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Poundland Makes Alexa/Google Mobile With Cheap Virtual Assistant Power Packs

Poundland is entering the baffling world of the smart-device-virtual-assistant-mini-speaker, with the release of a series of power pack cases designed to run your favourite brand of voice-activated nonsense while away from the reach of a plug socket. Read More >>

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All the New Echo and Alexa Devices Coming to the UK

Over in Seattle, Amazon has just announced a whole string of new Alexa products that will be arriving in the future - plus a bunch of improvements to the Alexa assistant itself. The thing is, as is always the case with these things, a lot of those products are only coming to the US. Which ones will we be able to buy for ourselves here in the UK? Read More >>

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Amazon’s Echo Wall Clock is Now Available in the UK

When you think about devices that need Alexa integration, the word "clock" probably doesn't come to mind. Especially since Alexa can do everything a clock does with a simple voice command. But the Echo Wall Clock is a thing, and Amazon has now gone and released it in the UK with a £30 pricetag. Read More >>

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Amazon Adds Option to Keep Contractors From Eavesdropping on Your Alexa Requests

Alexa users who don’t want their recordings reviewed by third-party contractors finally have an option to opt-out thanks to a new Amazon policy implemented amid mounting criticism against the company and its voice assistant competitors, Apple and Google. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Human Helpers Are Quietly Listening in on Some Alexa Recordings

There’s been a number of incidents where Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant has done things like misinterpret something it overheard and started sending random people recordings of private conversations, or audio files kept by the company wound up in the wrong hands. But a real-life stranger could potentially be listening to anything you tell Alexa by design, per a report in Bloomberg on Wednesday. Read More >>

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Apple Music is Now Available on Amazon Echos in the UK

If you prefer Apple's music streaming service to Spotify, or whoever else is out there, you're a bit stuck when it comes to smart speakers. The HomePod is a pricey bastard, after all, even with the new £40 price cut. But thankfully times have changed, and Apple Music has arrived on the Amazon Echo for people in the UK. 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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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 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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Report: Almost Nobody Is Using Amazon’s Alexa to Actually Buy Stuff

Amazon may have sold millions of Echoes and other devices equipped with its voice-controlled Alexa smart assistant partially in the hopes that it could nudge users into letting an upbeat voice convince them to buy more crap. But it doesn’t appear to be working, according to a report in the Information on Monday. Read More >>

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Amazon Music Now Includes ‘Alexa Cast’

If you have an Amazon Echo and use Amazon Music, you'll know full well that you can play all your music using your smart speaker. But you still have to use voice commands to sort through everything, which can be a pain. That's presumably why Amazon has just launched Alexa Cast to let you do the controlling from your phone. 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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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 >>

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“Alexa, Tell Everyone What New Features You Have for the World Cup”

Tomorrow is the day the World Cup kicks off in Russia, starting a month that's either going to be a blast with non-stop football action, or the most insufferable month of the past four years. I'm in the latter camp by the way, and while I'd rather ignore the World Cup in it's entirety I'm not allowed to. Because I need to bring you the news that Amazon has updated Alexa with new commands and features that will help you keep on top of everything happening in Russia. Read More >>