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Sonos’ killer alternative HomePod deal is live

Sonos’ killer alternative HomePod deal is live

Apple might want your money for a HomePod preorder, but Sonos is making a pitch for that $349 instead, with its Sonos One deal going live today. The Alexa-powered smart speaker may not be as powerful or as large as Apple's, but for a limited time you'll be able to get two of them for the price of one HomePod.

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Alexa app finally has a voice

Alexa app finally has a voice

An update for the Alexa app for Android was given an update this morning with support for Alexa voice interaction. This update brings Alexa voice interaction on all Androids, not just a few - all just as long as they have at least Android 4.4 or newer. That's the basic requirement for the app itself - and was before this update, too.

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Best Smart Speakers of 2018: the Pros and the Cons

Best Smart Speakers of 2018: the Pros and the Cons

At CES 2018, the usual circus of new products, experimental devices, and moonshot projects seem to have a common undertone: AI assistants. At almost every turn, you’ll find something, be it a “smart display”, a TV, a car head unit, or a door lock that integrates with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, or even Microsoft Cortana. The age of the personal AI assistants have come, and it all started with the somewhat unassuming and still really bewildering smart speakers. We take a brief look at some of the best ones in the market, and some still to come, and why, despite their appeal, they might not exactly be worth your money just yet.

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Amazon Echo Spot available now in the UK

Amazon Echo Spot available now in the UK

The battle of the AI assistants and their devices is on. At CES 2018, a large portion of consumer electronics revolved around or, at the very least, supported the likes of Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Sometimes even both. As the competition, not to mention the nastiness, between the two heats up, so do the expansion to global markets. Hot on the heels of CES, Amazon is finally making available in the UK one of its latest, and oddest, products, the Echo Spot.

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Toyota Alexa integration is coming to dashboards in 2018

Toyota Alexa integration is coming to dashboards in 2018

Toyota and Amazon are teaming up to put Alexa in the car, with the voice assistant going mobile in select models from the automaker this year. The feature, announced at CES 2018, will be part of Toyota Entune 3.0 and Lexus Enform 2.0, the latest versions of the automaker's infotainment platform. It'll allow for Alexa interactions both inside the car and remotely, from the home.

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TiVo Alexa and Google Assistant integration is on the way

TiVo Alexa and Google Assistant integration is on the way

TiVo sees the smart home revolution and it wants to be a part of it. Today the company announced that it will soon offer integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, two AI assistants that are quickly becoming the centerpiece of many smart home systems. When these enhancements arrive, TiVo envisions the potential to watch your content in a way you haven't yet before.

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Optoma UHD51A Alexa-enabled 4K home projector obeys your voice

Optoma UHD51A Alexa-enabled 4K home projector obeys your voice

Next to, or perhaps even equal with, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa is one of the big winners of CES 2018, appearing in almost every kind of device imaginable. And sometimes unimaginable as well. You probably never imagined that a home projector would respond to your questions about the weather, but that is exactly what the new Optomo UHD51A 4K UHD home projector will be able to do and more. From showing your favorite Prime Video content to controlling your home’s smart lighting, this project can do it all. And all you need to do is ask Alexa.

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ASUS Lyra Voice, Trio offer Amazon Alexa and mesh networking

ASUS Lyra Voice, Trio offer Amazon Alexa and mesh networking

ASUS has a pair of devices for the modern smart home: the ASUS Lyra Voice and Lyra Trio. These devices offer Amazon Alexa voice services and mesh networking, the combination of which ensure that one's whole home is blanketed with WiFi and that any connected (and supported) IoT gadgets can be controlled using voice commands. ASUS plans to launch both products in the first half of 2018.

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Anker floods CES 2018 with speakers, projectors, Alexa car kit

Anker floods CES 2018 with speakers, projectors, Alexa car kit

Anker is perhaps best known for its charging accessories but that doesn’t mean that’s is all that it knows to do. At CES 2018, it is proving exactly that by unveiling a new batch of accessories covering a wide range of uses, from wireless earphones to a car kit that makes any car smarter with Amazon Alexa. All of them, of course, have an element of Anker’s famous charging tech inside.

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iDevices Instinct hides Amazon Alexa behind a light switch

iDevices Instinct hides Amazon Alexa behind a light switch

Gone are the days when light switches were just that: switches to turn lights on or off. These days, they can do all sorts of things that are not even remotely related to lighting. Take for example iDevices’ newest wall light switch, the Instinct, which now comes with Alexa, Amazon’s multi-talented voice-controlled personal assistant. And that’s only just one of the many things the light switch can do, which includes playing music.

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Amazon announces Alexa integration for headphones and smartwatches

Amazon announces Alexa integration for headphones and smartwatches

Amazon's smart assistance service, Alexa, has already made the jump from connected speaker to a number of different smart home products, but its next location will be portable devices. The company has announced a new "Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit" that will allow hardware manufacturers to integrate Alexa with wearable products like headphones and smartwatches.

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Kohler’s new Alexa mirror isn’t even its weirdest IoT product

Kohler’s new Alexa mirror isn’t even its weirdest IoT product

Alexa is headed to the bathroom, with Kohler announcing the Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror, the first bathroom mirror with Amazon's assistant built-in. Part of the kitchen and bath company's new smart home line-up for CES 2018, the mirror slots into the Kohler Konnect ecosystem of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which will include voice-controlled faucets, showers, and even toilets.

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