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Alexa Guard gives your home an extra layer of security

Alexa Guard gives your home an extra layer of security

During its Alexa event back in September, Amazon announced a new home security feature called Alexa Guard. With it, Amazon said, you could turn your Echo devices into something of a watchdog while you're away, having them monitor for the sound of breaking glass or alerts from your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Today, a bit more than half a year after it was first revealed, Alexa Guard is starting its roll out to Echo owners.

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Alexa finally gets hands-free support on Windows 10

Alexa finally gets hands-free support on Windows 10

Alexa has been available on Windows 10 hardware by way of an official app since November, but to a lot of people, that app sort of felt like a half-measure. The main problem is that you can't simply summon Alexa through voice commands like you can if you were speaking to an Echo device. When it comes to voice assistants, the "voice" part turns out to be pretty crucial.

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Alexa Routines can now automatically play after alarm clocks

Alexa Routines can now automatically play after alarm clocks

Alexa is about to receive an update that improve Routines for users who schedule their favorite actions. One particular change went live today, adding the option to trigger routines a certain amount of time after an alarm goes off. In the near future, Alexa users will also be able to link their routines to sunrise and sunset, among other things.

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Amazon Music is now free with ads for Alexa device owners

Amazon Music is now free with ads for Alexa device owners

Amazon has announced that Amazon Music is now free to access without an Unlimited subscription or Prime membership via Alexa-enabled devices. Users will get free access to playlists and other content, but the service will be supported with advertisements. The news comes alongside YouTube Music's free ad-supported arrival on Google Home speakers.

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Facebook voice assistant project tipped to take on Amazon Alexa

Facebook voice assistant project tipped to take on Amazon Alexa

Facebook is working on its own personal assistant to take on Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri, a new leak claims. This project has been in the pipeline since early last year, sources allege, with Facebook reportedly also having been in contact with vendors to supply the hardware. The voice assistant would, presumably, be paired with the company's Portal device, but wider plans are unclear.

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Alexa earbuds tipped as Amazon’s AirPods rival

Alexa earbuds tipped as Amazon’s AirPods rival

Amazon hopes to ape AirPods success with a set of Alexa earbuds, it's reported, as the retail behemoth makes another attempt to crack the mobile device market. The wireless earbuds would be Amazon's first headphones product, though some third-party manufacturers have already integrated Alexa into their models.

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Amazon Music rolls out Song ID to help with music discovery

Amazon Music rolls out Song ID to help with music discovery

If you've ever been listening to a playlist only to have songs you've never heard before pop up, you definitely aren't alone there. Depending on how you're listening, figuring out the title and artist of a song can be as simple as looking at your phone for more information, asking an AI assistant to tell you what's playing, or when things get particularly dire, heading to Google to search lyrics. Amazon is rolling out new functionality to Amazon Music and Alexa today that will answer the question of what's playing before it even comes up.

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Roku’s Alexa skill is finally going live today

Roku’s Alexa skill is finally going live today

With all of the thousands of Alexa skills out there, it's at least a little surprising to realize that Roku has gone all of this time without a skill of its own. That all changes today with the roll out of the new Roku Alexa skill, which will of course allow you to control your Roku devices with voice commands. Alexa is joining Google Assistant and Roku's own voice search, giving users a decent number of options when it comes to voice support.

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Los Angeles hospital deploys Alexa to offer ‘smart’ patient rooms

Los Angeles hospital deploys Alexa to offer ‘smart’ patient rooms

The Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles has announced a new pilot program that will involve Aiva, an Alexa-powered platform, and Echo Dot devices installed in patient rooms. The system will enable patients to control their room's entertainment devices using voice controls, as well as use Alexa to summon nurses using only their voice.

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Echo Wall Clock sales return after Amazon fixes connectivity issue

Echo Wall Clock sales return after Amazon fixes connectivity issue

In September 2018, Amazon unveiled Echo Wall Clock, a new connected device in its Echo product line. The device was only available to purchase for a short time before Amazon stopped selling the product in January. According to the company, it had paused sales in order to fix a connectivity problem customers reported experiencing, which is partly reflected in some of the device's low reviews on Amazon.

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Apple acquires Pullstring for likely Siri upgrade

Apple acquires Pullstring for likely Siri upgrade

Apple seems to want to expand the speed at which Siri is implemented in 3rd-party products. At least that's what it'd seem, given their acquisition of the group called Pullstring. This group is in the business of assisting with the building and designing of voice apps for physical products. Oh, they've got their own conversational AI, too.

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Amazon users can now publish their own Alexa skills

Amazon users can now publish their own Alexa skills

In April 2018, Amazon introduced Alexa Skill Blueprints, a tool that allows Echo owners to create their own custom skills for the assistant. These skills are linked to the user's Amazon account and are kept private, but the company announced a change today that'll make it possible to share your skills with other Alexa users. The custom skills can be published in the Alexa Skills Store for US customers to find and download.

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