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ASUS Lyra Voice, Trio offer Amazon Alexa and mesh networking

ASUS Lyra Voice, Trio offer Amazon Alexa and mesh networking

ASUS has a pair of devices for the modern smart home: the ASUS Lyra Voice and Lyra Trio. These devices offer Amazon Alexa voice services and mesh networking, the combination of which ensure that one's whole home is blanketed with WiFi and that any connected (and supported) IoT gadgets can be controlled using voice commands. ASUS plans to launch both products in the first half of 2018.

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Amazon announces Alexa integration for headphones and smartwatches

Amazon announces Alexa integration for headphones and smartwatches

Amazon's smart assistance service, Alexa, has already made the jump from connected speaker to a number of different smart home products, but its next location will be portable devices. The company has announced a new "Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit" that will allow hardware manufacturers to integrate Alexa with wearable products like headphones and smartwatches.

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Amazon shutters Anime Strike service, moving exclusives to Prime Video

Amazon shutters Anime Strike service, moving exclusives to Prime Video

Amazon has revealed that it's killing off its anime streaming service Anime Strike, only a year after launching. While this may sound like a bummer for fans of the series exclusive to the service, it's actually good news for everyone: all the shows and movies previously on Anime Strike have been rolled over to the video content available with a standard Amazon Prime subscription.

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ChargePoint Home Adds Amazon Alexa Integration

ChargePoint Home Adds Amazon Alexa Integration

EV owners who want a fancy charging station for their home with lots of technology integrated might want to check out the ChargePoint Home charger that now has Alexa integration and other new features. These new features allow drivers to ask Alexa to start and stop charging of their EV.

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Alexa turns personal chef with oven control

Alexa turns personal chef with oven control

Alexa's tentacles continue to spread through the connected home, with Amazon's voice-controlled assistant now adding cooking capabilities. While you won't be able to ask Alexa for cookies and have a tray of piping-hot chocolate chip emerge from the nearest Echo smart speaker, it will allow manufacturers to bake the the assistant into their upcoming microwaves. Meanwhile, Amazon itself has invested in one smart oven startup.

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Amazon smart mirror patent details virtual clothing and scenes

Amazon smart mirror patent details virtual clothing and scenes

Amazon has patented a smart mirror that uses virtual clothing and mirrors to help consumers decide what to buy. This isn't the first time we've seen the idea of a smart mirror for modern shopping; it is, however, a bit unique from the others. The mirror doesn't just show virtual clothing overlaid onto the potential buyer's body -- it also puts virtual scenes in the background, helping the customer visualize what they would look like on, for example, the beach.

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2018 Hisense 4K smart TVs add Alexa for smarter voice control

2018 Hisense 4K smart TVs add Alexa for smarter voice control

Hisense, a Chinese company known for its budget-friendly home appliances and televisions, has announced that its 2018 4K smart TV models will have Amazon Alexa baked in. This will be the first time Hisense has offered Alexa on any of its TVs, underscoring not only a change for the company but Amazon's continued dominance in the consumer voice assistant market. "Select" models will feature Alexa, including Hisense's massive 100-inch 4K TV.

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Amazon Prime had a ridiculously good 2017

Amazon Prime had a ridiculously good 2017

It'll probably come as little surprise that Amazon had a great 2017, with the online retailer announcing it shipped more than five billion items worldwide to its Prime subscribers. While Alexa-toting gadgets like the Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick with Alexa Remote had already cemented their spots as popular Amazon products over the holidays, it turns out that Jeff Bezos' online behemoth is popular for more than just tech.

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Nintendo Direct could reveal as many as 18 new Switch games

Nintendo Direct could reveal as many as 18 new Switch games

Nintendo just wrapped up a pretty fabulous year for the Switch, and it could be looking to start of 2018 with a bang. Over the holiday weekend, Amazon briefly sent a number of listings for Switch games live, revealing that there are numerous titles in development for Nintendo's latest console. These were all placeholder listings, which were run without game names or release dates, but what they mean is clear: Nintendo is planning a bunch of releases for the Switch in 2018.

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YouTube just blocked FireTV in Google Amazon row (for realsies this time)

YouTube just blocked FireTV in Google Amazon row (for realsies this time)

Starting today, Amazon Fire TV officially joins the retail war between Google and Amazon. Amazon refuses to allow several Google products to be sold on their site, including Google Chromecast, Google Home, and some of the newest Nest products. Google released a statement on the subject, and Amazon replied - have a peek!

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Amazon Digital Day Sale is on: Here’s what’s good

Amazon Digital Day Sale is on: Here’s what’s good

While we'd normally expect to moving into a silent time for sales now that we're past the holiday shopping frenzy, Amazon has one last day of discounts to close out 2017. Today Amazon launched its Digital Day Sale which, as you can probably guess, sees it discounting a variety of digital products. If you're looking for a movie to watch or a book to read, this is definitely the sale for you.

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Apple, Amazon tipped in talks over Saudi Arabia investments

Apple, Amazon tipped in talks over Saudi Arabia investments

Amazon and Apple are both in talks to expand their presence in Saudi Arabia, according to sources, potentially marking the first time both will have a direct presence in the country. Details are fuzzy at this time, though sources indicate that both companies have been in talks, with Apple discussing a licensing deal that may see an Apple Store or several launch in the country.

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