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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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Alexa can now remind you to take medication and refill prescriptions

Alexa can now remind you to take medication and refill prescriptions

Amazon today announced that Alexa is getting some new medication management features. These features not only include reminders to take your medicine - something that was already doable with Alexa's capabilities - but also the ability to request refills for your medication. The launch of these features is starting out on a small scale, but we should see it expand in the near future.

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This huge Alexa change could see Amazon’s assistant spread everywhere

This huge Alexa change could see Amazon’s assistant spread everywhere

Amazon has announced a major change to its Alexa Voice Service: it is now available to manufacturers for devices that feature as little as a single megabyte (1MB) of RAM. The new minimum requirement, which is considerably lower than the previous 100MB minimum, opens the door for Alexa across a vast number of connected gadgets for the home, office, cars, and more.

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Spotify Free arrives on Alexa smart speakers and Fire TV

Spotify Free arrives on Alexa smart speakers and Fire TV

Only days after the same support arrived on Sonos speakers, Spotify has announced that its Free service is now accessible through Amazon's Alexa personal assistant. This marks the first time users have been able to access the free version of the service using Alexa, including on smart speakers and the Fire TV platform. The move follows Amazon's recent expansion of its own free music availability.

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Amazon Fire TV Blaster gives Alexa your TV remote

Amazon Fire TV Blaster gives Alexa your TV remote

Amazon may have had a great gush of new products last month, but it's back on the announcement train today with the Fire TV Blaster, an IR blaster for Alexa. It'll give Amazon's assistant greater control over your home entertainment devices, such as being able to power on TVs, projectors, audio systems, and more.

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Traeger WiFi pellet grills now have Alexa and Google Assistant remote control

Traeger WiFi pellet grills now have Alexa and Google Assistant remote control

Smoking meat might seem like a simple matter of combining, well, meat and smoke, but Traeger's range of connected grills are now adding Alexa support for more straightforward remote control. Owners of Traeger WiFIRE-enabled models will be able to use Amazon's assistant both to control their pellet grill and to remotely check its current status.

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I’ve given smart speakers as gifts before – I won’t do it again

I’ve given smart speakers as gifts before – I won’t do it again

Black Friday is coming but the holiday shopping season isn't waiting for its traditional kick-off, though while tech deals may be everywhere you look, there are some gadgets I won't be putting into my cart. Smart speakers and, more recently, smart displays have become a go-to gift for many over the past few years, but in 2019 they may not be quite so warmly received.

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Alexa gets new sunrise and sleep lighting features in the US

Alexa gets new sunrise and sleep lighting features in the US

Amazon is rolling out new features for Alexa, ones that involve connected lighting systems with support for its personal assistant. The two big new features are Sleep Lighting Time and Wake-up Lights, both intended to improve the sleeping experience by automating lighting both at night and in the morning. Joining these two features are a couple of new Routines, as well.

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Alexa and Google Assistant hacks let eavesdropping smart speakers do voice phishing

Alexa and Google Assistant hacks let eavesdropping smart speakers do voice phishing

Smart speakers like Amazon Echo or Google Home can certainly be useful tools, but along with that usefulness also comes a number of security concerns. These concerns have been well stated since these smart speakers first hit the market, and today, a team of security researchers are sounding the alarm on exploits affecting Google Home and Amazon Echo devices that developers can use to either eavesdrop on users or phish for personal information.

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Amazon Fire HD 10 refresh adds USB-C but keeps aggressive price

Amazon Fire HD 10 refresh adds USB-C but keeps aggressive price

Amazon today announced that its 10-inch Fire tablet is getting a refresh. Officially dubbed the All-New Fire HD 10, this new tablet will be outfitted with some new features and improved hardware over its predecessor. Chief among the new features is likely picture-in-picture mode, which allows users to view video through streaming services like Amazon Prime or Netflix as they do other things like browse the internet or check their emails.

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