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Amazon Alexa can now pay for gas at Exxon and Mobil

Amazon Alexa can now pay for gas at Exxon and Mobil

You can do a lot of things these days without even tapping on your phone but there are still quite a lot that requires some good, old-fashioned manual work. That doesn't always have to be the case, especially these days when people have to be extra careful what they put their hands on. Following up on a promise it made earlier this year, Amazon is finally rolling out Alexa's skill to pay for your gas with just a voice command. There are, however, quite a number of caveats users have to keep in mind when using this new convenience.

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Amazon Alexa can be hacked with a one-click Amazon link

Amazon Alexa can be hacked with a one-click Amazon link

Amazon is both famous and notorious for making it extremely easy to buy things with just a single click, even using a "1-Click" button exactly for that. It seems, however, that it may just be just as simple to compromise one of Amazon's most popular products. Its AI-powered personal assistant Alexa can be found in so many smart speakers and smart home products and all it takes is a well-crafted innocent-looking link for a hacker to get control of an Alexa device and the owners' data associated with it.

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Amazon Alexa app redesigned with focus on personalized experiences

Amazon Alexa app redesigned with focus on personalized experiences

Amazon has updated its Alexa mobile app, adding enhanced personalization while reducing the presence of certain third-party features. Notably, the app's home screen has been updated in a way that emphasizes the features that consumers most commonly use, helping them get straight to the tools they want without excessive tapping and searching. The Alexa icon has moved to the top of the app, as well.

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Alexa users will soon be able to control mobile apps with voice commands

Alexa users will soon be able to control mobile apps with voice commands

Amazon has announced a new preview called Alexa for Apps, a new feature that enables developers to add mobile app control to their Alexa skill. With this new option, users will be able to summon and control certain mobile apps using Alexa voice commands, making it easier to open and navigate within apps using something like the Echo Buds or other Alexa mobile accessories.

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Logitech is killing its Harmony Express Alexa remote: Here’s the deadline

Logitech is killing its Harmony Express Alexa remote: Here’s the deadline

Logitech is axing its Alexa-powered Harmony Express remote, giving owners a little over two months notice that their voice-controlled remote is about to stop working. Launched in April 2019, the Harmony Express was to be an alternative to Logitech's traditional touchscreen and button-heavy remotes, and it'll be with one of those that the company tries to pacify customers now.

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Amazon Dash Wand to become a useless stick next month

Amazon Dash Wand to become a useless stick next month

It seems that this is the year for sunsetting products that no longer make sense in today's world or, more importantly, don't make the company any money. One of Amazon's oddest products, right next to its fashion-sensing Echo Look, fits the bill on both accounts. Part barcode scanner and part Alexa microphone, the Amazon Dash Wand was envisioned to revolutionize the way you order supplies, especially in the kitchen. Starting July, however, it will practically become some pointless device that might not even be useful as a paperweight.

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Alexa’s new power include “Drop In” on all devices like an intercom

Alexa’s new power include “Drop In” on all devices like an intercom

Smart assistants don't make headlines these days, at least not until they get involved in some privacy-related scandal. That doesn't mean, however, that they have gone out of fashion. On the contrary, they have almost become so common in some homes that they've no longer become special or noteworthy. At least not until they get new features that offer to make life easier, especially during these times of isolation and quarantines.

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B&O’s Beosound A1 is a Bluetooth speaker with hands-free Alexa

B&O’s Beosound A1 is a Bluetooth speaker with hands-free Alexa

Bang & Olufsen has updated its Bluetooth portable speaker, boosting battery life and adding Alexa support to the new Beosound A1 2nd Gen. An update to the old Beoplay A1, the puck-shaped speaker now allows you to chat with Amazon's virtual assistant, albeit assuming your smartphone is nearby.

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Amazon Echo and Alexa get users ready for COVID-19

Amazon Echo and Alexa get users ready for COVID-19

Different tech companies have had their own ways to respond to the pandemic gripping the entire world but Amazon may be the one with the largest coverage as far as services and products go. From deliveries to entertainment to smart devices, the retail giant is busy not just responding to the crisis but also responding to criticisms and allegations. Its latest action to respond to the call of the times is to equip Alexa and its line of smart speakers and displays with information and content to keep people connected to the outside world even when stuck at home.

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Marshall Uxbridge smart speaker packs Alexa and multi-room support

Marshall Uxbridge smart speaker packs Alexa and multi-room support

Retro speaker company Marshall has announced its latest portable speaker product: Uxbridge. The new model functions as a smart speaker, meaning users can summon and use Amazon Alexa alongside expected wireless connection options like Bluetooth, Airplay 2, and WiFi. The model brings the same classic Marshall design as the company's other more modern speakers, as well as physical button controls.

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Alexa can give you a free movie ticket in March

Alexa can give you a free movie ticket in March

A slightly convoluted set of steps appeared this week on Atom Tickets with an end-goal of a single free movie ticket to a film of the user's choice. The folks at Atom Tickets likely enabled this promotional bit of work in order to tie users' minds to the idea that ordering a movie ticket via Alexa (and Atom) would be the best (and most default) way to go through the future. In any case - it might be worth the process, depending on movie ticket prices in your area.

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Alexa’s new features detailed: Severe weather, NBA, and commuting

Alexa’s new features detailed: Severe weather, NBA, and commuting

Amazon rolled out a number of new features for its Alexa personal assistant over the month of February, ones you may not have realized arrived. The new features are convenient for a wide number of users, including for people who regularly commute to work or school, basketball fans, and for anyone who lives in a region prone to severe weather. As previously announced, the personal assistant can also offer 2020 election updates, as well.

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