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Amazon Echo multi-room Spotify and SiriusXM shaves Sonos advantage

Amazon Echo multi-room Spotify and SiriusXM shaves Sonos advantage

Back in August, Amazon rolled out a new multi-room feature for Echo devices. This feature allows you to utilize individual Echo devices in your collection, defining groups of speakers and commanding Alexa to play music through only the speakers in that group. Today, that functionality is rolling out to Spotify and SiriusXM subscribers.

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Twitch and Alexa almost make the perfect game streaming pair

Twitch and Alexa almost make the perfect game streaming pair

Google may have dealt Amazon a big blow when it yanked YouTube from under the Echo Show’s feet but gamers don’t need to be too concerned. Amazon, after all, still owns the granddaddy of game and live streaming, Twitch.tv. Taking advantage of that inter-company relationship, Twitch has just announced new Alexa skills that would deliver an almost perfect hands-free game streaming experience. Well, almost. While it naturally works with any Alexa-enabled device, you’ll probably want to have an Echo Show anyway.

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Hisense portable AC and dehumidifier get Alexa integration

Hisense portable AC and dehumidifier get Alexa integration

HiSense has announced a new Alexa integration for its HiSmart Portable Air Conditioner and HiSmart Dehumidifier. Both products are designed for home owners (or apartment dwellers) who want an element of smart control over their home appliances. The new Alexa integration takes that ability to new levels, making it possible to control the two appliances using an Alexa device like an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot.

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Alexa music alarm wakes you up with news and tunes

Alexa music alarm wakes you up with news and tunes

Amazon has bestowed Alexa with new abilities, ones that surround its alarm functionality. Alexa can be used to set an alarm; that is nothing new. However, thanks to a new update, these users can now set Alexa to wake them up with specific music, bringing back the days of being awoken with a radio alarm clock. This functionality covers multiple music services, including the company's own Amazon Music app (if you're a subscriber).

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Amazon Music Unlimited and Echo roll out to 28 new countries

Amazon Music Unlimited and Echo roll out to 28 new countries

Though it provides a good service, Amazon Music Unlimited suffers a bit for having arrived a little late to the party. At this point, Music Unlimited is only about 14 months old, and in that period of time, it's only come to a select few regions, like the US, UK, Germany, and Japan. That all changes today, as Amazon has announced that Music Unlimited will launch in 28 new regions around the world, greatly expanding its availability on this wonderful little planet of ours.

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What Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 could do for smart speakers

What Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 could do for smart speakers

Qualcomm might be inside your next smartphone and even your next laptop, but the chip-maker is hoping to find a spot in your smart speaker, too. The ink is only just dry on the Snapdragon 845 but, among the smartphone form-factor reference designs, Qualcomm has cooked up an Amazon Echo and Google Home alternative.

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Limited Edition Destiny 2 Ghost brings character to life with Alexa

Limited Edition Destiny 2 Ghost brings character to life with Alexa

Activision has launched for preorder a new Internet of Things device that brings the game character Ghost to life. The device, which is a limited edition model, gives Destiny 2 fans a way to interact with Ghost, including exploring the game's universe and using voice commands for equipping loadouts. The device will be released only a few days before Christmas; those who want to ensure they get one can preorder it now from Amazon.

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Fire TV gets Alexa control for Hulu, CBS, NBC, Showtime, and PlayStation Vue

Fire TV gets Alexa control for Hulu, CBS, NBC, Showtime, and PlayStation Vue

Alexa just got support for several video apps on Amazon Fire TV, including Sony's PlayStation Vue, Hulu, CBS, NBC, Showtime, and Bravo. With this support, Fire TV owners can ask Alexa to do things on their behalf, no Echo device necessary. If you have a newer Fire TV device that includes the Alexa Voice Remote, you can do all of this just by pressing the microphone button on that remote control.

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Alexa for Business brings Amazon AI into the workplace

Alexa for Business brings Amazon AI into the workplace

Between Hulu integrating Alexa with its streaming service and third-party speakers now supporting Alexa out of the box, it sure seems like Amazon's smart assistant is everywhere these days. Despite wide-ranging support, one area that Amazon has yet to tackle is enterprise. That all changes today, as Amazon has introduced Alexa for Business, which will bring the smart assistant to the workplace.

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Google Home can now take on two voice commands at once

Google Home can now take on two voice commands at once

The battle between Google Home and Amazon Echo to become the smart speaker that ultimately makes it into your home is a close one, but today Google is rolling out a new feature that might just give its speaker an edge. It seems that a new update has given Google Home the capacity to handle two commands at once. This is a handy ability, because before this update rolled out, each action you wanted Google Home to perform had to be delivered through individual voice commands.

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Hulu’s Alexa integration is now live

Hulu’s Alexa integration is now live

Back in September, Hulu revealed plans to integrate Alexa voice commands with its service. At the time, Hulu only said that this new functionality would be coming sometime in the fall, failing to get more specific. It turns out that "sometime in fall" is today, with Alexa voice commands rolling out to Hulu users now.

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This Echo Dot Black Friday deal is a great smart home starter

This Echo Dot Black Friday deal is a great smart home starter

There's a smart speaker war waging, and if you haven't already picked a side - or if you're already invested in Amazon's Alexa ecosystem - then today's Echo Dot deal might sway you. The cheapest model in Amazon's Echo line-up isn't averse to a price cut or two on occasion, but this Black Friday Echo Dot deal is better than many we've seen. In fact, if you're looking for a holiday gift for someone hoping to start building out their smart home, it's an excellent place to start.

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