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Food Network Kitchen arrives on Amazon Echo Show and Fire devices

Food Network Kitchen arrives on Amazon Echo Show and Fire devices

The previously announced Food Network Kitchen platform has officially arrived on Amazon's Echo Show smart displays and its various Fire devices, including the Fire TV and Kindle Fire tablets. The service is also available on iOS and Android mobile devices, and Discovery is planning to launch it on other devices later on next year. Users can expect more than 25 interactive and live shows weekly.

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Amazon Echo Buds revealed: Bose tech, Alexa, and noise cancellation

Amazon Echo Buds revealed: Bose tech, Alexa, and noise cancellation

Amazon has officially unveiled the wireless earbuds that leaked last week, its new Echo Buds. As anticipated, these truly wireless earbuds provide users with direct access to Amazon Alexa (though users can also tap-and-hold to get Google Assistant or Siri), as well as technology from audio company Bose, and a design that enables users to wear the earpieces while active.

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Alexa Show and Tell helps blind users identify items

Alexa Show and Tell helps blind users identify items

When the Echo Show launched, it opened the door for new Alexa abilities. Amazon is rolling out one such feature today, announcing new functionality called Alexa Show and Tell. With it, blind and low-vision users who own an Echo Show can ask Alexa to identity the items they're holding in their hands.

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Amazon Echo Show 5 is a $90 Alexa smart display with privacy in mind

Amazon Echo Show 5 is a $90 Alexa smart display with privacy in mind

Amazon has added a new smart display to its Alexa-powered range, with the Amazon Echo Show 5 arriving at $89.99. The new model has a 5.5-inch touchscreen with a camera above it; in a nod to privacy, there's both a button to disable the microphone and camera and stop Alexa from listening, and a switch that slides a physical shutter over the camera.

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Always-listening Alexa could skip the wake word – if you trusted it

Always-listening Alexa could skip the wake word – if you trusted it

A newly published Amazon patent application details technology that would enable Alexa to listen to what you say before you summon her. The 'pre-wakework speech processing' ability would support phrases that put the wake word ('Alexa,' for example) after the command instead of before it. The technology would fix the 'problem' of clunky wake word placement in phrases.

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Alexa Guard gives your home an extra layer of security

Alexa Guard gives your home an extra layer of security

During its Alexa event back in September, Amazon announced a new home security feature called Alexa Guard. With it, Amazon said, you could turn your Echo devices into something of a watchdog while you're away, having them monitor for the sound of breaking glass or alerts from your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Today, a bit more than half a year after it was first revealed, Alexa Guard is starting its roll out to Echo owners.

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Amazon free ad-supported music service may launch next week

Amazon free ad-supported music service may launch next week

Amazon plans to launch a free ad-supported music service, according to a new report. The alleged service will take on Spotify and other streaming music competitors who already offer free music options to subscribers. Key to the new service -- assuming it actually launches -- will be Amazon's hardware products, specifically the Echo smart speaker models.

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Amazon Echo Link Amp goes on sale for audiophile Alexa fans

Amazon Echo Link Amp goes on sale for audiophile Alexa fans

Amazon's Echo Link Amp is finally available, giving audiophiles who want Alexa control for their music but with the option to use high-end speakers, a better way to listen. Announced last year amid Amazon's huge splash of Alexa-powered products, the Echo Link Amp acts as a bridge between pro-audio and streaming sources.

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Apple acquires Pullstring for likely Siri upgrade

Apple acquires Pullstring for likely Siri upgrade

Apple seems to want to expand the speed at which Siri is implemented in 3rd-party products. At least that's what it'd seem, given their acquisition of the group called Pullstring. This group is in the business of assisting with the building and designing of voice apps for physical products. Oh, they've got their own conversational AI, too.

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3rd Gen Echo Dot is out of stock and won’t be back for a while

3rd Gen Echo Dot is out of stock and won’t be back for a while

If Amazon's 3rd generation Echo Dot is on your short list of items to buy, it looks like you're going to be waiting a little while. It seems that the little smart speaker has encountered a bout of sudden popularity, as Amazon's stock is sold out. The worst of it is that the Echo Dot won't be back in stock for at least a couple of weeks.

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Amazon Echo install base dominates Google Home, Apple HomePod

Amazon Echo install base dominates Google Home, Apple HomePod

The latest data from CIRP suggests that Amazon's Echo device active installed user base towers over that of the competition. It's never really been a contest, since the group started recording data, back in December of 2017. Amazon's Echo devices with Alexa started with more than double the smart speaker installed base of their closest competitor in Google with Google Home. Each successive quarter showed a similar pattern, with Amazon in the very, very clear lead and Google Home sitting at around 1/3 the base Amazon commands.

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Alexa begrudgingly says the Patriots will win Super Bowl LIII

Alexa begrudgingly says the Patriots will win Super Bowl LIII

Bets over who will win the Super Bowl are always heated, with each side arguing in favor of their preferred team and rolling out mounds of data to support it. Amazon's Alexa assistant is now sharing its own opinion on the matter, stating -- with a bit of disappointment-- that the Patriots will probably win Super Bowl LIII next month.

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