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Onvocal OV wireless earbuds have Amazon Alexa built in

Onvocal OV wireless earbuds have Amazon Alexa built in

Onvocal has introduced its new OV in-ear headphones with Amazon Alexa Voice Services built in. Using these earbuds, users can ask Alexa to do various things like open up the company’s music app, as one example. The earbuds can also be used to access other personal voice assistants like Siri by tapping a button. The headphones will be available next month, though they can be pre-ordered now.

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Pizza Hut added to Amazon Alexa: these are the skills

Pizza Hut added to Amazon Alexa: these are the skills

The folks at Pizza Hut have announced a team-up between themselves and Amazon for Alexa Voice Service. This system will add the ability to order a Pizza Hut pizza - and other bits and pieces - from the comfort of one's own couch. No phone involve, no laptop needed. This may be the laziest possible way to get hot food into your mouth in the history of the world.

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Mercedes is making Google Home your car’s PA

Mercedes is making Google Home your car’s PA

Your connected car will soon chatter with your smart home, with Mercedes-Benz announcing it plans to be the first automaker to integrate its vehicles with Google Home. The functionality was revealed at the Mercedes innovation center in California's Silicon Valley, and will see your car personified in the form of a companion virtual assistant alongside Google's own. Although the full demo is being saved for the automaker's CES 2017 showcase, it gave SlashGear a preview of the technology.

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Google buys Cronologics, makers of Alexa-powered CoWatch

Google buys Cronologics, makers of Alexa-powered CoWatch

Just when you thought Google was subtly ramping down its focus on Android Wear, it makes an unexpected move. It has just acquired the people running Cronologics, the startup behind the somewhat successful crowdfunding campaign for CoWatch. That “yet another smartwatch” set itself apart by being the first to put Amazon’s Alexa assistant on your wrist. Suffice it to say, with this acquisition, the CoWatch might remain to be only one with that feature, with the former Cronologics team devoting its attention on Android Wear 2.0 “and beyond”.

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C by GE futuristic LED ring lamp includes Alexa voice support

C by GE futuristic LED ring lamp includes Alexa voice support

General Electric has taken the wraps off a new futuristic ring-shaped lamp called the C by GE. Not only does the C feature a design you’d expect to see in some future-minded sci-fi movie, GE boasts that it also has ‘Jetsons-like’ voice support thanks to the inclusion of Amazon Alexa. According to GE, this is the first time Amazon’s personal assistant will be available within a lighting product sans a related hub or other device like an Echo. This means anyone can use Alexa via the lamp itself.

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Amazon and Intel team up against Google in IoT

Amazon and Intel team up against Google in IoT

Amazon and Intel are teaming up to spread Alexa, with stronger voice control skills as well as faster ways for third-parties to build devices with the assistant baked in. The news, announced at Amazon's AWS-focused re:Invent conference this week, sees Intel renew its efforts to get its silicon into places where, traditionally at least, you might expect to find ARM-based processors. However it's also a big deal to Amazon, which faces stronger competition from Google and others in the smart home.

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New Amazon Echo may look a lot like the iMac G4

New Amazon Echo may look a lot like the iMac G4

Amazon's next Echo will have Alexa speaking on the kitchen counter - so says rumors which paint this as a higher-end device. This next Amazon device would fit in with the rest of the Echo-branded smart home assistant products. It would have a display that would allow interaction not unlike a tablet, but the display is able to tilt up for a standing user.

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Neato Botvac Connected gains voice control via Alexa

Neato Botvac Connected gains voice control via Alexa

Amazon's Alexa now works with the Botvac Connected with devices like Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. This is just the latest in a long line of devices that are making the jump to smart home congruity with Alexa, making Amazon a voice command leader with several devices for smart home enthusiasts. This is the first official collaboration between Amazon Alexa and Neato - and it probably won't be the last.

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New Alexa skill has Amazon Echo reading 60,000 recipes

New Alexa skill has Amazon Echo reading 60,000 recipes

The Amazon Echo connected speaker can turn a number of activities into passive ones, such as reading the news or e-books out loud for users, book travel plans, track orders from Amazon, and even send text messages. But one category where the device has been lacking is in looking up and reading cooking recipes. That's finally changing, and just in time for the holidays.

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Amazon’s Black Friday starts early with Alexa’s Voice Shopping

Amazon’s Black Friday starts early with Alexa’s Voice Shopping

Starting this morning Amazon is making certain Black Friday shoppers are spending cash as early as possible with "voice shopping weekend." To do this, they're running a deal in which Amazon Tap is a bit cheaper than normal, and a few more deals can be found by asking Alexa devices. Users that have an Alexa-enabled device should ask, "Alexa, what are your deals" each day - but make sure not to say "what is YOUR deal," because that means something different.

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Eero Wifi system update boosts speed with TrueMesh, enables Alexa skills

Eero Wifi system update boosts speed with TrueMesh, enables Alexa skills

If you happen to own an eero home Wifi system, then you might be interested in hearing about a rather large update that's coming your way. First and foremost, this update will implement a new feature called TrueMesh. TrueMesh includes improvements to eero's mesh routing algorithms, which increases the speed at which your signal is transferred between individual eeros.

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Amazon Music Unlimited rolls out family subscription plans

Amazon Music Unlimited rolls out family subscription plans

Amazon Music Unlimited has wasted little time in taking the fight to established streaming services. Today Amazon announced a new family subscription plan for the service, barely a month after Music Unlimited rolled out in the US. Like other family plan subscriptions, this one will let multiple folks use Music Unlimited for one monthly fee, rather than shelling out for numerous individual accounts.

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