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Acer Spin 3, 5 start Alexa’s notebook debut, more coming

Acer Spin 3, 5 start Alexa’s notebook debut, more coming

HP may have dibs on putting Alexa inside an all-in-one PC, but Acer is making Amazon's highly popular smart assistant mobile. Acer and Alexa doing what Google has been, for months, rumored to be preparing: putting an AI-driven smart assistant inside a notebook computer. With Alexa inside the Acer Spin 3, Spin 5, and, soon Nitro 5 Spin, Amazon's domination of the voice-controlled AI assistant space is nearly complete.

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Optoma UHD51A 4K home projector with Alexa now available

Optoma UHD51A 4K home projector with Alexa now available

The UHD51A project from Optoma that we first saw during CES 2018 is now available to purchase. Though it's certainly not the first consumer-tier 4K projector on the market, Optoma did pack one unique feature into its UHD51A model: Amazon Alexa. The personal assistant makes Optoma's offering the first projector of its kind with voice command support.

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TiVo Alexa control goes live this week

TiVo Alexa control goes live this week

TiVo is getting Amazon Alexa integration, allowing voice control of changing channels, skipping commercials, and more. The support for Amazon's assistant is rolling out to boxes this week, TiVo says, allowing anybody with a TiVo BOLT, Roamio, or Premiere to link their DVR with a supported Echo device.

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HP’s ENVY Curved AiO 34 gets sleek new design and Alexa

HP’s ENVY Curved AiO 34 gets sleek new design and Alexa

HP has updated its ENVY desktop line, adding Alex to its vast ENVY Curved AiO 34, and adding a minimalistic but potent tower to the range. Revealed today, the new desktops feature a more mature, restrained design language than you might expect from machines that have a gaming bent.

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Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri vulnerable to inaudible commands

Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri vulnerable to inaudible commands

Smart assistants, especially those in smart speakers, have to always be listening. There is no other way to have them ready to answer your questions or obey your commands at a moment's notice, whether or not you have trigger phrase for it. Unfortunately, this also means that they will always be receiving and hearing any and all audio to intercept commands. The problem, according to researchers, is that these smart assistants might follow even those commands that you might not be able to hear.

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Schlage smart locks now support unlocking via Alexa

Schlage smart locks now support unlocking via Alexa

Schlage has announced Alexa support for two of its smart locks, the Sense Smart Deadbolt and the Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt. With this support, smart lock owners can use voice commands to unlock their door, a feature that uses a PIN for extra security. Access is also available through the maker's iOS and Android apps, though a WiFi Adapter is necessary.

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Alexa x Cortana demo video: Microsoft and Amazon, BFF

Alexa x Cortana demo video: Microsoft and Amazon, BFF

Amazon and Microsoft just combined forces officially, tag-teaming their personal assistants Alexa and Cortana through the future. These two voice-activated smart assistant overlord software and cloud intelligence systems will work together on devices of all sorts. In short, it would seem that Alexa is going to handle "personal" stuff while Cortana's going to handle all the "business."

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Alexa can now be the default Android Assistant with a caveat

Alexa can now be the default Android Assistant with a caveat

Google, like Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft, has its own AI-powered smart assistant. Unlike those other companies, however, Google is OK with playing with others. It hasn't, so far, closed off Android or even its own Pixel phones from using other assistants. Now it has gone even further. Despite the growing animosity between the two companies, Amazon Alexa can now be set as an Android device's default Assist app. But, as with anything, there is a catch, which may be a deal breaker for some.

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These big Echo, Fire TV and Kindle deals bring Dots down to $30

These big Echo, Fire TV and Kindle deals bring Dots down to $30

Amazon made sure we knew just how many skills Alexa had this past week, and today there are deep discounts across a range of Alexa-powered devices to make the most of those talents. The retailer is running a limited-time sale across its Echo, Fire tablet, Fire TV, and other hardware, while if you're in the market for a new Kindle there are savings there too.

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Sonos’ new home theater speaker is coming June 6

Sonos’ new home theater speaker is coming June 6

Sonos will launch a new home theater speaker on June 6, announcing an event in San Francisco where we're expecting to see its follow-up to the Playbar and Playbase. The news follows an early glimpse of the new Sonos speaker as it passed through the FCC earlier this month.

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Now Alexa Skills can sell you stuff

Now Alexa Skills can sell you stuff

Alexa is opening up her sales talents to third-party skills, with the virtual assistant now supporting in-skill purchasing and Amazon Pay payments. The features had been in trials for select skill partners, but now anybody building apps for Amazon's Echo speakers can tap into the functionality.

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Google Assistant is more accurate than Amazon Alexa: study

Google Assistant is more accurate than Amazon Alexa: study

Digital marketing agency Stone Temple has released a study detailing the accuracy of the four big personal assistants: Google Assistant (via Phone and Home), Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana (via Invoke), and Apple's Siri. The team tested the services with 4,942 queries, monitoring the accuracy of the results to determine which assistant is the most accurate. Spoiler: Google won, but second place is surprising.

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