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Xbox One October update: Alexa, Dolby Vision, new Avatars

Xbox One October update: Alexa, Dolby Vision, new Avatars

Unlike smartphones or even PCs, gaming consoles are something you buy once every 5 or so years and almost never upgrade. Their value comes primarily from the new games that arrive annually and the updates that extend the device’s functionality way beyond the original release. Often without having to buy a new part or peripheral. One such update lands for the Xbox One this month that, among other things, make it seem like you can talk to your console even if you’re actually talking to your speaker instead.

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Facebook Portal puts AR Messenger video calls in Alexa smart displays

Facebook Portal puts AR Messenger video calls in Alexa smart displays

Facebook has revealed its long-rumored video calling devices, Facebook Portal and Portal+, the social network's first homegrown hardware not to mention its first entrant in the smart display space. Promising a more natural way to hold video calls between Messenger friends and family, the two new devices also feature Amazon Alexa support, taking on products like the 2nd Gen Echo Show in the process.

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Amazon Echo Show 2nd Gen Review (2018): Alexa the screen star

Amazon Echo Show 2nd Gen Review (2018): Alexa the screen star

The new Echo Show 2nd Gen finds a far more powerful Amazon Alexa waiting for it, with none of the touchscreen uncertainty of the original. Back when Amazon first launched the Echo Show, its first smart speaker with a display, few were convinced that Alexa skills would translate from voice-only. A little over a year later, the new Echo Show is still $229.99 but faces a whole new set of skills - and a whole new set of challenges.

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Two new buttons make this the best Amazon Alexa device

Two new buttons make this the best Amazon Alexa device

It's been a busy few weeks for Amazon, with a whole new range of Alexa-powered devices launched in late September, and now a new Fire TV Stick 4K revealed today. There's no shortage of ways you can bring Alexa into your life, therefore, but what's arguably the most useful is ironically the most straightforward.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, new Alexa Voice Remote offers more ways to binge

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, new Alexa Voice Remote offers more ways to binge

Google may be planning on unveiling a new Chromecast and even a Smart TV Kit bundle, but Amazon just got the jump on them. Rather than wait for another week, Amazon is giving cord-cutters what they want now. With the new Fire TV Stick 4K, not only will you be able to bask in glorious 4K resolutions, you'll also get to see all the HDR colors, too. And with the all-new Alexa Voice Remote, you can finally give those tired fingers a rest and let your voice do the controlling.

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Microsoft says Skype will soon be available on Alexa devices

Microsoft says Skype will soon be available on Alexa devices

Microsoft is bringing Skype to Amazon's Alexa products, the company has announced, enabling Echo product owners to make video and voice calls. As with other Alexa products, the new integration is entirely voice-based -- simply tell the personal assistant to call a specific person and it will take care of the rest.

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Amazon has weaponized choice

Amazon has weaponized choice

Too much choice is the Amazon way. While the retail behemoth is known for its 24/7 shopfront and speedy shipping, the core of its success has always been the ridiculous depth of its catalog. Want to choose between hundreds, maybe thousands of novelty BBQ aprons? You got it.

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Here are all the new Amazon devices out to buy or preorder now

Here are all the new Amazon devices out to buy or preorder now

Amazon revealed a flurry of new Echo, Fire TV, and and Alexa devices this week, now a bunch are up for sale. Below we've run down the list of devices that are either available right now or are up for pre-order right now. I'm going to warn you right now, before you go any further: You're probably either going to feel like this is all nonsense or that you want every item on the list - either way, here they are!

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Everything Amazon just announced: Echo, Alexa, Fire TV, and more

Everything Amazon just announced: Echo, Alexa, Fire TV, and more

Amazon took a blunderbuss approach to their device event this morning, so we're going to attempt to nutshell the lot. Revealed today were a whole bunch of Amazon Echo devices, a DVR called Fire TV Recast, and a set of improvements for Alexa across all Alexa-friendly devices. "The Alexa service is always getting smarter, whether you’re using the Echo you bought three years ago or an Echo Show you buy tomorrow" said Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa, "Soon customers will be able to manage their email, easily secure their home, watch the shows they love on Echo Show, and make their daily routines more productive—all just by asking Alexa."

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I cooked a potato with my voice, and it might be the IoT’s tipping point

I cooked a potato with my voice, and it might be the IoT’s tipping point

Never has the humble potato been so smart - or so readily cooked - as inside the Amazon Basics Microwave. Now blessed with Alexa support, what's probably the strangest product from Amazon's massive gush of connected gadgets today might seem, on the face of it, a gimmick. In reality, though, it's arguably the most important of them all.

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Alexa Guard and Ring Stick Up Cam headline Amazon’s security offerings

Alexa Guard and Ring Stick Up Cam headline Amazon’s security offerings

We figured that at least part of Amazon's presentation today would focus on home security, and we weren't disappointed. Today, Amazon announced a new Ring camera and new Alexa functionality that has some pretty interesting applications when it comes to keeping your house safe. The new Alexa features are collectively called Alexa Guard, and they'll use the microphones and internet capabilities of your Echo speakers to alert you when something goes wrong.

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Amazon Echo Auto gives your car an Alexa copilot

Amazon Echo Auto gives your car an Alexa copilot

Amazon has revealed its first Alexa product for the car, with the Echo Auto set to add the voice assistant to your dashboard. The new gadget may be tiny - smaller than a smartphone, in fact, or a radar detector - but it still manages to fit in the eight microphone array from the new second-generation Echo Show.

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