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Alexa is getting chattier as Amazon’s AI guesses what you really wanted

Alexa is getting chattier as Amazon’s AI guesses what you really wanted

Alexa is about to get chattier, but Amazon thinks a more vocal AI will be welcome if she can correctly intuit what you might want out of the conversation. While Alexa-powered smart speakers have been able to run in conversational mode for some months now, asking back and forth questions, a new update being rolled out will help the assistant figure out what Amazon is referring to as "latent goals" from users.

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Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) Review – Sphere of Influence

Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) Review – Sphere of Influence

Alexa is getting a fresh wardrobe for 2020, and the new Echo Dot (4th Gen) is going spherical just like its bigger Echo sibling. As always, the pitch is fairly straightforward: at $49.99, the Echo Dot is a more affordable way to add Alexa to a new room, while the $59.99 Echo Dot with Clock clamors for a spot on your nightstand. Unlike with the 4th Gen Echo, however, the advantages aren't quite so clear-cut.

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Amazon Echo (4th Gen) Review – Alexa gets vocal

Amazon Echo (4th Gen) Review – Alexa gets vocal

It's six years since the first Amazon Echo arrived, igniting a whole new category of smart speakers and making the idea of talking to a disembodied voice a little less weird, and now Alexa is getting some new, spherical digs. The fourth-generation Echo frees Amazon's chatty assistant from her cylindrical tower, transplanting her in a new, ball-like speaker instead. For 2020, though, there's a lot more to recommend.

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Amazon Alexa app gets new Auto Mode for extra safety while driving

Amazon Alexa app gets new Auto Mode for extra safety while driving

Amazon has updated the Alexa mobile app with an important new feature that should help those who are dedicated to the platform. Simply called Auto Mode, this new feature enables users to turn on a simplified interface while they're driving, stripping the Alexa mobile experience down to the basic features users may need to access while driving. The feature may be useful for those who drive cars lacking a smart system like Android Auto.

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Amazon Alexa gains new abilities and more privacy controls

Amazon Alexa gains new abilities and more privacy controls

Amazon announced quite a handful of new products today, including some from its Ring subsidiary, but it isn't just bringing new hardware to its customers. The e-commerce giant also announced upgrades to the hands-free experience that powers many of its devices, giving the AI-powered Alexa more skills and more brains. Going beyond that, however, Amazon is also trying to address one of Alexa's most unpopular flaw: its privacy.

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Amazon has a creepiness problem

Amazon has a creepiness problem

Amazon is either brazen, blasé, or oblivious to its privacy reputation, and the result is borderline-creepy products like Ring Always Home Cam and the Echo Show 10. Unveiled today in a product-packed event that was punctuated by monologues about how working-from-home has changed the landscape for what we expect from our devices, on the one hand they're a perhaps logical progression of the smart home devices Amazon has already shown us.

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Amazon Luna cloud gaming service launches with Ubisoft and Twitch

Amazon Luna cloud gaming service launches with Ubisoft and Twitch

Amazon has launched its own cloud-based gaming system, Amazon Luna, taking on Google Stadia and Xbox Game Streaming. Based around a new, wireless Luna Controller that connects directly to the cloud, along with AWS and a partnership with Ubisoft, it promises instant play across Fire TV, computers, and smartphones, along with baked-in Twitch integration.

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Amazon Alexa Fall 2020 event gets a date – What we expect

Amazon Alexa Fall 2020 event gets a date – What we expect

Amazon has confirmed the date for its annual fall "Devices & Services" event, with the online-only launch taking place on September 24. It's expected to see the debut of Amazon's latest Alexa-powered hardware range ahead of the holidays, and which, if past events are anything to go by, will probably include both smart speaker mainstays of the line-up together with some more unusual options.

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Amazon Alexa Routines can now be shared with anyone

Amazon Alexa Routines can now be shared with anyone

Smart assistants and smart speakers have introduced new ways of making our busy lives less frantic but, until recently, they have been more about single-action commands. Routines, scenes, and other similar features have started rolling out to truly offer some automation, bundling related actions together for a specific theme or time. These are definitely useful but only if you actually know how to create them in the first place. Amazon is helping remove the guesswork by making it dead easy to share Alexa Routines around.

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Amazon Alexa Print lets you easily print out your shopping list

Amazon Alexa Print lets you easily print out your shopping list

Despite living in a mostly digital age, there always comes a time when we end up having to print something. It isn't always a smooth and uneventful experience, especially when you discover only then and there that you don't have enough ink left in the first place. If would definitely be grand if you could simply command your printer to do that for you. If you have an Amazon Echo, you now can, well, sort of.

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AT&T customers can now use Amazon Echo speakers as phones

AT&T customers can now use Amazon Echo speakers as phones

When the first smart speakers, led by the Amazon Echo, appeared, there was some confusion at what they'd really be good for. These devices eventually became commonplace inside more modern homes but they initially lacked one feature people presumed they would have: making and taking phone calls. That also eventually arrived in one form or another but now Amazon and AT&T are making it easier by linking subscribers' accounts with their Echo speakers for convenient hands-free calls.

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Alexa for Residential gives landlords a way to offer ‘smart’ rentals

Alexa for Residential gives landlords a way to offer ‘smart’ rentals

Amazon envisions a future in which its Alexa digital assistant is available in many homes, including rentals. The company has introduced Alexa for Residential, a new solution for property owners and managers who want to offer their buyers and renters 'smart' experiences, including voice-controlled lighting, appliances, and entertainment. of course, such applications would raise some important privacy questions.

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