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Amazon Alexa deals offer 24hrs of smart speaker price cuts

Amazon Alexa deals offer 24hrs of smart speaker price cuts

It's Alexa's birthday, and Amazon has announced a brief promotion that will see some sizable savings on devices powered by the virtual assistant. While it might be traditional to receive gifts on a birthday, Amazon has flipped that around and is offering a variety of deals on Alexa-powered devices. The promotion ranges from the cheapest Echo Dot, though to third-party hardware like the Alexa-powered Ecobee4 thermostat, along with Fire tablets and more.

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Best Buy now lets you shop with Amazon Alexa

Best Buy now lets you shop with Amazon Alexa

It seems that Amazon has become such a dominant force in the online shopping market that even big box retail stores are bending over backwards to cooperate with the company. Best Buy is the latest to add support for Alexa, the Echo speaker's digital assistant, allowing users to both shop and place orders using a simple voice command.

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IKEA Tradfri smart lighting finally gets HomeKit, Alexa support

IKEA Tradfri smart lighting finally gets HomeKit, Alexa support

IKEA may have somewhat become a household name when it comes to minimalist, modular and hip furniture, but it isn’t known for jumping into the smart home arena head on. That should have changed last August, when it promised to add support for the three major smart home and AI assistants in the market. Fast forward three months later, it is only now that the IKEA Tradfri line of connected bulbs is getting integration with Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa, with Google Home still left behind.

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Alexa now knows if your August smart lock door is shut

Alexa now knows if your August smart lock door is shut

August's DoorSense system, which alerts users if their door hasn't properly closed, has been added to the company's Alexa skill. The update, which requires certain lock models in August's line-up in order to work, means that those with an Amazon Echo or other Alexa-powered device can now ask the smart assistant for an update on whether their door is actually closed or not.

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Amazon Echo Plus Review

Amazon Echo Plus Review

Amazon's smart home dream sounds an awful lot like living on the Starship Enterprise, and in that dream the new Echo Plus is there gateway to an automated future. At $149.99, it undercuts the original Amazon Echo it so closely resembles, but counts on better audio quality and an integrated smart home hub to warrant its premium over the 2017 Echo and the bargain Echo Dot. As I found, though, Alexa's insistence on treating all her Echo children as equal may undercut some of the Echo Plus' advantages.

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Amazon Fire TV (2017) Review: 4K HDR, Alexa, and a problem

Amazon Fire TV (2017) Review: 4K HDR, Alexa, and a problem

Welcome to the age of 4K HDR and a brand new Amazon Fire TV (2017), complete with Alexa to hold your hand as you wade into High Dynamic Range content. Aggressively priced at $69.99, and thoroughly undercutting the latest Apple TV in the process, Amazon's newest media streamer boasts not only 4K HDR 60 fps, but all the skills and talents its virtual assistant can offer. As I found, however, the road to multimedia nirvana is seldom smooth.

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Amazon Echo Review (2017)

Amazon Echo Review (2017)

Amazon couldn't have hoped for a better response when it created the smart speaker market three years ago with the original Amazon Echo. What once seemed like a vaguely creepy gimmick - a virtual assistant housed in a slender black totem - has gone on to spawn multiple models along with numerous competitors. Now, Amazon has a new version of the Echo for 2017: smaller, and - at $99.99 - more affordable, but can it impress like the original did?

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808 Audio XL-V smart speaker arrives with Alexa next month

808 Audio XL-V smart speaker arrives with Alexa next month

808 Audio has just launched its first smart home device, the 808 Audio XL-V. This smart speaker is cylindrical with a tower design and, most importantly, it has Alexa built-in. As with other Alexa devices, 808's new smart speaker allows users to ask for the weather, request that it play music, tell them the news, answer questions, and more.

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Moto X4 comes to the US with ads via Amazon Prime Exclusive

Moto X4 comes to the US with ads via Amazon Prime Exclusive

The Moto X4 is one odd smartphone. Coming from Motorola’s former premium line, the Moto X4 has been reduced a somewhat mid-range smartphone. It has been made interesting by the fact that it is one of the few “Amazon Alexa” phones in the market and the first Android One phone for the US. It was promised that a non-Android One Moto X4 would still grace the US. That may have finally come, to some extent, with the Moto X4’s arrival on Amazon Prime Exclusives, unlocked, not exactly cheap, and with ads.

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Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST puts Alexa into 16hr cordless speaker

Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST puts Alexa into 16hr cordless speaker

For many, Ultimate Ears has been the go-to for portable Bluetooth speakers; now, the company is making Amazon Alexa its go-to assistant. Announced today, the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST and BLAST give UE's speakers a smart upgrade, adding WiFi to the Bluetooth. Meanwhile, though they may not be the first battery-powered Alexa speakers on the market, they do last a lot longer than the rest.

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Sonos One vs PLAY:1 – The 411 on the newest Alexa speaker

Sonos One vs PLAY:1 – The 411 on the newest Alexa speaker

It's the season of smart speakers, but the Sonos One has a strong pitch for being your voice-driven media player of choice. As we found in our full review, despite a few teething pains the Amazon Alexa-powered speaker adds an impressive new dimension to home audio playback. Read on for four things about the Sonos One that you really should know.

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This Moto Mod Smart Speaker just popped up with Alexa

This Moto Mod Smart Speaker just popped up with Alexa

Motorola's latest Moto Mod is the Moto Smart Speaker, a device with Amazon Alexa onboard. All Android devices can access Alexa to some degree - with the Amazon Alexa App or through more direct means. With the Moto Smart Speaker, Moto Z devices will be able to access Alexa on the fly - with an extra large speaker, battery, and 4 far field microphones.

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