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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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The Surprising Best Feature of Google Home

Despite the fact that there are now somewhere around 120 million smart speakers lurking in kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms around the United States, most people do not need Google’s Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa in their lives. In fact, I thought I’d never own one of these devices, out of principle. Why, after all, would anyone willingly install a corporate surveillance device with minimal features in their most intimate spaces? I don’t know, but somehow my house now has three of them. And I have to admit, I'm kind of into it—but not for the reasons I could have anticipated. Read More >>

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The Google Home Max is Half Price for a Very Short Time

If you've been hankering after a Google Home Max with its booming sound capabilities and self-adjusting acoustics, today is your lucky day: it's been temporarily slashed from £399 to £199 on the Google Store. Read More >>

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The NHS Will Use Alexa To Find At-Risk Patients

We've already heard that smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo might soon be able to call 999 for you (but in the meantime, please don't rely on Alexa to contact the authorities), and now it seems they'll perform another vital role in the UK. 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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We Didn’t Want Cortana Smart Speakers Anyway, Says Microsoft

As smart assistants go, there are the favourites: Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and then there are the also-rans: Bixby and Cortana. 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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For £400, Bose’s First Smart Speaker Better Sound Amazing

While smart speakers aren’t exactly new, the battle for AI-powered audio supremacy is just heating up, and in the past year we’ve seen a number of high-end AI-speaker systems hit the market including the Sonos One, the Apple HomePod and the Google Home Max. However, even with all these new entries, there was still a noticeable absence left by one of the biggest names in home audio: Bose. Read More >>

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Yep, the Bixby Speaker Just Got Announced. Does Anyone Care?

As has been rumoured ever since Samsung originally launched Bixby, the company just confirmed that a Bixby-powered smart speaker is on the way. Meet the Galaxy Home, a speaker powered by an AI that even Samsung had trouble hyping to the Galaxy Unpacked crowd. Oh, fucking joy. Read More >>

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Google Just Turned a Huge Corner in the Smart Speaker Game

When Amazon launched the Echo back in late 2014, it kicked off one of the biggest trends in tech. Almost overnight, it seemed like every company wanted to get in on that sweet smart speaker action. However, largely because Amazon was first to market, the Echo has consistently been the top-selling smart speaker for the last three and a half years. Read More >>

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UK Smart Speaker Ownership Doubled in the Past Six Months, Says Poll

In case all those sales on Echo Dots and Google Home Mini's didn't make this a given, it turns out that the number of people who own smart speakers here in the UK has doubled over the past sis months. Or so says a new poll from YouGov. Read More >>