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Atari founder makes Alexa board game

Atari founder makes Alexa board game

As smart assistants like Alexa become more ubiquitous, we're starting to see some creative uses for their capabilities. Of course, Alexa is already capable of controlling your smart home or launching apps on your Xbox, but today we're seeing a more unique application for her talents. X2 Games, a company headed by Zai Ortiz and Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell, has announced an Alexa-enabled board game called St. Noire, billing it as an "AI powered murder mystery."

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Windows 10 will let Amazon Alexa and others work on lock screens

Windows 10 will let Amazon Alexa and others work on lock screens

Microsoft has shifted its strategy away from forcing its operating systems on users, including mobile, to a more "services-oriented" tactic that offers apps and platforms for others to build on or use on its competitors' platforms. That seems to be the case even when it has competing products like smart assistants. In fact, in the next Windows 10 update later this year, it will be giving those assistants more control even when the PC is still on its lock screen.

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Amazon reportedly plotting upgraded Echo as work on Alexa robot continues

Amazon reportedly plotting upgraded Echo as work on Alexa robot continues

The Amazon Echo is a device that's gone through a few different iterations throughout the years, and according to a new report today, Amazon is looking to give it a fairly significant upgrade. Amazon is said to be looking at launching a new Echo that will be larger than currently smart speakers in the line. At the same time, today's report claims that the company is beginning to ramp up its efforts in creating a home robot.

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Amazon Alexa skills can now call on other skills to complete certain tasks

Amazon Alexa skills can now call on other skills to complete certain tasks

AI assistants are only as good as the skills or actions they offer. And those skills largely depend on developers, often from big brands, doing their thing. Given how the early skills systems developed and how different rivaling companies raced to grab a piece of the Alexa or Google Assistant market, these skills grew to become isolated gardens. Now Amazon is attempting to bridge these islands by with the Skills Connections that lets other skill reuse existing skills to perform basic, common tasks.

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KitchenAid Smart Oven+ connects with Google Assistant, Alexa, our house

KitchenAid Smart Oven+ connects with Google Assistant, Alexa, our house

Everything is connected today, and not just the obvious culprits like phones, computers, and TVs. These days, even refrigerators and ovens are connected to the Internet or to each other. The latter is what KitchenAid is trying to sell with the new Smart Oven+. First shown of at CES 2019, the smart single or double wall oven allows users to control it through various means, from touch to phone to even, of course, voice.

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Yamaha YAS-109 and YAS-209 TV sound bars have Alexa built-in

Yamaha YAS-109 and YAS-209 TV sound bars have Alexa built-in

Yamaha has introduced two new home sound bars, the YAS-109 and YAS-209. Both models feature native Alexa voice control, enabling users to directly access Amazon's voice assistant and its various control functions. In addition, both new models pack wireless connectivity, support for various music streaming services, a discreet design, and more.

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Echo Dot Kids Edition gets an upgrade: Louder Alexa, smarter skills

Echo Dot Kids Edition gets an upgrade: Louder Alexa, smarter skills

Amazon has given its Echo Dot Kids Edition an update, with the child-friendly version of Alexa now louder and more colorful. The new smart speaker is based on the third-generation Echo Dot, doing away with the interchangeable bumpers of the previous Kids Edition model and replacing them with fixed fabric covers.

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Garmin DriveSmart 65 navigator makes Alexa your car co-pilot

Garmin DriveSmart 65 navigator makes Alexa your car co-pilot

When Amazon first announced the Amazon Echo smart speaker and its Alexa assistant, there were some jokes about putting it inside cars somehow. With the Echo Dot and third-party batteries, that almost became possible. Now they won't have to resort to hacks and workarounds thanks to the new Garmin DriveSmart 65 that not only gets drivers and their passengers to their destination, they can also make their shopping list on the go, all hands-free.

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Amazon’s big privacy push includes deleting Alexa recordings by voice

Amazon’s big privacy push includes deleting Alexa recordings by voice

Amazon is enhancing its privacy features for Alexa, its smart assistant technology, making it easier to delete audio interactions in the face of growing user concerns around how much data is being saved. The new update arrives alongside the Echo Show 5, the latest smart display powered by Alexa from Amazon, which itself has a greater focus on privacy in the home.

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Amazon Echo Show 5 is a $90 Alexa smart display with privacy in mind

Amazon Echo Show 5 is a $90 Alexa smart display with privacy in mind

Amazon has added a new smart display to its Alexa-powered range, with the Amazon Echo Show 5 arriving at $89.99. The new model has a 5.5-inch touchscreen with a camera above it; in a nod to privacy, there's both a button to disable the microphone and camera and stop Alexa from listening, and a switch that slides a physical shutter over the camera.

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Alexa Announcements voice broadcasting arrives on all third-party devices

Alexa Announcements voice broadcasting arrives on all third-party devices

If you own an Alexa device from a company other than Amazon, the Internet retailer has announced, you may soon get access to the service's voice Announcements feature. Amazon has added Announcements support for all certified third-party Alexa devices, expanding the availability of its voice broadcasting capability. The feature works similar to a one-way intercom, enabling users in one room to make an announcement is other rooms via Alexa.

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Female voice assistants are sexist argues new UN report

Female voice assistants are sexist argues new UN report

Obsequious, coy, and above all female virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri, and the Google Assistant are a widespread example of sexism, a new UN report argues, blasting gender bias coded into tech products. The use of default female voices for digital assistants, and their programmed reactions to insults and inappropriate requests, could be contributing to a growing gender gap, it's suggested.

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