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Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit now available to expand Amazon’s territory

Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit now available to expand Amazon’s territory

Apple’s Siri, one of if not the first smart assistants in the consumer market, may have improved in the latest iOS update but the market is still largely dominated by Amazon Echo and Google Assistant. And in that race, Amazon not only has a head start, it also has an advantage in terms of the number of third-party Alexa-enabled devices. That number may soon become even higher now that Amazon has made available its Alexa Mobile Accessory (AMA) Kit to make it easier for accessory makers to tap into Amazon’s platform.

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Amazon working on Alexa newscaster voice for reading the news

Amazon working on Alexa newscaster voice for reading the news

Amazon's Alexa personal assistant is able to read the news, but she does so using the same voice users hear when issuing commands and getting search results. That'll soon change, the company has revealed -- it is creating a "newscaster" voice for its assistant that'll give Alexa the same style and flow heard on an evening news program.

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Amazon Echo devices get Pandora Premium streaming support

Amazon Echo devices get Pandora Premium streaming support

Pandora's subscription service Pandora Premium is now supported by Amazon's Echo devices. The new support expands the already available Pandora streaming option available to Echo owners, enabling them to access playlists, specific songs, full albums, and more. Users can choose to make Pandora their default music streaming service accessible through Alexa.

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This $1 Echo Dot deal won’t last

This $1 Echo Dot deal won’t last

Black Friday 2018 may not quite be upon us, but the deals certainly are, and this $1 Echo Dot 3rd Gen promotion is unlikely to last until after Thanksgiving. The third-generation Echo Dot usually retails for $50, but for a limited time you can get it for considerably less than that.

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Amazon Prime members get to see Aquaman early

Amazon Prime members get to see Aquaman early

Amazon Prime already offers a number of benefits to subscribers, and today we can add "advance screenings to movies that will probably be mediocre" to that list. Amazon has announced that it's offering tickets to advance showings of Aquaman to Prime subscribers, so if you're part of that group, you have the opportunity to see the movie before anyone else does.

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Skype for Alexa arrives for Echo voice and video calls

Skype for Alexa arrives for Echo voice and video calls

Skype has arrived on Amazon's Echo smart speakers, with Alexa now able to make calls to up to 150 countries and more. The deal was announced back in September, alongside Amazon's huge pre-holiday gush of new smart speakers and other devices, but is only going live today.

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The new Amazon Fire TV Recast price is already slashed for Black Friday

The new Amazon Fire TV Recast price is already slashed for Black Friday

Amazon's Fire TV Recast may be among the newest of the cable-cutting DVRs, but a pre-Black Friday deal is already making it even more affordable. Part of the retailer's week-long Black Friday promotions, the unassuming Alexa-compatible box could well be the gift that gets friends and relatives to consider cutting their expensive cable TV once and for all.

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Now you can buy Amazon Echo devices from Microsoft

Now you can buy Amazon Echo devices from Microsoft

Amazon's Echo speakers and voice assistant Alexa are most synonymous, obviously, with Amazon the online store, but we're now seeing both offered in more and more places. One of the most surprising has been Microsoft, which seems to have acknowledged the shortcomings of its own assistant Cortana by cozying up with Alexa over the last few months in a number of ways. The latest is that Echo speakers are now sold directly by Microsoft both online and in store.

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Alexa just made another button on your remote control useless

Alexa just made another button on your remote control useless

Amazon's Alexa is adding another talent to help keep your remote control gathering dust, with a new Wake-on-LAN controller able to rouse TVs and other devices from low power mode. The new update addresses one of the lingering annoyances for those trying to use voice assistants with their home electronics, where gadgets in frugal standby modes aren't listening out for a wireless wake-up.

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Amazon Black Friday 2018: The deals worth seeing

Amazon Black Friday 2018: The deals worth seeing

Each day leading up to Black Friday 2018, the folks at Amazon revealed they'd be releasing new devices on sale. This day-by-day release schedule did not just include devices made by Amazon. It also included devices made by associated brands, like Blink, and Ring. This series of devices coming up on lower prices began on November 15th, 2018, and continues through the next week. Today we're focusing on the items that've just been listed (with different prices) starting on the 16th.

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Amazon Echo RED is back for a cause

Amazon Echo RED is back for a cause

Smart speakers are designed to be at the logical and visual center of the smart homes of today but, ironically, they aren't exactly designed to suit everyone's aesthetic tastes. Companies seem to expect that all such rooms are going to complement smart speakers' somber blacks, grays, or whites. That's why when alternative colors come officially, they become quite the sensation. But the 2nd gen Amazon Echo isn't going red just for appearances. It's doing it for a worthy cause.

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Amazon Black Friday 2018 already underway: The first deals

Amazon Black Friday 2018 already underway: The first deals

Today we're having a peek at all the already-released so-called Black Friday deals coming from Amazon. These items and likely more will be announced and pushed in a big way by Amazon and their associated brands and such in the next week. Today we're seeing what's going on so far - up until the day, when we'll have the rest, more than likely.

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