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You can preorder Echo Buttons to make Alexa a gameshow host

You can preorder Echo Buttons to make Alexa a gameshow host

Forget HQ Trivia: Alexa is turning into a game show host, with Amazon's Echo Buttons finally up for pre-order. Announced alongside the 2017 Echo range earlier this year, the new buttons wirelessly connect to the smart speakers and allow for single- and multi-player games.

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Sonos’ Spotify Alexa support arrives ahead of schedule

Sonos’ Spotify Alexa support arrives ahead of schedule

Sonos, Spotify, and Amazon Alexa are finally best friends, with support being added to control playback by voice on the multi-room speakers. Sonos users with an Amazon Echo device, a Sonos One, or any other Alexa-powered gadget can now ask for playback from their Spotify account through the networked speakers.

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GE’s connected bulbs get Alexa and Google Assistant bridge

GE’s connected bulbs get Alexa and Google Assistant bridge

GE is adding voice control to its C by GE Lighting smart bulb range, with a new bridge that will open the door to Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. The hub, dubbed the C-Reach bridge, plugs into a spare outlet and connects to two of GE's smart bulb lines.

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Amazon Echo PRODUCT(RED) makes Alexa charitable

Amazon Echo PRODUCT(RED) makes Alexa charitable

Amazon has a new Echo PRODUCT(RED) edition, cladding its Alexa-powered smart speaker in a charitable sleeve. The new model joins Amazon's sensible, dare we say rather dour line-up of colors and finishes which, for the first time with the second-gen Echo, are interchangeable.

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Lynx is your Alexa-powered robot assistant

Lynx is your Alexa-powered robot assistant

Company UBTECH Robotics has announced the launch of Lynx, the first ever humanoid robot with Amazon Alexa baked in. The robot utilizes Amazon's personal assistant along with UBTECH's robotics tech to offer a variety of services and abilities, such as a surveillance mode for keeping an eye on your home while you're away and playing music via voice commands.

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Pandora’s beefed-up Sonos control adds Alexa support

Pandora’s beefed-up Sonos control adds Alexa support

Pandora may have been overshadowed by rival streaming music services in recent years, but a new Sonos integration could push it back into the limelight. The update brings full Sonos control right into the Pandora app, including multi-room playback support. It also adds more collaborative play, allowing guests to take on DJ duties from their own phone.

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Amazon Cloud Cam Review: Alexa will see you now

Amazon Cloud Cam Review: Alexa will see you now

Alexa is already listening to you, but now the Amazon Cloud Cam wants to watch you, too. The retailer's first connected security camera may not be the first to market, but it does offer some competitive cloud storage pricing and is an integral part of Amazon Key. Question is, with heavyweights like Nest already well associated with the smart security space, can the Amazon Cloud Cam hold up to scrutiny?

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Do I really need Alexa or Google Home or Siri?

Do I really need Alexa or Google Home or Siri?

In the future, artificial intelligence and machine learning will allow us to be happy. We'll have everything we need before we need it, and all of our favorite products will be shipped without having to head to the store - or even leave the house at all. That's the future Amazon is trying to sell - Google and Apple, too, in different ways. Do we have a choice in this future - do we even want to choose?

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Amazon Alexa deals offer 24hrs of smart speaker price cuts

Amazon Alexa deals offer 24hrs of smart speaker price cuts

It's Alexa's birthday, and Amazon has announced a brief promotion that will see some sizable savings on devices powered by the virtual assistant. While it might be traditional to receive gifts on a birthday, Amazon has flipped that around and is offering a variety of deals on Alexa-powered devices. The promotion ranges from the cheapest Echo Dot, though to third-party hardware like the Alexa-powered Ecobee4 thermostat, along with Fire tablets and more.

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Best Buy now lets you shop with Amazon Alexa

Best Buy now lets you shop with Amazon Alexa

It seems that Amazon has become such a dominant force in the online shopping market that even big box retail stores are bending over backwards to cooperate with the company. Best Buy is the latest to add support for Alexa, the Echo speaker's digital assistant, allowing users to both shop and place orders using a simple voice command.

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IKEA Tradfri smart lighting finally gets HomeKit, Alexa support

IKEA Tradfri smart lighting finally gets HomeKit, Alexa support

IKEA may have somewhat become a household name when it comes to minimalist, modular and hip furniture, but it isn’t known for jumping into the smart home arena head on. That should have changed last August, when it promised to add support for the three major smart home and AI assistants in the market. Fast forward three months later, it is only now that the IKEA Tradfri line of connected bulbs is getting integration with Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa, with Google Home still left behind.

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Alexa now knows if your August smart lock door is shut

Alexa now knows if your August smart lock door is shut

August's DoorSense system, which alerts users if their door hasn't properly closed, has been added to the company's Alexa skill. The update, which requires certain lock models in August's line-up in order to work, means that those with an Amazon Echo or other Alexa-powered device can now ask the smart assistant for an update on whether their door is actually closed or not.

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