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Kwikset smart locks get Alexa voice control

Kwikset smart locks get Alexa voice control

Kwikset has announced that some of its smart locks on the SmartThings platform can now be controlled via voice commands and Amazon Alexa devices. This new support is due an Amazon API update, according to Kwikset, which says the new support is available for its SmartCode 910, 914, and 916 smart locks. The new support enables users to ask Alexa to lock their deadbolt.

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Amazon Echo might soon be able to tell voices apart

Amazon Echo might soon be able to tell voices apart

Amazon arguably kicked off the “personal assistant in a can” line of products, so it’s almost fitting that it also be the first to implement one of the most needed feature for smart speakers. These devices can already recognize and understand voices and speech, but they can’t really differentiate one voice from the next, which makes for a sometimes hilarious, sometimes frightening situation. Amazon, however, is tipped to be working on a certain “Voice ID” feature that would put those worries to rest.

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Moto Z gets Alexa Moto Mod and Gamepad add-on

Moto Z gets Alexa Moto Mod and Gamepad add-on

Motorola's main focus at MWC 2017 might be the new Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, but it's not leaving the Moto Z out. The modular Android smartphone is getting a whole host of new Moto Mods, running the gamut from fairly practical power improvements to more unusual options, like adding Amazon's Alexa to your existing phone. There's also additions for gaming, too.

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Amazon’s All-New Fire TV Stick pre-orders begin in the UK

Amazon’s All-New Fire TV Stick pre-orders begin in the UK

Back in September, Amazon revealed the next iteration of its Fire TV Stick. Brilliantly named the All-New Fire TV Stick, there wasn't a whole lot that was changing with this new device, save for one thing: the introduction of an Alexa voice remote. Even though it went up for pre-order in the US with that announcement, folks in the UK were left waiting.

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Now you can make Outlook your default Alexa calendar

Now you can make Outlook your default Alexa calendar

If you're an Outlook user, you might be pleased to know that you can now access your calendar using Amazon's AI assistant, Alexa. Amazon is flipping the switch on Alexa support for Outlook calendars today, and the best part is you can manage all of this through the Alexa app. That means nothing extra to download, and no specific Alexa skills to implement.

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Sonos has Alexa control working, but don’t hold your breath

Sonos has Alexa control working, but don’t hold your breath

Sonos has given its first public demonstration of Amazon Alexa integration, though the streaming speaker company says the actual roll-out of voice control is still some way off. The two companies announced a partnership back in August 2016, which will see Amazon's virtual assistant supplant the current iOS, Android, and desktop remote apps for Sonos' popular speaker line-up. Still, according to Sonos it's not ready for primetime yet.

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Amazon Tap’s biggest Alexa problem just got fixed

Amazon Tap’s biggest Alexa problem just got fixed

Amazon has fixed the number one complaint about its Amazon Tap Bluetooth smart speaker, with a firmware update that brings it up to par with its Echo and Echo Dot cousins. Launched last year, the Bluetooth speaker promised the same Amazon Alexa functionality as the original Echo, only in a battery-powered, portable form-factor. However, in the process Amazon left out one of the core features that has helped make Alexa so popular.

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Logitech brings Amazon Alexa support to ZeroTouch car mounts

Logitech brings Amazon Alexa support to ZeroTouch car mounts

Amazon Alexa skills have launched to support a number of different devices and services, but today Logitech is bringing Alexa support to a product you may not expect: car mounts. Logitech's line of ZeroTouch dashboard and air vent mounts now support Alexa voice control, which greatly expands the number of hands-free options you have while you're driving your car.

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Amazon’s Alexa can now control your Plex media server

Amazon’s Alexa can now control your Plex media server

The AI battle over your living room is getting a tad more intense. At CES 2017, NVIDIA surprised its fans by becoming the first, and so far only, gaming and multimedia device to integrate Google Assistant and Google Home into its functionality. Though that future has yet to arrive, Amazon and Plex are bringing their own future to the present. Now anyone with an Amazon Echo, or actually any device where Alexa resides, can now enjoy hands free control of the popular Plex media server, bringing the smart home of the future to your living room today.

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Starbucks tackles voice ordering on iOS and Amazon Alexa

Starbucks tackles voice ordering on iOS and Amazon Alexa

You can already place your Starbucks orders using your smartphone, but today we're seeing the massive coffee company expand on that functionality by rolling out a voice ordering feature. For the moment, the feature is only available on iOS through the Starbucks mobile app, and only a select number of customers will have access to it at first. In other words, this is a small-scale beta test before a larger launch later in the year.

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TV news mentions Alexa ordering a dollhouse, Echo speakers begin doing the same

TV news mentions Alexa ordering a dollhouse, Echo speakers begin doing the same

In an age where more and more connected devices are getting "always listening" capabilities, our greatest concerns have been about privacy and what's actually recorded. Turns out, what we should've been fearing is our devices listening in and following commands from the wrong thing. This exact scenario became a reality this week when Amazon Echo owners all over San Diego found their speaker ordering dollhouses after hearing "Alexa ordered me a dollhouse" from the TV news.

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Ford brings Amazon Alexa to its Sync 3 vehicles

Ford brings Amazon Alexa to its Sync 3 vehicles

Amazon's voice assistant Alexa is coming to a number of new devices this year — including the smartphone — but Ford will be the first to integrate it into their cars. The two companies announced at CES 2017 that starting later this month vehicles outfitted with Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system will begin working with Alexa from the home, while sometime this summer drivers will be able to speak to Alexa from the road.

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