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Hubble Hugo mood-tracking smart camera has Alexa onboard

Hubble Hugo mood-tracking smart camera has Alexa onboard

Amazon's Alexa continues its march across the smart home, showing up next in Hubble's Hugo, an eyeball-like motorized camera that can also figure out your mood. Part-security camera and part-robot, Hugo is a spherical lens atop a moving base, and actually looks quite a bit like 'bots from Jibo and LG. What those robots can't do, though, is tell when you're furious just by glancing at you.

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Huawei Mate 9 makes US debut with Amazon Alexa

Huawei Mate 9 makes US debut with Amazon Alexa

Huawei's Mate 9 originally launched back in November, but has only been available in parts of Europe and Asia until now. That changes on Friday, January 6th, as the 5.9-inch phablet is finally launching in the US. Not only that, but it will come pre-installed with an app that lets users access Amazon Alexa, marking the first smartphone partnership for the cloud-based voice assistant.

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Amazon Fire TV Edition hands-on: Westinghouse 4K set gets Alexa

Amazon Fire TV Edition hands-on: Westinghouse 4K set gets Alexa

This week at CES 2017 we're having a look at the Westinghouse 4K TV that'll be first in the first collection of Amazon Fire TV Edition televisions this year. This TV set puts Amazon Fire TV Edition - the software - on a massive 4K television, making the entirety of the content therein look fantastic. Along with the ability to roll with some extremely high-definition video, this set's integration with Amazon's software allows Alexa commands to be made through the TV's smart remote.

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LG’s Smart InstaView webOS fridge has Alexa and transparent touchscreen

LG’s Smart InstaView webOS fridge has Alexa and transparent touchscreen

LG has added webOS, WiFi, Amazon Alexa and more to its latest Smart InstaView Door-in-Door Refrigerator, fitting the double-door appliance with a transparent touchscreen and voice and smartphone control. Revealed at CES 2017 today, the kitchen behemoth is LG's latest push in the Internet of Things, though it's not the only appliance getting smarter. In fact, LG is putting WiFi into all its 2017 home appliances.

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ADT’s Pulse security system gets a new Amazon Alexa skill

ADT’s Pulse security system gets a new Amazon Alexa skill

Of all of the new Alexa skills being announced at CES 2017, the one for ADT's Pulse security system is one of the most interesting. Pulse is a smart home focused security system from ADT, so it makes a lot of sense to see support for Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot being added by way of an Alexa skill. The skill isn't available just yet, but ADT says it'll be start rolling out later this month.

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DISH reveals Alexa Hopper skill, DISH Music, and Sling TV certification for devices

DISH reveals Alexa Hopper skill, DISH Music, and Sling TV certification for devices

DISH announced its AirTV streaming device earlier in the day, but the CES 2017 reveals don't stop there. Chief among these reveals is a new Hopper skill for Amazon's Alexa devices, namely the Echo and Echo Dot. If you have one of those and a Hopper DVR, you'll soon be able to pair your DVR with your Alexa device and start channel surfing using voice commands.

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Lenovo Smart Assistant with Alexa is an Echo alternative

Lenovo Smart Assistant with Alexa is an Echo alternative

Lenovo has introduced its new Smart Assistant with Amazon Alexa, a tower-shaped device similar in shape to the Amazon Echo device. This device was built in collaboration with Amazon, according to Lenovo, and it features Alexa voice services. As with similar personal assistant devices, the Smart Assistant listens for its owner’s voice commands, using Alexa to perform whatever it is you want: get calendar updates, play a song, make a list, and more.

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Amazon Alexa now gets your follow-up questions

Amazon Alexa now gets your follow-up questions

As smart as smart assistants like Siri, Cortana, and Alexa try to be, they seem to have problems with their short term memory. Ask them a question and they'll answer promptly. But ask them immediately about something related to that answer and they seem to have forgotten about it entirely. Unless they asked you first, that is. Google, however, has had the ability to take into account the context of these follow-up queries, and now Amazon has silently given Alexa that skill in the latest update to its Echo devices.

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Alexa a hostile witness in murder investigation

Alexa a hostile witness in murder investigation

How reliable a witness is Amazon's Alexa? The voice-controlled assistant, star of the Echo smart speaker but increasingly spreading to other connected devices, has become the unexpected informant in an Arkansas murder investigation set to go to trial come 2017. According to police, and freshly-unearthed warrants filed by investigators, the always-listening Echo could hold crucial evidence in the case.

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Smart home turns informant: Police want Echo and IoT data in murder case

Smart home turns informant: Police want Echo and IoT data in murder case

Your smart home could turn into a police informant, if investigators in Arkansas can set a precedent that data from connected devices like Amazon's Echo be seized as murder case evidence. The police force in Bentonville served Amazon with a warrant for recordings made by an Echo smart speaker, after it potentially heard details around a murder that took place in the home. However, Alexa wasn't the only inadvertent potential witness to the alleged crime.

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Alexa was the star of Amazon’s billion-order holiday

Alexa was the star of Amazon’s billion-order holiday

It sounds like Amazon's Alexa devices were a big hit over the holidays. Amazon announced today that sales of the Echo family were up 9x over 2015's holiday season, which puts sales of Alexa devices well into the millions for 2016. As is usually the case with Amazon, it didn't share specific numbers, and that's something of a shame, as it would offer good insight into how the Alexa ecosystem is performing in the face of increased competition from Google Home.

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Logitech Harmony gains Amazon Alexa support

Logitech Harmony gains Amazon Alexa support

Logitech's line of Harmony universal remote controls have long had the ability to control some home automation devices like the Hue lights from Philips. Harmony devices have now gained support for the Amazon Alexa via the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. If you have a Harmony remote and the Echo or Echo Dot in your home you can use your voice to control your entertainment.

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