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Topic: Echo

Review: Polk Command Bar is basically the Amazon Echo soundbar

11/22/2019, 09:11 am

Polk's Command Bar is the embodiment of Amazon Alexa in front of your TV. With useful features such as a compartment for a Fire TV stick paired with good sound, the Command Bar is a solid option for Alexa users.

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Editorial: Apple isn't revamping its HomeKit team, but maybe it should

10/28/2019, 11:10 am

Bloomberg believes that Apple is hiring people to overhaul how the company's HomeKit devices work with third-party products. The report is based on disprovable information, yet it is true that Apple both should and could do much more with the technology.

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Editorial: Amidst cries for a cheaper HomePod, Amazon now has a higher-end Echo

09/26/2019, 01:09 pm

To compete with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, critics have insisted that Apple would need its own drastically cheaper HomePod. But instead of Apple moving down into the loss leader territory of $30 Echo Dots and Google Home minis, Amazon has unveiled its much more expensive Echo Studio, with a $200 price tag equivalent to a half dozen Echo Dots.

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Amazon wearables launch with Echo Frames smart glasses, Echo Loop ring

09/25/2019, 02:09 pm

Alongside a host of other announcements, Amazon has debuted wearables with glassed called Echo Frames and a ring named the Echo Loop, all aimed at integrating Alexa further into people's lives.

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Amazon takes on AirPods with Alexa-powered Echo Buds

09/25/2019, 02:09 pm

Amazon has revealed the Echo Buds, the retailer's attempt to capitalize on the wireless earphone trend led by Apple's AirPods, with its version including Alexa as well as Bose-developed active noise cancellation.

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Amazon's Echo range updates take the smart speaker fight to HomePod

09/25/2019, 01:09 pm

Amazon has used its special event to launch new Alexa-powered devices in the Echo range, including the Echo Studio speaker, a refreshed Echo, and the Echo Dot with Clock.

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Amazon's AirPods competitor may include fitness-tracking features

09/23/2019, 03:09 pm

Amazon's rival to Apple's AirPods will include fitness-tracking capabilities, a report claims, with the online retail giant's audio accessories set to be accompanied by a new audio-focused Echo that includes a woofer for better sound quality.

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Amazon, Google follow Apple's lead on voice assistant review policies

08/02/2019, 10:08 pm

Following Apple's decision to temporarily halt Siri grading as it evaluates the program's privacy safeguards, Amazon and Google this week followed suit and updated their respective policies on human reviews of recorded voice assistant audio.

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Early access Prime Day deals are live now: save up to 64% on Amazon devices

07/14/2019, 03:07 pm

Prime Day 2019 kicks off at midnight Pacific on July 15, but deals are already in full swing this afternoon. Save up to 64% on Fire TV Sticks, Echo devices, Toshiba Fire TVs, Ring doorbells and much more with these Early Access offers.

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Amazon at work on new Echo to tackle HomePod, other high-end smartspeakers

07/12/2019, 08:07 am

Amazon is reportedly preparing a higher-end Echo to compete with the audio quality of smartspeakers like the Apple HomePod, Sonos One, and Google Home Max.

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Review: Amazon's Echo Show 5 is a quality bedside companion

07/08/2019, 02:07 pm

Despite some interface issues, Amazon's Echo Show 5 is one of the best smart displays under $100, whether or not you're hooked into the Alexa ecosystem.

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Hands on: Amazon's compact Echo Show 5 smart display

06/30/2019, 11:06 am

Not to be outdone, Amazon recently launched its answer to the Lenovo Smart Clock, the Echo Show 5 -- coming in much cheaper than other Alexa-equipped smart displays.

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Apple Music support for Echo & Fire TV in Canada arriving soon, suggests Amazon app

05/30/2019, 10:05 am

Apple Music may soon arrive on Amazon's Echo smart speaker range and Fire devices in the near future, after a store listing for the just-launched Echo Show 5 suggested it supported Apple's streaming service ahead of an official announcement from the retailer.

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Amazon shrinks Echo Show with new $90 5.5-inch model

05/29/2019, 11:05 am

Amazon has revealed a new model in its Echo product lineup, with the Echo Show 5 being a compact version of the original screen-based assistive device, this time equipped with a 5.5-inch display and a low price tag of $90.

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Apple's deal to sell on Amazon directly is crushing small resellers by design

05/21/2019, 10:05 am

Apple's deal to get an official presence on Amazon has resulted in not just Apple being forced to share data on sales with Amazon, but also many smaller resellers either going out of business or struggling with alternative platforms like eBay, Etsy, and Walmart.

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New global smartspeaker data shows Apple's HomePod remains a bit player

05/20/2019, 09:05 am

Apple and the HomePod remain a marginal factor in the global smartspeaker market, not even in the top five brands, according to new research estimates.

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How to delete all the audio recordings that Amazon Echo's Alexa has been making of you

05/17/2019, 09:05 am

Every time you call out 'Alexa' -- or your Echo thinks you have -- you get recorded and those audio snippets are kept. Here's how to delete them and why Amazon says you shouldn't.

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Alexa voice recognition audit teams had access to customers' location data

04/24/2019, 01:04 pm

More allegations about how owners of the Amazon Echo smart speaker range are having their privacy infringed by the retailer have surfaced, with the latest claim involving an internal team of Alexa auditors having access to customer data that can reveal their home address.

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Amazon offers ad-supported music service to Echo owners at no charge

04/18/2019, 03:04 pm

Amazon is attempting to attract customers in the United States yet to sign up for Amazon Prime or Amazon Music Unlimited to use its music streaming service instead of using Apple Music or Spotify, by providing access to a selection of tracks on its Echo range or other Alexa-enabled devices.

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Amazon in talks to launch free music streaming service for Echo devices, report says

04/15/2019, 07:04 pm

In a bid to better compete against market competitors Spotify and Apple Music, Amazon is reportedly in negotiations to launch a free, ad-supported music streaming service that will accompany the retail giant's Prime Music and Music Unlimited products.

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