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Topic: Alexa

Facebook Portal sets up video chat hardware fight with Amazon, Google

10/08/2018, 09:10 am

Facebook has launched its own smart device in the form of the Portal -- a pair of smart assistants specifically designed for connectivity through the social media venue.

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Amazon debuts Fire TV Recast OTA DVR, Smart Plug, and other new smart home products

09/20/2018, 03:09 pm

Along with its new Echo devices, Amazon on Thursday new smart home products, including an Amazon-branded Smart Plug, an Alexa-capable microwave, and more.

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Nanoleaf's HomeKit-compatible Canvas panels coming Dec. 1

08/31/2018, 03:08 pm

Nanoleaf's next foray into smart lighting, the Canvas panels, will finally ship on Dec. 1, the company's CEO revealed on Friday.

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Lenovo dives into smarthome gear with new HomeKit-ready accessories, Lenovo Link for iOS

08/31/2018, 09:08 am

Following up on the launch of the Smart Display, Lenovo has announced its first trio of Smart Home Essentials accessories, as well as a remote control app for iOS and Android, Lenovo Link.

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Sonos AirPlay 2-compatible Amp brings wireless audio to existing speakers

08/29/2018, 12:08 pm

Sonos on Wednesday announced the Amp, a peripheral bringing the company's signature wireless audio to conventional wired speakers.

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AirPlay 2 coming next year to new Bose Home Speaker & Soundbar models

08/28/2018, 11:08 am

Bose on Tuesday announced a trio of smartspeakers with Amazon's Alexa assistant, promising that support for Apple's AirPlay 2 is coming in "early 2019."

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Digital assistant test shows Apple's Siri is improving, lags behind Google Assistant

07/25/2018, 10:07 am

Apple's digital assistant Siri continues to lag behind the Google Assistant, a group test reports, one which also reveals improvements in properly understanding queries and providing correct responses has generally improved across all digital assistants.

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Apple's Siri director to speak at AI Frontiers conference in November

07/03/2018, 11:07 pm

Apple senior director of Siri, Alex Acero, is scheduled to appear at this year's AI Frontiers conference, where he will be joined by other experts in the field to discuss the role natural language processing plays in modern personal assistant technology.

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Amazon's Alexa app for iOS gains voice control

06/26/2018, 09:06 pm

Some five months after Android users gained the ability to control Amazon's Alexa voice assistant through a dedicated app, the e-commerce giant is bringing identical functionality to iOS, turning an iPhone or iPad into a handy Echo stand-in.

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How to pick which wireless speaker is best for you

06/22/2018, 03:06 pm

As with any other gadget, the term "wireless speaker" is loaded with sometimes confusing categories. AppleInsider breaks them down and talks about how to pick what features you need, and which speaker you may want.

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Review: HomeKit compatible First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound smoke detector more than it appears

06/10/2018, 03:06 pm

By acting as a pair of safety sensors, a speaker, a HomeKit device, an Alexa smart assistant, and soon an AirPlay 2 speaker, First Alert's Onelink Safe & Sound wants to be a welcome addition to any home. AppleInsider checks it out.

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Amazon's Fire TV Cube aimed squarely at Apple TV 4K

06/07/2018, 12:06 pm

Amazon on Thursday revealed the Fire TV Cube, its latest media streamer, poised to intensify competition with the Apple TV 4K.

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Editorial: More companies need to temper their Artificial Intelligence with authentic ethics

05/25/2018, 08:05 am

When Apple outlined that its new HomePod didn't initiate phone calls on its own, nobody jumped to the conclusion that this was because having a device in your home that anyone's voice could use to place a telephone call from your personal mobile number might be a bad idea. Instead, the company was generally lambasted for "again" failing to match one of the many features of Amazon's Alexa Echo always-listening appliances.

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Sonos likely to reveal Alexa-enabled home theater speaker at June 6 event

05/03/2018, 01:05 pm

Connected speaker maker Sonos on Thursday invited the press to a June 6 event in San Francisco, where the company will almost certainly reveal a new home theater product with support for Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.

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Review: Ecobee4 Thermostat a strong choice for Apple HomeKit & Amazon Alexa users

04/30/2018, 11:04 am

The ecobee4 is easily one of the best smart thermostats you can buy, the only questions being compatibility with your house and whether you can justify its hefty price tag.

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Amazon unveils $79 Echo Dot Kids Edition, shipments start in May

04/25/2018, 10:04 am

Amazon seeks to widen its smart speaker lead with a new product intended for children's use, that comes pre-packed with parental controls, and access to some of Amazon's subscription services included in the purchase price.

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Hands-on: Ecobee4 Thermostat with Apple HomeKit & Amazon Alexa

04/19/2018, 11:04 am

The Ecobee4 is one of the most flexible smart thermostats available. Not only does it support Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa, it is also an Alexa speaker, supporting most of the same voice commands as an Echo, and AppleInsider has one installed.

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Lennar now integrating Amazon Alexa surveillance into new home construction

04/17/2018, 05:04 am

Major U.S. home builder Lennar, along with other regional home builders, has partnered with Amazon to install multiple Echo microphones into new housing together with Alexa-controlled light switches, thermostats and even door locks that grant access to Amazon delivery workers--creating a wider threat of Facebook-style corporate surveillance and invasions of privacy.

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April Fools: get ready for the worst jokes in the tech industry

04/01/2018, 09:04 am

Every year, several companies--most notoriously Google--float various unfunny, excessively long dad jokes on April Fools Day. But rather than waste your time detailing these latest flat attempts at humor in tech, why not take a moment on April 1 to take a look at the really foolish stuff the tech media serves up virtually every day?

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Flash Deal: 20 percent or more off Amazon Alexa devices today only

03/22/2018, 04:03 pm

Amazon is taking 20 percent or more off select Alexa-enabled devices today only in honor of its top-ranking spot in Harris Poll's corporate reputation survey.

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