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Echo Flex plugs Alexa right into an outlet with modular accessories

Echo Flex plugs Alexa right into an outlet with modular accessories

Alexa has a new, even smaller and more convenient smart speaker to colonize your home, with Echo Flex plugging straight into an outlet. Looking more than a little bit like a plug-in air freshener, Echo Flex addresses one of the big challenges Amazon says 3D printers and DIY fans have been embracing: how can you fix up an Echo dot in a place that's not sitting it on a table or a nightstand.

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Echo Show 8 adds 3rd smart display with Alexa Food Network tie-in

Echo Show 8 adds 3rd smart display with Alexa Food Network tie-in

Amazon already has a few smart displays in its line-up, but Alexa is getting another screen to play with in the shape of the Echo Show 8. An 8-inch version of the existing Echo Show 5, it enlarges the Alexa smart display but keeps its privacy features, and arrives as Alexa gets a big new integration with the Food Network.

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Amazon Echo Studio, Echo Dot with Clock, and new Echo revealed

Amazon Echo Studio, Echo Dot with Clock, and new Echo revealed

Amazon is adding three new Echo smart speaker to its line-up, with a new Echo Dot with Clock, a new Echo with improved audio quality, and a new Echo Studio for audiophiles looking for an all-in-one music experience. Announced in Seattle today, at Amazon's big hardware launch, it's a big push for improving Echo's audio credentials.

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Amazon Alexa wireless earbuds tipped with built-in activity tracking

Amazon Alexa wireless earbuds tipped with built-in activity tracking

Amazon is preparing to launch its own fitness tracking device, a new report claims, and it may come in the form of wireless earbuds. The alleged product is reportedly codenamed 'Puget' and packing the hardware necessary to monitor the user's movements, offering details on things like how many calories were burned. The same leak also claims Amazon is working on a new Echo device offering better sound quality.

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OnePlus TV will also integrate with Amazon Alexa skills

OnePlus TV will also integrate with Amazon Alexa skills

OnePlus is launching its own smart TV, that much is already an established fact. What isn't yet completely known is what form it will take, both in terms of hardware and software. The company has talked a lot about how the OnePlus TV practically takes Android TV to the next level, focusing on its very close relationship with Google. What it hasn't been really talking about is how close it also is to Amazon to the extent that the smart TV is even getting its own set of Alexa skills.

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Amazon’s holding a big hardware event on September 25

Amazon’s holding a big hardware event on September 25

Amazon will hold its next big hardware event on September 25, the company has confirmed today, with Alexa likely to feature heavily on the menu. The launch comes a year after Amazon's 2018 devices event, which saw products as varied as an Alexa-enabled microwave and a smart wall clock.

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Alexa Answers gets you to answer other users questions

Alexa Answers gets you to answer other users questions

Amazon's Alexa Answers was made public today after an invite-only period that started back in December of 2018. Alexa Answers implores Amazon users to contribute to the Alexa knowledge database "by responding to questions Alexa doesn't know the answer to yet." Amazon users are given "points" for their work in this program and put on leaderboards for the most-shared responses to questions through Alexa.

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Fitbit Versa 2 packs Amazon Alexa to challenge Apple Watch

Fitbit Versa 2 packs Amazon Alexa to challenge Apple Watch

Fitbit today announced the Versa 2, and it could very well become a challenger to Apple Watch's dominance in the smartwatch space. That's because the Versa 2 comes equipped with Amazon Alexa - the first of Fitbit's smartwatch lineup to support Amazon's voice assistant. Though Alexa is the Versa 2's marquee feature, Versa 2 buyers will also get the feature set we're used to seeing out of Fitbit's smartwatches.

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Amazon Alexa gets in-depth NFL knowledge for 2019 football season

Amazon Alexa gets in-depth NFL knowledge for 2019 football season

Just ahead of the 2019 NFL football season comes an update from Amazon. The company has announced that its Alexa personal assistant has received a knowledge update revolving around the popular American sport, enabling it to offer users more 'comprehensive, in-depth' stats related to NFL teams and players, according to the company. The personal assistant can now also offer details about college and high school football.

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Smart assistants are unwitting accomplices in new generation of scams

Smart assistants are unwitting accomplices in new generation of scams

AI-powered smart assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri are plenty convenient, especially when automating tasks with a single command. With their integration into phones, it's almost too easy to simply tell them to ring up not just family and friends but also businesses. Unfortunately, smart as they are, they can't always verify that the number they're calling is legit and this has lead to what may be the next wave of scamming and phishing strategies that is starting to become more popular.

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Google Assistant beats Siri and Alexa in IQ test, but they’re catching up

Google Assistant beats Siri and Alexa in IQ test, but they’re catching up

If you've put off getting a smart speaker and you're wondering which is the most effective, a new small study from Loup Ventures suggests Google Assistant is the best solution for getting the most correct answers. Though Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa all had similar abilities to understand questions, only Google Assistant answered more than 90-percent of the questions correctly.

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Xperia 1 with Alexa built-in tries to woo a different class of buyers

Xperia 1 with Alexa built-in tries to woo a different class of buyers

The Xperia 1 was clearly made for entertainment. Sony brought its 21:9 screen to a mobile size and dubbed it a CinemaWide display. Even with the addition of 4K HDR, it may not have been enough to sell the phone as much as Sony would have hoped. Now the company is hoping a different kind of smartphone user to buy the Xperia 1. Appealing to smart home owners, the new Xperia 1 now comes with Amazon Alexa built-in, which subtly hints that Google Assistant is being pushed to the side.

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