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Ninety7 Vaux Review: Echo Dot speaker-battery cuts Alexa’s cord

Ninety7 Vaux Review: Echo Dot speaker-battery cuts Alexa’s cord

It's easy to get hooked on having Amazon Alexa around, but though the affordable Echo Dot's always-listening microphones are good, there's no beating the true portability of a battery-powered speaker. Rather than splash out on an Amazon Tap, though, Nintey7's Vaux offers an upgrade route to make an Echo Dot mobile. For $49.95 you can not only cut the power cord, but boost Alexa's volume in the process.

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Amazon Echo Dot price cut briefly offers Alexa for $10 less

Amazon Echo Dot price cut briefly offers Alexa for $10 less

Curious to dip your toe into the smart home assistant market? Amazon's Echo Dot has been given a rare discount, bringing the cost of the Alexa-packing connected home puck down to under $40. It's the cheapest way we've seen to pick up a single Echo Dot in some time.

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Amazon Alexa now controls your DISH DVR by voice

Amazon Alexa now controls your DISH DVR by voice

DISH is looking to end "where's the remote?" hunting with an update for its Hopper and Wally set-top boxes that adds Amazon Alexa support. The new feature works with Amazon's Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap, with voice control for everything from navigating between channels, search, and the basics of pause, fast-forward, and rewind. It's the first official integration of this sort between Alexa, Amazon's virtual assistant, and a third-party TV provider's hardware.

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Amazon Echo Look’s mobile apps are now available

Amazon Echo Look’s mobile apps are now available

Amazon's launch of the screen-toting Echo Show may have made people forget the fact that it launched a different Echo model just two weeks prior. And for good reason too. The camera-enabled Echo Look, after all, seemed to cater to a very niche market. Some might even look at it, pun totally intended, like a month-late April Fools or an SNL skit. But to show it really means business, it has just released the Android and iOS apps to help users fend off the fashion police.

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Google Home understands accents better than Siri, Alexa

Google Home understands accents better than Siri, Alexa

It seems that voice-controlled personal assistants are all the rage these days. Microsoft and Harman Kardon just revealed the Invoke Cortana speaker, Amazon put a screen on the Echo and called it a a Show, and Google just gave the Assistant more smarts, more features, and more places to be on. But one of the inherent drawbacks of relying on voice as a medium is that no one really speaks the language in the same way. Yes, we're talking about accents, which has tripped up many personal assistants. Years after their initial debut, how far have these AI-powered agents come along? The folks over at WIRED made some rather comical tests to find out.

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HTC U11: Everything you need to know

HTC U11: Everything you need to know

While you were probably sleeping, HTC took the covers off the new HTC U11. The company's latest flagship Android smartphone borrows the style of the U Ultra but promises to address the spec complaints many of us had about that phablet too. Here's what you need to know about the U11.

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SNL’s Amazon Echo Silver responds to almost any name

SNL’s Amazon Echo Silver responds to almost any name

Let's admit it. Today's fancy gadgets and technologies are really designed for younger, more agile consumers. While market dynamics and profits do demand that, it doesn't have to be that way. Good technology is inclusive technology. Take for example the new Amazon Silver Echo, as seen on Saturday Night Live and only on Saturday Night Live. It's a super limited and nonexistent version designed with well-aged users in mind, responding to almost any name even loosely sounding like "Alexa".

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Why did Amazon Echo Show just cannibalize this major Alexa advocate?

Why did Amazon Echo Show just cannibalize this major Alexa advocate?

There's a product out there with nearly the same capabilities and general aim as Amazon's Echo Show. That's the Echo Show, the product that Amazon announced this week. The Echo Show, you see, is a touchscreen display with a user-facing camera, a mic, and a speaker. The product known as The Nucleus is a touchscreen display with a user-facing camera, a mic, and a speaker - and the differences are few.

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Amazon Echo calling and messaging takes on Skype

Amazon Echo calling and messaging takes on Skype

Amazon's Echo Show may be the retail behemoth's biggest news today, but it's also going after Skype and other internet calling services with a new Alexa feature. Debuting on the Echo Show, the new Alexa Calling and Messaging service will actually be available across all of the Echo devices, though not all will support the same features. At its core, though, the new service will turn your Echo gadgets into a hands-free calling system.

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Amazon Echo Show gives Alexa a screen and free video calls

Amazon Echo Show gives Alexa a screen and free video calls

The new Amazon Echo Show, the latest way for Jeff Bezos & Co. to sneak Alexa into your home, has been officially revealed, complete with both voice and touch. The first Echo device to include a display, the Echo Show has a 7-inch touchscreen and a 5-megapixel camera for video calls. There's also a total of eight microphones packed into its fairly blocky housing.

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Conexant aims to expand Alexa integration with new 4-mic dev kit

Conexant aims to expand Alexa integration with new 4-mic dev kit

Amazon Alexa has already found a lot of support from large companies through Alexa skills and integration, but today, Conextant is introducing a new development kit that could help more Alexa-enabled devices make it to the prototype stage of development. Though Amazon already offers a development kit for businesses wanting to create Alexa devices, Conexant is looking to bring costs down by offering a less expensive alternative.

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Amazon’s Echo with a screen tipped for May reveal

Amazon’s Echo with a screen tipped for May reveal

Amazon may have split opinion this week with Echo Look, which encourages Alexa to watch you getting dressed, but it seems it's not letting that slow the roll-out of new smart assistants. Echo Look is the fourth product on Amazon's virtual shelves to use Alexa, following the original Echo smart speaker, the Tap portable Bluetooth version, and the compact and more affordable Echo Dot. As soon as next month, though, we could see a fifth addition to the line-up.

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