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Samsung Galaxy Home Mini throws pre-launch shade at Siri

Samsung Galaxy Home Mini throws pre-launch shade at Siri

The Samsung smart speaker called Galaxy Home Mini leaked in a release-ready configuration today tossing a jab at Apple's smart assistant Siri (unofficially, of course). The video comes courtesy of an unnamed source* who would appear to have been at a location where several new Samsung products were being shown. This new smart speaker will apparently allow you, the user to "make it say literally anything you want" - like what we see in the video below: "At least I'm better than Siri."

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Fiat Chrysler Uconnect 5 adds wireless CarPlay and Android Auto in big dash update

Fiat Chrysler Uconnect 5 adds wireless CarPlay and Android Auto in big dash update

Fiat Chrysler has revealed its new infotainment platform, Uconnect 5, with features like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Amazon Alexa integration, and support for bigger, higher-resolution touchscreens. The latest version is based on Android, which FCA says will pave the way to new applications that could later enhance and expand a car's abilities.

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NEON’s vision of artificial humans has Samsung’s backing but no clear purpose

NEON’s vision of artificial humans has Samsung’s backing but no clear purpose

NEON is an artificial intelligence project, aka "artificial human" project from a Samsung-backed group called STAR Labs. This is not the same as S.T.A.R. Labs from DC Comics, and the artificial human isn't an android. Instead, it's more like a chat bot. Lots of jargon and buzz-words were shared today by the head of the project, Pranav Mistry.

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Sengled Edison Filament Bulb brings CES 2020 back to 1879

Sengled Edison Filament Bulb brings CES 2020 back to 1879

The folks at Sengled brought a very vintage-looking piece of tech to Las Vegas this week, to CES 2020. This is the Sengled Smart LED Edison Filament Bulb, with a design that's decidedly old-school. Sengled also has a set of new smart (and not so smart) lighting and smart home solutions out at CES 2020, including Smart LED Candle Light Bulbs, a new Smart Hub, and a Smart Plug with Energy Monitoring.

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Lamborghini embeds Alexa as your Huracán EVO co-pilot

Lamborghini embeds Alexa as your Huracán EVO co-pilot

Lamborghini is adding Alexa as co-pilot on its Huracán EVO sports car, with Amazon's assistant being embedded into the dashboard this year. The infotainment upgrade will allow for voice control not only over the usual Alexa features like general knowledge questions and entertainment, but of the car's own functionality too.

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Kohler put Alexa in your showerhead and gave your toilet an app

Kohler put Alexa in your showerhead and gave your toilet an app

Are you ready for the brave new world of Digital Showering? Kohler certainly hopes so, the bathroom company continuing its geek-upgrade with a new showerhead with Amazon Alexa baked in, a smarter toilet with touch-free flush, and a shower system that looks more like a Star Trek prop. Getting wet has never been so exciting.

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RoomMe expands smart home tracking with Samsung watches, Alexa, Siri, Google

RoomMe expands smart home tracking with Samsung watches, Alexa, Siri, Google

The folks at Intellithings announced this week that their smart home system RoomMe would expand with support for Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and Samsung smartwatch support. RoomMe will also have new compatibility with a new update for two smart home hubs not on their list before - the Insteon hub and the Logitech Harmony. RoomMe is what they call a "smart home True Occupancy Automation system" that uses "patented presence sensing technology" to see if you're in the house.

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C by GE ‘Hubless’ devices make smart homes easier at CES 2020

C by GE ‘Hubless’ devices make smart homes easier at CES 2020

CES 2020 is set to be the place where we finally ditch this "hub" business for Smart Home devices. GE has the way forward, it would seem, with their C by GE Hubless Three-Wire Smart Switch and two Hubless Dimmer models. They're able to use smart assistant products for control without the need for a "hub" product for connection.

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Arlo owners can now disarm security system using Alexa voice commands

Arlo owners can now disarm security system using Alexa voice commands

Arlo, the maker of unique security cameras of both the indoor and outdoor variety, has released an app update that brings major new features to its IoT products. Upon updating, Arlo owners can now use voice commands to arm and disarm the security system, something that has launched with initial support for Amazon's Alexa voice assistant. The update also brings a new feature for 'advanced users.'

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Apple Podcasts on Amazon Alexa and Echo devices now

Apple Podcasts on Amazon Alexa and Echo devices now

Starting today, the Apple Podcasts system is available Amazon's latest version of Alexa software on all Echo devices and other Alexa-enabled devices. This is not the only way one can listen to podcasts on an Echo device, but it is the first time that the Apple Podcasts ecosystem is available with Alexa. This system provides another pathway for Apple and Amazon users to share with one another.

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Echo Dot 3rd-gen drops to 99 cents, but there’s a catch

Echo Dot 3rd-gen drops to 99 cents, but there’s a catch

If you're looking to dive into the world of smart speakers, Amazon has a fairly attractive deal on offer. It's dropped the price of the 3rd-generation Echo Dot down to 99 cents, and while we're used to seeing the Echo Dot offered on the cheap, Amazon doesn't typically cut the price this low. As with most offers that sound great on the surface, though, there's a catch to go along with this deal.

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Amazon Alexa gets new emotions and it’s a little creepy

Amazon Alexa gets new emotions and it’s a little creepy

One thing Amazon has been trying to do with Alexa ever since it launched the AI assistant is make it sound more conversational. Today the company took a big step in that direction, rolling out emotions and new speaking styles for Alexa. These new features are launching for developers today, so we should see them added to various skills soon.

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