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Topic: Alexa

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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Amazon allows iPads to make calls through Alexa app to contacts using Echo devices

03/12/2018, 12:03 pm

Amazon has expanded the usability of its Alexa calling and messaging via the Alexa app to tablets, allowing iPad owners to be able to make and receive free calls to and from friends and family members who own an Echo device from the retailer's growing range.

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Amazon Alexa's 'Follow-Up Mode' enables successive requests without trigger word

03/09/2018, 08:03 pm

In an attempt to stay one step ahead of the virtual assistant competition, like Apple and Google, Amazon recently released a new feature that allows users to ask multiple questions in succession without repeating the "Alexa" wake word.

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Amazon Echo users report strange 'laugh' sound randomly played by Alexa [u]

03/07/2018, 01:03 pm

Reports of a strange error from owners of Amazon's Echo device range have surfaced, claiming the Alexa digital assistant is making an odd 'laugh' sound at random times, with the noises sometimes made without any verbal prompts, commands, or external forces interacting with the voice-activated speakers.

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Why Apple's HomePod targets home entertainment, not a voice-first mobile-free world

03/06/2018, 10:03 am

Imagine turning your home into the bridge of the Star Trek Enterprise, where a disembodied voice deftly answers every question you can ask, and you don't carry an iPhone or iPad anymore. Unfortunately, you also can't unlock your doors, you can't go outside, the brands you like are replaced with generic alternatives, and popular games, creative apps and other content aren't available anymore. This is the fantasy future of Amazon Alexa--but fortunately not the vision of Apple's new HomePod.

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Smart speaker assistants compared: Siri vs. Alexa vs. Google Assistant

03/05/2018, 08:03 pm

Apple's HomePod brings Siri into the home for the first time, but how does the virtual assistant stack up against established technologies like Amazon's Alexa and Google Home's Google Assistant? We put the latest versions of each smart speaker to the test in this video comparison.

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Amazon's Alexa goes quiet on Echo devices amid AWS disturbances

03/02/2018, 02:03 pm

Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant used by the Echo device range, is suffering from service outages that are affecting a number of users in the United States, issues that are likely to be caused by a regional outage of Amazon Web Services in Northern Virginia. (Update from Amazon)

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How HomePod serves as a hub for Siri HomeKit automation and entertainment

03/01/2018, 10:03 am

HomePod is a sophisticated computer dedicated to the task of producing immersive, room-filling sound. That's not all it can do, however. Equipped with the same A8 processor as Apple TV 4, it can also serve as a HomeKit hub for choreographing home accessories, even enabling remote access to your devices. Here's an in-depth look.

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Amazon acquires smart doorbell manufacturer Ring, HomeKit still on the way [u]

02/27/2018, 04:02 pm

App-enabled doorbell manufacturer Ring has been bought by Amazon, adding to its lineup of security-related home automation products -- but work and certification of HomeKit for the Ring Pro and Floodlight are still ongoing.

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Test finds HomePod's Siri 'at the bottom of the totem pole' in smartspeaker AI

02/10/2018, 07:02 pm

While the Apple HomePod is the "best sounding" smartspeaker and has a "measurably better" user experience in many areas, its underlying AI assistant -- Siri -- failed dramatically in a query test versus Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana, according to Loup Ventures.

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Stacking up Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo and Google Home

02/08/2018, 09:02 pm

Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple all have voice assistants vying for attention, and all are moving the concept of computer-human voice interaction forward. AppleInsider offers an abbreviated history of how we got here and the capabilities of these assistants and their devices in anticipation of HomePod. What do these things do? What do people use them for? And what is Apple doing differently?

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