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Onvocal OV wireless headset with Alexa and smart audio control now available

Onvocal OV wireless headset with Alexa and smart audio control now available

Onvocal's OV wireless headset unveiled back in December is now available to purchase, the company has announced. Unlike similar earbuds and headsets, the OV brings Alexa directly to the user, enabling them to ask Amazon's personal assistant for help in various tasks. According to Onvocal, these are the first-ever 'smart headphones' featuring Intelligent Sound Control, enabling the user to control chat, ambient, and voice directly.

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Alexa tipped to come to smart thermostat ecobee4

Alexa tipped to come to smart thermostat ecobee4

It was only a matter of time before Amazon found its way in to a smart thermostat with Alexa. The time is now, and the product is branded by ecobee. A set of product marketing materials has turned up with both a microphone and Amazon's blue light bar - which indicates the presence of Alexa in all her voice assistant glory. This new version of the ecobee thermostat seems to have a redesigned set of industrial design outer bits, too.

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Amazon Echo 7-Mic dev kit coming for 3rd-party manufacturers

Amazon Echo 7-Mic dev kit coming for 3rd-party manufacturers

Developers of apps and awesome next-level software will find that Amazon's Echo technology (the microphone bit) is now available for use. This technology was previously a closely-held secret made by Amazon to make the most of their Amazon Echo hardware and Alexa. With this release, developers and OEMs will be able to get their hands on the "Amazon Alexa 7-Mic Far-Field Development Kit".

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This Alexa update makes Echo your smart bulb’s best friend

This Alexa update makes Echo your smart bulb’s best friend

Amazon has dramatically improved how Alexa, its smart assistant found, works with connected bulbs, allowing users to control color and white light temperature by voice. The tunable lighting control update, announced today, allows developers to integrate color and temperature control with simple voice commands, and is compatible with some of the most popular connected bulbs on the market. It's a feature which has been much-requested by smart home fans.

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All-New Amazon Fire TV Stick makes its way to the UK

All-New Amazon Fire TV Stick makes its way to the UK

Folks in the US have had access to Amazon's All-New Fire TV Stick for about six months now, but today Amazon customers in the UK are getting in on the action. After opening up pre-orders back in February, Amazon has announced that it's finally shipping out to customers beginning today. Not only that, but a number of Amazon devices are getting updates that add Alexa support.

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Alexa comes to Android with new app for Huawei Mate 9

Alexa comes to Android with new app for Huawei Mate 9

A couple of days ago, support for Amazon's Alexa landed on iOS by way of the Amazon shopping app. Today, we're getting similar treatment on Android, but for now, only Huawei Mate 9 owners are getting in on the action. Huawei is currently in the process of pushing out its Huawei Alexa app to Mate 9 owners in the US, unlocking Alexa functionality on those devices.

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Amazon Prime Now Alexa update adds orders for booze

Amazon Prime Now Alexa update adds orders for booze

With a range of skills at its disposal, Amazon's Alexa platform is capable of a lot of things. Strangely, one thing Alexa hasn't been able to do is place orders through Amazon Prime Now. You'd think we would have seen that kind of functionality early on, but in any case, it's arriving today, letting you place same-day orders through Amazon's service.

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Alexa comes to iPhone in a trojan horse

Alexa comes to iPhone in a trojan horse

Thus far, Alexa has been exclusive to Amazon's own lineup of devices, like the Echo or the Fire TV Stick. That all changes today, as Amazon is putting Alexa on iOS. While she may not be as easily accessible as she is on Amazon's first party hardware, this means that you won't need any additional devices to use Amazon's AI assistant.

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Amazon now offers credits to make Alexa skills development free

Amazon now offers credits to make Alexa skills development free

We could be seeing many more Alexa skills launch shortly, as Amazon is rolling out new incentives for developers today. Aimed at making development of Alexa skills more affordable, Amazon will begin offering Amazon Web Services promotional credit to developers who have already published an Alexa Skill. Amazon says that in a lot of cases, this could make development of new Alexa skills entirely free.

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Roomba vacuum cleaners now take orders from Amazon Alexa

Roomba vacuum cleaners now take orders from Amazon Alexa

Even before there were smart homes and the Internet of Things, robotic vacuum cleaners, popularized by iRobot’s Roomba, have been the pioneers of the “home of the future” market. Sadly, they seem to have been shoved to the sidelines in the flood of new IoT and smart appliance products. iRobot, however, isn’t going to take that sitting down. It is now boarding the personal assistant train by making its Roomba 900 series respond to your voice commands via Alexa, for those times when you want to be more in control of the little robot.

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Amazon Echo gets Bluetooth speaker support

Amazon Echo gets Bluetooth speaker support

Thus far, if you wanted to use Amazon Alexa with a Bluetooth speaker, you needed to get a Dot device. That has changed, as Amazon has quietly introduced Bluetooth speaker pairing support for its Echo device, as well. By pairing Echo with a Bluetooth speaker, users are able to enjoy the powerful and better quality audio delivered with a speaker rather than the device’s own built-in audio offering.

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Amazon Alexa taps WebMD to answer your health questions

Amazon Alexa taps WebMD to answer your health questions

WebMD has announced that its glut of medical and health information is now accessible through Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, giving users a way to easily ask for health-related information. The information is accessible by asking Alexa health questions, such as, “Alexa, ask WebMD to tell me about insert health condition here.” Alexa, of course, will retrieve the information and then read it back to the user, no smartphones or apps necessary.

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