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KidKraft Playset Connects With Alexa for Baby’s First Self-Surveillance

Amazon’s privacy woes are no secret. There are a million and one reasons that privacy-minded consumers should be wary of Amazon’s smart gadgets and those of its subsidiaries. If a parent knows to think twice before buying a veritable Amazon surveillance device for themselves, why the hell would they buy one for their kid? Read More >>

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Don’t Forget, You Can Still Grab a Discount on Echos and Other Amazon Devices

One of the things you can always expect to be discounted rather heavily, sales season or not, is Amazon's own range of devices. You know: Echos, Fire Tablets, and all the other stuff it wants you to buy to get Amazon and Alexa into your home. So if you need a last-minute Christmas gift, and one that's less than the normal price at that, they're always an option. Read More >>

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Amazon and Google Gadgets Top Mozilla’s 2019 Privacy Shit List

Mozilla’s privacy report on gadgets has returned just ahead of Christmas to remind us that many high-demand devices and smart-tech gizmos are far, far creepier than they let on. And wouldn’t you know it, many of Amazon’s products failed basic privacy and security tests. Read More >>

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How Much of a Discount Will Amazon’s Fire TV and Echo Devices Get for Black Friday?

With Black Friday coming up, saving money is going to be on a lot of people's minds. And with Amazon going big on Black Friday again, as it always does, plenty of us will be wondering what sort of discounts we can expect to see on the Amazon-made devices. The Echos, Fire TVs, Kindles, and all the other things the company makes these days. Read More >>

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Police Ask Alexa Whodunit in Suspicious Death Case

Alexa may be the key to solving an already somewhat bizarre Florida case where a woman was killed by a footlong spear to the chest. Police have secured a search warrant for recordings from an Amazon Echo and Echo Dot in the home, which they believe may have witnessed the possible murder, according to the Sun Sentinel. Read More >>

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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 >>