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August Home teams up with Amazon to offer first Alexa-enabled door lock

August Home teams up with Amazon to offer first Alexa-enabled door lock

As time goes on, Amazon keeps bolstering the smart home capabilities of Alexa. The company announced today that it's adding the first Alexa Skill for door locks, with the August Home Smart Lock getting the distinction of being the first smart lock that's Alexa-enabled. Now owners of Alexa devices like the Echo or Tap can lock their front doors or check if the doors are locked using Alexa voice commands.

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Alexa’s role in Amazon Prime Day revealed

Alexa’s role in Amazon Prime Day revealed

Amazon's second Prime Day is quickly approaching, with the online retailer kicking off the massive sale on July 12. Those with an Alexa-enabled device can get in on the action a little early, however, as Amazon is offering $10 off your first order of $20 or more when you place it through Alexa. That promotion runs from today, July 8, through the end of Prime Day.

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Now Amazon’s Echo is besties with Spotify and Pandora

Now Amazon’s Echo is besties with Spotify and Pandora

Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo speaker has long been able to pull streaming music from a number of services, but now Amazon is allowing users to set their Spotify account as the default. The new functionality, confirmed by Spotify - one of the streaming options with Echo support - means that no longer do users have to specify which provider they want to hear a track or playlist from.

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Lexa app puts Amazon’s Alexa on your Android device

Lexa app puts Amazon’s Alexa on your Android device

There’s a new app that puts Amazon Alexa in your pocket, and it’s called Lexa. Available for Android, the Lexa app uses Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service to let mobile users interact with Alexa and get a response…the same way they would with an Amazon Echo device. The company bids its app as a way for developers and manufacturers to play around with Alex and test it for their own products; anyone with an Android device can use it, though, making it a low-barrier way to use Amazon’s personal assistant.

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Amazon now offering Prime orders through Alexa-enabled devices

Amazon now offering Prime orders through Alexa-enabled devices

Amazon is looking make ordering products a whole lot easier for folks who have both an Amazon Prime account and an Alexa-enabled device. Today the company announced that it will now let customers place orders for products that qualify for Prime shipping through Alexa. Previously, Alexa only allowed for users to reorder items they had purchased in the past or make orders using suggestions from Amazon's Choice.

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Amazon Alexa skills just got a whole lot smarter

Amazon Alexa skills just got a whole lot smarter

Amazon's Echo may allow you to order from the retailer's virtual shelves and play its audiobooks, but it's third-party features that make Alexa smartest and they're getting a makeover today. A year after Amazon threw open the Alexa Skills Kit and Alexa Voice Service for others to tap into, there are now 1,400 extra abilities for the speech-controlled virtual assistant.

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Amazon Alexa will soon blend with Logitech Harmony

Amazon Alexa will soon blend with Logitech Harmony

Amazon's Alexa is truly growing up to becoming the personal assistant for the home, sprinting past Google, Apple, and Microsoft and giving them a run for their money. While those big three are scrambling to get a foothold inside living rooms, Amazon is already building up its army rallying behind Alexa. The latest news, if for real, will potentially add dozens if not hundreds of devices that don't directly support Alexa. All through the masterful orchestrating of Logitech's Harmony smart home platform.

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Amazon Alexa ramps up to 1,000 3rd-party skills

Amazon Alexa ramps up to 1,000 3rd-party skills

Amazon's line of Echo speakers and the virtual assistant Alexa are constantly getting updated with new features and connected services, but the company has now revealed that the number of third-party skills available has topped 1,000. That's a lot of new abilities for Alexa that developers have created, resulting in useful features like the ability to check bank accounts, make travel plans, and even order a pizza, all via voice commands.

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The best Amazon Alexa Skills to try (and why they’re a big deal)

The best Amazon Alexa Skills to try (and why they’re a big deal)

With more than 1,000 Skills under its belt, Amazon's Alexa leads the pack in voice-controlled smart home assistants, but which should you try first and why? Read on for our pick of some of the best third-party integrations with Alexa, including why they're important, and how you can try them out without splashing out any cash in the first place.

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Pebble Core and Amazon’s Alexa become best pals

Pebble Core and Amazon’s Alexa become best pals

Those who have been underestimating or even simply ignoring Amazon's conquest into the voice-controlled personal assistant space should probably start taking a second look. Alexa is starting to pop up everywhere! While she/it still mostly remains inside Amazon's devices, like the Echo or Fire TV, it is starting to expand to other third-party products and also expand its connection with other platforms. The later to join that small but growing club is Pebble, whose admittedly intriguing Pebble Core will feature Alexa within it when it launches.

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Amazon builds virtual Echo in the browser to spread Alexa

Amazon builds virtual Echo in the browser to spread Alexa

A browser-based version of Amazon's Echo speaker should make Alexa even easier to try, with Amazon hoping the hardware-free experience encourages more developers to code for the platform. Echosim.io basically recreates the Echo hardware in virtual form, powered by the very same cloud-based processing that those with the physical device get to engage with.

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Alexa-powered Amazon “Knight” tablet said to be in the works

Alexa-powered Amazon “Knight” tablet said to be in the works

On the heels of news about Google's attempt to one up Amazon's Echo with a "Home" of its own, there is now word that Amazon is also preparing for war. Amazon might soon turn the tables on Google, who mostly reigns in the mobile market, by putting out a new kind of tablet. Codenamed "Knight", this tablet will differentiate itself from Amazon's existing Fire tablet line by being focused around its smart assistant, Alexa. While more portable than other Alexa devices, this tablet is pretty much part of Amazon's agenda to take over your entire, presumably smart, home.

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