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Ring Video Doorbell Wired goes small on price and size

Ring Video Doorbell Wired goes small on price and size

Ring has launched a new video doorbell, and rather than temperamental batteries the Ring Video Doorbell Wired focuses on two things: size, and price. The company's smallest doorbell so far, it also has the smallest price of a Ring model, coming in at $59.99.

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Samsung SmartThings pairs with The Genie Company and Aladdin Connect garage doors

Samsung SmartThings pairs with The Genie Company and Aladdin Connect garage doors

The Genie Company delivers Aladdin Connect smart garage door openers and retrofit kits to the public. Samsung has a smart home system called Samsung SmartThings. Today, the two companies announced that Aladdin Connect smart garage door openers and retrofit kids are now "Works with SmartThings" certified. This means that your Samsung SmartThings app can open your garage door - or your connected SmartThings devices of all sorts could, potentially, make your garage door open when you flip the right set of switches.

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Amazon Alexa will proactively take action on Hunches

Amazon Alexa will proactively take action on Hunches

In the earlier days of smart assistants, they seemed only smart because of how they seemed to know things or do things like magic. Of course, they still needed to scour the net or wirelessly flick a switch, and most of the time you still had to actually tell them to do those. These days, the likes of Amazon Alexa have definitely gotten smarter, able to predict your next move, and, in this latest update, even take action without having to ask your permission.

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Xiaomi Mi Band 6 could almost be an Alexa smartwatch

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 could almost be an Alexa smartwatch

Although smartwatches are a dime a dozen these days, some still prefer smart bands not just for their simplicity but also for their discreetness. That's not to say that these fitness-centric devices are less featured than their smartwatch cousins, especially this upcoming product from Xiaomi. According to the latest leak, the company's next Mi Band will be chock-full of features that it would almost qualify as a smartwatch, one that even has Amazon's AI assistant on board.

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Alexa custom assistant gives car dash tech a unique voice – and FCA is first onboard

Alexa custom assistant gives car dash tech a unique voice – and FCA is first onboard

Amazon is opening up Alexa for automakers to make their own, custom virtual assistants, and Fiat Chrysler is first onboard to include it in future dashboards. While Alexa has already found its way into multiple cars and trucks already, allowing for music playback, remote smart home control, and more, the Alexa Custom Assistant will allow for more unique features as well as a vehicle-specific wake word.

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Alexa ‘Tell me when’ offers dynamic reminders for the absent-minded

Alexa ‘Tell me when’ offers dynamic reminders for the absent-minded

If you relying on smart devices to help keep your life organized, Amazon's new Alexa feature 'Tell me when' will quickly prove useful. The feature was added as part of Alexa's December 2020 update, adding the ability to get 'dynamic, event-based reminders' for upcoming moments, including everything from future emails you anticipate getting to reminders for when your favorite show will air.

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Turn off your Alexa when you’re done: A quick reminder

Turn off your Alexa when you’re done: A quick reminder

If you got a new Amazon Echo Dot for Christmas, consider turning it off. Chances are you got the device as a gift, opened it immediately, and got to work asking about the weather, movie facts, and told it to sing a song. If you're like me, chances are you then sat the device on a shelf and forgot about it. It's probably still powered up and listening to you right now.

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Amazon Echo will play Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas message this year

Amazon Echo will play Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas message this year

Amazon has a special treat for Echo device owners, at least those who have their speakers set to English: Queen Elizabeth's Christmas Day message. The ability to request the message will make it easier than ever for many people across the world to hear the broadcast, one that may otherwise be a bit more difficult to access outside of the UK.

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Amazon Echo gets group calling and other key features for the holidays

Amazon Echo gets group calling and other key features for the holidays

Amazon has announced new features for its Alexa assistant and related Echo products, including group calling and support for new video conferencing options on its Echo Show 8. The features come just ahead of the year's biggest holidays, giving users new ways to connect with their friends and family while staying socially distanced.

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Alexa Live Translation feature arrives on Echo with six language pairs

Alexa Live Translation feature arrives on Echo with six language pairs

Amazon has announced the arrival of Live Translation on its Echo devices, enabling users to have a conversation in two different languages in real-time with Alexa serving as a translator. The feature is arriving for Echo devices in the US with a total of six language pairs to kick things off, including English - Spanish.

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iPhone users can now text Alexa their requests and commands

iPhone users can now text Alexa their requests and commands

If you can't or simply don't want to talk to your Alexa assistant, you'll soon be able to text it instead. Amazon quietly rolled out the feature to iPhone users, enabling them to fire off a text message to their assistant rather than using voice to communicate with the speaker. Not everyone has access to the feature at this time, however.

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Amazon Fire TV Cube is getting webcam support (yes, really)

Amazon Fire TV Cube is getting webcam support (yes, really)

Amazon is rolling out some rather surprising functionality for the Fire TV Cube today by giving it webcam support for two-way video calling. That will enable users with a Fire TV Cube to place a video call to any other Alexa device with a display, such as another Fire TV Cube connected to a webcam and TV or something with a built-in display like an Echo Show. Fire TV Cube users can even place a video call to those using the Alexa app on a smartphone.

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