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Sonos One Review: When Alexa is the DJ

Sonos One Review: When Alexa is the DJ

Smart speakers are big business now, and with Amazon's Echo and Google's Home dominating the market, Sonos had a choice: step up or slip behind. The Sonos One shows the connected speaker stalwart chose to play the game, and not just with one virtual assistant but as many as it can. Rather than making its own AI for the Sonos One, the $199 connected speaker aims to be friends with all of them.

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Alexa now lets you go crazy with lists

Alexa now lets you go crazy with lists

We all have different ways we remember things. Some of us are the type of person to set a reminder, others have no problem committing things to memory, and some love to create lists. If you count yourself among the list lovers of the world, then it might be time to get an Alexa device.

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Amazon Alexa now recognizes your voice

Amazon Alexa now recognizes your voice

Amazon's Alexa is learning voice recognition, with the Echo smart speakers set to spot who is talking and offer up personalized replies. The functionality has remained one of the most-requested for Alexa, with users' eagerness only fueled by Google adding support for voice recognition to its Google Home several months ago.

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Sonos One official: Alexa built-in, Google Assistant in 2018

Sonos One official: Alexa built-in, Google Assistant in 2018

Sonos may be rolling out Alexa support to its existing speakers, but the connected music company also has a brand new speaker with Amazon's assistant onboard. The Sonos One looks at first glance like the existing Sonos PLAY:1, but it's not just full of speaker drivers. Instead, it has a microphone array on top so you can speak directly to Alexa - though that's just the start.

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Sonos’ Alexa public beta arrives today in “sonic internet” push

Sonos’ Alexa public beta arrives today in “sonic internet” push

Sonos has launched a public beta of its Alexa integration, following up on its promise to use Amazon's virtual assistant to control its multiroom speakers. The public beta follows Sonos' ongoing closed beta, which has been running for a small number of users over the past few months. However, you won't need a new Sonos speaker in order to try it.

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Amazon’s big Echo event: all the devices fit to run Alexa

Amazon’s big Echo event: all the devices fit to run Alexa

This morning Amazon revealed the "all-new Echo", Echo Plus, Echo Spot, a new Fire TV, Echo Connect, and an Alexa-infused Big Mouth Billy Bass. If that wasn't enough to excite the voice-first fans out there in Echoland, what will? In this mix is a set of devices that expand Amazon's footprint in the smart home beyond the ways and means of yesteryear, all in devices that either expand on or modify devices that've come before.

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Hulu will soon let you find and control shows using Alexa

Hulu will soon let you find and control shows using Alexa

Hulu has announced that it will soon support Amazon Alexa, enabling subscribers to find and control shows using the personal assistant. The support will arrive some time this fall, and will require both a Fire TV and an Echo device, according to Hulu. Assuming you have both, you'll be able to ask Alexa to turn on a specific show or network, pause or play the show, and more.

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BMW will put Amazon Alexa in its vehicles starting next year

BMW will put Amazon Alexa in its vehicles starting next year

BMW has teamed up with Amazon to integrate Alexa into its vehicles, enabling drivers to use the digital assistant for playing music, getting directions, and more. Alexa will be arriving in both BMW and MINI vehicles sometime around next summer, marking the latest expansion for Amazon's popular assistant. Of course, no separate app will be needed to use the in-car Alexa.

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Amazon’s new Fire TV takes the fight to Apple TV 4K

Amazon’s new Fire TV takes the fight to Apple TV 4K

Earlier in the month, we heard that Amazon was plotting to unveil a new Fire TV streaming box by the end of September. As it turns out, that particular rumor was right on the money, with Amazon unveiling a brand new Fire TV today. This new model has its sights set squarely on the new Apple TV 4K as well, so get ready for a battle over the cash in your wallet.

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Big Mouth Billy Bass gets an intelligence boost with Alexa

Big Mouth Billy Bass gets an intelligence boost with Alexa

The wall-mounted animatronic fish that makes visitors cringe when they spot it in your home will soon be far more capable than anyone ever imagined. Amazon has announced that Alexa will soon power the fish known as Big Mouth Billy Bass, enabling it to order items from Amazon, control your smart home gadgets, answer questions, and whatever else you use Alexa for.

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Amazon Echo Spot alarm clock is smart and semi-spherical

Amazon Echo Spot alarm clock is smart and semi-spherical

The Amazon Echo Spot was introduced today as a smart alarm clock with Alexa inside. This device works as an alarm clock first and foremost, but also rolls with the feature every single Amazon hardware product seems to have here in 2017: Alexa. The smart assistant will live within the device, the device also acting as a screen for multiple different purposes.

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Amazon’s new Echo brings multi-room audio and a stylish new design

Amazon’s new Echo brings multi-room audio and a stylish new design

Amazon has unveiled the next-generation version of its Echo device, a smaller cylindrical tower with a classier design and $99 price tag. Unlike the original Echo, this second-generation update features a cloth design not unlike what we find on Google Daydream devices. The new model boasts better sound quality versus the original smart speaker, and it is joined by a bundle discount on additional Echo devices.

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