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Amazon Echo Look wider availability comes at the worst time possible

Amazon Echo Look wider availability comes at the worst time possible

Amazon can be credited (or blamed) for creating and pushing for the fast-growing smart speaker market. Lately, it can also be blamed for making people suddenly pause and reconsider their choices. Perhaps Amazon wants to show that it’s business as usual for its Echo devices, the retailer has just announced that its Echo Look device is now available for all US customers. Considering its recent privacy fiasco and what the Echo Look entails, it might just be digging its own grave.

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This 55-inch Sony 4K Smart TV deal is $700 off

This 55-inch Sony 4K Smart TV deal is $700 off

A 4K Sony TV has seldom looked so appealing, with upgraders hoping to jump onto the Ultra HD bandwagon getting a tasty Amazon deal today. The Sony XBR55X900E 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV packs Alexa support as well as a bundle of apps, but it's currently down more than $700 over its usual price.

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Amazon Alexa calling: don’t enable it if you don’t need it

Amazon Alexa calling: don’t enable it if you don’t need it

What was supposed to be the fastest growing market in consumer tech came to a screeching halt last week when it was revealed and acknowledged that Amazon's Alexa secretly and mistakenly sent the recording of a private conversation to a random contact from the owner's phonebook. That has led to many crying foul over Amazon's practices to paranoia about smart speakers in general. Echos and Homes, however, are undeniably convenient and you might be anxiously considering getting an Amazon Echo. If so, then you might want to skip turning on its calling feature if you're unlikely to use in the first place.

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Just don’t buy that smart speaker

Just don’t buy that smart speaker

Alexa isn't eavesdropping on your every conversation, secretly sharing them with whoever it likes, but even if it was there's an easy way to avoid that. The latest controversy over smart speakers and the Internet of Things comes down to privacy, as is so often the way, with Amazon's Echo accused of playing impromptu postwoman with a private chat recorded and shared.

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Google Home just scored a huge victory over Alexa

Google Home just scored a huge victory over Alexa

Google Home has overtaken Amazon's Echo in smart speaker shipments for the first time, it's claimed, with the Google Assistant edging out Alexa in sales. Although there have been several contenders in the smart speaker wars, two rival platforms currently lead the market.

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Alexa Echo Eavesdropping: What went wrong, How to stop it

Alexa Echo Eavesdropping: What went wrong, How to stop it

Amazon's Alexa made a boo-boo this week. In a home in Portland, Alexa heard what she thought were a set of commands - to record a conversation and send it to a contact - and she did that. Unfortunately, the people in the conversation had no idea this was happening. As Amazon explains it, it's likely Alexa was doing exactly what she was meant to do.

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Echo Dot Kids privacy concerns raised by lawmakers, advocacy group

Echo Dot Kids privacy concerns raised by lawmakers, advocacy group

Amazon is facing both questions and criticism following the launch of its new Echo Dot for Kids, a colorful version of its Echo Dot product marketed specifically for children. The device is identical to the regular Dot device, the only exception being its colorful skin; it does, however, bring FreeTime Unlimited out-of-the-box alongside a slew of privacy concerns.

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These big Echo, Fire TV and Kindle deals bring Dots down to $30

These big Echo, Fire TV and Kindle deals bring Dots down to $30

Amazon made sure we knew just how many skills Alexa had this past week, and today there are deep discounts across a range of Alexa-powered devices to make the most of those talents. The retailer is running a limited-time sale across its Echo, Fire tablet, Fire TV, and other hardware, while if you're in the market for a new Kindle there are savings there too.

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This sleek battery for the 2nd-gen Echo cuts Alexa’s cord

This sleek battery for the 2nd-gen Echo cuts Alexa’s cord

Alexa may have colonized your home and even your car, but a new portable battery case cuts the cord on the Echo 2 in-between those places, too. Latest in the smart speaker untethering options from Ninety7, the new Sky battery sleeve takes advantage of Amazon's removable speaker mesh design in the second-generation Echo launched last year.

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Alexa is about to get much better at avoiding Skill overload

Alexa is about to get much better at avoiding Skill overload

Alexa is about to get better at handling more complicated, multi-step conversations, as well as acting more like a useful personal assistant. The new functionality was revealed by Amazon's director of applied science, Ruhi Sarikaya, who leads the Alexa Brain initiative trying to make AIs more natural to engage with.

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Alexa and Echo Dot Kids Edition: Just a few facts

Alexa and Echo Dot Kids Edition: Just a few facts

Alexa comes in a new package as of this week, the Echo Dot Kids Edition, complete with three lovely kid-friendly color casings. This device is basically an Echo Dot with a few tiny differences. The hardware is literally the same - one speaker to blast out sound or Alexa responses, and 7 far-field microphones for top-notch listening for voice commands. What's different is the skin - with colors - and the services that come pre-activated with the product.

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Amazon Fire TV name confirmed, details still MIA

Amazon Fire TV name confirmed, details still MIA

The advent of the Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers have practically pushed HDMI into streaming dongles out of the spotlight. While those two categories can and do work in tandem, it seems that the market is at least gravitating more towards faceless speakers and disembodied voices that don't need a screen to function. Amazon, however, might have a way to bring them together into one. It has practically confirmed the existence of the Amazon Fire TV Cube that could very well be a fusion of Amazon's two device lines.

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