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Lenovo Home Assistant adds Alexa to Tab 4 smart speaker

Lenovo Home Assistant adds Alexa to Tab 4 smart speaker

Lenovo has a new use for the Tab 4 Android tablet on your coffee table, with the Lenovo Home Assistant turning it into an Alexa-powered smart speaker. Unveiled at IFA 2017 today, the new speaker accessory acts as a docking station for the Tab 4 8, Tab 4 8 Plus, Tab 4 10, and Tab 4 10 Plus that Lenovo launched a few months back at Mobile World Congress.

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Harman Kardon Allure speaker brings Alexa along for the ride

Harman Kardon Allure speaker brings Alexa along for the ride

There's been no shortage of Bluetooth speakers on display at IFA 2017, but this next one from Harman Kardon is certainly special for one reason: Alexa integration. Harman Kardon revealed today that its new Allure speaker will feature Alexa on board, making it a prime candidate for inclusion in the smart home enthusiast's IoT collection.

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LG smart appliances can now talk with Alexa, Google Assistant

LG smart appliances can now talk with Alexa, Google Assistant

Say what you want about LG, but one thing you can’t say is that it’s not willing to play nice with its competitors. While it has its own platforms, like webOS and SmartThinQ, it isn’t beyond opening its doors to rivals. At least if that’s where the market is headed. And since the market does seem to be headed towards the likes of Amazon Echo and Google Home, LG has announced that its 2017 line of smart home devices and connected appliances will be able to connect with Alexa and Google Assistant, offering users hands-free access to its products.

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Alexa and Cortana become best friends later this year

Alexa and Cortana become best friends later this year

Amazon and Microsoft have come together to make a rather surprising announcement: later this year, Cortana and Alexa will be able to talk to one another. Cortana, of course, is Microsoft's own AI assistant, and even though she may have lost a platform with the decline of Windows Phone, there's still a major push underway to make her an integral part of Windows 10 devices. With Alexa compatibility on the way, Cortana could become even more prevalent.

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Amazon Echo multi-room music arrives (sorry Sonos)

Amazon Echo multi-room music arrives (sorry Sonos)

Amazon announced a rather huge addition for its Echo family of smart speakers today. This new feautre is called "multi-room music" and, as that name suggests, it allows you to target your music playback to specific groups of speakers throughout your house. We're guessing that Sonos might be at least a little worried about this, especially considering recent rumors that the company looking to launch an Alexa-based smart speaker of its own.

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Coolpad Splatter flirts with Amazon Alexa on a budget

Coolpad Splatter flirts with Amazon Alexa on a budget

You’d be forgiven if you’ve never head of Coolpad before. Unless you always keep an eye on budget phones and tablets in other markets, the only time you might have heard of the Chinese OEM is in news related to malware and spyware. Undaunted, the company is making yet another daring stab at the US market with the Coolpad Splatter. While unremarkable by itself, this mid-range smartphone might very well be the cheapest Alexa-empowered smartphone in the market.

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Amazon free Echo Dot promo goes live for just a few minutes

Amazon free Echo Dot promo goes live for just a few minutes

A clandestine Audible promotion made Amazon's Echo Dot free for a short window, though the deal was only stumbled upon accidentally on Friday afternoon. The promotion, only disclosed when Echo Dot buyers had the smart speaker in their cart and had reached the checkout stage, was listed only as an "Audible Promo" credit. However, it reduced the normally $49.99 device to free.

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Amazon will pay for popular Alexa skills to keep Echo’s edge

Amazon will pay for popular Alexa skills to keep Echo’s edge

Making skills for voice agents isn't just a hobby now, with Amazon opening up its wallet for those who make popular skills for Alexa. Intended to encourage developers to adopt Alexa as their virtual assistant platform of choice, the reward will be offered to those making skills in the US, UK, and Germany initially. However, Amazon is playing coy with exactly how much developers might hope to make.

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Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM get Amazon Alexa support

Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM get Amazon Alexa support

Ultimate Ears has announced the arrival of Amazon Alexa support for its UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM speakers, enabling both to be used as smart speakers in conjunction with an Android smartphone. The new functionality arrives in the form of app and firmware updates, all of which are free, of course. Once updated, using Alexa with the speaker is as simple as tapping a button.

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Amazon Echo multiroom audio tipped to launch soon

Amazon Echo multiroom audio tipped to launch soon

Amazon is preparing to launch multiroom audio support for its Amazon Echo devices, sources have claimed, enabling users to play music in more than one room at once. The multiroom audio feature recently finished internal testing, per the sources, indicating it will be arriving on Echo in the relatively near future. Alexa will be able to respond to commands made to any one of the multi-unit speaker groups, too.

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Amazon Echo price cut sees Best Buy ape Prime Day

Amazon Echo price cut sees Best Buy ape Prime Day

We're in the trenches of the smart speaker wars, and as Apple's HomePod nears we're seeing more and more attempts by Amazon and Google to get their own systems embedded in your home - and your routine - before Cupertino's arrives. If you've been on the fence, today might be the day to pick up an Amazon Echo, with another promotion on both the original model and the smaller, Echo Dot version. However, it's not through Amazon this time around.

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Alexa music for activities wants to help you hook-up

Alexa music for activities wants to help you hook-up

If you're an Amazon Prime Music or Music Unlimited subscriber and you have an Alexa device, some interesting new functionality is unlocking for you today. While you've always been able to voice search for music using parameters like genre or mood, you'll now be able to ask Alexa to play music that fits with your current activity. Yes, even those activities.

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