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This Sonos Beam deal is a rare promo on a TV sound upgrade

This Sonos Beam deal is a rare promo on a TV sound upgrade

Sonos' Beam smart speaker soundbar has seen an unexpected price cut, with the Alexa-powered home theater gadget getting a pre-holiday deal. Launched earlier this year, the Sonos Beam is the streaming speaker company's latest model to support Amazon Alexa, though it's more than just a way to interact with the virtual assistant.

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Anki Vector robot will become more useful with Alexa next week

Anki Vector robot will become more useful with Alexa next week

If you through Anki’s latest Vector was just a cute face, you have another thing coming. And by that, we mean coming next week. That’s because Anki and Amazon will turn Vector into a cute face that will perhaps prefigure future home robots, both toys and appliances alike. That’s right, Vector will soon have Amazon’s Alexa integrated inside turning the tiny rolling robot into both a friendly companion as well as some hands-free help around the house.

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Amazon and Omron Healthcare create Alexa blood pressure skill

Amazon and Omron Healthcare create Alexa blood pressure skill

Amazon is collaborating with Omron Healthcare to create a blood pressure skill for Alexa. The upcoming skill will be compatible with Omron blood pressure devices, enabling them to use the personal assistant for reminders, getting daily average blood pressure readings, and more. The new skill will help patients manage their condition using voice commands.

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Amazon Alexa finally gets location-based routines and reminders

Amazon Alexa finally gets location-based routines and reminders

Amazon has updated its Alexa personal assistant with new features first revealed back in September: location-based routines and reminders. Users in the United States are on the receiving end of the new feature rollout, according to the company. With it, someone can order Alexa to give them a reminder for a specific thing only when they're in the relevant location, such as at home or the office.

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Amazon Music users get a more helpful Alexa today

Amazon Music users get a more helpful Alexa today

Amazon Music subscribers who frequently queue up music using Alexa will find that the AI companion is a little smarter beginning today. Amazon has launched a new update for Amazon Music that brings more voice control options to Alexa - using this new functionality, indecisive listeners who don't know precisely what they want to listen to will be able have a conversation with Alexa to find music that fits the mood.

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Apple Music Amazon Echo support arriving in time for Holiday playlists

Apple Music Amazon Echo support arriving in time for Holiday playlists

Apple Music is coming to Amazon's Echo smart speakers, an unexpected tie-up that will see the streaming music platform available on one of the most popular connected speaker ranges. The integration will go live beginning the week of December 17, Amazon and Apple confirmed today.

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Amazon Alexa explained in 5 steps

Amazon Alexa explained in 5 steps

Your family might have a question or two about Amazon's Alexa and/or a very inexpensive Echo device this holiday season. As such, we've compiled a list of 10 simple points that you might want to relay. This isn't a cheerleading list, and it's not the list you'll want if you're looking to convince your family that Echo devices and Alexa are a great idea. Then again, it's not all bad.

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This $24 Echo Dot deal is a Black Friday no-brainer

This $24 Echo Dot deal is a Black Friday no-brainer

Amazon's Alexa Black Friday 2018 promotions are upon us, and if you've been looking for an excuse to add a new Echo Dot 3rd Gen to your home, now's the perfect opportunity. Launched only last month, the latest version of the Echo Dot promises not only softer styling but improved audio quality over its predecessor.

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Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit now available to expand Amazon’s territory

Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit now available to expand Amazon’s territory

Apple’s Siri, one of if not the first smart assistants in the consumer market, may have improved in the latest iOS update but the market is still largely dominated by Amazon Echo and Google Assistant. And in that race, Amazon not only has a head start, it also has an advantage in terms of the number of third-party Alexa-enabled devices. That number may soon become even higher now that Amazon has made available its Alexa Mobile Accessory (AMA) Kit to make it easier for accessory makers to tap into Amazon’s platform.

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This $1 Echo Dot deal won’t last

This $1 Echo Dot deal won’t last

Black Friday 2018 may not quite be upon us, but the deals certainly are, and this $1 Echo Dot 3rd Gen promotion is unlikely to last until after Thanksgiving. The third-generation Echo Dot usually retails for $50, but for a limited time you can get it for considerably less than that.

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Skype for Alexa arrives for Echo voice and video calls

Skype for Alexa arrives for Echo voice and video calls

Skype has arrived on Amazon's Echo smart speakers, with Alexa now able to make calls to up to 150 countries and more. The deal was announced back in September, alongside Amazon's huge pre-holiday gush of new smart speakers and other devices, but is only going live today.

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Alexa just made another button on your remote control useless

Alexa just made another button on your remote control useless

Amazon's Alexa is adding another talent to help keep your remote control gathering dust, with a new Wake-on-LAN controller able to rouse TVs and other devices from low power mode. The new update addresses one of the lingering annoyances for those trying to use voice assistants with their home electronics, where gadgets in frugal standby modes aren't listening out for a wireless wake-up.

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