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Amazon Alexa now recognizes your voice

Amazon Alexa now recognizes your voice

Amazon's Alexa is learning voice recognition, with the Echo smart speakers set to spot who is talking and offer up personalized replies. The functionality has remained one of the most-requested for Alexa, with users' eagerness only fueled by Google adding support for voice recognition to its Google Home several months ago.

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Amazon Echo Show price cut after losing YouTube

Amazon Echo Show price cut after losing YouTube

Amazon has slashed the price of the Echo Show, its touchscreen-fronted, Alexa-powered assistant, not long after Google unexpectedly yanked one of its most popular features. Most expensive of the Echo line-up, the Echo Show is the only model in the range to have a display, which Amazon uses to show videos, search results, products, and more. While it launched back in June at $230, it's now down to under $200.

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Nissan gives some owners voice control of vehicles via Amazon Alexa

Nissan gives some owners voice control of vehicles via Amazon Alexa

Nissan has announced a new voice integration with Amazon Alexa that will allow owners of compatible models to use voice commands to lock or unlock the car and perform more tasks. The new skill for Amazon Alexa will land later this month and is powered by NissanConnect Services. There are specific models with telematics from this model year and previous model years that will support the new feature.

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Sonos One official: Alexa built-in, Google Assistant in 2018

Sonos One official: Alexa built-in, Google Assistant in 2018

Sonos may be rolling out Alexa support to its existing speakers, but the connected music company also has a brand new speaker with Amazon's assistant onboard. The Sonos One looks at first glance like the existing Sonos PLAY:1, but it's not just full of speaker drivers. Instead, it has a microphone array on top so you can speak directly to Alexa - though that's just the start.

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Sonos’ Alexa public beta arrives today in “sonic internet” push

Sonos’ Alexa public beta arrives today in “sonic internet” push

Sonos has launched a public beta of its Alexa integration, following up on its promise to use Amazon's virtual assistant to control its multiroom speakers. The public beta follows Sonos' ongoing closed beta, which has been running for a small number of users over the past few months. However, you won't need a new Sonos speaker in order to try it.

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Alexa could make Amazon Music better than Spotify

Alexa could make Amazon Music better than Spotify

Yesterday, Amazon announced plans to add Alexa to the Amazon Music app on iOS and Android. This removes the barrier of entry that is the Echo line and gives Amazon Music subscribers app-access to Alexa and the handy things she can do. By serving up Alexa to Amazon Music subscribers, Amazon may have just made its own streaming service a significantly better than the reigning king: Spotify.

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Amazon’s big Echo event: all the devices fit to run Alexa

Amazon’s big Echo event: all the devices fit to run Alexa

This morning Amazon revealed the "all-new Echo", Echo Plus, Echo Spot, a new Fire TV, Echo Connect, and an Alexa-infused Big Mouth Billy Bass. If that wasn't enough to excite the voice-first fans out there in Echoland, what will? In this mix is a set of devices that expand Amazon's footprint in the smart home beyond the ways and means of yesteryear, all in devices that either expand on or modify devices that've come before.

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Hulu will soon let you find and control shows using Alexa

Hulu will soon let you find and control shows using Alexa

Hulu has announced that it will soon support Amazon Alexa, enabling subscribers to find and control shows using the personal assistant. The support will arrive some time this fall, and will require both a Fire TV and an Echo device, according to Hulu. Assuming you have both, you'll be able to ask Alexa to turn on a specific show or network, pause or play the show, and more.

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BMW will put Amazon Alexa in its vehicles starting next year

BMW will put Amazon Alexa in its vehicles starting next year

BMW has teamed up with Amazon to integrate Alexa into its vehicles, enabling drivers to use the digital assistant for playing music, getting directions, and more. Alexa will be arriving in both BMW and MINI vehicles sometime around next summer, marking the latest expansion for Amazon's popular assistant. Of course, no separate app will be needed to use the in-car Alexa.

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Big Mouth Billy Bass gets an intelligence boost with Alexa

Big Mouth Billy Bass gets an intelligence boost with Alexa

The wall-mounted animatronic fish that makes visitors cringe when they spot it in your home will soon be far more capable than anyone ever imagined. Amazon has announced that Alexa will soon power the fish known as Big Mouth Billy Bass, enabling it to order items from Amazon, control your smart home gadgets, answer questions, and whatever else you use Alexa for.

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Amazon’s new Echo brings multi-room audio and a stylish new design

Amazon’s new Echo brings multi-room audio and a stylish new design

Amazon has unveiled the next-generation version of its Echo device, a smaller cylindrical tower with a classier design and $99 price tag. Unlike the original Echo, this second-generation update features a cloth design not unlike what we find on Google Daydream devices. The new model boasts better sound quality versus the original smart speaker, and it is joined by a bundle discount on additional Echo devices.

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Amazon’s surprise event makes new Echo likely

Amazon’s surprise event makes new Echo likely

Still got any gadget enthusiasm left between Apple's iPhone X aftermath and Google's upcoming Pixel 2 launch? Amazon is hoping the answer to that is yes, since it's holding an unexpected launch in Seattle today. The retail behemoth is playing exactly what's on the agenda close to its collective chest - though we're holding out hope for Jeff Bezos spending three hours talking about Whole Foods' new hot counter food line-up - but we have a few ideas as to what we can expect.

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