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Alexa Skill Blueprints let anyone create personalized experiences

Alexa Skill Blueprints let anyone create personalized experiences

Amazon has announced Alexa Skill Blueprints, a new way for users to vastly personalize their Alexa experience. With Blueprints, users can create their on personalized skills and responses using templates, with a total of 20 Skill Blueprints being offered initially. The process is said to be simple enough for anyone to use, no coding skills necessary.

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Call of Duty: WWII is Alexa’s next all-knowing skill

Call of Duty: WWII is Alexa’s next all-knowing skill

Alexa is already capable of doing a wide variety of things, thanks to the thousands of third-party skills that have been developed for the platform. Today, those skills expand to Call of Duty, with Activision announcing a new skill for Call of Duty: WWII. Not only will this skill give you statistics about your matches, but it could also help you get better at the game.

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Kia enables Alexa Control Over Many Vehicle Functions

Kia enables Alexa Control Over Many Vehicle Functions

Kia has announced that owners of certain models of its cars are now able to control a number of functions using their voice. The commands come thanks to integration between Kia and the Amazon Alexa voice assistant. Features that can be controlled with the voice include starting and stopping the engine and operation of the climate control system.

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LG SmartThinQ appliances now speak with Amazon Alexa

LG SmartThinQ appliances now speak with Amazon Alexa

LG might not be as daring, or as obnoxious, as rival and compatriot Samsung when it comes to creating new technologies, but it has one admirable trait. It knows how to play nice with others. Instead of creating its own personal assistant like Bixby, it is instead leveraging the capabilities of existing ones like Google Assistant and, now, Amazon Alexa. Now it is bringing that sensibility to its SmartThinQ line of appliances, allowing users to control dozens of Wi-Fi connected LG home products with just their voice.

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We’re all over this Amazon Echo Spot double-deal: Here’s why

We’re all over this Amazon Echo Spot double-deal: Here’s why

It's Alexa's cutest device, but Amazon's Echo Spot needn't break the bank courtesy of a deal the retailer is running on the spherical smart speaker. Launched in December, the touchscreen-fronted gadget is more than just an alarm clock: it's a full Alexa smart home device. Usually it's $130, but Amazon is offering a way to save $40 on your order.

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Alexa Announcements make Echo a home PA system [Updated]

Alexa Announcements make Echo a home PA system [Updated]

Amazon is turning Alexa into a public address system for the home, with Echo speakers now able to make one-way announcements to summon the family down for dinner. Dubbed Alexa Announcements, the new feature is like a one-way intercom, Amazon suggests.

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Alexa hands-free comes to Amazon’s Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets

Alexa hands-free comes to Amazon’s Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets

Amazon's Alexa is going hands-free on the company's affordable Android tablets, with a new voice mode added to the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8. The two tablets, which are priced from $49.99, have had Alexa support since launch, but it's not worked in quite the same way as you'd experience the voice assistant through an Echo or Echo Dot.

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Alexa Routines gets music support: here’s how to use it

Alexa Routines gets music support: here’s how to use it

Amazon has announced an improvement to Alexa's Routines feature, enabling the digital personal assistant to play music as one of its preset routines. Routines, as usual, enables the user to automate certain series of actions, such as reading the news, turning on the lights, and getting the traffic based on a trigger phrase. Now users can make music part of those routines.

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Motiv Ring expands to embrace Amazon, b8ta, and Android

Motiv Ring expands to embrace Amazon, b8ta, and Android

Mention the word “wearable device” to people and those in the know will immediately think one of two things: a smartwatch, a fitness tracker, or even both. Motiv, however, wanted to smash that preconceived notion into little bits that you can wrap around your finger. Last year, the startup launched the Motiv Ring, which, as the name so plainly implies, crams all those fitness tracking hardware into something you can easily put on your finger. This year, it is expanding that ring’s reach by making it possible to buy the “truly wearable wearable” in more places.

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Amazon Alexa gets DVR support for TiVo, DISH, and more

Amazon Alexa gets DVR support for TiVo, DISH, and more

Amazon's Alexa personal assistant now supports DVRs from certain companies, including TiVo, DISH, DirecTV, and Verizon. The new capabilities are made possible by an update to the Video Skill API, which Amazon announced today. With it, users can ask Alexa to schedule a new DVR recording and manage existing recordings, among other things. One example of a voice command now supported by the Video Skill API is, "Alexa, record TV Show Name."

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Polk Audio Command Bar is a home sound bar with Alexa built-in

Polk Audio Command Bar is a home sound bar with Alexa built-in

Polk Audio will soon start taking preorders for Command Bar, its home theater sound bar with Alexa built-in. The sound bar is slim and relatively minimalist in design, offering HDMI 2.0b for use with most HDTVs and 4K TVs. Among other things, the sound bar features far-field microphones for listening to the user's voice. According to Polk, its Command Bar was the first sound bar with Alexa support to be announced.

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These are Amazon’s Alexa white-box devices

These are Amazon’s Alexa white-box devices

There's an array of white-box devices coming with Amazon's Alexa inside. A white-box device, in this case, means a fully operational piece of hardware made by a company willing to work with big-brand-name companies to sell said products with different brand names attached. Companies that make white-box devices are called Original Design Manufacturers (ODM). Amazon just revealed a whole mess of ODM partners rolling with Alexa technology.

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