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Vizio Alexa control goes live for 4K TVs

Vizio Alexa control goes live for 4K TVs

Vizio TVs are learning to play nicely with Amazon Alexa, with a new skill for the virtual assistant that enables voice control of select sets. The Vizio SmartCast skill for Amazon Alexa can, when enabled on an Echo speaker or other device that supports the assistant, remotely turn the TV on and off by voice, as well as replace other features you'd usually have to reach for the remote for.

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Alexa is getting a custom Amazon AI chip: Report

Alexa is getting a custom Amazon AI chip: Report

Amazon plans to join the custom chip club, with future Alexa devices like the Echo smart speaker reportedly set to be powered by a homegrown AI processor. Efforts to design a special chipset that would give Alexa offline talents, among other improvements, are said to have been underway for the past few years. As well as further differentiating its assistant technology, it could also open Amazon up to a potentially lucrative new market.

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How to get Gordon Ramsay’s voice on your Echo or Alexa device

How to get Gordon Ramsay’s voice on your Echo or Alexa device

Gordon Ramsay, foul-mouthed chef and TV star, was one of the celebrities featured in Amazon's Super Bowl commercial over the weekend. The commercial featured various celebrities offering their voices to fill in for Alexa after she lost her voice. It was a fun look at what Alexa could be like with a different personality, and now you can sort of experience that yourself with a new Gordon Ramsay skill.

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Alexa won’t be paying attention to Amazon’s Super Bowl ad

Alexa won’t be paying attention to Amazon’s Super Bowl ad

Alexa purposefully ignoring her name might seem like unexpected sass from Amazon's virtual assistant, but it's a key part of the retailer's big Super Bowl promotion this coming weekend. The assistant will take center stage in a celebrity-filled commercial at the ball game, but if you're already an Echo owner, you'll be pleased to hear that Amazon has figured out how to avoid its spot inadvertently activating your smart speaker.

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Alexa SMS support lets users send text messages via voice

Alexa SMS support lets users send text messages via voice

Amazon's digital assistant Alexa is on the receiving end of a new ability: SMS support. With this, Alexa users located in the US can now use their smart speaker to send a text message to one of their contacts. This joins Alexa messaging, expanding the number of people that Echo device owners can message using the hands-free convenience that comes with voice commands.

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Watch Jeff Bezos star in Alexa’s Super Bowl 2018 ad teaser

Watch Jeff Bezos star in Alexa’s Super Bowl 2018 ad teaser

Amazon's Jeff Bezos is stepping in front of the camera for the retailer's Super Bowl 2018 advert, and as you might expect its all about Alexa. The spot has been previewed on YouTube ahead of the big game, setting up what sounds like a reveal around the virtual assistant's voice.

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Sonos’ killer alternative HomePod deal is live

Sonos’ killer alternative HomePod deal is live

Apple might want your money for a HomePod preorder, but Sonos is making a pitch for that $349 instead, with its Sonos One deal going live today. The Alexa-powered smart speaker may not be as powerful or as large as Apple's, but for a limited time you'll be able to get two of them for the price of one HomePod.

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Alexa app finally has a voice

Alexa app finally has a voice

An update for the Alexa app for Android was given an update this morning with support for Alexa voice interaction. This update brings Alexa voice interaction on all Androids, not just a few - all just as long as they have at least Android 4.4 or newer. That's the basic requirement for the app itself - and was before this update, too.

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Best Smart Speakers of 2018: the Pros and the Cons

Best Smart Speakers of 2018: the Pros and the Cons

At CES 2018, the usual circus of new products, experimental devices, and moonshot projects seem to have a common undertone: AI assistants. At almost every turn, you’ll find something, be it a “smart display”, a TV, a car head unit, or a door lock that integrates with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, or even Microsoft Cortana. The age of the personal AI assistants have come, and it all started with the somewhat unassuming and still really bewildering smart speakers. We take a brief look at some of the best ones in the market, and some still to come, and why, despite their appeal, they might not exactly be worth your money just yet.

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Amazon Echo Spot available now in the UK

Amazon Echo Spot available now in the UK

The battle of the AI assistants and their devices is on. At CES 2018, a large portion of consumer electronics revolved around or, at the very least, supported the likes of Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Sometimes even both. As the competition, not to mention the nastiness, between the two heats up, so do the expansion to global markets. Hot on the heels of CES, Amazon is finally making available in the UK one of its latest, and oddest, products, the Echo Spot.

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Toyota Alexa integration is coming to dashboards in 2018

Toyota Alexa integration is coming to dashboards in 2018

Toyota and Amazon are teaming up to put Alexa in the car, with the voice assistant going mobile in select models from the automaker this year. The feature, announced at CES 2018, will be part of Toyota Entune 3.0 and Lexus Enform 2.0, the latest versions of the automaker's infotainment platform. It'll allow for Alexa interactions both inside the car and remotely, from the home.

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TiVo Alexa and Google Assistant integration is on the way

TiVo Alexa and Google Assistant integration is on the way

TiVo sees the smart home revolution and it wants to be a part of it. Today the company announced that it will soon offer integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, two AI assistants that are quickly becoming the centerpiece of many smart home systems. When these enhancements arrive, TiVo envisions the potential to watch your content in a way you haven't yet before.

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