recordings. Which sounds good at face value, but the proposition is more complicated than that. Read More >>

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Amazon Is Getting Closer to Building a Wearable That Knows When You’re Depressed

It looks like Amazon is working on a new Alexa-powered gadget that can listen to you and decide how you feel, and make recommendations based on your human emotions. Citing internal documents and an unnamed source, Bloomberg reports that the company has designed a device that you wear like a wristwatch and beta testing is apparently underway. “Eventually the technology could be able to advise the wearer how to interact more effectively with others,” reads the report. Read More >>

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Amazon is Discounting 4 Echo Devices for a Week

Amazon is running some discounts on the Echo line of devices in the UK, starting today and running until 9am on Wednesday the 13th of March. Read More >>

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Google Capitalises On Lack Of Echo Dots With Discounts

The Echo Dot speaker, officially Amazon's best-selling item of 2018, is out of stock. It's been out for a while, in fact, and it's not coming back until the 8th of March. Read More >>

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This Code Gets You 25 Per Cent Off Amazon Device Accessories

After the discount bonanza that is the Black Friday > Cyber Monday > Christmas > Boxing Day sales run, the latter half of January can be a bit quiet on the savings stakes. Read More >>

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Mum Busts Son Using Alexa to Solve His Maths Homework

If you got an Amazon Alexa device for Christmas, you might want to keep a closer eye on the wily kids in your house. Last week, a mum in the US state of New Jersey caught her son red-handed using the virtual assistant to cheat on his maths homework. Read More >>

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You Should Return the Amazon Echo You Bought and Get a Better Gift

So you bought a loved one an Amazon Echo. Maybe it was on sale, or maybe it was on someone’s list. But inevitably, an Echo is a bad gift. It’s also a lazy gift. But don’t worry. It’s not too late to return it and get a better gift. Read More >>

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Bose’s Fancy Home Speaker Might Be the Best Sounding Echo Alternative Yet

The idea seemed silly at first. Bose made an Alexa-powered wireless speaker with a little screen, a big £400 price tag and a promise “to fill any room with an astonishing stereo performance.” I’ve been using the Bose Home Speaker 500 for a little more than a month, and there are a few things I don’t like about it. But it sure does sounds great. Read More >>

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Oh Hey, Now There’s One More Reason You Don’t Need to Spend a Bundle on a HomePod

In case you needed another reason not to buy a HomePod, Amazon just announced that support for Apple Music is coming to Echo devices starting the week of 17th December. Read More >>

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Sorry Cortana, Microsoft Is Now Selling Alexa Devices

Microsoft’s Cortana assistant is reportedly becoming more of an assistance aide than a standalone service, being moved from Microsoft’s AI + Research department to its Experiences & Devices Team and working with Amazon to pair it with the latter company’s Alexa technology. Now, per Engadget, Microsoft seems to be encouraging customers to just buy Alexa-powered tech like the recently released Echo Dot and regular Echo and use Cortana through it. Read More >>

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Amazon Ordered to Hand Over Possible Echo Recordings Related to Double Homicide

A judge has ordered Amazon to turn over any data it has pertaining to a New Hampshire double homicide that happened in January of 2017, saying the court has probable cause to believe an Echo may have created recordings that could be useful to the case. But Amazon doesn’t seem eager to fork over audio it may have on its servers if Alexa was indeed eavesdropping at the time of the incident. Read More >>

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You Can Finally Create Alexa Skills Without Code In The UK

Just seven entire months after it launched in the US, Amazon has deigned to bring its Alexa Skill Blueprints service to voice assistant enthusiasts here on Brexit Island. 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 >>